Sunday, February 27, 2011

A whirlwind two weeks.

Whew... I am worn out :)

Ok not really. I'm actually rejuvenated. Andrew and I had the pleasure of welcoming his cousins and sister to the wild west for the last two weeks. It was such a delight to have family here. There might not be much to see in Cheyenne (besides us, of course), but it means a lot that family (and friends soon) would take time out of their busy lives and come visit. We feel honored and very grateful.

The first week, Andrew's cousins, Josh and Ryan, were here. This past week, Andrew's sister, Rachel, was here. Within the past two weeks, we've gone skiing, sledding, walked on water (ok so it was frozen), and laughed until it hurt - multiple times.

To end a wonderful two weeks, Andrew and I attended the Cheyenne Symphony last night. Our dear friends from church gave us two tickets to attend "The Magic of Mozart." After the concert, we met up with some other friends (who also attended) for dessert at the lovely Applebees. :)

Here are a few photos from the past two weeks...


Andrew and Josh


The gang in the deep snow

Waist deep in snow

The soft snow

Sledding adventure

The beautiful Granite Reservoir

Standing on the frozen Granite Reservoir

Checking out how thick the ice was... ??

The frozen reservoir

Trying to get back to the side - so slick!

Day 1 skiing at Winterpark

On the slopes

The highest point at Winterpark - 12,060

Breathtaking views from so high up

At the top of Winterpark

The last little hike up to the highest point of the mountains - by about halfway up I was totally out of breath!

Rachel's turn to go sledding

AJ leading the way

Rach and AJ

Chilling in the snow

Family forever


Well there you have it... pics from our sweet memories.

Happy week to all!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A new look.

Welcome to the new and improved Chikin Chatter!

I hope you like the new design. Feel free to peruse around. :)

Let me know what you think and be looking for a new post tomorrow on what's been going on for the last two weeks for the jones' journey!!

Love to all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Hi all.

This has been a very busy week, so I apologize for no posts. I returned home from California on Monday, and it was certainly nice to be back. Yesterday, Andrew's cousins, Josh and Ryan, came in to town to visit for the next week... our first official visitors :)

Andrew and I picked the guys up from the Denver Airport yesterday, and we gave them a mini tour of the city. Today, we took them sledding off of Happy Jack Road, and they had a blast! This evening we drove down to Fort Collins for dinner.... Austins for dinner and Gelazzi for dessert. So delish.

Tomorrow we hit the road to Winterpark, where we will be skiing for the next few days. 

Although the only gal in the group (excluding Ellie, of course), I couldn't be happier with all my boys.

I'll post pics soon!

Grace and peace to you all on this Lord's Day.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hello crazy drivers.

Greetings from the sunny, warm city of San Diego. It is so incredibly breathtaking. From the green covered mountains to the shiny, blue ocean. My heart leapt as I looked out during landing to see what was before my eyes. Truly spectacular.

Then I got on the roads with these crazies and my opinion quickly changed. Ha! Atlanta drivers are crazy, but California drivers are crazy... with no southern hospitality. :)

I've adjusted my mad driving skills to fit in here, which I must say is a huge change from Cheyenne where everyone drives 40 mph max.

Other than the crazy drivers, however, my trip to CA has been delightful. Yesterday I had the privilege of photographing the cutest CFA Training Director - so sweet - and then I had a few mini assignments where I had to drive around to different stores to photograph particular items off of the menu. After all was said and done, I hopped in the car and drove out to Coronado per my friend Ruthie's suggestion. Oh man was this a site to see. 

For the next 3 hours, I walked the coast of the Pacific Ocean, took pics, soaked up the setting sun, and read. Oh it was heavenly... except that I was getting pretty darn-tootin chilly by the end of the evening. After I peeled my frozen self off of the bench, I walked downtown to find a neat restaurant. I was so hungry that I was losing patience trying to find a place. I ended up in a little bistro. Perfect.

I thought you might be a little jealous of my beach escape, so I thought I'd post a few pics of my romantic evening... with myself.

Self portraits.

The progression of the sunset...


The end.