Monthly Archives: August 19, 2018

The 5th annual Joel and Lauren Christmas card is here.

Check it out:  http://tinyurl.com/yb6r9n5

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I made my stab at snowboarding over the weekend. Our friend Megan was nice enough to loan me her gear while she learns to telemark ski, so that was very helpful. However, just having gear doesn’t guarantee anything! We went to Loveland Ski Area, and I took a lesson while Joel snowboarded. The lesson was very helpful, but it will take a good bit more work before I am anywhere near comfortable riding. I think I fell on my knees about a million times, so they, along with most of my body, were feeling a little rough afterward.

Here is a word to the wise: When you are doing anything at a high altitude, be sure to drink PLENTY of water, and take ibuprofen in the morning if you are prone to altitude sickness. After my  lesson, Joel and I were eating lunch. I started to feel funny, and then I told him I was going to black out. And that I did. It was the weirdest experience: I felt like I was dreaming for a little while, and then Joel and two other people touched me, and I woke up (still sitting in my chair). A patroller took me down to the first aid area, and they asked me a bunch of questions. All we could figure was that I didn’t drink enough water, because I felt fine otherwise. Later, Joel and I realized I didn’t take any ibuprofen in the morning (which has seemed to help my altitude problems), so that may have been part of it also. So, what’s the moral of the story? Remember that high altitudes aren’t the same as low ones! I’ll have to wait for another weekend to try my hand (feet?) at snowboarding again…

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Last weekend, Adam came to visit. Somewhat similar to when mom came, he brought terribly cold weather with him. And I mean terrible…it was the coldest we’ve ever felt in our lives. I think -10 was the lowest we saw! We made the most of it and still did everything we wanted to, but it would have been much more pleasant had it been warmer. I’ll be honest – if he hadn’t been here, I probably would have made serious efforts to stay inside the whole weekend.

So, what did we do? We had dinner with a couple of friends from Lipscomb who live here, snowshoed (loved it!), damaged our car a bit, got the car fixed, visited REI, toured the Coors factory, went to the Tattered Cover bookstore (which is super cool by the way), got fish tacos at Wahoo’s, saw a sneak preview of Invictus, went to Boulder, stopped by Chautauqua Meadows, went to Red Rocks, and ate at Watercourse. And froze. Phew. Here are some pictures (captions under each picture):

All of us snowshoeing
All of us snowshoeing (click to enlarge)
The Flatirons at Chatauqua Meadows; Joel and Adam at Chataqua
The Flatirons at Chatauqua Meadows; Joel and Adam at Chautauqua (click to enlarge)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
This was probably the most out of breath I've been in my whole life.  I do not recommend jogging then climbing a ton of stairs at 6200 ft when it's -5 degrees!
This was probably the most out of breath I've been in my whole life. I do not recommend jogging then climbing a ton of stairs at 6200 ft when it's -5 degrees!
Adam and me at Red Rocks; Joel and me at Red Rocks
Adam and me at Red Rocks; Joel and me at Red Rocks (click to enlarge)

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We originally planned on staying in Denver for Thanksgiving. When Matt & Erin invited us to Texas, and the flight down there wasn’t expensive, we decided to go for it! We had a lovely time, and we had a wonderful meal, almost exclusively prepared by Matt. Along with Matt & Erin, we got to spend time with our niece Evie and Erin’s brother Zach.

Feeding Evie pancakes with Nutella
Feeding Evie pancakes with Nutella
Joel reading Evie a book
Joel reading Evie a book
Fixing dinner
Fixing dinner
Eating!
Eating!

On Saturday night, we went to a fun Christmas concert at the Fort Worth Symphony.

At the symphony
At the symphony

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