We had purchased season passes to Magic Mountain this last year and found out they were going to expire on January 4th. We decided to make one last trip to make sure we got our money's worth from our passes. They are doing something called Holiday in the Park and they have some very cool light displays and winter scenes.
Of course, we went on lots of rides too! Tristan and I had to end the day on the merry-go-round while we waited for the girls to finish shopping!
We had never gone to see the holiday lights at CALM. This year mom and dad treated us to a trip and it was quite beautiful!
The last few years we've come up with a family tradition of just spending time at home together doing some of our favorite activities. We always start with fondue for the kids and chinese hotpot for the adults.
We then spend a few hours playing a family game of Warcraft III. We always play the Coston family against the computer which allows us to work as a team. We have a pretty good record against the computer and there are always lots of laughs.
At some point before midnight, we have to stop and have a break so we can have our chocolate fondue!
We then go back to Warcraft until midnight and then go outside and welcome in the new year with pan banging, car alarm and Ashli blowing out a tune on her trumpet!!
So my Christmas present to myself was a basic leathercraft kit. I got the Basic Leathercraft Kit from Tandy Leather Factory. It comes with a handful of starter projects that teach you how to carve, stamp and dye the leather. This is a coaster and my very first leather work. I followed the instructions to the letter for this one.
My next work was a little coin purse. I decided to stray from the design they suggested and come up with my own design. Since this was going to be for Ashli and she loves gymnastics, I decided to do a gymnastic theme on each side of her little coin purse.
When you open the little snap....there is a girl doing a back bend.
On the back is a girl standing on her hands doing the splits.
Ashli loved the little coin purse.
Samantha wanted the wallet that comes with the kit. Samantha is into Color Guard so I made that the theme for her wallet. Here is the front of the wallet.
Here is the back of the wallet.
Samantha also loved her wallet.
Next I decided to try a rose on the remaining coaster that comes with the kit. Here is the coaster.
I still have lots to learn but I'm slowly getting better. Ultimately I would like to do some bible bags for my family. I need to purchase some larger pieces of leather but I already have ideas for what will go on each bag. I will hopefully post pics once it is all done.
Finally decided to get a membership at Five Dogs Shooting Range and take the family. We even talked my dear 70-year-old mother to shoot with us. These are the only two pictures I got. This one is of my dear mother....now an expert marksman.
This one is my youngest daughter Ashli....apparently you can still cross your legs and be a lady, even when you are shooting!
Samantha wanted a raised bed as a Christmas present. I told her I would do it if she helped me. This is the before picture....
Here's some pictures of the project in process.
Here's the final product and a very happy girl!
I'm a little late on this blog post considering it is now January of 2015 but I'm trying to catch up on getting some pictures uploaded so here we go. We decided to spend Thanksgiving of 2014 in Colorado. We typically drive and there was a little concern we might run into snow. Indeed we did as you can see by the pictures below but we did make it safely.
Both of these pictures were taken in Grand Junction about an hour from my in-laws house. We ran into some thicker snow previously but it was dark and I was driving so I couldn't really get a good picture.
It was only snowy for about two days and then everything cleared up and looked more like this...
Once the weather was a little nicer, the kids and I went on a morning walk and it was absolutely beautiful!
We also celebrated Nola's birthday and Mick brought his mom some beautiful flowers. Unfortunately they were photo-bombed by my lovely wife.
One of the biggest draws to Colorado for my wife and daughters is they get to go horse back riding. Cari went riding with her brother to move some cows and then when they returned, all the girls got to ride around the arena.
The weather was so beautiful I had to go for a run on one of the mornings. I ran along this road and only saw one car for the 45 minutes I was on the road. The views were spectacular!
We also played some basketball and did some shooting.
We had a blast in Colorado! Here's a few pictures of my in-laws house on our last day. Their view of the mountains is awesome!
I decided to go out for a quick 3-mile run this morning. Nice little 8:30 pace. It was cool, quiet and a beautiful morning. One HUGE problem....I reaped the benefits (or lack thereof) of binge holiday eating, with various "small" binges of food not on my plant based diet. Needless to say, I felt crummy but it was a great reminder why I need to get back on track with my running and exercise regiment!
Looking forward to a new year of exercise opportunity and feeling good!
I love the Christmas Break. Sleeping in, playing games with the kids but best of all is the opportunity to get out and do some mountain biking without worrying about the time. The first picture is the day before Christmas. The weather was cool and it had rained a few days before so the trails were nicely packed. In the picture (left to right) Tina, Seth, Kent, Ethan, Steve Jr. and Eddie.
The next picture is the day after Christmas. A smaller group and we had a blast again. (left to right) Ethan, Kent, Todd and Steve Jr.