Wednesday, December 28, 2011

White Christmas

There is a risk when attempting a trip to Colorado in the winter and we had a close call this year. The night before we were scheduled to fly out of nice sunny Arizona, Denver had snow. Although the storm didn't result in a lot of snow at the Denver airport, it still managed to delay our takeoff for about two hours. Ron and I agree, though, that we would much rather have that delay in the Phoenix airport rather than circling Denver, waiting to land.

However, the next morning was gorgeous, as well as the rest of our visit. Ron's daughter lives close to the foothills and the snow on the deck was impressive.

Granddaughter Shannon and granddog Maddie were happy to see us.

This is Maddie's favorite spot. She is the quintessential lapdog and never gets tired of being petted.

On Christmas Eve, Adam and Shannon set out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. I never thought about the poor reindeer.

To me, the most amazing part of the holiday is when the extended family gets together to exchange presents. Being from a very small family, the scene is a little overwhelming to me. See for yourself.

We're back in the warm now and by giving up our seats on the return flight, we each scored a $350 credit toward our next trip. Cool! Now it's time for me to catch up on the 100+ blog postings that I've missed.


  1. A nice family Christmas ... good that the snow delay didn't have a drastic impact on your plans. That scene on the deck looks like one of my photos from last winter ... so far, no white stuff this season.

  2. Looks like a great visit---you look right at home with a pooch on your lap....maybe a little one is your future?
    OH....that "feeding freenZy" is crazy--lol

  3. What? No beer and crackers for Santa? That is what they set out at our son's house.

  4. Maddie looked so happy in your lap, I'm surprised she let you leave. ;c)

    Man, I sure don't miss shoveling all the white stuff. Glad somebody else does it now.

  5. The grandkids and the granddog are adorable! Mara and Jonathan left carrots for the reindeer also - so glad they are finally being fed!

  6. Beautiful family, beautiful pictures. And the money for the seats is okay too. :-)