Before Christmas there was the annual trip into the woods to find our tree and play in the snow. Finding snow was easy but the trees were elusive. Last year we found a spot that had some nice trees and we were hoping to go back to the same area. However, the snow was much deeper this year and there were trucks stuck all along the road, which made it impassible. I'm not certain we would have made all the way in our Subaru even if other vehicles weren't blocking the road, but it would have been fun to try. Outings like this make me miss Idaho. There are probably places in eastern Washington that aren't so busy, but this close to Seattle even the forests are crowded. So rather than find a tree we found a spot to play in the snow, enjoyed our traditional lunch of chili and hot chocolate, and then went to a tree farm for a tree. I will say, it was the prettiest tree we have ever had so it wasn't all bad. We will give the mountain another try this year.
Eating the snow.
Chili and hot chocolate
The snow thwarted our plans but it sure was beautiful.
Tractor ride through the tree farm
We drove to Creston, B.C. to spend Christmas with my sister's family and my parents. Eli had some sort of stomach bug the day we drove out, which was unpleasant. He woke up seeming fine but by the time we were packed and ready to go he did not feel well. He vomited twice in the car but overall it could have been much worse. When we arrived at my sister's house he went right to bed and woke up the next morning feeling just fine. Hallelujah, it was a Christmas miracle.
While in Creston we went sledding, skiing (Eli's first time, my second time), ice skating, swimming, played volleyball, and ate yummy food. We had a really fantastic time. Spending time with family is always fun but the snow makes it magic, especially at Christmas.
Aunt Anita towing Eli to the top of the bunny hill.
Eli Skiing for the first time.
L to R: Josh, Scott, me, Anita.
Josh has waited 11 years for this to happen.
He was pretty excited to finally get me on a ski hill.
The community center in Creston has a pretty sweet sledding hill. We went sledding two different times and I'm not sure Eli loved it, but he did love playing in the snow and having snowball fights.
Eli and I
Josh and I wiped out.
Grandma and Grandpa
The whole crew.