Thursday, February 17, 2011

Snow! February 8th

Yep, we got some more! 
It melted a little cause it was so warm, then this thing blew in 
like a crazy witch the evening of the 7th... 
Took this at about 9:30pm, in my PJs. lol

I couldn't wait to see what the morning would bring... 
Weather report was calling for 8 inches or more, SWEETNESS. 
Ha, I could hardly sleep, like a kid on christmas eve. 

Well, the morning was a pretty big let down in inches, but hey we still got some! 
The wind and really cold overnight temperatures kept the plows from making much progress 
overnight, so there were loads of numb nuts out getting stuck everywhere... 
They eventually closed the hill in front of the house and brought a few plows in to sort things out. 
The ridiculous thing is, a few blocks east is another main 6 lane road that 
runs parallel to ours with much smaller hills... Idiots....

Thankfully today Karla had been asked to come in late to help cover a special event, 
so once my morning work was completed I was able to take her to work. 
The roads were still an utter mess, was glad it worked out that I could take her. 

As soon as I got home, it was clear I had some shoveling to do! 
Thankfully we had the foresight to clean out all the snow out of the courtyard the day before... 
But, the wind still made a rather big mess in here!

Oh, and I might add Luke was no help at all.... His take on snow days:

Careful where you stand!!

Got all the snow out of the courtyard and into a huge pile on the other side of the fence... 
That took up my whole lunch break! 
Thankfully it had been very cold overnight, and was still only 0 degrees, 
so the snow was rather fluffy.


Back to work, but I knew we would be heading out later...

Fast forward... Yay work is done and it's time to play. 
It was now 2 degrees and a bit windy, putting the windchill at -30. 
Ok, even I will admit that's a little chilly, but that means the park should be totally empty! 
Going to pull out all of Luke's layers for this one. 
Two long sleeve coats and a thick fleece neckwarmer. 
I wish I could get him to wear boots, but he won't hear of it.

Off to the park. Geese have decided to lay in the middle of the road today, 
which drove the dogs a bit bonkers.

Dressed to impress!

Hurray fresh tracks!

More than a few points I was wishing for my snowshoes... Whew! 
Between the temp/wind combo and the snow, we cut the walk in half compared to our normal loop. 
This, of course, was fine by Luke!

Usually we would go around this second lake as well.

Evidently I wasn't the only thing steaming today

Lots of ducks enjoying nature's hot tub

What a beautiful day

Wind obscuring table top mountain in Golden

Favorite shot of the day

Haha, also dressed to impress... NOT. 
With cold induced asthma I unfortunately have to cover my mouth for aerobic activity at anything 
below 25 degrees to try to warm the air when it hits my lungs. With conditions so cold today, well... 
This meant even with nothing but a tshirt under my jacket and the pitzip vents open I was so 
toasty I had to keep my gloves off. Better for taking photos I guess! 
Haha, warm hands... Sometimes it's nice being a walking heater....

Subaru commercial?

Boys passed out completely after their doses of pain pills to help with old man joints. 
At 12 (Kodi) and 13 (Luke) they need a little help these days.

The 53 image slideshow is worth a look, have some captions too.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Snow! February 6th

On Sunday, February 6th, we got more snow than we were expecting!
Hurray for snow on a weekend.
When we open our garage to this, you know exactly what we are thinking! 
Well, except Luke, who of course has just gone back to bed....

It was one of those rare snows in Colorado with no wind and pretty warm... 
Which means every branch of every tree was covered. 
Did I mention this is unusual for us? What a treat!

Check out Karla's goose impression... 
Sorry the audio isn't better I was standing a good 20feet away. 
I couldn't stop laughing...

Kodi cooled off in the creek...

Not sure how amused the ducks were....

A friend of mine in Massachusetts had posted this video a few days prior. Made me laugh!

Made me think of this... "It's so FLUFFY!"

So I figured I'd give it a shot... bad plan.... ow....

LOL... Anyways, great fun. Here's the full slideshow with captions!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow! February 2nd

Those who know me, know I love snow... 
For those who don't know me, well, you've been educated! 
Winter is my favorite season, so expect lots of pictures...

We got some warm, wet snow the evening of the 1st, continued to fall into the next day. 
YAY! It was a week day, so once work was done the boys and I headed out. 
At 29 degrees, even Luke didn't need to be layered up.

Yep! Good sign.

Boys were definitely enjoying it.... 
We don't often go to this park because it's usually crowded, 
but evidently during the week when it's snowing it's pretty empty! 

Snow.... The new hairgel....

Link to the full slideshow, 21 photos.

Motorcycle Ice Racing, January 30

This will be the second year that Karla and I have joined some motorcycle friends to watch ice racing north of Woodland Park. 
We had a great time last year and this year was fantastic! 
Dan and his fiance Liz, John, Karla and I rounded out the group that went.

The weather was pretty spectacular. 
Warm (like tshirt and sweatshirt warm most of the day) with minimal wind (in an area known for high winds!).
We were lucky to snag the same spot we did last year, on a hill above the lake. 
It's a bit protected by wind, away from the crowds/noise, and, well, NOT ICY. haha. 
Here's our view:

The races were awesome, as always. 
All types of stuff, from bare and studded motorcycles, 4x4 quads (bare), 
2x4 sport quads (bare and studded) and 4x4 sport quads (bare). Even the kids got in on the fun. 
Here's a bit of a sampling:

...pure awesomeness...

Our friend Dan had made the excellent suggestion of doing burgers this year, 
he even snagged a small portable grill for the occasion. 
Everyone chipped in a bit to help out with supplies. 
That's Dan arranging the burgers, and John getting a bit ahead of himself. LOL

Karla and I brought our table, and the big tree stump made a perfect grill platform.

Liz, who is a professionally trained chef, cooked them up just right.

The day was so warm even Luke enjoyed himself with minimal fuss

"May I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease have a hamburger?"

John and Dan went down to the ice to get a closer look. 
I stayed up on the hill, ready with the camera zoomed in in case they fell... 
Unfortunately, they kept their footing. LOL

Kodi was sure to "babysit" Liz and Karla

I am sure John and Dan considered asking this little man for a ride

Lots more racing! Went pretty much steady from 8am until 4pm.

Rocking the old school! 
John filled us in, 
evidently when he was younger he managed to ride one of these long enough to get good,
and NOT kill himself in the process...


John thought up a brilliant seating arrangement in the back of his HD diesel Dodge.... 
Can you see Liz's thoughts on this? LOL

The medical team (the rider was just fine)

A compilation of some videos of the races... 
Didn't edit over the sound so you can hear the NOISE some of these machines make!

Here's some video of the kids playing by the track, 
as well as a helicopter that made frequent appearances!
We were not far from the Air Force Academy, figured some cadets wanted to watch the action!

It was a great day.... This will definitely continue to be an annual outing for Karla and I.
The drive home was beautiful as well, we took the back way both ways, avoiding freeway entirely.

View the entire album here, 35 photos.