A while back, at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser auction, the Andersons bid on a week’s use of a house in Aspen. They also won! That’s why we get to hang out in a luxurious 7,000+ foot new home with mountain views from every window. All we knew on the drive up was that it was a duplex, so when we stopped for groceries we tried to think conservatively about refrigerator space. Well, we needn’t have worried:
That’s a side-by-side full-sized freezer and full-sized refrigerator.
If you look real hard you can see Mauri sitting in a chair. And while you’re looking you can probably see two TVs. Before we leave, I’m going to count all the TVs in the house, just out of curiosity. Mauri found special interest in the “manly” stove and didn’t need any urging to make us breakfast on it.
He also got his dog fix. This is the Andersons’ Spanish water dog, Duke. Of course Duke’s a Duke fan (see tag and collar for evidence).
Mauri enjoyed some time with a Little Martin. No, that isn’t a painting on the wall behind him.
Lest you think he and I were alone here…Cassidy is showing her Gum a storybook she made.
Marissa won the storybook prize (at least she would have won if I offered one).
Another typical activity. We played too.
Who needs TV with so many good books to read?
Taylor drove up from Denver to add his good will to the family gathering.
Quinn used these to tempt us to join them here for Thanksgiving. Who can resist the infamous Butter Braids?
Four hands carve the bird. That’s a nine-pound ham on the counter as well. We did not go hungry.
The mashed potato queen (That isn’t half & half she put in there, is it?)
Seating for eight.
Of course I had to snap my annual picture of Quinn eating leftover turkey. I’m into traditions, you know.
We’ve been wearing ourselves out doing absolutely nothing. A person could get used to this.
Here’s our private suite.
What you see in the mirror is a two shower-head room — with steam!
Two toilets? Guess again.
Can you even believe this place? Our suite is on the ground level. The Andersons have an equally extreme suite on the second floor with two large BRs for the kids to share. Taylor has the entire basement with entertainment center, workout room, full suite, and four-bed room, mini kitchen, and more. A walk in the neighborhood reveals wealth like this as commonplace. Here, anyway.
You can see the look of amazement on Mauri’s face, can’t you?
And you can see the look of contentment on these faces. We all feel blessed to get to be together in this beautiful home in beautiful Colorado. And when it’s time to go home, we’ll remember this as a fairyland and not the stuff of real life. Our home in Newberg is our castle, and we love it.