Buddy the Elf, Santa & the Annual Gingerbread Contest..

This week of Christmas Festivities didn't disappoint.
This year we looked at Christmas Lights.. there were some awesome ones.
We watched Christmas movies and had a lot of fun
family tiime.

One thing this year we did differently was adopting a family
through the Kony Coins for Kids program here in town.
We had all the gifts purchased and wrapped and it was time for delivery
last Friday night. We had a rough start finding their address
but were able to do so and deliver.
My brother dressed up as Buddy the Elf and Adam as Santa.
It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen..
Taylor's boyfriend Gabe dressed as their security personnel.
It was such a fun night.

We went and delivered the gifts.
Trev, Adam and Gabe were the only ones that actually
'delivered' and went to the door, but we all drove out
there. It was a very humbling experience for myself and
Adam just to realize how truly we blessed we are.
I have always had amazing Christmases and they've always
been filled with lots of giving and love.
Adam even said it was really a great experience. He said
the little kids had been waiting and looking out the window for
Santa to come deliver since 3 that afternoon, and we didn't
get there until about 7:30. The mom got very emotional
when the boys were setting the gifts down and
was overcome with gratitude.
I'm so thankful for the little things people do for one
another. After we delivered our gifts we went and
visited my Aunt Judy to show off the fun costumes.. she got a
hoot out of everyone.
My Uncle's little neice or granddaughter I'm not sure, was at
my parents house when Adam and I got back. He had to play
Santa to her for a little bit and so did Trev..
it was so fun to see this cute little 3 year get so excited
to see Adam and for Adam to play the actual 'role' of Santa.
I can't wait till we have kids of our own and he can play

The next night was our annual Scavengerhunt that Adam's puts
together. He always does a really good job! This year was
a blast! We all met up and had dinner at Five Guys and then
started at my parents. This time was a little different
because we had a few more family in town
so we had to take two cars for our girls team. The guy lucked out
and got only one car! We also had my grandma with us
who is a little slow getting in and out and my prego
cousin who wasn't feeling too well.
We had 12 clues and we drove all around town finding them.
The clues were pretty easy and we were able to get to all
of them. It was just a pain waiting for our second
car to get there.
I think I explained this game last year, but here is a refresher.
This is the scavenger hunt where Adam came up with
12 clues of things to find. At each stop we have to take a picture
with our whole group in it and send it to Adam.
He then marks off the ones we have done.
This year it was boys against girls which is always a good
We ended up running into the boys car at Wal Mart.
Our bonus challenge was to run down the aisle and scream
'Santa is coming!' really loud.. my sister, cousin and I did this one.
Oh and you have to record it! The boys were crazy and running into us
there and then we actually ran into them at our next stop too
it was fun to try and slow them down!
At the end us girls ended up making it back to the house first
which was amazing! We were way excited!
However, we mess up on one of our clues and ended up loosing
by like 5 points I think! It was such a fun night though!
Adam had bought these dollar store candy bars that looked like
dollar bills as the grand prize money!
It was such a fun night!

The next night was our Gingerbread House Contest.
Adam and I ended up taking the Grand Prize Winner..
1st Place!

Adam actually found our idea on Pinterest..
We decided to do the log cabin theme! I was happy with how it turned

My cousin kelsey did a cute school and Trev & Linzi's was
creative too! All of them were so cute!

I am excited that today is Christmas Eve and can't wait to
enjoy this beautiful holiday with my husband and family!
Merry Christmas!


'Tis the Season

I am behind on my posting! I feel like I have a lot to catch up on..
so we will just kind of do a re-cap of our month so far.
I absolutely love this time of year.
By far my most favorite month!
I am so blessed to have a husband that puts up
with my festivities and plans them.. and a family
that I can live close to to enjoy it with!

This year we were able to go to the Dickens Festival again.
This is something that I try to go to every year.
It's usually pretty crowded and filled with lots
of goodies and fun things to purchase. This year my good
friend Kris tagged along with us! It was fun! I only
got one picture that was photobomed by my Dad.. and I only had
a copy of it on Insta since I already deleted it!

The same weekend of the Dickens Festival my
brother and his fiance decided to take their Bridal
pictures for their wedding. They asked if Adam
and I would help out with taking their pictures.
They turned out adorable! I can't wait to see the final
product! They did them here in St. George kind of by
the Judd's store and on Tabernacle!
Linzi looked gorgeous and her dress and all their
wedding preparations are starting to come together!

I adore my Christmas Tree this year..
I'm kind of slightly obsessed with it! I think it fits our house perfectly &
looks so good in the corner of our little living room.
Not the best quality picture .. for some reason
my phone update and deleted all my new pictures.

I'm really excited for this wonderful holiday but also
 a little sad for my hubby. His family is up north
and we won't be able to spend time with them
on Christmas. However, we are going to be traveling
up there the first weekend of January, so we
are excited for that!

I was so happy we got all our Christmas decorations put up
so fast this year and our house feels so cozy at night with
all my lights plugged in!

Montana got a new hair cut & Christmas bows!

We had my company Christmas dinner party at Gun Barrel this year.
My boss and his wife are the nicest couple and are
fun to sit and enjoy dinner with!

We spent our weekend, last weekend doing all of our Christmas
shopping! It was pretty crazy but good to get it done!
Last year we were doing it very last minute so it feels good
to already have it done! I have a few more to purchase
but that's it! We mostly got our gifts online or at Old Navy, Ulta
and the mall!

My Grandma came in town this last week as well. She went home
to Colorado for a few weeks before coming back for the holiday.
When she got in and Adam and I were over there at my parents
house it finally felt like Christmas. It's weird how sometimes
the feeling of the holiday can come and go!

We kind of started a new tradition last year where the week before
Christmas we spend it doing activities with each other each night.
This week has been really hectic with all the different things
going on but also so much fun.

Monday night was my sister's concert at the Tabernacle.
She did amazing, she is so talented!

Tuesday we watched the Christmas movie, Jingle All The Way

Wednesday night I got my hair done (pic's later for that) and
my cousin Kelsey, revealed the sex of her baby which is coming
in May.. She's having a girl! :) We also drove around and looked
at all the pretty lights!

Thursday  night was a relaxing night where Adam cooked
dinner for my mom, grandma and I.

Friday night (today) we have a very fun thing planned.
My parents decided to adopt a family through our local
organization here in town called Kony Coins for Kids. We
went and did shopping for them, wrapped their gifts and we
get to deliver them tonight. I'm so glad we were able to help
out a family this year. My husband is dressing up as Santa..
he looks like the real deal..
My brother his Buddy the Elf too so they'll be fun to go
and deliver the gifts to the kids. . I have a feeling
they are all going to have too much fun
running around town dressed up!
We have a fun weekend planned of Christmas Festivities before
the actual holiday! My two Uncles are coming into town with
their families from California & Colorado today.. it'll be interesting
but fun I'm sure! And Adam and I will be spending
plenty of our time over there. It's hard to not be with
all our family at once though.. and we all will be missing my
Grandpa who unfortunately can't be here with us
physically this year, but I know will be there in spirit.

I know that I will have a lot to post about here in the next
few days.. but until then I hope you
all have a very Merry Christmas!


Thanksgiving 2012

This Thanksgiving Adam and I were blessed to 
be able to spend it with both of our families at
one place. His brother already had plans with his in-laws
so his parents decided to come down and stay with us for the
holiday weekend. I was really excited to see them and have them stay 
with us, since it had been about 4 months since we'd seen
them last! 

They came on Wednesday afternoon and we did some 
last minute shopping for dinner. We braved Costco the
day before Thanksgiving (which was crazy). Everyone
loves their pumpkin pies and I had grabbed like 4, since
my mother in law told me to, and people
kept asking me where I got them or if we would
put any back. Once we got back home we enjoyed a fun
night with Adam's parents. 

The next day was Thanksgiving and we were all heading over 
to my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was so nice
to have both families eating together. My parents, siblings,
grandma, aunt, cousins etc.. were all together and then to 
have Adam's parents just made it so much better! 

As usual we had a fabulous meal! I love traditions and I 
especially love our Thanksgiving meal traditions. 

After we all ate dinner everyone kind of did their own thing.
The guys watched more football and all of us girls decided
to run to Michael's since they were having a big 'black Friday' sale!
We couldn't go off on our shopping adventure without 
our fuel.. 

We hit a lot of good sales at Michaels.. 
Once back home we just stayed and hung out as a
family and didn't really do much.. besides stuff our faces
with delicious pies! 

 Shifflet Girls.. minus my sister! 

 One Tired Puppy.. 

 Had to post this picture of the photo bomb my Father did
Just having some fun with this girl..

 My hott photographer husband..

  As you can see by all our pictures, we all were having too
much fun..

My brother was just trying to ruin all our pictures..

How beautiful is my grandmother??
So happy she was with us this year! 

It was a very successful Thanksgiving for Adam and I.
We definitely have been blessed this year with 
so many wonderful things. 
On Black Friday we decided to go with his parents 
and brave the crowds. I really wanted to go to Krumpets.
We got a ton of cute Christmas decorations
for our house! We also went to Shoe Carnival and Kohls, nothing
too crazy. However, Adam and I did decide to go 
help my brother and Linzi at Wal Mart, look at TV's, since
they were wanting to get one.
 We went Thanksgiving night when Wal Mart opened, and they
were packed. There wasn't a single thing in that store I wanted
to wait in line for!  

(don't worry Adam is sitting on a pillow)
That Friday we also got a new tree! Adam's wonderful
mom decided to buy it for us since we only had
a really small fake tree and an overly sized tree.
It was a beautiful 7.5 ft tall pre lit tree. It's gorgeous!
We spent the rest of the day eating left overs
and getting our house ready for Christmas! 
It was so nice having Adam's parents around
and his mom was more than willing to help me out
with all the Christmas decorations. 

Unfortunately, my in laws couldn't stay longer into 
Sunday but had to get back home on Saturday. They were so 
much help to us while they were here, probably more
than they  know! I had so much fun with them
and am thankful they could make the trip down! 
After they left Adam and I went and saw Lincoln with my
parents and grandma. It was a really great movie! 
I love this holiday season and am always 
grateful when it's here. I feel so blessed and lucky
to have two great families, a wonderful husband, a cute
puppy, and lots of great friends! Hope you all had a very
Happy Thanksgiving! 


Jubilee of Trees 2012

This year I got to go to the Jubilee of Trees with my
family, including my grandma who is in town for the
holidays. As usual, I loved the whole festive experience!
I love all the trees and every year tell myself that
 I want to decorate one for next year! This year my
mom and I did decide to decorate a smaller tree,
the 3 foot tree, and just start out small.
I took a few pictures of the trees I loved
and that were unique.

How pretty is this Paris tree? I love it!

This tree was one of my favorites.. It was a history
tree of St. George. How cool are the tiny ornaments
representing little historic buildings?
I LOVE the Pine Valley chapel and wanted to snap this
close up picture of it. It looks exactly
like the church. They did a fantastic job! 

Another successfull year at the Jubilee of Trees..
This event also marks the first of many (hopefully)
Christmas festivities for December!


Grandpa Shifflet ..& our Colorado Trip

I've been wanting to write about my Grandpa's passing now
for some time. .
Oh how do I begin?
[warning: longest blog in history. I really wanted this for my 
journaling purposes] 
I got a phone call Monday morning from my Dad as I was
leaving to go to work.. which is rare.
At first he was just his normal self kind of teasing me as he
 often does..
and then he got really quiet and couldn't really talk
and then I knew something was wrong and I asked him..
He was barley able to get it out but said
Grandpa died..
I think I was definitley in shock because I just started
rambling about what happened.. My dad was able
to compose himself but it was still hard.
I knew my mom was breaking, she has always
been so close to her dad!
My Grandpa had been in and out of the hospital these
last few months and we all knew he wasn't doing
great. He had been a smoker for 60 years or so of
his life and we were all amazed, as was he, that
he was still around at 79. But it did catch up to him and he
was having troubles breathing on his own.
Unfortunately in the early hours of October 29th
he decided that he had had enough
and I'm sure was rejoicing over his reunion in heaven and
being embraced by our Heavenly Father.
That day on my lunch hour I
went over to see my mom, who was of course,
strong as ever and trying to make all kinds of arrangements over
the phone.
That night she was planning to leave with her sister and brother
to make the drive out to Pueblo Colorado. . which is a long
12 hour drive. We had decided we would be leaving
with my dad on Wednesday afternoon.
In those few days while I was at work I could barley
think about work.. it's kind of weird because
that shock feeling does stay with you for awhie. I knew that
everything would hit me as I got to my Grandma's and
he wasn't there.
I was blessed to be able to ride out with my dad, have a great
boss that supported me going, and had a husband
that was also able and willing to leave his job behind
and be with me and my family.
Unforunately my siblings couldn't come out till Friday and they'd be
flying home that day as well.
So we started making our trek to Colorado on Wednesday
around 1 p.m. Oh what a drive that is.. I remember
driving it a lot when I was young.. I kind of liked it then and
didn't hate it  entirely now, but it sure is a long drive.
I hadn't been back to see my Grandparents in Colorado for
over 5 years and it was very cool to be going back. I have
so many childhood memories even just in that drive, and
I loved showing Adam things as we drove.
We didn't even get out of Southern Utah before my
dad's lead foot and F350 got the best of him..

I do love this Colorful State..
and yes my dad stopped for me so we could snap a quick
picture as if I've never been to this state before..
We stopped for a yummy dinner at Taco John's in Montrose.
I was kind of curious to see how our drive would be with just me,
my dad and Adam.. ha, yeah I felt a little
bad for myself too but it turned out to be a hoot!
We were laughing pretty much the whole time
and having fun. My dad is a pretty awesome
road trip buddy!
Adam started to get a little crazy around hour 10
He didn't do as well as I did on our 12 hour trip :)
We made it to Pueblo around 11:30 that night. Luckily
my Grandma lives close to hotels and my dad just got us
rooms at the Wyngate so we didn't have to make room
at my Grandma's. I can't even tell you how nice it was
to have our room and space while we were there.
And it was really good to see my Mom..
That next day was Thursday. Adam and I had been asked
to put together the funeral program (we do our ward
bulletin for our church so we are familiar with the layout) so
that day we had to finish it and get it printed off. I was really
pleased with how the program turned out. it was really nice.
I was also very anxious to see my Grandma. . and just be in their house
I knew that that is when the emotion might come.. It was
weird being there, like I said before, I hadn't been there for
so long but it's interesting how comfortable and good you
feel at your Grandma's house.. it just feels right..
It was strange not having Grandpa around though.. here and there
I'd get feelings of.. "where is he?" but for the most part everyone
held it together well.. especially my beautiful Grandma.
She didn't shed a tear when she first saw us. She's amazingly strong.
When we got there to see her on Thursday everyone was looking
through olds pictures, tons and tons of pictures.
My cousin was putting together a slideshow and we were helping her
with pictures. It was so fun to sit there and look through and reminse over
good times. The slideshow did make me cry as I think it did
for everyone.. Pictures really are worth a thousand words..
 That day was kind of hectic helping get all the funeral
arrangements made. We were also going with my Grandma
to have a little 'family' viewing. My Grandma
kept saying she really wanted to see my Grandpa so
they arranged that for her.
I hate viewings..
But I knew I had to see him.. We got to the funeral home
and were escorted to a little area to wait.
My Grandma and her sister and brother in law were to go in first
when my Grandma came out and just was bawling..I started to
loose it.. that is always the hardest when you see
other people hurting. My mom rushed to her side and embraced
her for a long time.
Then it was our turn to all go back.. It was hard.
It didn't look like him at all!! It amazes me that your
spirit really is what makes you you and gives you life..
my Grandpa looked nothing like the funny, energetic, lively, quick-wiited
guy we all knew.. for obvious reasons, but also just didn't
look like his face. I remember my Aunt Amy saying that
it didn't look like him but it did look like his hands.
He was a hard worker and you could also tell that by his hands.
I'm so beyond grateful for my LDS faith.. without it's knowledge
I would be devasted, and I wasn't sure how people that
don't have that knowledge or believe in heaven even move forward..
The viewing was hard on everyone, it made it feel more real.
My 4 boy cousins who were the only ones that lived in the same town
as my grandparents were very emotional. I felt bad for them
just since my Grandpa had helped rasie them.

After the viewing my Dad, Adam and I went to go see my other
grandparents (my dad's parents). My parents grew up in the same town
so whenever we go to visit I get to see both sets of family.
My dad's parents don't travel very often so I hadn't
seen them since my wedding 4 years ago.
It was so good to see them and their house!
I had a really hard time seeing my Grandpa Meserve. He has
always been really talkative and funny... and
really involved in the conversations. When I saw him this time
it was a lot harder. He has definitley gotten older.
He has sleep apena really bad and a few other things.
He had lost so much weight and wouldn't eat hardly anything.
He was skinny and also seemed kind of out of it.. he wasn't
really involved in all the converstaions.
I've been so lucky to have all my grandparents alive
and healthy for the most part, growing up.. Until now.
It's hard to see people age and I had a really hard time
seeing my Grandpa Meserve like that .. I started bawling on our
way to dinner after seeing him..
We decided to take Adam to a place called Passkey's.
They are famous for the Italian Sausage Sandwiches and they are
delicious! I love them! I don't know if Adam did, but
I was glad I got to enjoy them.

The next day was Friday and was the day of the funeral.
We had to get there somewhat early to help with
the arrangements and make sure everything was
set up. I helped with the pictures for the viewing room..

Yes, that picture that is on the back row is of my wedding
and my grandma had it on her stand in the living room..
favorite grandchild? i think so :)

The viewing and funeral both came together well.
There was sure a lot of people that loved my Grandpa.
He had quite a crowd. I loved seeing family and even family
that I had never met. My Grandpa was in a family of 12 kids
so there was a lot of family. Even my dad's brother and family
came to the funeral and so did my other Grandparents
since they all knew each other.

This is my mom and her siblings.. My Uncle Dave, Aunt Amy and
Uncle Scott. . prettty family.
My cousin Kelsey and I were walking down a hallway together
and these two older men stopped us and said
you guys must be Shifflet's.. and we replied
and said well yeah our mom's our sisters, and they said
well we can tell you definitley look alike and
look like a Shifflet, it was pretty flattering.

One of the coolest things happened at the viewing..
My cousin Coy is in the Navy and all of us weren't
sure if he was going to be able to make it for the funeral.
We all assumed he wouldn't make it once the day of the
funeral came here..
That morning his brother Ty's wife was gone. Ty said
she was off shopping for something and would be here
later. But she was actually picking up Coy from the airport.
He suprised everyone! He walked in during the
viewing in his Navy Uniform looking very similar to my Grandpa
who was also in the Navy. .
That was the second time I saw my Grandma cry
was when he walked in and hugged her. It was quite the
sight. .

Look at that resemblance...

I love this picture..

There was beautiful orange flowers at the funeral
they were perfect for fall.
For the funeral I had to say the Euology.
I was nervous at first but I think it went really
well. I got all the last names right! And I was happy to be included
in the program. My cousin Emily spoke, Trevor and my Aunt Amy.
They all did so well and told stories of Grandpa, life after death
and more funny stories. I loved it.. And suprisingly I didn't
cry my eyes out like I thought I would.
I did keep getting kind of this feeling that my Grandpa
was in the room with us all. . There wasn't any one sitting on the front
row and I kept picturing him there.. I am pretty sure he was!
My Grandma again, held herself together through the whole funeral
Next, we went to the burial site. My Grandma decided she
wanted to put him in a Moselium. It was a really pretty
day that day and the fall leaves were bright yellow
all around. We got to the place and all sat around inside..
A few people told a few stories and then
we got to walk around to see where they'll be placing the casket.
Afterwards we were able to grab a few flowers from
the funeral, which like I already said were beautiful.
I have never experienced the Moselium type funeral before
but it was pretty.

Here's me, my cousins, Aunt Judy & her husband and sister at the site. .

Afterwards we went back to the church to have a
luncheon. My Grandma had it catered by a really
great Italian place out there. It was delicious food. But we all
were pretty exhausted from the day.
After we ate I went with my Dad to take Taylor and Trevor
back to the airport since they were only able to stay
that day. My mom and Adam stayed back but I went
out to see my Grandparents and then to the air port.
We got to see my Aunt Carolyn (my dad's sister) and my Grandparents
again, and then were off..
After we dropped them off we went back to my Grandma's house
My cousin Ty and Coy were there and were bored
they wanted Adam and I to come and go out with them that night.
They are kind of little partiers and I've never really had the chance to 
hang out with them before so we kind of wanted to.
They all instantly loved Adam and thought he was hilarious
and way fun to hang out with.. So we went back to our hotel
got ready and decided to go out.
It was quite an adventure but so fun.
Sheena, Ty, Coy, Vance, Adam and I all packed in my dad's
truck and were on our way to some bar there..we
were half way there when Adam and I realized we forgot
our IDs... haha.. typical rookies obviously..
We both didn't think we had to have it since
we weren't drinking, but to even get into the club/bar you need
your IDs.. Once we had those we got in and just had fun.
It was a blast interacting with my cousins and watching
Adam hang out with them. I sat and talked to Sheena
for awhile and we watched the boys play Pool and we
also played Shuffle Board. . It was fun people watching and
some crazy dancers on the dance floor. Once the DJ played
Gangnam Style my cousins RAN out to the dance
floor and went crazy and were having dance off's it
was the funnies thing I've ever seen.. I had such a good time.
Afterwards my cousins were pretty wasted and we
had to drive them home. My cousin Ty decided to give Adam
and a tour of Pueblo and so he sat in the back seat giving
Adam all sorts of information.. we started calling him
'Tour Guide Ty'.. they just loved Adam, and I loved
how much they loved him.. haha.. My cousin Coy kept
saying check this guy out towards Adam because
of all the remarks he would make. We didn't get back home until
2 a.m. and I was beat.. but thinking about that night
and how much fun we all had made me think of my Grandpa
and he would have wanted it that way. He would have wanted us all
to have fun and be together and grow closer
and that is what I felt we did..

Once we got back to our hotel I crashed. I think I had
like 5 hours of sleep that night..
The next day we went with my Dad to this cute little Italian
place called Gaglianos..
It was the cutest place ever! Pueblo has a lot of
Italian and Mexican heritage and this was a little
shop of all kinds of yummy meats, cheeses, sandwiches
desserts, and cute little Italian stuff for your kitchen
and lots of little knick knacks.. I loved it.
My parents come here every time they are in town.
Afterwards my Dad gave us, more so Adam, since I have been
here before, but he gave us a little tour of a few places
from his childhood. It was so nice to just be with my
Dad and learn of the places my Grandparents
lived and that my dad remembered.
This is my Great-Grandma's house that my dad
remembered going to a lot growing up.. he even
remembered the detail of playing in her big backyard.

After we drove around for a little while we went and visited
my dad's parents one last time. I was happy to see my
Grandparents. . especially since when we pulled up
my Grandpa was outside walking around while my Grandma
mowed their lawn. My Grandma is kind of a beast and is
the hardest worker.. but my Grandpa seemed better that day
and I was happy to see him that way. We stayed and chatted
with them on their back porch for awhile
and waited for my Uncle to get done so we could all go to lunch.
My Grandma gave Adam a tour of their backyard where
they have a ton of old cars parked in garages and in the yard. .

I had decided that before I left I wanted some pictures with
my Grandparents.. as sad as this sounds, I'm not sure when I'll see
them again so even though they aren't the most photogenic
I had to snap these photos..

 Their poor little old pup..

I wanted a picture of their house as well. This is the house my
dad grew up in! They've had this house for a very very
long time. I still remember coming here and
loving their bright orange carpet in their basement
and their barf green carpet in their bedrooms :)
After my visit with them we met up with my Uncle his wife and
their son for lunch. I can't remember the place we went to
but they had whats called a 'Slopper' there.. which is like
a hamburger but smothered in green chile. I liked it
Adam didn't.. it's a Pueblo thing.
I always have fun with my dad's brother's family..
My dad and  Uncle are a lot alike and tease Adam
which is always hilarious.
The rest of the day was relaxing just hanging out and having
fun with cousins. That night we got all of my mom's family
together to go to dinner at a Mexican place called
Nachos. There was I think 20 or so of us and it was a party.
Food was great, lots of laughing, and singing along
with the band!

And some dancing.. haha..
My cousins and Uncles were drinking some margaritas
and Adam was drinking Mountain Dew..and he just
kept cracking jokes and he had the whole table laughing...
He then kept saying he was drunk on Mountain Dew
and I remember my Uncle Scott thought that was the funniest
thing ever.. and was telling me that Adam needs to be a comedian.
Laughing is sure good for the soul and we all needed a fun night
like this one to end our trip.
Cute Adam and Sheena.. aka.. Fun Size and King Size.
My cousin Coy is in the Navy like I said and I probably won't see
him for at least another couple of years since he isn't released
until 2014 and Ty and his wife live by San Francisco and
we hardly ever see them..along with my cousins
living in Colorado so it was such a great experience to have
us all together even though the circumstances
weren't what we all would have hoped.
The rest of us all left on Sunday to head back home. I was dreading
coming home just to get back to reality cause I had
been having a good trip and I also didn't want to make the
12 hour drive.. We left pretty early around 8 and started
our way back. The drive itself is really pretty in most of the areas,
at least in Colorado. As we went over the Rocky Mountains
I took some pictures and a few pictures of the town Breckenridge
and Vail. They are the cutest towns.

The population at the peak of our trip over the mountain
pass was around 10,000 feet or so. . and it was
freezing outside but it sure was pretty. As we got closer to the
flat land I saw a lot of pretty fall colors..

Adam also got to stop and enjoy his favorite for our lunch..
Luckily we made good timing coming back home too and
it didn't feel too long. We had a lot of fun
going back with my parents and I'm so blessed to have
such a great family near and far..
I know my Grandpa would have wanted us all to
laugh and enjoy life like he did..
[if you seriously made it to the end of this post your awesome]