The kids got to make a toast to 2009 with sparkling apple cider before they went off to bed at 9:30 p.m.
Mike and Andrea had a puzzle up in the living room, which Rebecca and Andrea enjoyed working on.
It was fun to all hang out around the table and talk. We did have time for feeding the kids first and then having an adult dinner later on. It was great to be there.
Deep, after dinner discussions.
Tom and Stacy feeling a little tired from the drive over that day.
Sophia always is the life of the party. She had a great time ordering her cousins around. They all deserved it.
Jonah had been running through the house and he stepped on one of Rebecca's knitting needles, so we had a little issue. Jonah thought the needle went through his foot. Once we told him that the needle only left a red mark, the crying stopped and the chaos resumed.
This was the children's dinner. They had a great time and we were so glad we waited to have ours a little later.
Since Grandma, Grandpa, Stacy, and Tom were staying at a hotel, the kids got to take advantage of the pool as well which is always a great way for the kids to let off some steam.
On Saturday, we headed up to Silver Mountain in Idaho and rode the gondola's up to the top of the mountain. Dana and Hannah went skiing and the rest of us went inner tubing. We had a blast. The gondola ride was 20 minutes and it was enclosed so it was a great way to start and end the day. So here is the chaos of trying to get everyone dressed at the car. Kids are losing gloves, have the wrong boots on and are getting knocked over by other oblivious kids. It was organized chaos.
Everyone took a hand and we were on our way.
The gondolas fit up to 6 people, I think. It was a fun ride.
The kids couldn't wait to get up the mountain.
Noah wanted me to take a picture of this for him. It was the local "watering hole" at the base of the mountain.
For those of you who forgot, Rebecca stayed back at the house with her foot up all day long lounging about. Actually, she had the whole dinner prepared when we walked in the door later that night with brownies to boot. Thanks honey.
Stacy, Tom, Isabelle, Nolan, and Sophia
Mike, Andrea, Dana, Hannah, and Astrid.
We all had lunch up there before we went out in the snow. At this point, we were all dry and warm.
It was beautiful up there and it was snowing hard all day long. The kids loved it.
I thought this was a great picture of Jacob catching snow flakes. The hill for inner tubing was cool because they had four slopes and a "flying carpet" to come back to the top. It was like a moving carpet that you stepped on and rode up the hill. When I was a kid, we had to sit down on our tube and have the rope tow us up the mountain. It always ruined our gloves.
Noah got a little wind burn from being out so long.
I don't think Jonah was mad, I think he was going for the cool snow boarder look.
We had a great day and had to wait in line to go back down the mountain. It was beautiful and not too cold.
There was one VIP gondola and we let Andrea, my dad, and Astrid go in front of us before we knew it was the nice one. They were loving it. It had 4 bucket seats and a stereo. They rode in style down the mountain. We were all jealous.
The 1 1/2 hour drive on the way home proved to be too much for Noah. I don't think I have seen him fall asleep in the car since he was two years old.