Vacation in Cabo San Lucas

Clare and Rob on the rooftop brewpub
Clare and Rob on the rooftop brewpub

This past Christmas I got Clare a trip to Cabo San Lucas. It was a team effort – Dave and Ellen volunteered to watch the kids, Betty and Nancy gave me advice on Cabo, and we all kept it a secret for well over a month. Clare was tickled pink. We just got back, and had a pretty darn good time. We took a beautiful sunset cruise, went snorkeling, relaxed in pools, and hot tubs, read books, took naps, took romantic walks, etc. The thing we didn’t enjoy was people trying to sell us something at every turn. That was a bit annoying. All in all though, it was a very nice trip, and a great little escape from winter in Denver (though it actually got up near 60F in Denver while we were gone).

Winter fun

Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
We have had a lot of winter fun in the last week or so. We have gone sledding several times. There is a pretty good hill right behind our house, which is super convenient. The day after Christmas we went ice skating at the Apex (indoors), which was really great. I want to thank my friend Daniel Reeves for teaching me how to roller blade. I think that my roller blading experience really made my first try at ice skating much easier. In fact, I found it easier than roller blading, especially since there are no hills! Thanks also to Ellen for suggesting it, and for Grace, who pushed us to go.

On the 29th, Spencer and I went skiing on Monarch mountain with our friends Rick and Tao. Spencer and I both took lessons. I skied once, about 11 years ago, with my friend Rachel Rose. I thought I had forgotten all of it, but apparently not. It was also a bit easier than I thought. I also feel like ice skating helped me prepare, since it uses some of the same muscles and concepts, like balancing, and leaning forward a bit. Thanks Rick for showing us the ropes at Monarch! And thanks to Ellen for getting me and Spencer snow pants, and Clare and Ellen, for getting me and Spencer nice down jackets.

On January 1st, Rob, Spencer, Dave, and Grace hiked up North Table mountain – a tradition we would like to continue in future years. Hopefully we can get more people to join. Spencer was pretty tired, but he managed to make it all the way to the top.



Christmas day

Meg with her new clicky shoes and a tutu + dress
Meg with her new clicky shoes and a tutu + dress

Somehow, Santa Claus magically made an appearance at our house Christmas Eve, and brought us all more toys to open on Christmas morning. The kids patiently waited for Dave, Ellen, and Bret to come over, and then even waited past a tasty breakfast of egg casseroles that Clare made, to open their new gifts. They also helped everyone else open gifts as well.

After a day of hanging out and trying out all the new toys, we had a traditional Christmas dinner of sushi rice, Korean barbecue, sweet and sour vegetables, teriyaki chicken, and teriyaki seitan. Meg really loves seitan (though she calls it chicken).


Christmas Eve

This year we spent Christmas Eve at Dave and Ellen’s house, with Drew, Grace, Bret, and David Halla. In the tradition of my friend, Sean Gallagher, and his family, we made several different soups to enjoy. I made creamy red lentil chowder, and Clare made beef stew.