i’m so excited to share some photos as well as a video i put together from our time in colorado a few weeks ago! we seriously had the best time. talk about a scenic, colorful and truly breathtaking spot. we spent the majority of our time in beaver creek, where the westin riverfront resort and spa so kindly hosted our stay. i don’t think that hotel location can be beat. our windows and balcony had a view of gorgeous mountains and greenery and the area has so many fun activities within a few miles, we did so much each day! we went ice skating, horse back riding, took a fly fishing lesson, rode the gondola to the top of a mountain for lunch, went to the rodeo which i shared a post on here! it was a good time. i also took my first stand up paddle board yoga lesson at the westin’s pool one morning (some photos below) and it was intense! i didn’t even know this was a thing beforehand, but now i am hooked. i’ll tell you more about it below, but now to the fun stuff…. a video and photos! (music in video below is little boats by chelsey scott.)
see what i mean about the views?! insert heart eye emojis here….
conrad always wants to be close by eleanor and samson and included in whatever they are doing. at 8 months this week, i feel like he’s catching up to samson in size already, so i don’t think it’ll be too long before he’s truly holding his own. haha!
the westin riverfront was so kind and welcomed us with warm cookies and milk, as well as cute hats for the family and little backpacks and toy beavers for the kids! i’m always trying to give away their stuffed animals because we tend to accumulate a lot of them, but i think these beavers aren’t going anywhere any time soon. they have been everywhere with us lately. samson’s even went on a hike to a waterfall yesterday and eleanor’s ate breakfast with us at the table this morning. they are so sweet with them!
one of the nice things about the westin, is they have full kitchens in many of their suites, so we were able to do a few of our own meals and made smoothies together like we do at home many mornings. i feel like we could have moved into that suite and stayed forever and died happy. ha!
one morning bright and early at 7AM we had a fly fishing lesson on the hotel grounds and then down by the river! it’s still summer, so we debated bringing coats for the kids, but i’m so glad we did, because those early mornings were cold and they needed them! also, confident our family doesn’t have the patience required for something like this, but still a lot of fun to give it a try!
i hate ski lifts because i hate heights, but we got to ride the enclosed gondola to the top of beaver creek since we had a baby with us (YES!) so our ride up and down the mountain was far more relaxing than the last time and i was able to sit back and enjoy the ride and views much more.
these photos of the kids and josh are some of my favorites. we just chilled and hung out for a good hour or so at the top of the mountain after eating lunch together. the kids love climbing all over papa since he’s the tickle monster and also because he gives them rides on his feet and legs. he’s a really good papa.
so samson was sadly just under the weight requirement for this particular bungee trampoline, but eleanor rocked it. the one we did in california earlier this summer was their favorite part of the trip, so they were so thrilled to see this one at the base of the mountain! next time, samson, you’ll fly too! (he enjoyed some miniature golf instead!)
and ice skating! no one fell, and it is beyond me how that happened! i think my favorite part of the video is the part where josh is teaching eleanor a better stance on her skates. i love seeing her in her little hoody taking such great direction and having that sweet teaching moment with her papa.
maybe it’s a toddler thing, or maybe it’s just a samson thing, but every ball can be a soccer ball, and any floor can make for a good soccer game!
beaver creek’s art festival was going on while we were in town, so we were able to walk around one evening before dinner.
okay, so i started talking about this stand up paddle board yoga class up top, but i want to talk about it some more here because this was one of the coolest things i have done and i still don’t know how i didn’t fall off my paddle board! right now, yoga on a solid steady surface like the floor is a struggle for me (i’d like to blame it on my three kids and their births and what that all did to my abs, but i know a lot of mothers out there with six packs so just kidding), but anyway, this was such an intense challenge and i lived for every minute of it. it only helped that it was early in the morning so the weather was crisp and cool around us but the pool water was heated and extra warm. i don’t know how to describe what an incredible experience this was, but it was something i will remember forever.
don’t mind samson right there, just working on his back stroke! ;)
the new york philharmonic was in town the same weekend as us! imagine that! and also, it was my first time seeing them perform. how embarrassing right?! the hotel so kindly packed a picnic for us and we spent the evening in vail listening to them perform.
just my three little miners gem panning digging for gems and minerals!
josh and i split the most interesting and delicious eggs benedict at the westin’s restaurant, the maya, that was served on polenta with a spicy chorizo sausage. i can’t do spice very well, but this was really really good.
and THIS. this is what i love for. love these kids and this family of mine and so grateful for this fun opportunity to check out a bit of what beaver creek has to offer. thank you so much to the westin riverfront resort and spa for hosting our stay! we truly had such a good time and will hold onto these fun memories forever.