Here are a collection of family shots from our hike to Redcloud Peak (14,032’). The story of the climb can be found here.
TWELVE 4 x 4 trips. We enjoyed using our Jeep to its fullest potential this year. The highlight was a two-week vacation in Southern Colorado hiking and backpacking in the Great Sand Dunes and the San Juan Mountains.
ELEVEN baseball games. Nate continued to play baseball this past season with Rich coaching his team. Nate struggled at the plate, going hitless until the playoffs, where he exploded with four hits.
TEN ski trips for Nate last year. Dorinna missed most of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Rich and Nate skied frequently at Snowy Range and Steamboat. Nate did his first black diamond, and skied “Ooogles” (moguls) for the first time.
NINE years old. Nate is in his last decade of single digits and continues to be an immense source of joy for all of us. Nate’s biggest indoor hobbies are video games (Minecraft), reading (Harry Potter), and talking.
EIGHT nights backpacking, including trips to Joshua Tree National Park and the Colorado Rockies. Nate completed his 19th backpacking trip this summer. He thoroughly enjoys being outdoors with us and has collected 7 National Park Junior Ranger Badges.
SEVEN nights of car camping.
SIX point seven miles of hiking to climb Nate’s first 14,000′ mountain (Red Cloud, near Lake City, CO).
FIVE decades old! Rich celebrated his 50th birthday this year with a new pair of reading glasses… I mean a big party at a pub and a bar tour. He continues to ride to work regularly and does Pilates at least once a week. He spends as much time on his photography and web site as he can.
FOUR conferences. Dorinna traveled the country as a training facilitator for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). She continues to grow her consultation practice and has gotten approval to offer continuing education credits for an EMDR training she will be teaching.
THREE thousand in the crowd. Rich continues to do well at his job at Esri. This year he was invited to speak at the keynote address at the annual Developer Summit.
TWO broken hips. Dorinna’s 91-year-old mom broke her hip in August and gratefully, is doing well, living in a nursing home. Dorinna decided that one broken hip in the family wasn’t enough and she slipped on an icy sidewalk in November, breaking her right femur straight through and having three screws put in to hold it altogether. She’s recovering nicely, but it has been a challenge for all of us.
ONE world series championship! As our card shows, the family were serious Red Sox fans this year. We watched games almost every night, and enjoyed cheering our team to victory.
Merry Christmas from the Ruh Family!
This year the family went with a Harry Potter theme.
As always, Nate’s Radio Flyer wagon was also decorated for the occasion. This year it became the Hogwarts Express.
Continuing the tradition, the wagon was a full-bar, stocked with beer, wine, bourbon, gin, scotch, rum, vodka, vermouth (dry and sweet), coke, tonic, club soda, limes and lemons, cherries, and ice. Dozens of parents in the neighborhood appreciated our annual tradition.
“I went to a beach & Layer in tidal pools. And I played in the tides. I got to hold a jellyfish.”
“I went to the beach. I crossed causeways to the Fort (Fort Be). I played in the waves, but there was seaweed. I ate mussels for the first time and loved them.”
“My Mom and I went on a rowboat. It was fun. I went to the Mirror Room. It was called the Mirror Room because it was filled with mirrors. I liked it a lot.”
Speaking of mirrors, here are some family photos:
Nate by the Grand Canal:
Pre-show festivities at One Man Star Wars.
What Rich’s iPhone looked like after being run over by (at least one) car.
After a long day skiing, Nate kicks back with a bottle of (Root) beer
Skiing with old friend Tim Brooks at Steamboat Springs. Tim was a friend of ours from our Adirondack Mountain Club days.
Nate enjoys a bubble bath
Some of Nate’s homemade Valentines (Mommy “helped”)