Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013 - Estes Park Again!

For the fourth straight year, the Colorado Kerschens have woken up to a view just like this on Christmas day, thanks to a very great tradition Grammie & Opa have started!  Instead of giving gifts (grandkids excluded), they give us a mountain get-away.  The 4 Hanou Kids and their spouses know they're welcome to stay the whole week but it doesn't always work for each family.  But, this year it did!  At least for part of the week we had 16 of us stay together in Estes Park in a HUGE 5 bedroom "Cabin". 
As you can imagine, we didn't get a whole lot of sleep last week - with 6 grandkids under 6.  But it was fun, fun, fun - as Lillian would say!

Lillian's Christmas began with a BANG! She finally got her own kitchen.  Big thanks to her cousins; Holden & Everett and Aunt Kim & Uncle Ian for the hand-me-down.
We got just enough snow for Uncle Ian to take the "big kids" sledding down the middle of the road.  They loved it!
Red headed cuties! Carolyn 8 months - Keira 9 months

Snuggling Aunt Kim!

Snuggling Grammie!

This is what you call Grandma Heaven...

Opa gets the best giggles from Lil....

And Jak!
The snow melted, the sun came out & we walked up to St. Mary's Lake.  The kids loved throwing stones in the water!

Love these boys....

Such a "snapshot" of these 3 kids lives right now.  What 2 1/2 year old doesn't like to put olives on their fingers or wear no clothes?  What 8 month old doesn't chew on pretty much everything - teeth coming?  And what 1 1/2 year old doesn't rearrange everything they can get their hands on?  What handfuls!

Love appetizer nights!  So glad Uncle Severin, Aunt Colleen and baby Carolyn made the trip.  We loved being with them!

Once her cold cleared up, Carolyn turned on the charm!  What a cutie!

The best pic of the Colorado Kerschen Clan on Christmas day.  Had to have at least one picture of us not in our pajamas! Jak was wiggly - surprise surprise!

Looking pretty darn happy & relaxed...vacation is good for us!

Aunt Casey is going to kill me for this one!  For as little sleep as she had all week....Casey actually hung in there like a champ!  She's the one who wanted to stay up after the kids went to bed & party!
Jak & Keira - they seem to speak a secret language...

And they hug each other pretty often too!

Jak at the Stanley Hotel admiring the Christmas tree.

These little rocking chairs were just the right size for Jak - if he wasn't rocking in them he was standing up & trying to surf on them!

Happy Keira!  Same as Carolyn - once her cold cleared up she sparkled!
The official end of 2013 Kerschen Picture....until next year!

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