First, in January, we got a surprise call from good friends in Mazama, where we spend nearly all our vacation time, telling us about a great little house going on the market that was just like what we were always daydreaming about owning up there. Why not come take a look? So we hopped in the car, drove five hours in the snow and sleet, and promptly fell in love:
...and began the three month process of making it ours. And now it is! Bearpaw Cabin, our home away from home.
Here we are just before the new year with my Dad at Bellevue Botanical Gardens. On the coldest night of the year, I think.
February involved several more trips out to Mazama to try to close the deal on the cabin. Which let us get some fun time in playing in the snow.
The big event in March was a family reunion of my Dad's siblings and all the cousins who could make it, at my Aunt Carolyn's house in Greeley, Colorado. Here are Ernest, Dad, Dorothy, and Sof and I. This was an amazing visit, even if we did get stuck in the airport overnight on the way out.
A tea party to celebrate spring...
In May we made two or three trips to Winthrop, and ended up hauling this one stupid watermelon back and forth on all of the trips and never eating it. Which led us to draw a face on it and adopt it. We called him Ned. We kept him until he rotted.
I kind of finished my nephew's quilt. Not really:
Father's Day was celebrated with matching, father and daughter Monkey-and-Herschel shirts. A proud moment.
We spent our usual two weeks in Mazama for the Winthrop Blues Festival, and our friends Kate and Steve joined us for a long weekend.
In August, we took both our dads to Oahu, to revisit my Dad's stomping grounds from his Navy days. It was an amazing trip!
Sofie turned four in September, surrounded by many, many friends.
And Brett got a bike and spent a couple weeks up in Mazama by himself being a mountain man:
We made one last trip to mazama in October, then celebrated Halloween with good friends and an awesome pumpkin carving party at Kerf Designs.
In November, we were lucky enough to visit the Oregon Coast with friends Kate and Nate, who shared a family retreat with us. The kids had an awesome time.
And finally December, my favorite month of the year! We decorated in turquoise and red this year and spent the whole month snuggling in front of the fireplace, admiring the Christmas tree.
Happy New Year to everyone, and best wishes for an awesome 2011!