Thursday, January 9, 2014

winter break abc's

We just got back from the most perfect Christmas in Washington. There is just something about that green and all those trees that is so rejuvenating. André's school schedule meant we could take a long trip and luckily my parents let us take over their house for two weeks. Plus, both my sisters surprised my dad by showing up at the house so we had a crazy, loud and super fun break. Here are a few highlights from A to Z.

Andrew making Rhett laugh as soon as we got there. They hit it off from the start!
Baby Peter. We got to meet Rhett's newest cousin for the first time.
Christmas morning. We were done opening presents before the sun came up, but we loved it. Rhett even got in on the fun!
Dancing with penguins, bubbles, and some crazy kids. We love Celebration Lane!
EMP. We went to the fun music museum where Rhett learned to play electric guitar and my grandpa rocked the tambourine in the family band.
Frequent Flier status. Rhett was great on his first flights!
Grandparent visits. We loved skyping and chatting with my grandparents.
Hitting golf balls on an overcast day at the driving range.
Ice Skating. Some of the kids were kamikazes on the ice, but we loved our laps at the Seattle Center rink.
Jewelry made out of rubber bands for everyone, courtesy of Natalie. We fit in the with elementary school kids now.
Kitchen fun for the annual pie contest. Our cherry chocolate ice cream pie won most festive and most colorful, but there was some serious competition.
Lounging and enjoying being together.
Musical performances
No alarm clocks for André!
Outside time.
Polar Bear Plunge. My mom had the crazy idea to start the new year with a dip in the ice cold lake.
I'm sure the people who live on the lake thought we were mental, but I loved it. New tradition?
Quirky cousins. Rhett loved playing with them and we loved watching the crazy things they came up with.
Rice cereal. Rhett had his first solids at Nana's house and was so excited he could barely stand it.
Snoqualmie Falls. I feel like no trip home is complete without a trip here and we picked the perfect day to go.
Temple time. André and I got to go back to the Seattle Temple for the first time since our wedding. It was perfect.
Uno with Poppy. Always a good time.
Very delicious food. Always.
Wet. Of course it rained a lot. But we got more than our fair share of sunny days!
Xtra chococolatey kids. Thanks, fondue.
Year End celebration. Games, fondue, glitter nails, and a movie = perfection
Zoo. As in, we turned the house into a zoo. But my parents are good sports and we had the best, crazy time.

I can't wait until the whole family is together again!

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