Skiing Beaver Creek with Friends

The kids had an extra week of winter break after Christmas so we took advantage and decided to go skiing. Winter break skiing has been hit or miss for us the past couple of years. Last year’s trip to Deer Valley will likely not be topped, though we had our fingers crossed that the opportunity might present itself to Ann and Jeremy (and then to us). We waited for word, but it wasn’t happening so we needed a plan B. Plan A for skiing is usually Beaver Creek, so looked into that.

It turned out that Eddie’s family was also planning to be there, though we would only overlap a couple days. Of course we also wanted Ann and Jeremy to join us, but it’s complicated when everyone is on a different season pass and Colorado is Vail/Epic country. In the end, they decided to give it a try and we all stayed at the same resort.

We traveled again on Olivia’s birthday. Last year’s birthday dinner at the Deer Valley Seafood Buffet was not such a big hit and I wanted to make it up to her. We invited everyone to join us at Grouse Mountain Grill, which is usually always solid. This time, however, we were seated very late, dinner dragged on for more than two hours, and not everyone’s food was great. I don’t think we’ll return.

We got to ski with Eddie’s family on the 31st as the Rogers kids were taking a break as they had already been on the mountain a few days. We tried to keep it simple by celebrating New Year’s Eve in the hotel, but dinner was again a disaster and again dragged on for hours. The kids left to play Nintendo in the room. I think Ethan was looking for redemption from last year, but I don’t think he got it.

Olivia had come down with a cold, so she and Grace stayed in on the 1st and I skied with Jeremy and Elsen and on the 2nd, Lucas and I skied mostly together. Olivia rallied on the 3rd and we skied the same double-blacks we skied last year together. We finally had a really great meal at Vin 48, which we hadn’t tried in all of our previous trips. It will now be in the rotation.

Ann and Jeremy left early on the 4th. I skied by myself for a couple hours in the morning. We made our only stop in Vail for lunch on the way out of the mountains.

We had great snow and weather for most of the week and the only bummer was that Grace and Olivia only got to ski a couple days. We’ll have to make it up this winter.

Celebrating Jen’s 50th in Las Vegas

This past weekend, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Jen’s 40th in Las Vegas in … Las Vegas! A lot of the same crew was there, including Jen’s childhood friends from WB, NY friends, Chicago friends and her favorite brother. After a decade of going to Wynn/Encore, we decided to change it up and go to the Cosmopolitan.

Most people got in on Friday. We met for drinks and a snack and a short gambling sesh before dinner at Jaleo, which was a delicious Spanish tapas/paella restaurant at the Cosmo. Although she shouldn’t have, Jen treated everyone to dinner that night.

On Saturday, Grace and I met Jen for an early breakfast. A lot of the crew went on an excursion downtown to a Detroit-themed hotel and casino, called “The D.” Grace and I met up with Jea and Eddie and headed over to the Encore because we’re creatures of habit. The ladies did a little shopping while Eddie and I made the rounds to greet our casino friends.

Saturday evening, we had a super fun dinner at STK, where they were spinning some awesome 80s music. The food was awesome, Sherri finished her ribeye on the bone, and Kim sang convincingly into her wine glass. Friday was an early night for most, which could be blamed on the time change, but really it was because we got the beat down. Saturday, we got our revenge. Jen and I were up late with Grace, who hasn’t gambled in years.

On Sunday, Ray made a super effort and came in for a day trip. There was a lot of football betting and watching, which isn’t really my forté, so I stuck with what I know. Grace and I had one last nice lunch together before heading out. Some of the Chicago crew got snowed in and others were staying until Monday, so we wished them luck and went on our way.

Jen’s birthday celebration is continuing in Cabo this week. We wished we could have joined that trip, too, but Olivia and Lucas were already pissed about being left behind and our party pass expired.

Happy Birthday, Jen! We all love you so much and had a great time celebrating your big Five-O.

Fall Vegas Trip

The weekend of November 2nd, Jea, Eddie, Jen, Grace and I met up in Vegas for our (semi-?) annual meeting. We were so busy having fun, I didn’t take many pictures. Jea and Grace only stayed one night, but Jen, Ed and I powered through until Tuesday. Ed and I got in a couple of rounds of golf and Eddie had the round of his year at Royal Links. He was on fire.

Until next time!

Visit to Jea and Eddie’s

Our East Coast holiday vacation started with a visit to Jea and Eddie’s house. We flew into Dulles on 12/20 and spent a couple days with their family. Their kids were so great with our kids.

Though I didn’t get any pictures, we helped put the finishing touches on their new theater downstairs. You’ll have to trust me that the 113″ picture is epic. Geeking out on A/V: check.

Happy holidays, Lee family! Thanks for having us.

Weekend with Jea and Eddie

Eddie had a conference in town, so he and Jea came to the Bay Area last week. After visiting Napa, we met them for drinks and dinner at Spruce. It was our first time there and I thought it was great. It was their first visit here together in a while, so it was awesome to spend quality time with them (Vegas can be a little hectic).

Eddie’s Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Jea organized a surprise party for Eddie’s 40th birthday on Saturday, so on Friday night, I went on a stealth trip to D.C. I couldn’t really hang out with them until the party on Saturday evening in Reston, so I played golf with Grace’s cousin, Nick, who met me in Rockville.

Bobby drove down from NYC and we met up before the party. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen many of Jea and Eddie’s family and friends, who I met years ago when I lived in D.C.

When the birthday boy arrived, he was truly surprised. Dinner and the party were great. We went over to Jea and Eddie’s new house afterwards.

On Sunday, we had a nice time hanging out with the kids – they’re growing up fast. It was a quick trip, but I’m very glad I went. We’re going to celebrate again in Vegas in a couple weeks. Stay tuned…