We had a great Winter 2011 together!   We skied and skated.  Lena and I went to a Mommy and Daughter Nutcracker Tea.   I love the Nutcracker Ballet so this was fun and kid friendly.  Lena picked out her dress and asked her hair to be done in pig ear knots.  I think it turned out super cute!   The tea was a blast for me but especially for Lena.    The BNC Ballet did a wonderful job keeping the kids attention...they learned a dance and then performed it.   A lady, as the maid from the Nutcracker, read the story from her perspective!  So creative!  

Our friend Gemma came from a visit from Canada.  Gemma gave John a mohawk with color and Lena a pink stream in her hair.    We went to Nederland and participated in the Winter Solstice celebration making our own lip gloss, sleep pillow and candles.   The magic show was so fun and entertaining - John had lots of questions and Lena didn't like him.    A blizzard started while we were celebrating.   I ordered us a big pizza and took it slow driving down the canyon.  It was a white knuckle experience.  Winter Solstice is our most beloved family tradition of the year.  We have a count down to it starting December 1.    I went to with the Chi Omega Alumi group in Denver to the winter ballet of The Nutcracker.   I love ballet and classic music.  We also rode the Polar Express Train in Georgetown.   It was a blast for the kids and we all got cookies and bells!