|For Thanksgiving at our house we go by age - eldest first!|
|While the youngest kids (Gwyn, Kyndal,|
Lexi, Lucas and Andrew) have to sit and wait.....
|My brother Dan and wife Robyn with my brother-in-law |
Scott and sister Alisa, post-meal but pre-nap!
|After the ladies did the cooking, the men have |
to clean! That's my brother Greg at the sink.
While we worried that going from a quiet twosome to a rowdy 21 would be overwhelming to say the least - I was pleasantly surprised at how great it felt to be among my family again. It was almost as if we'd never been gone and it was wonderful to hang out and catch up on what we've missed with all the kids (though I'll admit pool time was still a little too much for me as it's complete chaos!).
|A post-Thanksgiving football game on the back lawn.|
|Thanks for hosting us Teresa!|
After my brother Greg and his family returned, we descended on their spare room, preparing for 3 weeks of shopping and a wide lineup of social gatherings. Our calendar quickly filled - first all the nights for dinners, than it was lunches and we even squeezed in some breakfasts too. We have so many great friends and our families also came to town, so there was a LOT of visiting to do and we didn't want to miss a minute of it. I kept asking my sister-in-law Suzanne, "are you SURE you don't mind having us for so long???", but she aptly pointed out that we were hardly going to be there with all the things we were doing. Good point Suz!
|Ready to brave the cold for a birthday breakfast!|
|Taking a break from the cold to warm up with....Fireball!|
|The beautiful bride to be, our most excellent Susan!|
|The great Harrison feast!|
|Selfie with Linda!|
|Trimming the tree...|
|The finished product!|
|Look at that perfect Yorkshire Pudding!|
Next we were off to Gig Harbor (south of Seattle by about 45 minutes) to stay with Brett's uncle Ike who was hosting us along with Brett's folks - who had come down to visit all the way from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. This is not an easy or quick trip (think a very long drive and an even longer ferry ride, than a bunch more driving), so we were very thankful they were willing to make the trip to see us.
|Siblings Ike and Bibi (Brett's mom)|
|The traditional Swedish Christmas meal...|
|Three Swedes - Ike, Alrek and Leif|
|Expert gingerbread house decorator at work!|
|Prime rib cooked to perfection by Suz|
|Greg, grandpa Harry and Stacey|
|Sisters: Gwyn and Delaney|
|Late night, but finished!|
Alas, our time in Seattle had to end, and while we LOVED catching up with all of our friends, family and past co-workers, we were kind of exhausted and ready for a little R&R after all our running around. So off we went back to La Quinta to spend some time at THE place to relax - Wiebe Casa South. Our stay there was just what the doctor ordered - totally chill with a good amount of quality time with my Mom (Judy) and Lloyd.
While most folks envision that our boating trip is comprised of the harshness of being at sea or the mellowness of chilling with a cold beverage on the beach - the reality is there is constant pressure from a long list of chores that need to taken care of. So even when you ARE enjoying your beverage of choice, there is a mountain of maintenance hanging over your head. Having 3 weeks to just relax and do almost nothing was a rare treat. I can't believe how many books I read! It was thanks to Mom & Lloyd that we were able to come home at all, so I remain eternally grateful for our time together and only wish it hadn't flown by so fast. Thank you for make this trip home a reality - it was everything we could have hoped for and more.
|Thanks Mom & Lloyd for bringing us back to visit!|