Saturday, February 18

Snowy Sunday

We get a lot of snow around here, that's no secret or surprise.  What lots of people don't realize though, is how crummy our snow often is.  We're coastal, so when it snows it is often right near freezing and it often turns to slush within a few hours.  Every once in awhile though, we get good snow that lasts a bit longer and is really fun to play in! Such was the case on January 22.  It snowed and snowed and snowed.  After church the kids went up to a friend's cabin to play and I followed on foot a bit later.

As I look at these pictures I am reminded of how much daylight we have gained since this day!  It is so much brighter out there now!

It was so beautiful!  8 winters later and I still get excited when we get good snow!

Happy Winter, everyone!

Christmas Part Three: Christmas in Battle Ground

From Washougal we went up to Battle Ground to Scott's parents'.  They have this wood stove--we were there less than 5 minutes before I parked my fanny in front of it.  There is something about the heat of a wood stove--it's a different kind of warm!

One of our first nights at their place we headed over to Scott's sister's house to make cookies with her.  We all had a good time!  They have an unfinished bar that they have covered with paper.  When they entertain they put out  a bucket of markers and people write all over it.  The girls had fun there this summer and again this winter!

Another huge attraction at the farm is the cows, specifically S2 aka Fred whom we purchased this summer to fill our freezer. Scott's dad put a lot of time into socializing him so that the girls could get close to him. They had so much fun feeding him (and the rest of the herd) every day.

My kids love to play games and they found Grandma and Grandpa to be willing participants.  Some cribbage, some checkers, and a little backgammon for good measure!

We celebrated when Uncle Jimmy had the day off and had lots of fun spending the afternoon and evening of the last day of 2016 together and celebrating Christmas all in one night.

It snowed that night--just a dusting, but enough to turn things white.  My Alaskan darlings wowed everyone by running around in the white stuff barefoot...

We had lots of fun in Washington, but we were ready head home to Scott and our own beds.  This was my view on the plan ride home...

It was great fun to celebrate with everyone!  We arrived home and had a day to unpack and recover before school started up again. I was really patting myself on the back for that foresight back in July when I bought these tickets!

Saturday, February 4

Christmas Part Two: Christmas in Washougal

This year, for the first time in years, we celebrated Christmas in Washington.  We spent nearly our whole winter break down visiting family.  Our first stop was Washougal, where my family lives.  We got to spend our first day there hanging out and making cookies with Grandma and cousin Kirstyn.  My kids love to make cookies, so they were happy to get to share that fun with everyone in Washougal.

We visited, played, petted puppies, walked, saw Christmas lights and had a great visit!

The girls helped my brother and my dad build this elevated food dish for their dogs.  There's another one they built that nests inside.  They loved having Grandpa's wood shop right downstairs!

My dad was so indulgent and drove us all over the neighborhoods surrounding theirs to look at Christmas lights one night.  We had walked all over their neighborhood each evening and seen many, but in the car we got to visit Washougal's "Christmas Lane" which was pretty impressive!

Christmas Day we were joined by my brother's family and my uncle.  We opened presents in my parent's full basement because it is so big and open!

Those cookies are a Godwin tradition.  My grandma always gave them to us kids, so my mama continues the tradition.  It's not Christmas without some butter cookies!

We cooked a HUGE turkey and all the fixings and were joined for dinner by my sister in law's brother and their parents.  It was such a great Christmas Day!  I think my parents were still eating turkey leftovers when we flew home a week later!

Although we missed Scott, it was fun to spend Christmas with our extended family again.  We made lots of memories, told lots of stories of Christmases past, and are excited for our next visit!