Every year it is a Christmas tradition for my family to get dolled up to go to the theatre. This year we went to see the musical, "White Christmas" on Christmas Eve and it was so awesome and a lot of fun. Here's our yearly family picture in our get-up.
Okay, the rest of the pictures are all of us cross-country skiing in Colorado. These pictures were taken from 4 different trips into the mountains. We went cross country skiing most every day that we were there. What better way to experience the beauty of Colorado!?
Man, i love the woods. So sweet to see the sun shining through the trees causing the snow to sparkle as it slowly falls. Yes, love it. Mom, Nell and I formed our girls skiing team so the boys could go ahead with the puppies and let us take our time and stop to take pictures, eat snow, and enjoy each other. This picture was taken when Dad and Landon went on a more ambitious skiing trip into the mountains.
We also had the joy of going to one of our good friend's wedding, where we saw many other friends that we haven't seen in ages.
Landon flew to Georgia for a few days and got to spend time with friends and family as he was a groomsman in one of his friend's weddings. So both of our Saturdays were jam-packed with weddings and reunions with friends.
We spent our Christmas with my mother's side of the family at my grandmother's house down the street. It's a joy to see my family after so many months apart. The "kids" are old enough now that they don't think we're as cool as they used to and we really have a hard time relating on any topics considering i know nothing about what is cool in pop-culture these days: video games, emo (what's that!?), movies, tv, music, and pretty much everything else. But it is so sweet to see them getting older and completely developed into their own personalities with opinions and sweet traits.
We also saw my father's family the Sunday before Christmas, and now that we (the cousins) are all adults, we really connect on many more levels than ever before and had a great time together!
Mom and Dad got an espresso machine for Christmas, so i found myself the resident barista making up drinks for company and every day for breakfast and dessert. It was awesome to have lattes, americano's and cappuccinos in the comfort of mom and dad's kitchen.
It was sweet and relaxing to not be the woman of the house for 12 days (at least that's the best way i can describe it). I was just so tired after working so hard the weeks (or months) leading up to Christmas. Though our schedule was pretty packed, it was great to avoid the grocery store and planning meals and working in general. Just so great to sort-of fall back into the roll of the kid.
So now we've been back in Gurnee for a week. I've been plugging in the hours at both ACSI and Starbucks, lots of time to make-up for. It is nice to get some time to myself after being surrounded by people for many days (even if they are people i love deeply). The weather here has been bizarre! 60degrees! all the snow melted in one day and we have had tornado and flood watches the last few days. It makes it easier to be working at the drive-thru window all day when my fingers don't go numb, but it makes for a very muddy puppy! This is winter!? Illinois is so weird.
Today marks the first day of Landon's second semester at TEDS. Yesterday he bought the rest of his books and began his reading assignments. This semester should be really challenging for him, as he's taking more credit hours and is also trying to do work-study on top of everything else, including working part-time at Erehwon.
Duvick continues to be our favorite thing about the mid-west. He's still hilarious and obedient. What a joy he is in our family!