Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Well, it's Christmas.

Because we celebrated Christmas a day early, Christmas Day became a day of rest and relaxation. Buddy and Bethany drove out to Estes Park to see the sights (and ran into a herd of elk), while Starr and I stayed in, ate and talked.

Oh, and Austin got a bath (much needed!). He looks like a wet rat when he's wet, and I really feel sorry for him, particularly when it's so cold outside.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve is Christmas Day

Because Bethany's sister Joanna was flying to Houston on Christmas Day to be with her ... well, the father of her daughter (long story), we had to have Christmas Day on Christmas Eve.

We had Christmas dinner, opened a few presents and posed for a series of Christmas photos.

Austin was forced to wear the Santa suit that we know he hates (Merry Christmas!).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Day in Boulder

The third day of occupied Christmas, my loved ones said to me ... "Let's go to Boulder!"

The day began with a trip to Lucille's Creole Cafe, one of my favorite Boulder restaurants.

We had a serving of beignets and a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we swung by my office on campus and had a virtual visit with my family in Fairfield via iChat.

After that concluded, we dropped Bethany off at work and went shopping at the Pearl Street outdoor mall for a couple of hours.

Finally, we took two HUGE trips to Whole Foods and a more traditional grocery store to buy the supplies needed for the organic Christmas Dinner.

Then, we came home and played in the snow until dinner (and I cooked Bethany's gourmet chili and corn casserole).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Getting around town

Day two of the family Christmas was our "active Ned day."

Nederland is such a funky town, and I thought the Hawkins needed to see it and get their bearings.

We began by driving into down to the Barker Reservoir (wikipedia), which was frozen over.

This is a favorite place of mine, because the ice is constantly cracking, melting and refreezing, leaving interesting formations.

We also went by Barker Dam to look at the snow-covered portions of the reservoir.

We then drove down the canyon a ways and looked at some of the ice formations there.

After a brief tour of the town, we drove up to Eldora to see the sites. Just before we reached the ski resort, we paused to look around. I found my way into a snow drift in which I sunk nearly to my crotch, while Austin ran alongside me without sinking at all.

I guess his skinny rear comes in handy ...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The first night of Christmas

Wow what a day.

Bethany's parents showed up about 3:30, but it took us about an hour to get Buddy's truck up the driveway. He has four-wheel drive, but his truck is MUCH heavier than my Jeep, and his wheels seem to cut through the snow to the slick, densely packed layer underneath.

He managed to get his chains on, and things seem better now.

We spent the evening indoors. Bethany got home from work about an hour after her folks arrives.

Buddy took a lot of photos.

And I invented a new children's song tonight with Cedar June. It's called the "Clapping Cheerleader Song." Buddy shot a video of it the third time we ran through it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Christmas Occupation Begins

And so it begins.

We drove to the airport tonight to pick up Joanna, Bethany's sister.

Bethany's parents are due in sometime tomorrow. We're going to have a houseful of people for about a week.

And I'm giving a final at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Yuk.