January 19, 2011

Winter Love

Literally a week before Christmas, LeRoy and I decided after our rough 2010 we needed to end it on a getaway. I had been wanting Sloan to see snow so I started doing some research online and we ended up heading to Durango, Colorado. It was a super duper choice b/c it is the cutest old west town ever. It was absolutely perfect the day we pulled into town b/c the snow was falling and it looked just like in the movies. It ended up dumping about 32 inches in 3 days (no joke) so Sloan definitely got to see some snow. It was the MOST snow LeRoy and I had ever seen and you know I've seen some snow being from Missouri! I have to say though it is true that it just didn't seem as cold b/c of the dry air. I think it was high of 22 degrees the day we went skiing and I didn't even wear my ski goggles...maybe b/c I was sweating my bootie off and they kept fogging up. Lord, help me get back to the gym this year! :) Anyway, it was just what the Nellis family needed to end the year and ring in the new. We went snowmobiling (too fun!), skiing and went on a beautiful sleigh ride (my choice). Hope everyone is having a Happy 2011 so far.

3 hours from our final destination the snow started to fall

...and fall

...and fall

By this point, I'm getting a little nervous driving
Random snow skiiers out in the middle of NO where!
Now these vehicles I trust in the snow...we snowmobiled through the forest and it was so beautiful. I did great until 200 ft. from the end and tipped the snowmobile over with Sloan on the back
This is my all time favorite scenic shot from this trip. It looks like a Hallmark commercial/card to me...cozy!
Let's just say Sloan was NOT used to the cold
Thank goodness we don't have to do this in Texas!
Time to ski
Ski lessons for me!

but it wasn't. I took about 6 pictures of this guy and then once he got right in front of me I was like oops! That's not my hubby.
The Lodge...warmth!
Check out that snowflake! I mean we couldn't have planned that...hysterical and I don't I have the best smile?
Just another icicle in Colorado...and we think everything is bigger in TX!
Snowball fight
Sloan is my little future photographer, huh?
I love these trees!

Our horses name's were Earl & Pearl and they were out of shape...we loved them!
It was 0 degrees on this ride. We were FFFRrreeeezzzzzing!

We had to stop and give Earl & Pearl a break before they tried to make it up this hill. Bless their hearts

It's so cold he's got ice boogies
Mmmm!Hot cocoa and live music back in the lodge. Warmth!


Tiffany said...

Brandi ~ it looks like you guys had such a great time!
I love all of the photos, but that last one is priceless! :)

ViVi said...

Wow nice..In our country it never snow.. :(

fuerza docente said...

amazing pictures! by de way, did u know there is a Durango in México¿?