Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Family SNOW morning in Aspen, CO with hot chocolate on a stick

This is part 2 of a 3 part post.  Please read part 1 for more details on Aspen, CO.  Part 3 (the sleigh ride) is coming soon!

During the holidays our family took a vacation to Aspen, Colorado and LIVED some winter wonderland moments for a few days.  On this particular day, we enjoyed some SNOW TIME fun...

Bundled up with layers of long johns, 
down feathers, 
and wrapped scarves...

White streets are one of my favorite things about snow days! 
It feels as if the world has stopped, 
traffic mellows, 
and there are no barriers.  
We can just run and play everywhere! 

And who are those 3 boys in the street anyways?! 
They look too tall to be my kids...

We spent a morning in Aspen just BEING.
   No itinerary, no paid amusement, 
just the five of us in an open park in Aspen, 
with SO many snowflakes! 

I couldn't get enough of this "pinch me!!" view.   
God is the coolest artist I know and it makes me so excited! 

I adore this view! The flawless blue sky traced the outline of a grand tree, 
with clusters of pinecones huddled on branches. 
Amazingly beautiful. 

The big snow covered trees were so proud and welcoming too.
Kotah found his way inside a tree's branches.

Then the boy STUFF happened.  
Past the outer branches of these majestic trees is a SECRET giant playground
formed of a maze of branches.   
The branches enticed my little people...of course. 

Up, up, up...

The boys climbed so high, 
making this Mama's heart dance a little faster.

Champion forest tree climbers, booyah.

Meanwhile, Chris is as chill as he always is.  
In any ordinary instance, this photo would look staged. 
But it's all legit loves! ;) 
This is the family where the Mr. always carries his guitar everywhere and plays it anywhere
and the Mrs. always carries her camera everywhere and snaps it anywhere.
Because of that...perfect shot!

These photos of Chris with his guitar make me smile inside out. 
It's just SO HIM! 
He quietly plays that thing anytime, anywhere.

There could be complete chaos next to him 
and he would still look like this...
so chill and calm.

"I'll smile when you hand me my camera back...pretty please."

 ...but there's no one else I'd rather be with. 

Fresh balls of snow
perfectly formed in glove-covered hands

With three boys and a fierce Daddy...
watch out..




The anticipation of hot chocolate
eagerly plays in young minds after a day in the cold snow. 
Fingers wrapped around a big steaming mug of chocolate
thaw through icy mittens
warming us up from fingertips to toes.

Jingle bell songs and hot chocolate

 I've recently found a little treasure that I've mentioned already before! 
The concept is simply adorable yet sophisticated, 
fun yet full of quality.

Squares of flavored chocolate sit at the bottom of individual sticks.  
Easily stir the chocolate stick into a big mug of hot water or hot milk.
Salted Caramel is my favorite!

The possibilities for these unique hot chocolate sticks are endless. 
They are perfect for entertaining, party favors, and gifts.  
I shared ideas previously here  on how to use them for gifts.  

Ticket Kitchen's hot chocolate on a stick are a new favorite of mine! 
I just double love these adorable things. ;) 

 For more hot chocolate ideas, 
visit a past post for a simple hot chocolate bar at home after a day of sledding:

Our family day in the Aspen mountains was a memory keeper.
Classic recreation of snowball fights, guitar songs, and hot chocolate sipping
remains timeless for a reason...
it works. 
It makes families close and it makes hearts happy.

This is part 2 of a 3 part post.  Please read part 1 for more details on Aspen, CO.  Part 3 (the sleigh ride) is coming soon!

The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own and always will be!

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jeana said...

How fun!! We LOVE Aspen, so beautiful. Wonderful pictures!

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone had a BLAST..Such beautiful and peaceful pictures..

Jane said...

Seeing your beautiful photographs makes me (almost) want to leave my warm climes and visit. How utterly beautiful! You captured, not only the beauty, but the FEEL of Aspen. Oh how I would love some of those little pinecones!!!

The photo of Chris would make a beautiful album cover...for his music. Hmmmm.....

I love hot chocolate on a stick...and made it for Christmas gifts to the grand-nieces and nephews. I also added a homemade marshmallow block on top...perfection. I'll send you the recipe...

b. said...

You're soooo funny! I don't want you to smile anyway. I give up. LOL.

I didn't know Chris took his guitar everywhere.

The boys looked like they had a blast, can't believe Cameron climbed so high. Brave lil boys!

Pretty pictures as always. LOVED all the white, white snow. Looks so refreshing and clean!

Jenny said...

So Lisa. Are we going to see your husband on American Idol or other new star tryouts?

I think we should!

And I think we should cheer you on for the Design Star show. You've got the talent, the beauty, the creativity.

You are really amazing.

Love the tree photos!

Debra Howard said...

What a cute idea! Hot chocolate on a stick. Love the pics of your family. It looks and sounds like you had a blast.

caveman said...

Fun post! It makes me wish I was there again right now. Aspen with "us" is heaven.

ArtfullyJune said...

Oh the hot chocolate on a stick looks and sound delicious.

visting from TT&J

Six Sisters said...

Yum! That's such a great idea! We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters