Moments of happy...
1. Game time. Ticket to Ride. A gift from Aunt and Uncle to the boys. We finally got it out this week and had so much fun with it! The object is to score the most points by connecting train routes on the beautifully illustrated board by collecting beautifully illustrated train cards.
At the start of our game it was a mad dash for everyone to claim a route with his/her colored plastic train cars on the board. By the end of the game, the board was covered with little plastic trains winding and snaking all over the place. A great game of strategy. It's easy enough for young kids to play, but enjoyable enough for adults to play, as well. Austin said that this was the first game he has played in a long time where he actually had to think. And Emma...well, Emma ended up smoking us all! This is our first European-style play boardgame. I have heard that Ticket to Ride - Europe is a lot of fun. We have Dominion to try out next. Any thoughts on The Settlers of Catan? Any other boardgame recommendations out there?
2. A red fox. He (she?) comes by almost every single day now. I have tried for months to get a few decent pictures of him. I now know why people say "Sly as a fox". He is sneaky and fast! And so gorgeous! Just for reference, the first two pictures were taken from a window upstairs. I raced down the stairs when I saw him head around to the back of the house. The third and fourth pictures were taken from my sewing room window. Foxy is standing on a 5 foot tall snow drift. I took the pictures at eye level. He stared straight at me when I walked in the room, but I didn't move a muscle or put the camera up to my face for fear I would scare him. I love him.
We have started leaving out little bits of food for him in the evening, to ensure his return. While I don't know what the fox says, I do know that he likes Gala apples. We'll have to stop doing this once the black bears and their cubs wake up, likely in April.
Every time I see him, I want to rush outside and hug and pet him! Evidently, as the following video shows, I'm not the only one who feels this way.
3. The front page. As if a picture of a fox on the Front Page wasn't enough... Nonstop from Houston! Our little airport has nonstop flights to and from Houston during ski season, but now they've announced they will start adding nonstop flights to and from Houston during the summer! Okay, Texans. Imagine this. It is summer. But you aren't sweating. No, you're not. You are looking at green mountains covered in white-barked Aspens and evergreens. There are hiking and mountain biking trails all over. And a river running through the heart of town where you can go tubing or kayaking in crystal clear mountain water. Or you could go to one of the lakes nearby and sail or waterski. Or take a dip in Old Town Hot Springs. Or go horseback riding. In the evening, you might need a light sweater. And the stars up above...oh, the stars! Summer is a great time to visit Steamboat Springs.....just saying.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.