The day after Christmas we stole away with just our family up to the mountains overnight. (Well, my brother Josh was with us but we consider him pretty much part of our family.)
Dave's sister was kind enough to let us use her cabin and I don't know quite how to thank her enough for that. At first I thought Dave may have been a little loopy to suggest driving that far (three hours each way) for an overnight trip. And we all know Dave is not hip to the jive to travel anywhere in the car with Lucy...not even to the grocery store. But I knew better than to remind him of that so I zipped my lips and we packed up the car and set off.
It was such a great trip. There's nothing like leaving the phone and kids' friends and responsibilities at home and just "being" with your family. Life just seems to take over when we're home and sometimes I don't really "see" or "hear" my kids for days because I'm scrambling around trying not to sink under papers and deadlines and carpool stuff.
Plus I think it was pretty refreshing to have this view out our car windows as opposed to the usual desert variety we get here in the suburbs:
Bottom line is that I loved this trip.
And I love my family even more because of it.
And we need a cabin of our own ;) (I wish.)
We put our new karaoke machine to use:
Claire was pretty into it.
Lucy sure liked it too (and was dancing while I changed my ISO so sorry for the blur).
I just liked bossing everyone around with a microphone.
We pretty much played games for 24 hours.
That is, after I confiscated everyone's electronics. Not really, they were actually pretty good not to touch them much. It was way more fun to just hang out with our family, right kids? (wink, wink)
Have I mentioned that we like the game "Guess Who?" Just checking. I lost a bunch of back rub time because of that game (five minutes for the winner)...by the end I ended up at square one with Dave but I still owe Max five minutes.
We took full advantage of the hot tub there:
Our kids thought it was the coolest thing ever to get to go sit in a hot tub after dark. And I thought it was the coolest thing ever that when the kids got out (because it was so hot) they just sat there steaming on the side...(wish this picture wasn't blurry so you could see it better).
After more games and a stop at Denny's (which happens to be Dave and the kids fav. restaurant)......we headed home.
Watching the most gorgeous sunset sink behind the mountains as we drove.
I must note that these sunset shots are straight out of the camera while Dave zipped along the highway and Lucy was quiet as a mouse in the back seat. I couldn't do a thing to make them any more beautiful than they already were.
I think telephone/power lines are so beautiful with a sunset backdrop.
Thank you, thank you James & Christy for letting that happen...and thank you Dear David for forgetting that you don't like to drive with Lucy.