Happy December and Happy Monday!
Vacations always seem to go way-way to fast and getting readjusted back to reality can be such a challenge ... especially after a terrific time which is exactly what we had at the Schoening House over Thanksgiving.
Allison had always said her parents house was "on the lake" but I hadn't really visualized what that meant until we arrived into their beautiful, lake-front home and took in the amazing views. It definitely felt like we were on a retreat and was exactly what we needed!
Thanksgiving Day -- our third Thanksgiving meal with Allison since we had two Thanksgivings together last year (one with our Solomon's Porch family and one with our AMA family).
My Black Friday shopping -- a trip to Trader Joe's!!! Hurray!
The evening ended with getting to participate in decorating the Christmas tree together - so special!
Saturday morning we awoke to a dusting of snow everywhere to enjoy before getting on the road.
We had several added bonuses to our time in the Seattle area ... Jason got to do a police ride-along with his long-time friend,Jeremy and he got to spend several hours visiting with a retired, career forester who Allison's dad graciously introduced him to. Lastly, on our way home we got to spend time with our Peace Corps friend, Jamie and her family at a children's museum. Luke had never been to one of these facilities before and could hardly believe all the fun things to do ... a perfect way to tire him out before our drive back to Idaho and as always, so fun to see our friend!
The drive home through Stevens Pass was spectacular!
And then .... we were back on the plains of Eastern Washington ... sigh. Not bad, just different.
The view from our deck has changed again ... fields covered in white for now. So pretty.