Monday, January 23, 2012

Now the ground is white...A one-horse open sleigh ride

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This is part 3 of a 3 part post.  Please read part 1 and part 2 for more details on snow days in Aspen, CO.  

This year I wanted to find a  
old fashioned
winter charm family activity.
So I searched and googled and then... 
Umm, hello sleigh ride!   

In Aspen, Colorado, we finished off our vacation with a traditional old-fashioned sleigh ride.

"Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh...over fields we go, laughing all the way..."

The boys took some time to greet the gentle yet powerful animals.  Horses are incredible! The boys picked out their favorite horses and waited with anticipation to see which horse would pull their sleigh and what his name would be.

Meet Ben.  
The powerful horse that pulled us gently through the snow powder.

The bells were the most charming of all!  
Their light jingle made a merry path 
with every step of the way. 

Cameron loves horses.

Everything had to be JUST RIGHT before we took off...

Lots of warm blankets layered on the black sleigh 
to provide extra comfort for little toes. 

Finally time to bounce into the sleigh!

Cuddle close and hold fast loves.

down coats,
thick blankets,
hats pulled tightly over heads...
only our noses are exposed to greet
the icy winter.

"Dashing through the snow..."

in a one horse open sleigh..."

"Over fields we go"

"Now the ground is white...
go it while you're young...
and sing this sleighing song!"

"Jingle bells, 
jingle bells, 
jingle all the way...

O what fun it is to ride 
in a one-horse open sleigh"

warming us up from the inside out.
Bye beautiful horse
and thank you for pulling us over 
the snowy white hills.

 I thrive on experiencing these charmed moments 
with the ones that make my heart laugh over and over again.
I love my family truly, madly, deeply (said in true 90s lyrics).

Our sleigh ride was magic.  All my days I spend with my family is magic, whether it's washing dishes together or painting the town red. 

This is part 3 of a 3 part post.  Please read part 1 and part 2 for more details on snow days in Aspen, CO.  

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Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures are...well, picture perfect, and I know your day was as well! Keep those memory making days come alive, sweet lady!


Jane said...

What gorgeous photos!!! You and your family have "memory-making" down pat.

I have always wanted to go for a sleigh ride. Maybe one day...
(I also want to see snow again.)

ShanaM said...

Beautiful photos!!

Hardly any snow here!!

Jess said...

Gorgeous! What a magical memory for you and your boys!

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

What beautiful pictures! We have horses and love to ride in the snow (as long as it's not too cold!) I have an old antique sleigh that was my Great Great Grandparents and a set of bells to use on the horses, but I'm so afraid something will happen to our old sleigh that I've never used it :( I'm so happy for you and your family for making these memories. There is something magical about horses, especially in the snow :o)

WhyCuzICan said...

Simply magical! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photos of your joy ride!

Visiting from Hookin' Up With HoH #84 linky party :) Thanks for sharing with us!
~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

The Southern Product Queen said...

Wow, it looks like y'all had a blast! This is a great post! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link Thanks for sharing!

Heaven's Walk said...

Absolutely gorgeous, wintry photos! This post made me miss the horse I used to own and brought back many happy memories! :)

xoxo laurie said...

* M A G I C A L ! *

Love, LOVE, Love this!

TRICIA said...

Beautiful Pictures!

Artsy VaVa said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like fun.

Pamela Gordon said...

What beautiful photos! There's nothing like a sleigh ride on a beautiful winter day. You were lucky to find a one horse open sleigh. Around here they are two horses pulling a long wagon you share with 20 other people! Fun!

Savannah Granny said...

So Beautiful. The pictures are awesome. Can't find the proper words. Awesome is not enough.
You family is beautiful. You are truly blessed. Ginger

Jojo said...

Oh what fun it is to read about a one horse open sleigh....hey!

Snap said...

Gorgeous memories and what fun!!!!!

Ruth said...

Your pictures are so beautiful. What a fabulous, family fun time. Wonderful memories to treasure. I want to do this one day.

{Repurpose Universe} said...

Beautiful pics - I can almost feel the chill in the air and the warm breath of those beautiful horses!
Visiting from Tater Tots & Jello link up.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a beautiful day and some memories too. Love that horse. Beautiful scenery. Pat

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

How fun! Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!

A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. I'd love if you could come by to check it out and link up!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

What a memorable sleigh ride with family that you can cherish! Love the photos, absolutely stunning!

Nann said...

How fun is this!!! And your family looks like they had the time of their life. I've wanted to do this for years. Now I got to do it through your eyes. Thanks for sharing it with your readers. I feel like I was right there with you. I can even feel the warmth of the hot chocolate!


Nann said...

PS I came over from Seasonal Sundays. Saw the photo and just had to come. So glad I did.


Nann said...

PSS. I am now following you!


b. said...

I love these pictures.. it almost looks like they are from a movie. The first one is sooooooo beautiful! I want some horses just like that!

Mindie Hilton said...

Beautiful pics. I live in the Sierra Mountains here in northern Cali. It usually looks like that here, but we have had such an odd warm winter. Hoping the groundhog gives us 6 more weeks of a real Winter. Please stop by and link up at my Anything Goes linky that starts Friday.