The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 Days Until Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Colorado! We've been on a whirlwind month of activities, and here is a sneak peek into the past few weeks...

Since we were on our own for Thanksgiving this year, I decorated early and had the entire house ready for Christmas by the end of Nov. I've never decorated that early before, but with lots of activities this month, I am glad I did!

Welcome to our home, please come in!

The ice skates you see were my mothers, and I found a fun vintage sled to display them on. We're ready for winter!

The staircase full of garland...

The table all set for our ladies Bible Study Potluck.

A great chance to show off my mom's pretty pointsettia dishes, was at the Christmas Tea where I hosted a table.

On Friday I hosted a Christmas cookie exchange and craft night! We had fun tasting each other's delicious Christmas cookies and working around 5 stations of crafts where each guest was able to make ornaments, a "Fireside Coffee Mix", candy Santa Sleighs, etc...
Tom and I experimented with a new "signature drink" which I called a, "Christmas Cranberry and Sour Apple Martini! It was so tastey! Aren't the garnishes pretty?

Here is our bartender for the evening,

...and friends Kimberley and Joie!
The ladies busy crafting...
Here we are tubing in "Fraser" near Winter Park this weekend.
A pretty in pink snow bunny waiting her turn to head down the hill!
Tom headed down the hill...
How nice to have a rope tow to get back to the top of the was lazy man's tubing today!

It really wasn't as cold as it looks. It was around 28 degrees today, but compared to the -11 degree temps last week...anything above 20 degrees feels downright warm!
More December adventures to come! I have fallen so behind on blogging, but will be by to visit you soon! Leave us a comment if you have time, we'd love to know you were here! Merry Christmas! :-)


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Denise, what a fun post! Looks like you are enjoying the holidays with those fun events! :-) Your tables look gorgeous as does your house. Loved seeing ALL the pics.

Sending you warm hugs...


Sheila :-)

Faith said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful! The staircase is gorgeous and the table setting is exquisite! Merry Christmas!!!

Emily said...

Your house is beautiful! Looks like someone has been having a lot of fun decorating.

Kim said...

Merry Christmas Kofford family! I absolutely loved your outdoor light display and the sled and skates at the front door! You are an amazing woman Denise! And thinking it was warm in 20 degree weather?! You are becoming a Colorado girl! Ü

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow that is great a White Christmas. It looks so pretty with the snow. I love the sled good idea! Ha Ha!! I also love your mom's dishes. I had a cookie exchange yesterday too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Denise
Your house & yard looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

Charlene Wiley said...

Loved all the beautiful pictures! Your house just looks so warm and cozy! It is so festive! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

Love you lots!

glitzen said...

Your house is SO gorgeous! I fell in love with your porch display. Such a sweet way to display your mom's skates.
Fun sledding too! We have been skating on our lake a bit, mostly the girls as I am busy getting ready for Christmas. Phew. Lots to do still. Homeschool parties..3 of them, no wait..four! Its fun though.
Merry Christmas my friend!

Anonymous said...

Denise! Your house looks Amazing! I can't wait to show you pictures of mine...Michelle helped me recreate what you started a few years ago...haha!

ShutUpandRun said...

Sorry I missed all of those looks incredible. Esp. the drink. As always, your hosue is gorgeous!!

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Traci said...

loved the tour! i plan on doing it soon, hope you'll 'drop in for a visit'! i think my favorites are the staircase garland and ice skates. everything looks so pretty and festive!

Anita said...

Christmas in Colorado looks lovely!!! I love how you've made it all look so festive, and with that snow you have your own outside decorations!
Enjoy the family time, we are well, I promise to catch you up with us soon!

mrsj04 said...

Your home looks even more gorgeous in its "winter coat"! What fun! I loved reading about all your latest adventures. I wish you, Tom, Kyle, and Ashyln a very Merry Christmas. Miss you, love you, and keeping you in my prayers!
Bridgette :-)