A weekend in Flagstaff

We rarely do last-minute stuff like this, but last Thursday I suggested we drive up to Flagstaff on Friday afternoon and show Lyla the snow. One night quickly turned into the two and became a much needed weekend getaway for all of us.

We ate good food, played in the snow and even stumbled across the Flagstaff Christmas parade on Saturday night, which was a ton of fun, especially for Lyla who couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards. Being sub-32 out and beanie-less, we all bought snow hats at the only store we could find. Lyla was in love with her oversized green one and mine actually had ear flaps and tassels. Yikes.

Kept me warm though.

All in all, a spectacularly fun weekend away.

So we snapped some photos of the weekend…I took most as usual, but Jina got behind the 5D a few times and I’m thankful for that. Sure most of us who are photographers know that we rarely make appearances in pictures from vacations.

Hope you enjoy a little look into our little trip to Flagstaff.

Jina took this one below! Love it!

It was waaaay too cold to build a big snowman, not to mention the snow wasn’t sticky, so this was the best we could do. Lyla made us take him back to the hotel in that cup. Had a lot of explaining to do about the whole melting thing.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    So awesome, dude. Looks like such a fun weekend and it’s nice you were able to make a guest appearance in a few frames. Love that last one of Lyla in the giant hat 🙂

  • Jessa Koppenhofer

    Awesome pics Mike! Tell Jina very nice shots, You better watch out… she’s got some skills! Lyla is just too darn cute for words! So happy you guys shared this vacation with us, totally adorable! 🙂
    Jessa

  • http://www.axphotography.wordpress.com Scott Ackerman

    Sweet set man. We had our lighted Christmas parade over the weekend, but it looks like yours was quite a bit better than ours. Got to love those spontaneous family trips. Some times those are the best vacations you can have.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    These are some great shots dude! Great hat, for one – and I love the ones of you and Lyla!

  • http://diamonds-photos.com David Latour

    Those spontaneous getaways are great. A few years ago the AC went out in the middle of July on a Friday afternoon. I packed the family up and headed to Gatlinburg for 2 nights. Those two days were packed with fun and memories.

  • http://www.avestyles.com Alex Evjen

    Great pictures! I love that last photos with Lyla in her hat and jammies!

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Sick post. The shots of LYLA crack me up and Jina got a LOT of great shots of you too. Also, her tree frame might be my favorite of the bunch, sorry 😉

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Looks like a great weekend. There is something about kids and snow that is just magic.

  • http://www.bryansnider.com Bryan Snider

    Awesome stuff man! Just packing it up and getting away is a lot fun! Love your photos especially the ones during the parade! Very festive up there, something I miss from Missouri.

  • http://www.michellekoechle.com Michelle Koechle

    Love it! I’m glad you all had a good time in my little town. 🙂 Love the part about explaining the melting of the mini-snowman. Haha!

  • http://www.jackazphotography.com Jack

    Great stuff! Thanks for the photos, I feel like I got my own little weekend get away in the snow!

  • jina

    Quote from Jesse Pafundi: “Also, her tree frame might be my favorite of the bunch, sorry”… what! what!

  • http://www.thevenders.com nicky

    these pictures made my heart so happy. love you guys (and your combined awesome photo skills!)

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com/ Chris Maskell

    Awesome set of shots, leaves me with a warm glow all over.

  • http://www.hossedia.com Justin

    Looks like a great time! The snow burst shot is totally cool.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    How fun! Thanks for taking us along on your journey! Love the shot of you and Lyla looking tough (well, she looks tough, you look cranky 😉 ) Jina did a fantastic job!