I started off this holiday break on a plane... My father, step mom, and I flew west to California for 6 days. Happily eager to sink my feet into the warm sand I haven't seen in almost a year I was willing to miss four days of the last week of the semester. Unfortunately this trip wasn't exactly for the best reason. My incredibly hilarious and charming grandfather past away two weeks before the end of my semester. We were flying out to spend some days with my Gammy and family and to celebrate my Poppys life with some good friends. Other than the reason to fly out, I had a lovely time going on coffee dates with my aunt Julie and picking up my little cousin Taylor from her high school water polo practice two minutes from the ocean (which looks like it came right out of a movie) and remembering my Pops in wonderful ways. He was the funniest, most caring, and best car racer on the planet and I miss him everyday.
After landing back in Colorado to the first real storm this season, I was ready for a family filled holiday season. After countless Christmas parties with too many drunk uncles it was soon Christmas morning. After having a pre-christmas at my dads house-because my step brothers were flying to LA to see their dad-and maybe some more hot cocoa, I was cuddling with my sister opening gifts. We had a fluffy guest this Christmas as well. One of my best friends - Franny - was in Costa Rica for the holiday and left her rambunctious but adorable puppy Herschel with me. After he ripped all of the wrapping paper off of every gift under the tree, Christmas had seemed to be over. But my step dad stepped away for a moment and came back with a pad of paper and pens for each of us. We all knew what was happening but nobody acually seemed ready. My step dad informed us months earlier that soon we would be picking a family vacation, but in an interesting way. Each of us write down our dream getaway and dropped it in a hat... Last exotic trip pulled from the hat wins... Simple right? Not exactly, after winning BOTH round one and two, we went to a round three. In the end my moms trip was chosen. HAWAII! So this summer, stay tuned for a recap on a super rad excursion to the paradise of America. We plan to hike and camp for the whole trip so I'm stoked for the adventures ahead!
The rest of my winter break consisted of spending time with my family, and friends. Of course I fit in an Avalanche game with Gray as well! I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday season and is excited for the new year! I'm ready for some new adventures and a wonderful semester at school