Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fun in the Snow

The tail end of March has brought the majority of the snowfall we have seen in Denver this year. We were buried in 18" of fresh snow in about 18 hours that closed down school and even work for many of us. It came as a nice little break from what would have been a very busy week at work.
Of course, once the storm subsided Elizabeth and Julio had to get out and play in the snow. They had a real fun time out there! Julio ran all over the place having to hop through the shoulder deep snow. Elizabeth had fun sitting on the base of the snowman in progress eating snow.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pucker Up!

With the weather getting nice and Grandma Lois in town, Kate and I headed up to the famous Grey Reef on the North Platte River in Wyoming for a shot at some big boys. It didn't take long for Kate to hook up and land a HOG! Fish on! The expression on Kate's Face Says it all! Fighting big trout off the reel on a light fly rod is simply a blast!We rented a boat for a day and floated / Rowed about 12 miles of river which took up nearly 12 hours to fish. We took a nice little break along the way for some lunch. For some reason, a sandwich and beer always seems to taste better outdoors.
Towards the end of the evening we moved in on a very nice little run that held a bunch of fish. With the boat ramp in sight we milked the last few moments of daylight for all they were worth and managed to pull several big ones out before having to call it a day.
We have another fishing expedition to the reef planned in a few months as a father and sons outing with my brother and father. I'm already looking forward to what I know is going to be a fantastic trip!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fun with Nana and Pop Pop

While Jan and Kate were in Mexico, Elizabeth had the opportunity to spend lots of quality time with Grandmom Maron and Granpop Steve, going to the park, taking long walks and learning all kinds of new tricks for when mommy and daddy returned.

Whenever we return from being away from Elizabeth, it seems like she's grown 2 inches and has learned so many new things. Grandma taught her that pony tails and pig tails are pretty and to leave her hair barrets in her hair (this has been quite the challenge in the past) and how to pray the Rosary (kind of). She at least knows to kiss Jesus' boo boos which is so precious.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Zoo with Nana and Pop Pop

Have we mentioned lately that Elizabeth just loves the zoo? What is there not to like? The day that we visited, we were one of the first people to arrive. Although it was still a little bit chilly outside, all of the animals were up and about, making all kinds of noises. Elizabeth's favorites (this week) were the lion's roar and the snow leopard's, well, roar. Very appropriate considering the fact that her favorite song this week, thanks to pop pop, is the Penn State Fight Song.

And my favorite are still the giraffes. We've always had something in common.

There are peacocks that wander freely all over the zoo grounds. This particular morning, the peacocks where definitely showing their tail feathers and Jan got some great shots! I can't get over how beautiful these bird are.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quick Trip to Cozumel, Mexico

After a very busy few months, Kate and I decided to make a quick trip to Cozumel, Mexico for some much needed R&R and to enjoy some of the Caribbean's finest SCUBA diving. We got in 7 dives in 3 days which consisted of 3 wall dives, 3 reef dives, and a wreck dive. Most of our dives stretched out to nearly a hour under water with a max depth for the trip at 83 ft. The visibility was terrific, and the coral formations never disappoint.

The main plaza downtown is a great place to hang out at night. There are some great places to eat like our favorites "Casa Denis" which has fantastic authentic Mexican food and margaritas, and "El Foco" where you can find the best $5 worth of food money can buy anywhere! - the El Foco Special! On the weekends live bands play latin music in the square and the local islanders come out for a fun evening on the town.

After 7 dives in 3 days, Kate and I rented a jeep and went out on a little exploration trip of the Island. Along the way we found this little beach with an interesting lifeguard stand that was rather photogenic so of course we had so snap off a few pictures....

same shot in B&W, totally different feeling...On the windward side of the island there are some beautiful beaches and fun little restaurants. Its hard to beat a view like this one to enjoy a cervesa on nice sunny day!Hasta Luego Cozumel!