Well, here it is. After 3 days in the city and 5 days in the 'burbs, we are packing up the Rabbit once again and will point ourselves back in the direction of the mountains of North Carolina after tomorrow morning's cuppa coffee. We have had a great time hanging out with the fam but I'm ready to get back to my dear Asheville and my routine. My jeans are looking forward to me eating less chocolate and getting back to tkd class!
Some pictures. In no particular order. Expect more when the pro in the family (if you're in Burlington, VT- click here-my sister in law rocks!). Let's put the captions down below the pictures, shall we?
My most adorable mama and the apron that I made her for Xmas.
My father making a blizzard for Henry with the snow blower.
My nephew, Sam, hiding in the woods in our front yard.
My boys after making a sledding run down the front hill.
Christmas morning! There is a ton of other family in the room, but they are all on the other side of the camera...
The race is on! Kyle and Henry vs. my mom and Sam.
Henry looking down from the top of the sledding hill at my old middle school.
Henry, very pleased with himself after smashing a snowball into the top of Kyle's head.
Mom and Sam, trekking back up the sledding hill.
Henry getting a lift.
Kyle, Quillan and Henry on the way down...
Quillan and I making a run.
Getting ready to go!
Ah, the sun! After days of grey skies, the clouds finally parted and we got some lovely sun on top of the sledding hill. Everyone was taking off extra hats and scarves and basking in it!
During our time semi- snowed in with a ton of family [Kyle, my mom and dad, brother and sister in law, 2 nephews (2 and 4), Henry (7), my step daughter Quillan (17) and myself] we managed to play a ton of games-from charades to Taboo to cards and Smart Ass, watch Kung Fu Panda and Pinkk Panther cartoons galore and eat way too much food. I also managed to knit almost a complete pair of longies and read a book on my birthday Kindle. It was The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. It was fabulous. Don't read it if you have the means to run away and start an organic farm because you probably will. I need to remember to read it again in the spring to find the inspiration to finally plant a little garden that makes sense and actually take care of it.
So tomorrow we head home, back down the east coast and into the south. I am anxious to see if there is still a lot of snow on the ground, since there was a big snowy storm while we were gone. It's almost 14 hours, so I'm not sure if we'll make it all the way or stop somewhere near Roanoke, VA and finish up on New Year's Eve Day. We'll play it by ear.
Either way, Crankypants will be open for custom request via email (email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org - doesn't matter which) on New Year's Day. It is usually the slowest custom day of the year so your chances are good if you can pull yourself out of bed! I will put a couple of custom auctions up starting Monday, the 3rd. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the last completed customs of 2010! I hope to have some pictures up pretty shortly after we get home.
I hope all of you had a warm, cozy and family filled holiday and have an equally great New Year's weekend!