Sunday, April 14, 2013

Steamboat ~ Heaven on Earth

We were blessed to spend a week in Steamboat, Colorado with family this Spring Break.  It was hard to leave this place once we finally got there and got settled in for the week.  I think God gave us a glimpse of what heaven is going to be like.

We flew into Hayden, Steamboat's local airport that only operates during ski season.  It was the tiniest airport I have ever seen, only 1 flight in and 1 flight out at a time (made it super convenient with the kiddos).  Aunt Debbie and Marla picked us up from the airport and we were so happy to see them both.

The picture above was our home away from home for the week and it was beautiful, cozy and filled with love.  This is our cousin's second home and I can understand why they struggle to leave it after ski season.   

Our view from the balcony all week long, imagine waking up to this everyday.  This piece of property originally belonged to an Olympic skier 50 years ago when Steamboat was established.  The city allowed him to pick any piece of property he wanted to build on and he chose this view of the mountain.  His original home is now the shell of one of Dwain and Marla's garages, so the history still exist on their property.  The location is perfect and allows you to walk many places, catch a bus to town or the ski base.  Steamboat is known for their hot air balloon festival in the summertime, we got to see one go right in front of the house while we were there.   

My two very favorite boys in Steamboat and all the world.   It actually snowed 4/7 days we were there and I was so excited the kids got to see the flakes falling.  Making our way to ride the Gondola to the top of this little ski town which is home to 10,000 people. 

Me and my girl.  I had no clue before we headed out how difficult it is to capture good pictures in the snow unless you really know what you are doing, unfortunately my self taught Mommy photo skills didn't pass the test (still so thankful for what we were able to capture).

The day we arrived we spent 4 hours at Gondola Square signing our waivers, getting enrolled in ski school, purchasing lift tickets and getting fitted for our gear.  I will admit after a long day traveling we had to do alot of bribing to get one little boy to cooperate, especially when he had to put the boots and helmet on.

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me I may not lead.
 Just walk beside me and be my friend."

~Albert Camus~

I love these kiddos so much that it hurts, something only a Mommy can understand.   I love doing life with them and I love watching them experience so many new advenutres together.  These are the days and they are going by way too fast.  So thankful they are such troopers and great vacationers.

I could have sat and people watched all day long. I loved the shops, the skis outside every restaurant/store and the carefree life people were living. The base was filled with locals that ski daily, families that ski yearly and those that were experiencing a ski vacation for the first time (us!).

We had an amazing time in Steamboat, so much more to post.  We will always be thankful for our time with extended family playing, laughing, staying up late and making memories that will last a lifetime.

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