Chandlers Go To Colorado

20 December, 2015
Breckenridge, CO

We are slowly chipping away at our goal to visit every state in the United States.  This past week we visited Colorado.   We own a timeshare in Lake Tahoe, CA and one of the benefits of having a timeshare is that you can change the location.  I’ve always wanted to visit the beautiful mountains of Colorado and my husband is obsessed with snow, so he decided on Breckenridge…or what we now have learned is known as Brecken”fridge”.

Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge, CO

The flight there went pretty uneventfully.  The whole trip, from the time we left our home until we stepped into our condo, was about 9 hours.  Carsten was a champ and traveled so well.  We were super proud of him.

Plane ride

Breckenridge is undoubtably a beautiful place, but not at all toddler friendly during the wintertime.   We had a 3 bedroom condo that sleeps 10 and we had originally planned to bring others, but being 2 weeks before Christmas proved to be a bit difficult for others to travel.  I also tried to get Craig to bring a nanny, but he insisted that we didn’t need one.  Anyway, it ended up that we did absolutely nothing because of Carsten’s “tiny human” status.  There was an adventure park with a lot of activities, but Carsten was too short.  You have to be 4 years old to go dog sledding and I guess skiing with a toddler strapped to your back is frowned upon.  😉  Even all of the shops on Main St had stairs, which added just a bit of obstacle maneuvering with our Bob stroller.  There was a small indoor children’s museum that we took him to and he did have fun (and warm) there.

I was concerned about the 20 degree weather when we first got there, but then quickly learned that that 20 degree weather was beautiful compared to the 7 degree (wind chill -17) that awaited us.


bear hugs

So, despite not being able to do any outdoor activities, the family time that we had together was irreplaceable. I can’t imagine the trip being any better.  We were snowed in for 2 days.  We did nothing but watch Christmas movies, color, cuddle and drink homemade hot cocoa all day long.

Hot Cocoa

One day, it was so cold that we decided to travel 45min to the cute little town of Vail just because it was 10 degrees warmer.  I think that my husband and I both enjoyed Vail more than Breckenridge.  It was just plain cute.


On the last day that we were in Breckenridge I tried to get some fun pictures of us playing in the snow.  Of course, by this time, Carsten was completely over getting all bundled up.  So our snow play time lasted about five minutes.

Breckenridge snow

My favorite was all of the snow capped trees.

Snow fun

Breckenridge snow


Frisco, CO

Frisco, CO

Frisco, CO

Frisco, CO

My husband is pretty good about messing up our flights and this trip didn’t disappoint. Ha!  He booked our flight back a day after our last day at the condo, so we headed back to Denver where it was a sweltering 50 degrees!  Honestly…it was beautiful.  We checked out The Children’s Museum in Denver and it was pretty awesome.  Carsten loved it.


Hard at work.

Hard at work.

They had a huge outdoor play area as well.  He was obsessed with playing inside of this truck.

Painting the snow.

Painting the snow.

They also had a really neat water area that he loved.   We then went to lunch and then we hit up the Aquarium.  We had a relaxing night in Denver and ordered some dessert from room service and watched the movie Blended…which was hilarious.

Overall, the trip was nice and rejuvenating.  As corny as it may sound it was a nice bonding experience.  I can’t tell you how many times Craig and I looked at each other and asked ourselves how in the world did we get so lucky.  Carsten has just brought so much joy into our lives.  He is goofy (wonder where he gets that from?).  He is loving (90% of the time).  He is truly the best thing that has happened to us.  My heart is racing right now just thinking about how much I adore him.

Why does ones childhood have to be so fleeting?  It seems to be the most innocent, wondrous, and sweetest stage of life.  Why must it pass by so fast?

One thing is for sure, we are enjoying every minute of this season and we take none of it for granted.

Daddy and son

Thank you for visiting!



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  • Reply Kelli Chicopeechik 20 December, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    What a wonderful trip you all had, thx for sharing with us….I love all the pics too, so beautiful ❤

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you Kelli!! We did have fun, but man it is soooooo nice to be back home!

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