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Going Home :: Christmas in Colorado.

This winter break, we decided to take the Peach to visit her grandparents in Colorado. As a girl who graduated from Boulder High School and came back for grad school, I love this town!

This was Miss Peach’s first trip on a plane (that she was conscious for) and I must say, she was a wonderful little traveler and spent the majority of coloring and handing pictures back through the seats to a charming two year old girl.

Ever the ready traveler she also spent a good chunk of time reviewing the flight emergency fold out and telling me stories about the travelers as the hopped out of the plane on slides.

Of course. We wanted snow. Living in the Bay Area means no snow days, so we were hoping for a bit of snow–just a sprinkle to show the Peach. And one night it started to snow.

And snow.

And snow. Until 5:00PM the next day…

Fourteen inches of lovely snow. The most exquisite light snow that you could actually see the snowflakes.

And the Peach loved the snow! And slogged through the 18 plus inches with a whole lot of joy. She wore those wonderful items from Polarn O. Pyret and put some layers underneath them to deal with the 25 degree weather. (Psstt.. P O.P is having a HUGE SALE right now, so stock up for next winter if you can!)

And she topped it all with a tutu Grandma gave her. Perfection.

We have our little traditions–the Christmas cookies and Parker House rolls. And going out to eat on Christmas Eve is one of my favorites. Such a nice break from all the prep.

Christmas morning was wonderful! The Peach totally scored with some sweet hands-on prezzies.  Basically a Melissa and Doug bonanza!

But the surprise hit was her camera. Who knew?

Actually, the Peach’s biggest gift was being able to spend time with her grandparents. She enjoyed every minute with them.

I think the feeling was mutual.

It was the first time back in Boulder and I wanted to show Eric my old stomping grounds, so we sneaked away during the Peach’s nap time to Mountain Sun, where I spent many a night with my study group drink pints of the best beer west of the Mississippi.

I was really excited to check out the junk/thrift shops in Boulder, but alas being a college town full of young people, there really wasn’t much except Target goods that were a few years old.  Instead we went to a terrific vintage clothing shop called Goldmine. And it lived up to its name!

Eric bought some plus fours and I left with this sweet faux Enid purse that I LOVE! Can’t wait to take that to Alt in a couple of weeks!

Since I was home, I went through my closet and some old boxes I had left there from my childhood up to my grad school years. Remember those discs? I found a great stash of my childrens’ books too!

Best find–my vintage Betty and Veronica comics. Including this gem from the fashion pages!

Well done, B & V–you are still trend on thirty years later!

I’m so glad we came out to Colorado for Christmas. One of the best decisions of 2011!

Did you go home for the holidays?

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  1. liz says

    what a great christmas! my husband lived in Boulder for sometime. i’ve actually never been….one day….and with the kids 😉

    • Dottie says

      Liz–it is worth a little trip! It’s a very cozy sweet little town. And as my mother says.. “with great schools and food is so much cheaper here…”

  2. Jody says

    Beautiful! And lucky you that the Peach is such a game traveler. Eliza, not so much fun on the plane. Ack!

    • Dottie says

      Jody–I think it was the awe and newness of the whole thing that worked in my favor with Miss Peach’s first airplane trip. But also, the flight wasn’t that long–it was just under three hours, which is perfect for kids. I don’t know how Eliza survives her coast to coast flights!

  3. Alix says

    So pretty! My fave pic is, of course, Peachie in her SNOW TUTU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha. So awesome.
    Also, those computer disks were cracking me up. I am sure i have a stash back home too and who knows what was on them!

    Your father’s expression in that photo is also so wonderful. She is a very loved little girl!
    So glad you guys had an excellent holiday!

    • Dottie says

      Someone on Instagram said I should use the computer disks as coasters. Too funny!

      Yeah, I kinda love that shot of my Dad. The Peach used to go down to his office thinking it was a post office and “mail” her drawings. So. Stinking. Cute.

    • Sheila says

      in TN I just saw that you were wondering too-so kind of you. I loved the story of your St. Bernard who doesn’t do sriats (no Downward-facing Dog yoga poses for him, huh?)and the beautiful Arab saying you shared today. I pray you will make it through the stormy night safe and sound, and all the animals too. BTW did you see my little note to you yesterday? I commented: You’re making progress so fast! Like Z barreling down the stretch! Way to go!Looking forward to the next installment of Rescue at River Edge Farm.@Nancy I hope you’ll be able to tell us soon that all your loved ones are safe.@Valeria Cannon Prayers for you too to make it through the storm unscathed. Please post as soon as you can.

  4. Melinda says

    Grandparents + little girls + Christmas = Magic!

  5. lishyloo says

    love this! peach is such a dear in her tutu! my kinda outfit!

    do you want to know my fave part of this? you will die. the towel over grandma’s shoulder. my mom does this too, and my husband spent a great deal of time snatching the towel off of her shoulder and wiping his hands with it and we were all SHOCKED because he was messin’ with her and she’s VERY protective of the dish towel!!

    • Dottie says

      Lish! I have to laugh because it is so my Mom and I’m delighted to see that she’s not alone in the old towel on the should trick. I myself prefer an apron, but I won’t change my Mom’s dishtowel on the shoulder technique for anything!

      Yet, another reason to come visit you!

  6. Tiffanie says

    Another beautiful Xmas vacation post! Was fun to read and I love the tons o’ snow photos!

    I’ve never been to Boulder, but I have to say, Denver has some of the best vintage/thrift shops I’ve ever been to. So much less picked over than here in SF!

    • Dottie says

      I’ve heard that Denver had some sweet thrift shops! Maybe next time we get out there, we’ll stop by and get some goodies. Anything is less picked over than SF for thrift stores. Le sigh!



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