I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2011

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Fort Collins

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, December 20, 2010

With a 2 hour walking line to cross the boarder, we dragged our suitcases and belongings and moved on from Juárez to enjoy a wonderful few weeks to refresh over Christmas/New Year with family and friends.

The first few nights were spent in once again experiencing the wonderful, inspiring company and incredible hospitality of the Thomsons and Hills, back in New Mexico. How totally wonderful to be able to introduce Mum, Dad and Joseph this time...and to see Maggie again! Along with an abundance of more wonderful Mexican food to be had, the El Paso Outlet Malls
occupied a lot of our time over the weekend - frantic to find some prezzies with Christmas just around the corner, as well as seizing the opportunity to replace a few worn out clothes with some great deals to be had. Our flight out to Denver, Colorado was scheduled for midday on the Monday before the 25th ...and so we once again said our farewells and embarked onwards with a smooth flight; filled with anticipation for all our holiday plans, together with Joshua & Grace and the Lunberrys (Graces family).
An early start to the 22nd set us up on the slopes of Copper Mountain to enjoy the day skiing in
absolutely perfect weather and 3 meters of gorgeous powder. Quite honestly, we're spoiled for life now … that snow is like nothing else and Rainbow Ski field seriously just doesn't come anywhere
close. Having only skied once when I was 10 and once when I was 20, this occasion was breaking the trend and I'll admit I was feeling a little apprehensive alongside 2 families with far more experience! For our first slope, we all agreed to take a 'green' (easy) to warm up and have fun together, before splitting off to take on the slopes that were more suited to our experience and thirst for challenge and adrenaline (...or lack of...). Sounded good – but then pretty soon it became very obvious that the gentle 'green' was actually very 'blue'.
LoL, by the time I finally fumbled my way to the bottom it was quite a relief to discover that these weren't the easiest!                                                                                                                      From the afternoon though, I was loving the smooth runs, weaving through the trees and getting up some good speed … during which Samuel was hitting it hard and going for the full adrenaline rush on the 'blacks'. Good times! While the Lunberrys (with Grace & Joshua) returned home to Fort Collins, the rest of us Warnes carried on to spend 2 beautiful nights in storybook Breckenridge … to soak our weary bodies and tired muscles in the hot tub on the deck of our lovely little apartment. We woke the next morning to the snow coming down in soft wisps and enjoyed a wonderful day of browsing the alpine village – sipping complementary Hot Apple Cider while weaving in and out of the stores, treated to a wish-list sleigh ride, and spectating a live nativity scene under the sparkling evening lights.
We returned to Fort Collins on the Eve of Christmas, and thus began our incredible feasts of wonderful food … complete with a 25lb Turkey!! Christmas Day, amidst the stockings, exchanging of gifts, and deliciously gluttonous cuisine, we had a lot of laughs over games of croquet & basketball in the backyard. Come Boxing Day, a trip was taken down to Denver where we once again enjoyed the beautiful culture of the theater and were charmed by the grace of the Nutcracker Ballet. Perfectly delightful.

The rest of our days were filled with many trips through the 'Super Stores' of Wal Mart, Best Buys, Home Depot, Sams and the likes - who sported some ridiculously low, temptingly alluring, price tags. The 'Old Town' of Fort Collins was delightfully cute and hosted some quaint little boutiques … as well as the infamous Ben & Jerry's; whose ice-cream went well tasted and readily consumed, in attempt to try out as many of the crazy concoctions of rich, deep flavors as would possibly allow.                                                                                                                                
Our final night before Mum, Dad and Joseph flew out to return home we all enjoyed a meal at a great Steak House together … and they sure knew how to cook it well!                                                                                                                                                                                             So it may not have been white on Christmas day in Fort Collins ... but several days following it was more than made up for when we woke to a sparkling winter wonderland and the dreamy snowflakes still coming down steadily. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!! It kept up almost the entire day, creating a stunning blanket of about 10-12cm of beautiful powder...Oh, I love it! During our time here, we had been blessed to have a house that we were 'sitting', for friends of the Lunberry's ...so with the family returning, and 3 days left before we were to move on, we had the pleasure of enjoying the hospitality of the Rismas. It was incredibly wonderful to spend time catching up with and being inspired by Bex & Jordan – what an awesome couple! Many hours were spent talking and exchanging animated stories of all that God has done in our lives and is leading us into.

Colorado has been a truly memorable time - and it was inexpressibly wonderful to have family come and share this portion of our traveling adventures together. We feel so incredibly blessed.
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