Hello Joyflakes!

I trust that you all had a fantastic Christmas and got everything you wished for this year.  I had a very strange Christmas because for the first time ever, we didn't give each other gifts.  We went to church, opened stockings, ate Christmas dinner and went to a movie (normal Christmas traditions for us) but that was about it.  The reason for this is because my amazing older brother Martin, is getting married in just a couple of days in Vail Colorado. Instead of gifts, we're all going to ski and shop and drink and have an amazing week in Vail.  My family has been going to Vail for a very long time and my brother met his fiancee there while working after college so it's only fitting to head back to the scene of the crime and celebrate with them.

The next few days are going to be absolutely insane.  Today my sister, Monica and I drove from Iowa to Denver where we are staying the night at my aunt and uncles house.  Tomorrow Monica and I are picking up all of the tuxes, one of my brothers good friends, and driving the rest of the way to Vail to meet up with the rest of the wedding party and celebrate New Years eve.  Then, Wednesday for the bachelorette party we will be snowshoeing something like 2.5 miles to a hut (more like a cabin retreat) in the mountains for the night.  I am both unbelievably excited about this and absolutely freaked that I won't make it.  Thursday will be a family brunch and recovering/skiing/shopping and then Friday is more skiing/shopping, the rehearsal, and the rehearsal dinner.  By the end of the wedding on Saturday night I'm going to be exhausted but I absolutely cannot wait for all of these adventures!

Pictures and updates to come throughout the week if I can manage to stay awake long enough to type them at night.