What a beautiful weekend to celebrate a holiday that highlights our blessings! And what better way for new Colorado residents to celebrate than heading up into the Rockies to spend some time with family? Again, it would have been better with the addition of the Gras family but we can’t have it all! Here are some photos of our time:

On the way up.

The start to our drive up.

Almost there – heading over Berthoud pass.

Almost there – heading over Berthoud pass.

Once we arrived in town and dinner preparations were underway, after several (about 15) failed attempts at a decent family photo inside, we decided to find the perfect outdoor spot for our family photo. So we headed to Laura Veenstra’s previous employment at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort.

Driving to Laura Veenstra's previous employment at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort.

Driving to Devil's Thumb Ranch (click photo – which goes to the website – to get the full effect of the ranch).

We found the perfect spot just past the cabins for our photo op.

We found the perfect spot just past the cabins for our photo op.

Family photo op at the ranch!

Successful family photo at the ranch!

More views by Devil's Thumb.

I'd rent a cabin here...if I had the money.

Leaving Devil's Thumb.

Leaving Devil's Thumb.

Then we took some photos near Jared’s work at the waste water treatment plant, which we affectionately call the poop plant. While the job site itself isn’t the most glamorous or appealing, it sure has a fabulous location.

Precious!

Precious!

I love this old car – I took a photo this summer, too.

I love this old car on the way to the plant – I took a photo of it this summer, too.

The Tabernash post office – talk about quaint, small town Colorado!

The Tabernash post office – talk about quaint, small town Colorado!

About an hour and 84 photos later, we had successfully gotten several great family shots (and plenty of beautiful landscapes) so we went back home to feast. Delicious!

All tuckered out from our rigorous photo shoot. A pre-Thanksgiving dinner nap.

All tuckered out from our rigorous photo shoot – a PRE-Thanksgiving dinner nap.

That evening, we played several raucous rounds of Catch Phrase and chatted into the wee hours before calling it a night. Quality time with the siblings-in-law.

The next day, rather than trying to get the best deals in all the Black Friday madness (which doesn’t even happen in Tabernash), we set off to find the perfect Christmas tree for Laura and Jared in the forests of Winter Park. We had a great time traipsing through the snow and woods, and the dogs loved it, too.

Love the Union Pacific rail.

The Union Pacific rail.

The inlaws love our dog – she looks hilarious squished between them (not to mention she matches the MIL).

The inlaws love our dog – they even go so far as to coordinate outfits.

We loved watching Sadie bounce in the snow wearing her winter coat – click the link below for a short video. Hilarious.

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A great photo op in the process of finding the Veenstra's Christmas tree.

A great photo op in the process of finding the Veenstra's Christmas tree in Winter Park.

Sadie started shivering so I remedied the situation.

Sadie started shivering so I remedied the situation.

Found the tree!

Found the tree!

Success!

The happy couple and their new Christmas tree.

Heading back to Tabernash to set it up.

Heading back to Tabernash to set it up.

Taking a walk to burn off the post-Thanksgiving leftover lunch. (yum!)

Taking a walk to burn off the post-Thanksgiving leftover lunch.

Loved the vibrant red of the brush near their house.

Loved the red and orange colors of the brush near their house.

More beauty on our walk back.

More beauty on our walk back.

As you can see, we had a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see what Christmas brings! Oh, and speaking of Christmas, when we got home on Friday night I decided that even though we didn’t get a tree this year, I still wanted to be as festive as possible. So using the leftover boughs from the Veenstra Christmas tree, I decorated our living room accordingly.

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So how was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything different than usual? I would love to hear!

xox
Laura