04 January 2009

Winter Wonderland

Janelle and I are back in California after our 16 day winter break in Minnesota. Lucy was unable to fly with us this morning due to to cold temperature. No worries though, Wayne and Sue are looking after her and will get her on a plane later this week.

We had a great time visiting with friends and family. Here are some highlights in no particular order.

Lucy and Chloe got to play again after not seeing each other for over six months. They had a great time wrestling and chasing after one another. There is no doubt that they will be best buddies when we move back.

At the Tubbs' family Christmas the Tubbs' men bared stomach and chest for an exciting game of smack. It's a ping-pong game where players try to score three points. The loser must then lift his shirt while the winner hits a ball at his chest. And yes, ping-pong balls leave welts. Just ask Evan! 

It just wouldn't be winter without some outdoor hockey. I only packed five days of clothes so I could fly my hockey equipment back and it was well worth it. I got out twice, once with Logan in Albert Lea and once with Andy, Forsman and Ian in Minneapolis. It was so much fun playing with the guys again. We played for two and a half ours when it was 7 degrees!

While I was playing hockey Janelle met Jaclyn and Leah for lunch and some girl talk. From what I hear they had a good time.

Of course I can't forget what brought us back to MN in the first place....Christmas! We enjoyed many Christmas celebrations with all sides of our family. All involving good food conversation and Christmas cookies! Thank you to all the hosts of our Christmas breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

Thanks again everyone for making our trip home so much fun, Happy New Year!

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