Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Yes, we had the most wonderful visit to Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where we enjoyed our first real WHITE CHRISTMAS and the biggest snowstorm the Denver area has experienced in over 100 years!!! Nicole came down to the basement where Nick and I and Alex were sleeping on Christmas morning to tell us it was snowing!!! It was beautiful to watch the snowflakes fall from inside Nicole and David's warm house! Later on Christmas day,
pictured above, David, Nicole and Gianna are all bundled up to be outside while it was snowing.

Alex's fiancee, Angelina arrived later on Christmas afternoon! That's correct! Alex asked Angelina to marry him on December 17th. We are all very happy for them.

There were 14 of us who stayed with Nicole, David and Gigi: 11 adults and 3 little ones!! It snowed several times the week we were there and I loved it. Both Nick and Alex tried their hands at shoveling the driveway and both concluded they are glad they don't have to do it in California!

We went to Golden, Colorado, where we toured the Coors Brewing Company, tasted some free beer, and visited the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Below is a picture of the whole gang at Coors, l to r: Paul & Reuben, Stacey, Nick, Karen, Dan & Jeri, Nicole, David & Gigi, Carly, Alex & Angelina.

We drove to the Rockies, about an hour and a half, where Nicole, David, Alex, & Angelina snowboarded, and Nick and Paul skied at Loveland Ski Basin. The temperature was -14 degrees with the wind chill factor at the top of the slopes. (I was glad to be back in the lodge babysitting little Gigi!)

In the picture to the right,
that's Nick, Alex and David loading the car in the afternoon.

We took the Light Rail to Downtown Denver and walked alone the 16th Street Mall before going to the Pepsi Center to watch the LA Kings beat the Avalanche.

The entire time we were there it didn't get above 20 degrees except the last day; I think it got up to 27!! (extremely cold for those of us who call Southern California home!!)

It was a lot of fun to hang out with family, Pavones and Bennetts alike. We were one big family. Fellowship and food were grand! Sure do miss everyone.

Our BEST Christmas ever!!

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