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Playing Tourist

Some of my favorite women in the world came to visit a few weeks back.  Two of them have been to Colorado many times before, but for one it was a first.  I put on my tour guide cap and we covered some major ground and popular sights in the four days they were here.

On one of the days (and the only day I got out my camera) we headed to Garden of the Gods for an evening stroll.  It had been nearly 8 years since I’d been, and it was nice to have a reason to go again.

Here are some snapshots of this beautiful, beautiful state I’m lucky to call home.

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Thanksgiving Recap

It was part an attempt to thank everyone for what they did to make our wedding possible, but mostly it was fulfilling a dream I’ve had since living in Colorado.  For Thanksgiving, both the Kinkade’s and the Hendrickson’s made their way to Beaver Creek Colorado for a week long vacation hosted by Jon and I.  We found the perfect house in the perfect location, planned and plotted for months, bought all the food and alcohol our cars could carry and crossed our fingers for good weather.

It turns out when it comes to being hosts, we’re not too shabby.

I don’t know what I can say about this week without coming off too sappy.  After dropping everyone off at the airport, I cried in my car the whole way home, not so much because people were leaving but because the incredible week had ended.

There are no words to describe what it’s like watching your family experience and enjoy for the first time a place you’ve grown to love and call home.  To see all your planning be so worth it you can hardly believe it.  To watch your brothers (who never get a vacation like this) grinning ear to ear for days on end.  To see your dad (who never just shuts down) relax with a glass of wine and let someone else do the dishes.  To make it possible for your Grandpa to see his big sister (possibly for the last time) and show off his own family to her.  To watch 16 people leave all their cares at the door and do nothing but enjoy themselves for 6 days straight.  It was a magical, once in a lifetime sort of experience, for me anyway.

I’ve got about three blog’s worth of photos dedicated to this week, but for today I’ll just post the one’s from Thanksgiving.  That’s what it was all about after all.

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MindyTurkeyDay-22 Some of you may know that my Dad is a chef extraordinaire who has owned his own restaurants and currently runs a catering business.

Thank God we decided to invite him : )

Had I been the one required to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 16 people we would have been having tacos.  One of the requirements while searching for the house we stayed at was a beautiful kitchen that he would enjoy cooking in.  I’d say we nailed it.

MindyTurkeyDay-23 MindyTurkeyDay-29 MindyTurkeyDay-31MindyTurkeyDay-30 Thanksgiving-40 We spent most of the day trying to stay out of Bob’s way, helping when asked, and watching him work his magic.  My Mom, Grandpa, Aunt Megan and I spent a chunk of the afternoon out on the patio soaking up the sun and the amazing views and just enjoying each others company.  My Grandpa’s version of this day involves seeing  bear on a nearby mountain…we think he’s losing it.  : )

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We all started smelling the food so we got dressed for dinner and began setting the tables.  Yet another requirement of the house was that it seat comfortably 16 people for Thanksgiving dinner.  The house we chose sat that many…exactly.

MeganTurkeyDay-4Thanksgiving-50 Thanksgiving-51 Thanksgiving-55 Thanksgiving-53 When we knew dinner was close we gathered outside for some nice photo’s before the daylight was gone.

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HeidiTurkeyDay-9 MindyTurkeyDay-48 HeidiTurkeyDay-11 Thanksgiving-131The day was a huge and delicious success.  My Dad cooked two 20+ pound turkeys for the purpose of leftovers (what can I say I’m brilliant) and we enjoyed the meal for days to come.  Easily my favorite Thanksgiving to date.

There’s a 100% chance we’ll have many more great Thanksgivings, but this one was special, and this group of people might not all be in one place at one time to share a meal ever again.

Every time I look back at this photo filled with grinning people I love…

ForFacebook-1…only one word comes to mind.

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The Schuh Family

This last week, three of my favorite Texan’s came to Colorado for a family vacation.  Little Wilhelmina is turning 1 soon and I got the pleasure of shooting some family photo’s to document this time in their lives.  We spent the afternoon in beautiful Estes Park crawling around in the grass and flying up in the air.  She’s such a sweet little girl.  Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Weekend Recap

And just like that…it’s fall in Colorado.

And I LOVE IT!!!

Because do you know what comes next?

Winter.

And skiing.  And Thanksgiving.  And more skiing.  And boots and scarves and freshly baked Beaver Creek chocolate chip cookies.

But let’s get back to fall because I’m so happy that it’s here.

Fall brings us several things around here:

…ski pass purchases (ouch).

…my birthday (it’s Friday, double ouch).

…and over the last few years…my in-laws (I know you think i’m going to say triple ouch, but I like them, so HA you’re wrong).

This fall was no different.  Jay and Heidi arrived last Thursday for a weekend of good food, delicious wine and the always breathtaking Colorado views.

Last year we all went to Aspen, but this time we decided to stay a little bit closer to home and headed up to the Echo Lake area instead.

 

It’s wonderful here in the summer, spectacularly fun in the winter, but as far as showcasing Colorado’s natural beauty goes…fall takes the cake.

After our exhausting viewing of the landscape we decided that visiting a Colorado winery was our only option.

The wine was good, the food was good, but the entertainment was great…

…unless you’re Jon in which case you hate all things adorable.

The rest of the weekend was action packed with a concert in Boulder on Friday, some shopping and sightseeing, a baseball game and a relaxing Sunday brunch at Lola.

Who doesn’t start breakfast with an order of donuts?

Who doesn’t follow donuts with lobster filled deviled eggs?

There was also a fly over and several minutes educating Jay on Asian rap artists.

It was a lovely weekend jam packed with things I’d like to do every weekend if I could.  It’s always nice to have visitors here, especially when it’s family.  Jon and I both love sharing what we find so irresistible about Colorado with people.

I wish fall could last forever, but just this morning it was dumping snow in the mountains.  It’s only a matter of time before it makes it’s way to the foothills and eventually Denver.  So cheers to your fall, wherever you are, soak it up because it always goes way too fast.

Mr. President

Last week I had the incredible fortune to attend a rally in Golden, CO for Barack Obama.  Not only did I get to attend, but I got to go with my friend Erin and together we got to skip the line filled with thousands of people and walk right up front into the third row of the VIP section.

It was flipping awesome.

Before the main attraction made his debut, we enjoyed several speakers who got the crowd all riled up.  The highlight for me was seeing Ken Salazar (even though he turned out to be a tragically bad public speaker).  Regardless of his speaking skills, he’s a fifth generation Coloradan and an important part of the President’s Cabinet so it was fun to see him up close and personal.

Ken was followed by a few lucky locals who got a chance to speak, pray, and ask for our votes.If you’re wondering at this point how close we were?  We were really really close.  We could not have been any closer unless we were sitting on the stage next to the podium.  I had my zoom lens with me but barely had to use it.  It was pretty epic.  

The openers wrapped up, the crowd basked in the beautiful Colorado sunshine for a few more minutes, and then just like that…there he was.

It was electric.
Our President, standing 15 feet in front of us, with the beautiful Colorado mountains behind him.  It kind of knocked my socks off for a minute.

It’s easy to think of him as just a candidate running for office, asking for your vote, campaigning away just like Romney…

…but reality hits you, and you realize that he’s not just a candidate.  He is the President of the United states and you’re getting a chance to stand in front of him and listen to him speak.

Pretty cool.

THEN, as if things weren’t amazing already, he looks directly at me and I snag maybe my favorite photo of my whole life (even though he looks kinda pissed at me).I was like a squealing girl at a rock show exclaiming to Erin “he just looked right at me, he just looked RIGHT at me!”

He covered a lot of the same topics he spoke about at the DNC, but as usual, he was effortlessly inspiring and uplifting.  I’ve told Jon several times that it’s almost unfair how much better he is at public speaking than any opponent ever could be.

Once he was done speaking, he walked the length of the front gate and spoke to the crowd, gave hugs, shook hands and was overall the most charming man of all time.At this point he was so close that I could have punched him in the face (in case any government spies are reading this…I would never punch him anywhere).  It was really fun to watch him interact with the crowd, and even more fun to see people’s reactions to him. Cheering, fist bumping, high fiving, hugging, crying etc.  That boy got a high five right after this, but someone got in my way and I missed it!  You should have seen the grin on his face afterwards.Leaving us all with an enthusiastic wave and that incredible smile the event was over and the President was gone.  It took awhile for the rush to go away, so while we waited, Erin and I posed for some patriotic photo’s of our own.It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m really glad we went…thanks Erin!

I walked away from that day even more confident in which way I’ll be voting this November.  I’m not going to get too political on this blog, but I will say that policies, money, successes and failures aside, I just simply trust Barack Obama more than Mitt Romney.  I truly believe that deep down Obama is a good man and that he wants to do what is best for this country.  I hope he gets the chance.