After we had some great fun in Philadelphia we headed up to Clinton, New York to visit the Dibbles. We had a really nice time. Highlights included visiting the Rich Dibble farm, meeting the newest addition Rosemary, hiking around Hamilton college, some great New York pizza, incredible food for Thanksgiving dinner, and a very relaxed, mostly unplugged time. Keep reading for about 80 magnificent pictures.
p.s. The above group picture was the only one which didn’t have a kid sticking out their tongue! It looks like Spencer is giving us the bird, but I think that is unintentional. Unfortunately Abe had to leave to tend to a cow before we took the picture.
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.
After promising to visit for about 5 years, the Soule-Reeves family finally made it out to Colorado to see us! We had a very nice visit, even though Danny and Bethany spent Saturday morning being interviewed on Fox News. Saturday we went swimming at the Apex, and then had a bunch of people over for dinner, including Greg & Mekayla, Chris & Sarah, and Grandpa Dibble.
Sunday Chris and Sarah joined us once again for a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. After the museum we went to the playground to enjoy the beautiful 60 degree sunny weather, and took advantage of the breeze to try out some new kites.
Dave and Ellen came out to visit this past weekend. We had a really great time. We bought a tree and decorated it, made cookies, and played a bunch with the kids. It was a sad farewell when they had to leave. Spencer gave Ellen and Dave each a car from the Cars set he had just gotten. I continue to be amazed by Spencer’s willingness to share.
Melanie came to visit us over labor day weekend, which was really nice. We had a fun time hanging out together. Melanie and Clare got massages on Saturday, then we spend most of the rest of the day just hanging out. In the evening we went over to Tao’s house for Smores.
Sunday we went down down to Colorado Springs with the hope of taking the train up to Pike’s Peak. Unfortunately it was packed on Labor Day weekend, and we couldn’t get on the train, and had a terrible time finding a parking spot to have lunch. We did see some of the Garden of the Gods. It was actually our first trip down to Colorado Springs. Now that we know our way around a bit better, we will have to try again on a weekend which isn’t so busy.
The grand Feltys came to visit us the last weekend in August. Phil and Betty came over to celebrate Fran’s birthday. Spencer was very excited about the cake we got from Das Meyer, and then proceeded to eat about one tiny bite. He seems very excited about the idea of cake lately, but doesn’t actually like eating it that much.
Saturday morning Clare flew out to Ohio for a bridal shower. The rest of us went to the Colorado Railroad Museum. We didn’t know it ahead of time, but they were laying new track that day. That was pretty exciting. We watched them work on the track for at least 30 minutes. They had some big dump trucks and front-loaders, which Spencer enjoyed very much. We also got to ride the steam engine twice!
We were fortunate that both kids took long naps Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the same time! This allowed me time to can some more salsa Saturday afternoon while the kids and the grandparents were napping. We got a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!