We broke with tradition this year and left for the cabin the day before Thanksgiving. This is the first time we have spent the holiday apart from my gigantic family and it was due in part to Tim’s work schedule.
And as odd as it felt in some ways, it was also quite refreshing. A few of my brothers and sisters could not make it this year and we are planning the big gathering on Christmas, so it was a good time to get away. We did miss my lovely almost sister-in-law’s 30th Birthday (sorry, Jeanette). But in all, we found the ‘family’ time to be just what we needed, time for the four of us to bond and play and for Tim and I have to have time to reacquaint after some crazy working time.
And now we are actually thinking of trying to get the California spread out family to come up here together for the next Thanksgiving .
There was some relief in not having to be responsible for feeding thirteen or so people. We came up with a ham that required an hour in the oven and I made some of the traditional sides and we spent the days hiking rather than cooking, then eating and drinking too much because somehow the cooking seemed easy when it was only for four.
And then we spent the rest of the time reveling in the magic of the Sierras and not sleeping well at all. Does travel have to be synonymous with sleep disturbances? Ack.
The hiking with the boys is turning into our favorite time.
They actually walk with us on the trail, delight in holding our hands and alternately guiding us and being led, and they make it further than I thought those sturdy little legs could carry.
We are talking an hour of hiking here, and with only a few minutes of carrying. My favorite thing is when they ascend a hill they breathe hard on purpose (probably learned that listening to their Mama when she carried them up hills) and when they go downhill they say ‘woah!’
I have some great recipes I tried out this weekend and some new crafting and knitting in the works.
I want to share so I might do a few posts over this week to share the new discoveries I made and a few newish craft things I tried out. Stay tuned for a tutorial on these little seasonal shirts.
And we even got a picture with Santa.
Need an opinion...check out this photo. Cuteness personified. Should we use it for our Christmas card? If not, do you see why? And nope, I do not have photoshop. Maybe someone knows an online site where I an remove the offensive strap...any recs?