Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Lake Tahoe!

November 26-30, 2013
Northstar Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA

This year, we once again traveled to Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holiday with friends at their home at Northstar, near Truckee, CA.  

This poster from our eldest honorary niece was waiting for us upon our arrival

It's always fun to spend a long weekend catching up with good friends and getting to see how the kids have grown since we last saw them all.  This year we also had the pleasure of including Mel and Rob and their two boys in the festivities, which only added to the fun.  The weekend was full of jokes and laughter, cooking, eating and drinking.  Oh, and did I mention all the eating and drinking?

Pre-Thanksgiving dinner out in nearby Incline with the whole gang
Wednesday night pre-Thanksgiving reunion!
The surprise kitten-and-puppy motif "ugly Christmas sweatshirts", compliments of Christine, will be sure to come in handy over the years
Mel mixes up her famous pomegranate cosmos
Scott mans the stove, while whipping up his decadent mashed potatoes
The kids' table: our favorite 12-and-under crowd!
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the tiny pilgrim hats!
Who saved room for pumpkin pie?!
Happy Thanksgiving, from our "family" to yours!
Sadly, the California drought has continued to rage on and it was once again a dry, brown holiday weekend.  Even the bone-chilling temperatures turned warmer as the week wore on (now, that, I won't complain about!).  The sunny, warm(ish) weather inspired us to trade in our usual holiday ice skating adventure for an energetic hiking/boulder climbing trip to Sand Harbor that hopefully will be a new tradition.

Soft sand beach at Sand Harbor
Boulder climbing at Sand Harbor
Sand Harbor in the winter afternoon sunlight

Evan leads the way
Lake Tahoe and the livin' is easy

Dinner at Big Water Grille for the annual post-Thanksgiving dinner and casino night
We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful holiday, reminding us once again of all we have to be thankful for! 

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