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."
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.
Happy Resurrection Sunday from our family to yours! We spent an amazing day at church, teaching Sunday school and enjoying the afternoon with family.
Both of my kids have melted my heart this Easter with their knowledge of Jesus. They have retold the story of his resurrection over and over, every detail.
After Sunday school this morning I heard Emma asking her Daddy, "Dad was it appropriate that we watched a movie about Jesus being crucified in class? I mean he was bleeding. Was that appropriate for me to watch?" We tenderly explained to her that it was okay because it was the story of Jesus. Her precious heart was so concerned, but after she got our approval she seemed fine. We pretty much stick to Disney around here.
Gavin did not do so well in worship this morning. After praise and worship he was D.O.N.E! When the preacher got up to start speaking he decided to shout out, "Blah, blah, blah, bl"! The last blah was cut off because I was quick and got my hand up to his mouth before the last "ah" could escape. I felt my entire body get hot, looked around and people were laughing. My coworker who was an entire section over and about 6 rows back decided to come acknowledge that he heard Gavin's outburst. Well, everyone thought it was funny EXCEPT me and his Daddy.
Thankful for so many things this year, but especially BLESSED by his love. So thankful that our household has chose to serve the Lord and have a personal relationship with Jesus. Grateful for an amazing church home that values youth. I hope that each of you have introduced your children to Christ, there is no greater gift we can give our children and it is never too late.
"Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old,
We made it home injury free and Spring Break 2013 was a success. Our plane landed about 3 hours ago, our bags are unpacked and the kiddos are tucked in bed. Everyone of us loved our time in Steamboat Colorado and it was difficult to leave behind this morning. That little ski town of 10,000 will make you rethink the way you are living life in the big city, for sure.
So much fun, many new experiences and lots of memories made. We spent our week skiing, snow tubing, riding the gondola, snowmobiling, visiting the ice castle, eating great food, watching the parade/fireworks, watching it snow, enjoying extended family, staying up late, seeing hot air balloons, exploring the creeks, having snowball fights and simply taking in an amazing place we had never been before.
There is no place like home, we are glad to be back here BUT we will long for the day when we make our way back to Steamboat, no doubt!
Spring Break 2013 is going to happen for The Frazier Four after all. A horrible virus hit Casa de Frazier early Saturday morning and all of us got it. When I say it was ugly, I mean ugly. As of last night at 10:00 PM, we are all fever free. Yesterday around noon I started calling to see what was refundable and lets just say we would have lost a ton of money had we not been able to go (never been a fan of trip insurance, but this has taught us a lesson).
These kiddos are excited and so are we. Even in the midst of all the sickness, they both just kept asking if we would still be able to go on vacation. We are still a little weak, but hopeful when we get some food in our system we will feel much better. Thank God that Emma and Gavin are such troopers and wonderful little travelers.
We are excited to set out on a new adventure and experience things we have never experienced before as a family. We will be back in 7 days, yep we are missing two days of school and I feel a little guilty. Praying we have a safe trip, make memories that last a lifetime, Emma's asthma will be under control and that we all come back healthy/injury free.
Gavin Thomas had a great day and was all jacked up on S.U.G.A.R, afterall every little boy should eat what he wants on his FOURTH birthday, right?
Gavin chose the Batman theme and what he wanted at his party, these batman blowers were a must on one of our many visits to the party store.
Whoever knew that batman had a big sister? This girl was so excited that it was her little brother's birthday and stayed in Batman mode all weekend long. So thankful these two have each other and are so madly in love.
I do not think he stopped smiling all day long, he loved this bounce house and having his family and friends here with him.
This picture is one of my favorites from his birthday celebration. That face, those hands and the excitement in that little four year old body makes me so happy. He loved this dragon from Aunt Stacey, Hunter and Camryn.
I love that all our party guest get involved in "present time". Never can have too many helpers when your opening those gifts. Little man got lots of Batman stuff, Octonauts, a bike, books, games and gift cards.
This balloon was amazing and so worth the money, it lasted forever too. Everyone needs a life size Batman to celebrate their FOURTH Birthday week, don't you think?
A party with the Frazier Four ALWAYS includes a pinata and it gets wild/dangerous around here when it is time to start swinging the bat. Look at that little face, I could kiss it all day long and then some.
Oh sweet boy, I am so glad I am your Mommy and I am so thankful I got to plan this party for you. You are such a special child and God has great things in store for your little life. Your day was filled with all the things YOU wanted and I enjoyed watching you turn FOUR!
As usual, we allow our kids to pick their own birthday themes and Gavin did not hesitate to pick Batman months ago. I am not a huge character fan, but I learned long ago it is about them and not me.
No Batman party would be complete without a cape, mask and gauntlets.
We decided to use the colors blue, black and yellow for our Batman party. Little man's batman toys added a special little touch at no cost.
My kid's think that a party is not a party WITHOUT a pinata, so we got this guy to hang on the rope this year.
I asked Gavin what he wanted at his party and he said, "I want a cake, cupcakes, candy and ice cream Mom." Can we say sugar overload?
Batman cake from our very favorite bakery, it did not disappoint this year. We love the yummy icing and raspberry filling.
Our party favor table that was quite simple this year. Batman sugar cookies and candy to take home, along with the bag of junk from the pinata.
Gavin saw this Batman balloon months ago and had to have it. We bought it back in January and just took it back the day of his party to be filled with air and assembled. It was a little pricey, but well worth the money. He is still inflated in our foyer and he is huge. I felt a little awkward driving home from the party store with him, he had to ride in the passenger seat upside down because it was the only way he would fit.
Gavin's cake table, my favorite part of every party is watching my kids stand up at this table surrounded by family and friends while they blow out their candles. Sweet, precious and unforgettable memories indeed.
The backyard Happy Birthday banner along with a little table we set up for the kiddos to have lunch.
Daddy spent a couple weekends before the party pressure washing and refinishing our swing set which is a huge task (for a perfectionist). I love writing Happy Birthday on the chalkboard every year to my babies.
We arranged to have a 10x10 bounce house delivered but apparently it was damaged, so the company showed up with this. Thought we might have to put it up on the roof, but we made it work and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.
Gavin loved the big Batman banners that were on each side and the big slide.
This birthday cake is so special to me and has been put in the yard for everyone of our kid's birthdays. I can not wait to pass it down to them one day, so they can share the tradition with their children.
We set up our soccer goal and roller coaster for the party guest to enjoy too. Between the jump house, swing set, playhouse and pinata, everyone had plenty to do.
One last request from my little superhero loving birthday boy was party blowers and he got them! It sure was a fun day, more pictures to come soon.
I am a Mommy longing to capture the simple details in my children’s lives in hopes they will always remember that I was not perfect, but loved them unconditionally the same way my Savior loves me. I have been blessed with a man that is everything God intended for a husband and father to be. I consider it a gift and am honored to be a part of the FRAZIER four!