Now that this trip happened over a month ago, I think I’ll finally take the time to write about it. Sorry! Let’s just say that if I could sum up January in one word it’d be BUSY. We had guests and youth trips and sicknesses and more. It was a very, very busy month.
But now I have a little time to share about our family ski trip to Red River, NM. It was fantastic.
I think I might have mentioned this before, but we switch between each of our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. This was our year with my family for Christmas. Since we had Christmas Eve services at church and then had church the day after Christmas, we were home by ourselves for actual Christmas Day. But the day after Christmas, we went up to Dallas to spend the night with my aunt and uncle and their family so we could head out early the next morning for our ski trip.
Michael had never been skiing before, and he was really excited to finally try it out. I’ve been a few times, and I enjoy it, but I was mostly excited to just spend time with my family–and be with Michael when he learned to ski.
bright dark and early Monday morning. My brother, Marcos, and his fiance, Maddie, were with us. While they slept in the backseat, we kept ourselves entertained with fun music in the front. After the sun rose:
Michael had gotten “Despicable Me” for Christmas from his parents, and it came with an inflatable Minion. He became our trip mascot.
My aunt sent us scavenger hunt items to look for on the way. We could have sworn that she just saw the items and then texted the list, but she promised that she wasn’t even playing. It was everything from a train car to an abandoned house to a bird sitting on a sign to all kinds of things… The Minion helped me check off the pictures I found (Oh–and I won, by the way!)
After about a million songs, waiting 30 minutes for my brother’s coffee, plenty of pictures, a failed nap, plenty of laughs, and 11 hours in the car, we finally made it to Red River, New Mexico!
That night, we had Christmas with just our family (3 of my aunts/uncles and their families, plus one of my dad’s work friends and his family were on the trip too). Since skiing was our big gift, we decided to make presents for each other. We’ve done this one other time, and they’re my FAVORITE Christmases. I love the thoughtfulness that comes with a home-made gift.
Emily made me a wall hanging with our initial and Disney decorations/colors for our office:
Michael and I made Marcos/Maddie a book with notes, recipes, advice, etc. from family and friends (my office friends had made me something similar when we got married):
I made Em a necklace hanger made from spools of thread, buttons, and wood (my good friend, Jamie gave me the idea):
We also made ornaments (at the place with Paul and Liz) for everyone:
Marcos/Maddie made us a canvas with paint and their pictures:
I made my dad a collage of all of us for his office:
My Mom and Emily (and my dad) made Michael a t-shirt quilt with all of our Pine Cove shirts (it’s our new favorite movie watching blanket. We LOVE it!):
I gave my mom a flash-drive with all of the pictures I’ve taken (that she would want) from 2005 until present. I edited most of them too:
And my mom made all 3 of us photo books of our past family Disney trips:
It was SUCH a good night. All of the home-made gifts were so much fun, and it was just a really, really good time with my family.
We went to bed nice and early so we would be ready for our first day of SKIING the next morning!
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