With the rising costs of ski passes and the hassles of flying, many of us are branching out and exploring new alternatives for entertainment. It is not just the visitors that I would like to reach out to but also the locals, alerting them to all that is going on right in our backyard.

So come on over and have a good read and let me know if you want more!" />

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About Me & My Family

Ever since I can remember, my life has been a world filled with boys and men and it all began with my British mother’s words of wisdom, “Dating is like traveling, the more men you know intimately the more life opens up its secrets to you.” Everybody always told me about true love but nobody ever told me how to live happily ever after children are added to the romance. Raising three boys in Aspen, Colorado with my true love, the coolest MacGyvering mountain man in town and traveling as much as we can to release the ennuis of life can make for some entertaining stories. http://isdisnormal.com
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, independent, energetic, spontaneous, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Nantucket and Mexico
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa, India, New Zealand, Thailand
Favorite Vacation Memory
picking wild blueberries with the boys and my mother along the path back to her house in Nantucket from the beach.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my ten year old fell into the hotel pool in his sorrels, hat and mittens and snowclothes. There was no dryer at the hotel and the fireworks were starting in 30minutes. We trekked around town, found a hotel that let us use their dryer, Aspen Square, and made it in time!
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Our Family's "Staycation" Experiences in Colorado

My blog, Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional http://isdisnormal.com, positively documents the spirituality behind my life as I raise three boys ages 5, 8 and 10 with my husband near Aspen, Colorado.

Due to the volume of people visiting my website in search of great ideas to enhance their trip while they are visiting our state, I have decided to expand my posts to reflect our "staycation" experiences here in Colorado....and beyond.

With the rising costs of ski passes and the hassles of flying, many of us are branching out and exploring new alternatives for entertainment. It is not just the visitors that I would like to reach out to but also the locals, alerting them to all that is going on right in our backyard.

So come on over and have a good read and let me know if you want more!


100 Puppy Smith St.
Aspen, Colorado

reviewed on: January 10 2010

What could be more educational than taking your children outside for the day with mellow mannered, funny, nature and children loving guides? Nothing!

The children follow the trail around Hallam lake with cattails rising out of the water. The path winds over little wooden bridges and the guides stop along the way to make teepees and teach about the wonders of natures from animal habitats to vegetation.

At the trail end there are cages of various birds that have been saved from being injured in the wild and the children can watch an owl turns its head all the way around and discover the other magnificent birds up close.

There is a museum filled with animals that have been sent to the taxidermist after death for educating purposes and a tiny shop that offers a wealth of information through books and brochures of other environmental programs offered in the valley.

Take your child over to Aces non-profit organization whose mission "is to inspire a life-long commitment to the earth by educating for environmental responsibility, conserving and restoring the balance of natural communities, and advancing the ethic that the Earth must be respected and nurtured."


0861 Maroon Creek Road
Aspen, Colorado

reviewed on: January 10 2010

OHHHH the ARC. Pack your car and be prepared to sled down Whoa Nelly hill, go ice skating where you can skate inside and outside without taking off your skates.

The climbing Wall will give your child a thrill when she scales up to ring the bell and the attendees are so patient letting them go again and again.

The indoor pool with doors that open up to the outside in the summer has a lazy river and fountains that spill over you when you least expect it and the slide rocks!


601 E Dean Street
Aspen, Colorado

reviewed on: January 10 2010

Want to avoid the crowds? Want to find steep and deep terrain? Do you like X-Game terrain parks? Do you enjoy to eat fondue outside on the top of a sunny peak surrounded by breathtaking views? If you said yes to all these things and are hunkering for more than come ski at one or all of the four mountains that Aspen & Snowmass Ski Resort has to offer.

If your a beginner and want gentle and friendly go to Buttermilk. If you like wide, open slopes with access to a short hike to steep walls and cliffs visit Snowmass and go to the new Sweet Life candy shop in the landmark red barn in the new base village.

If you want mostly expert terrain with incredible views and a great lunch visit Ajax Mountain and eat at Bonnies, the local restaurant, and if you are truly an expert, looking for double diamonds and a hike that will leave images of jagged peaks in your mind as you go back to your everyday living and leave you wheezing for more, go to Aspen Highlands, where the lifties are throwbacks from the leather ski boot days and the Highlands bowl awaits you.


425 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, Colorado

reviewed on: January 12 2010

"Winterskol in Aspen"
Winterskol happens this weekend, January 14 - 17, 2010 in Aspen and there is so much going on I don't really know where to begin.

Aspen with its beautiful streets lined with lit up trees is in of itself reason enough to visit but over Winterskol there is a smorgasbord of activities that will keep you and your family busy.

You can start by attending the Aspen Institute Dinner Discussion on "Why Goethe? Why 1949? Why Aspen?"

Next visit the amazing Anderson Ranch Arts Center's "Winterskulpt", forget snowman, we're going big with this 48 hour snow sculpture competition.

And for all of you who live to surf, come watch "Surfing 50 States" at the historic Wheeler Opera House.

To top off Thursday night go dancing at 9pm to Keller Williams at Belly Up .

Then the weekend starts with more wintersculpting for kids and adults as well as a health fair, apres ski parties, an Apple Strudel Downhill, a Snowmass Pub Crawl, Soupskol annual cook-off and more dancing to The Spazmatics.

Saturday night see the Fireworks Extravaganza display over Aspen Mountain and watch with your mouths open as the dazzling show fizzes and pops right above you.

There is more, more and more to list but go visit the ACRA website to get all of the details.

23300 Two Rivers Rd
Basalt, Colorado

reviewed on: January 12 2010

"Kick Your Butt Yoga - For Kids Too"
If you and your family are visiting Aspen and need to recover from a beautiful day spent in the great outdoors than come drive approx. sixteen miles downvalley and visit Emily and Bel Carpenter's Bikram's yoga class in Basalt, and get your butt kicked.

Sweat out your worries in the 97 degree room and stretch all of the aches and pains out of your muscles. Believe me, if you drink enough water, you will be feeling a whole lot younger and sassier when you are finished, that is if you make it.

I have seen the most athletic men and women drop to the floor in exhaustion as they attempt to perform the twenty-six postures and have watched them come back for more the next day.

I have practiced Bikram's Yoga all over the country and I am always happy to come home to Emily and Bel's studio. They are expert practitioners and teacher's and we are fortunate to have them in our valley.

All I can say is, if you want to heal and rejuvenate your body than this studio is calling your name.

Check their schedule for kids yoga classes.

Don't knock it till you try it!