happy new year!
i really should have some super great post about my new year’s resolutions… but i don’t.
we just got home late tonight after 12 days away at my parents’ house in bass lake.
it was wonderful! my favorite thing about being at my parents’ house is that there isn’t a ton to do, so you are basically forced to relax.
i hardly worked at all, and it was wonderful!
a great thing about my business is that it slows down right when i want it to and i was able to take a little time off. i unintentionally took more time off from blogging than i expected, but i’m ok with that. i had grand visions of blogging everyday and scheduling posts for next week, but no.
our first night away from home my sister in law and brother took our kids for us and we had a nice, long, FREE date night!
then we spent the next few days lounging around the house with my family, doing puzzles and the kids playing with their cousins.
the morning routine – kids wake up and veg in front of the tv, and i sleep in – yay vacation!!!!
the kids love sliding down the stairs in their sleeping bags.
christmas morning rush – we make the kids wait and wait and wait before they get to run downstairs to see what their santa gift is.
barrel of monkeys for my monkey
my oldest brother and grandma
my sister-in-law and great gram
my pretty mom
the skirt i made lu for christmas
si’s very own skate board
gracie had been begging me for a vintage horse locket necklace from one of my stitch market vendors (saylor rose), and i kept discouraging her. little did she know that i had already bought it for her!
when gram is around, we do puzzles. actually, even if she’s not around we do puzzles! this was our 2nd puzzle of 4 1000 piece puzzles.
we also play a lot of games, especially speed scrabble
the tuesday after christmas, my family left and sean’s family arrived – we maxed the house out at 24 people!
the kids were stoked to have a second christmas! silas scored on legos this year – i think 4 sets!
silas and tanner bonding over legos
the worse puzzle ever. it took us 5 very long days to complete.
for the siblings and spouses, we had a gift card swap. we taped the cards to the window and had a shoot out with nerf guns to see who got which cards.
it was a lot harder than we thought it would be!
but sean and i scored with an anthro gift card and a starbucks card!
some of us adults left the kids at home and had a night on the town. the very small town. as in we were the only people at the bowling alley. on a friday night. it was so much fun – oldies music, dance competition between bowls, and some awesome skills made for a very fun night!
new years even was super fun, too!
courtney made us all adorable hats to ring in the new year!
the puzzle is finally complete!
the last 3 days were spent on all these tiny black pieces, each one looking exactly like the next. it stunk. worst. puzzle. ever.
giant sequoias at the mariposa grove
silas and his cousin isaiah
giant tree roots
one of the 3 days i actually got dressed. only because we were going out in public, if you can call a forest public?
he said “mom – take my picture. do i look like a minja?” yes, silas. just like a “minja”.
grandma and grandpa
we also went to yosemite valley. did i mention there was no snow? at all? unfortunately, we didn’t realize this until we got to my parnets’ house and started unloading our snowboards and all of our snow gear. stink. i was really thinking this would be my year to snowboard again – i haven’t since before i became a mom!
my kids were totally unimpressed that i had climbed half dome before. i guess when they see a tiny rock way off in the distance it doesn’t seem all that impressive!
the boys with cousin andrew
skating in the valley. the boy took to the ice so naturally – he only used the cone for a bit then was off on his own. he fell so much but got right back up – he’d get so mad at me if i tried to help him up – it was all on his own that day.
just watching gracie hurt my ankles, but she was awesome again this year!
lily was so brave and did awesome, too. it was so much fun for sean and i to be able to skate together and have the kids be confident and happy to skate on their own. i am loving their ages they are at right now.
seanie and brother-in-law david prepping for their speed skating race around the people-filled rink – yikes!
yosemite falls, trickling. we were here last spring and it was roaring! water was over almost all of those huge boulders at the bottom of the picture!
so there’s my vacation in pictures!
i am so happy to be home, but really not looking forward to unpacking all the suitcases tomorrow morning!