One day we decided to road trip (above) up to visit my brother’s family in El Dorado Hills, a pretty town near Sacramento nestled in the foothills of the Sierras. I love his town and hanging out with all of them. We took a drive about an hour past my brother’s home to Adventure Mountain a great sledding spot. They also have 3 kids, so the 5 cousins have a blast playing in the snow.
At the sled hill..
My Norwegian sister-in-law and I have a tradition of having a little snow picnic. We bring lunch supplies and blankets and enjoy the sun if we can. It usually includes hot tea and chocolate and oranges, a Norwegian treat.
In my brother’s town they have a new luxury shopping place called Palladio, so we checked it and out and had dinner at a fun pizza place called Chicago Fire.
All the cousins waiting for pizza together! Jackson, Sander, Griffin, Sean and Veronica.
I love my sister–n-law’s Line’s (pronounced Lina’s) Norwegian holiday style and her whole home which is so cozy.
Lots of lovable mutts and kitties too! They have 6 altogether. This is a fun home!
And they always make us a lumberjack’s breakfast here too! No one goes hungry.
I hate leaving them. My brother Peter is one of my favorite people in this world. It saddens me that they live far away from us.
Back in our our town -some walks downtown for treats!
Hikes with dear pals..
New Years with some fun friends.
And a New Year’s Day long hike for myself and my husband on one of the trails here above town. It was a sunny and pretty, but extremely cold day here! It has been very cold for California lately, low 50s and high 40s during the day. I’m actually looking forward to some of those low 60s that are more usual for here!
This was on the Jones Trail on St Joseph’s Hill in our town of Los Gatos. We are fortunate to have so many open hiking trails so close we can walk or bike to them.
I spent my Christmas money at the J Crew on suede ankle boots and a lace print T. Those after holiday sales are too good to pass up!
Lastly, we removed the tree..
The oldest packed away his nutcracker collection for another year.
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