In keeping with tradition, we traveled to
Lake Tahoe to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the
usual suspects - Jen, Tod, Christine, Mark and their four kids
between them - and some new friends this year, too.
in the week, we had hosted Caroline's friend Barb and her
boyfriend Chris at our apartment. On Wednesday afternoon,
in preparation for our holiday weekend departure, we dropped our
friends off at their hotel in the City and said a fond farewell.
Back at the apartment, we loaded up the car (a rather slow and
laborious process when you live on the 5th floor) and hit the
road, where we proceeded to sit in holiday traffic for about 5
or 6 hours on our drive to the mountains. Long after dark,
we finally arrived at the house to the sound of loud cheering.
We thought our friends were excited to see us but it turned out
that the drunken cheers were for the person who won the bet on
when we would finally arrive. Some friends!
After our long drive,
the weekend quickly improved, with Mark mixing his usual
creative, yet bizarre drinks (cinnamon whiskey and Mountain
Dew??!!) and lots of laughter before we all fell, exhausted,
On Thursday, we welcomed Jen's friend Linh, her husband Brad and
their three kids for our traditional holiday meal at Jen
and Tod's. There was much silly hat-wearing and general
merrymaking throughout the afternoon and the meal was as
delicious as ever. Not surprisingly, Linh and Brad proved
to be a wonderful addition and it was deemed by some to be our
best Thanksgiving celebration yet!
Also in keeping with
tradition, there was again no snow to be had at Northstar over
the holiday weekend but we were able to go for our traditional
spin on the Village ice rink with the kids, where Scott,
Caroline and Christine were the only adults in our party with
skates on. Oh, well, more fun towing lazy kids for us!
Scott's birthday fell on Saturday this year and we celebrated
his big 4-0 with our annual dinner out at Bite tapas restaurant
and trip to the casino on Friday evening. There's no
denying that Scott really tied one on at the casino that night
but to his credit he was able to get up on Saturday morning and
play an energetic game of whiffle ball with Giana, Nola and
Caroline before everyone packed up and hit the road for the long
drive home. It was definitely another Thanksgiving for the
memory books and we're already looking forward to next year!
year's pilgrim hat makes a repeat appearance on Evan
It's hard to resist the lure of the fur hat!
Tod & Mark man the turkey fryer...
Scott and two of his favorite girls, Isha & Nola
Welcome, Brad & Linh!
Tod admire the turkey
Too many cooks in the kitchen...?
Christine puts the finishing touches on dinner
Relaxing on the deck after an afternoon of ice skating
Scott enjoys the view from the deck
A quick game of whifle ball with Giana and Nola before heading
home - happy birthday Scott!