From way back...We'll take a look at the Breckenridge/Banks/Peils Christmas gathering. We got together on the 17th, bright and early at 9am. We spent a good chunk of time together and really enjoyed ourselves! Oh, and we ate way too much food. Now, because I'm trying to catch up on oh-so-many missed posting opportunities, I'm going to post only a few pictures [I'll try, anway-usually I get carried away].
Um, so this is me really working to distract Nate from his video games. It didn't work all that well. He got irritated for like two seconds and then decided that it wasn't worth it:] Oh how I love him! Dad makes fantastic pastries, which Stella quickly, QUICKLY figured out.
Like I said before, Mom and Dad were the gracious hosts, through breakfast, lunch, and lunner [lunch/dinner? one or the other!]. We got together on the December 17th to allow everyone enough travel time to get to California for Christmas Eve and Day.
Ivy is still freakin' adorable! This picture cracks me up...She looks so small in Tom's arms. And yet she's huge...Seriously. Oh, I made these for the girlies. I'm proud of them:)
Grandpa and Grandma Mac showed up for some dessert in the late afternoon, and then Nate and I headed home. We had piles of "stuff" to do before the next day...We had to clean the kitchen, take out all the trash, pass the cat off to some caretakers for the following ten days, finish the laundry, pack our suitcases, and pack some weather proof bins with presents. The next morning we were supposed to connect with Ricky, Nate's older brother, to load up his Toyota Tundra and make the long drive down to Fresno, California. Ricky had plans to come over by 6am, but that didn't happen...which turned out to be a very good thing! The weather was super if-y that morning, fog and potential ice on the freeways. Ricky arrived around 8am, he and Nate loaded up the truck bed, and then they took the truck to Les Schwab to get two new front end tires. We hit I-5 South at 10am. It was great timing!
We all loaded up and drove back up to Oregon on December 28th. Ricky and Stephen headed south to LA, Nate and I loaded up in Karen and Rick's car and drove the 12 hours home together. We arrived home right around 8 that evening. The next day Mom had her knee surgery...on their 26th wedding anniversary, no less. On the 30th, Leslie and Adam came over to celebrate our own little form of New Years! Yes, yes, we had the wrong date, but Les and Adam are from Pendleton, one of the craziest, snowiest places in Oreogn. So they had to attempt the drive home before the weather got so bad they were stuck in Portland. SO! We played some fantastic games (Friend's SceneIt and Balderdash) and we ate dinner and exchanged gifts. That was Christmas number, let me think, five. Or maybe six. I can barely remember. It's ridiculous, though, how many Christmas we celebrated this year. Okay, so then for New Years, Nate and I went over to Tom and Rae Ann's, along with Mom and Dad, and watched movies and played a nice, friendly game of Clue. I love, LOVE games and look forward to New Years to finally be able to play games...Nate isn't a fan, so he avoids them any other day of the year. Oh my goodness...I think I made it through everything I wanted to write about. IT'S A MIRACLE!!! Oh, one last thing, I've been wanting to post a picture of our fantastic twelve foot tree, so let's see if I can make that happen.