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.

16 replies
  1. Heath O'Fee
    Heath O'Fee says:

    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 🙂

  2. Jessa Koppenhofer
    Jessa Koppenhofer says:

    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

  3. Scott Ackerman
    Scott Ackerman says:

    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.

  4. David Latour
    David Latour says:

    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.

  5. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    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 😉

  6. Bryan Snider
    Bryan Snider says:

    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.

  7. jina
    jina says:

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

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