September 25, 2010


Hello! I am Heather, one of the first readers at Art's Chili Pepper blog. I fell in love with Kat, and her darling family, right from the start. The first blog post I read, "A Funny Thing Happened While I Was Waiting On the Repair Man" drew me in way back in March of 2009. So obviously we are "old bloggy friends".

I asked Kat what she would like me to blog about, and while she gave me free reign, her daughters thought it would be fun to talk about vacationing. So vacation it is!

My pastor husband and I had almost always gone to see family for vacations...until...September 2009!

We had the best time taking our family to Colorado Springs, CO! It is a very family friendly area, with many things to do for free or close to it. I am going to share a few pictures, and details with you here.

The Focus on the Family Headquarters was really fun, free, and the kids were able to record their own Adventures in Odyssey CD...very cool!
The Olympic Training Center also a free visit, includes a tour & inspiring movie.

This is Helen Hunt Falls, a free park, we hoped to get back over here it was so beautiful, and there were a lot of hiking/biking options.
Here is Eli at Glow Golf in the mall, we bought coupons on eBay, our whole family had unlimited golf for only $10.00. This happened to be one of Eli's favorite things!
The Air Force Academy offers a museum, movie, tour, beautiful chapel...all for free...are you seeing a theme yet?
Last but not least, my favorite place, one that I would spend tons of time at if I lived there, the Garden of the Gods park. It is absolutely beautiful! (and free) :)
If you are looking to take a reasonable, fun-filled, family vacation, I highly recommend this area!

I did blog the whole vacation, with many more great spots, so if you get serious about going there come on over and visit me at Beauty for Ashes.

Thank you, Kat, for the opportunity to share here on your sweet blog!

Blessing to you all!


  1. Hi, Heather Kay~

    It's nice to meet you! I love FOCUS ON THE FAMILY and ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY. My kids grew up on the CD's. I just love Wit and Eugene! It sounds like a lot of fun!

    You are like me....I find all the free things to do as well. FREE is this Frugal Females FAVORITE word! lol

    Thank you for sharing your vacation and your pictures with us.


  2. My family lives within an hour of Garden of the Gods and yet I've never been there! They say it is absolutely breathtaking. We are definitely going taking time to go there during our next visit.

    Thanks for sharing your faves!

  3. Hi Laura, Lisa, & Hope!

    Laura, the Focus on the Family headquarters is just awesome, and there is no better word than Free! (even our salvation fits under that category!) :)

    Lisa, Oh yes, it is breathtaking and would be well worth an hour drive to me anytime! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Hope, how wonderful to have lodging already set up! I hope you are able to get out there sometime, it is really one of the prettiest places I have been.