The first day we went to Garden of the Gods--a beautiful area with rugged red rock formations. Here I am working hard to hold up one of the rocks. They have a really cute trading post.
Our Christmas loot: very different from when I was growing up. We would get up at 5:00, my dad would turn on Elvis Christmas music and we would all come in to see what Santa brought. We would open gifts one person at a time, youngest to oldest. On this vacation I had to text my parents to see when I could come upstairs--it was certainly not 5:00 AM!
One thing that was similar is that we all received books. When I was a kid we would all go our separate ways after the morning gift-opening and spend the day reading. My brothers-in-law all think that was crazy, but I think some of my sisters would still love to do that if they didn't have kids to entertain. We didn't spend much time reading on Christmas though--spent most of the day on the phone, skype, Facetime and texting with family.
On our way home we stopped at a Mexican restaurant. I love this restaurant. The food is really good and the decor is awesome.
Later that day my mom and I went shopping and to the nature center at Garden of the Gods. On the way we stopped at the Glen Eyrie Castle. We had tried to get reservations for a tour but they were sold out until mid January. The guard was really nice though and said we could do a quick drive-by. Beautiful, isn't it? I would love to see the inside.
I watched part of the BYU bowl game with my dad--it was a lot of fun. Neither of us lasted much past half-time though.
We went to Fargo Pizza restaurant Friday night with our friend Peg. It was such a fun place. It seats about 500 (its website says it is the largest pizzeria in the world) and the decor is 1800s-ish.
Enjoying our salads
The last day I was there it was about 60 degrees so we went miniature golfing. I don't think I have done that since college. Even though my parents were very generous in giving me freebie shots, they still did much better than me. There were 3 options, we chose the Western one as it seemed appropriate.