Even amidst all the chaos of house cleaning and pet peeing and feverish kids throwing up in stop and go traffic, we still managed to have a low-keyed lovely Christmas at home, and then a fun getaway long weekend up in the mountains.
The boys first woke up Christmas morning begging us to check out all their little stocking gifts from Santa. We were dog tired so we finally agreed, but only if they'd bring the stockings into our room - which they happily did. I soon started wondering what the hell I was thinking
, as every gift opened (except for the candy, it seemed), made noise! And with no off-switch! And then the candy! That produced hyper excited giddy boys - a whole different level of noise to contend with! :)
So, we finally all got up and decided to unwrap presents from the tree. ;-)
First, the boys divided up their gifts - Logan was staked out on the loveseat with his stash while Callum decided to pile up all of his gifts onto the trampoline. The rest of the room was bare (and the other couch had cushions stacked up to dry) due to all the cleaning I had been doing! But, that didn't stop us!
|Callum's gift to Logan - notice the handwritten tag that Logan is pointing out|
|First I told them they needed to open their cards hidden within the tree....|
|A lovely note and some moolah to spend!|
|What a goofy kid|
|He was THRILLED. This is the age. ;-)|
|A little more mellow over here....|
|He looks half asleep!|
|Some of the boys' most favorite possessions are the Minion dolls that Zane's girlfriend, Norma, got them (we opened gifts with them on Christmas Eve)|
|Callum's big habit lately is to proclaim his love for us (mostly for Daddy) so I had to capture the moment ;-)|
|Logan decided he needed some lovin' too|
|Logan's gift to Callum was a black space Angry Bird - Callum L.O.V.E.D. it|
|Callum's gift to Logan (which he kept telling Logan about, he couldn't keep a secret to save his life!) was a green piggy (from Angry Birds, Logan asked Santa for one of these)|
|And guess what, Logan L.O.V.E.D. it! |
|Ridiculously happy at scoring two Transformer Rescue Bot toys from his Abuelito and Abuelita Riedy :)|
|You'd never know he was sick and feverish, would you?! ;-)|
|We couldn't trust the dogs untended, so they hung out with us (leashed) all morning, eating their favorite treat (bully sticks) and laying with their new toys that Santa brought them|
After our fun day of presents and new toys and lounging around in pj's all day - we packed up the truck the next morning - TO THE BRIM (two growing boys, three dogs with their crates, clothes and snow gear - boots, big jackets, snacks for the trip, food for the dogs, cleaning supplies, you name it - it was in the truck!).... and headed off to our favorite mountain spot!
Since Jon and I both had some time off work and both boys' schools were closed, we thought it would be fun to get back up to Tahoe after so long. Plus, Logan had been asking to go back to the snow and learn to snowboard...and Callum had announced it wasn't Christmas until it snowed (ha! welcome to living in California kid). So at the last minute, a week or so before Christmas, I hunted down a cabin that would allow dogs and was actually free the week after Christmas, and booked it.
I blogged about our frustrating drive up
to the mountains - it was definitely not fun. More than once, Jon wanted to turn around and go back home and scrap it all. But, I was determined to get us up to Tahoe and away from the house for a bit. So, we did finally make it and hey! surprise surprise, we had a really good time up there, even with our rocky start. So nice of a time, in fact, that the boys were really bummed when we had to pack up and go, and begged to stay longer. :)
For whatever reason I always like "documenting" the places we've stayed - so here are the first few of our little townhome rental. It was smaller than the places we normally stay at, but because it was just us without other family or friends, it was totally perfect!
|Entryway with Tobey following me around ;-)|
|We, of course, spent most of our time in this main area|
|There's 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms off to the right, down a hallway...|
|Our backyard! The property backs onto undeveloped forestry land, and through that is a short walk to the lake!|
|Sicky one :(|
|Day 1 - getting some exercise by walking to the lake - pretty sure this is the first "real" time Callum has been on snow! (the last time we came up, he wasn't quite a year old and wouldn't remember it anyway)|
|Logan was very excited to start a snowball fight|
|And show me he could walk like a penguin ;-)|
|Odin, in 7th heaven :)|
|Ready to smack someone!|
|Be afraid! Be very very afraid!|
|Logan wasn't thrilled that we didn't have enough snow to have a snowball fight at the lake|
|But look how gorgeous it was!|
|The boys were very interested in the frozen over lake and breaking as much ice as possible|
|I'm talking, no one's smiling....|
|And now Logan refuses to look at the camera. Ugh!|
|Aiming back at Daddy...|
|When we were lounging in the cabin, we had a lot of movies or iPad games going....|
|Callum (and Mommy) battling a nasty cold.|
|Tobey seeked out the one area where sun was peeking through. In fact, I raised the blinds so there'd be more coming through. :)|
|Snow park time!! I went down with both boys a couple of times|
|Jon is holding Callum so tight, you can't see his face, poor guy!|
Unfortunately, I didn't get any with Jon and Logan because about then, Logan decided he was done with the sledding, and I decided to put my camera away. We later found another area of deep snow
where Callum just walked around falling face down into the snow and Logan could make snow angels and throw snowballs at me, which perked them both back up a bit. Until, of course, Logan got a bloody nose, and then that was the end of that. ;-)
We spent the rest of the day walking around town, down to the lake again, where we found a neat ice castle
and a great playground that the boys enjoyed climbing on, before it was time to go home.
All things considered, I'm still super happy we made the trek up - it was so nice to get away from the house for a bit, especially after all the peeing and cleanup we were dealing with. And fun to get outdoors everyday to walk or hike and just play and have fun together, and then come back to the cabin to snuggle and play games
and have more fun. :)
Until next time, Tahoe!!
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