our holiday break

flew to utah after work (which took much longer than needed since i am cursed with delays every.time.i.fly.)
got in really late - thanks for coming to get us and letting us stay, katie!

happy birthday to my dad.
linny + her cute boys were passing through salt lake city and stopped by to say hi! we were so lucky we got to see them.
we met ben's family for christmas tea at the grand america. mmm tea.
took a tour of ben's dad's old neighborhood - vintage salt lake city.
drove to provo. talked, chatted, napped. dinner at communal in provo - a really delicious dinner indeed. much better than i remember it. such a great place for provo to have!

took advantage of the long morning and drove to lehi, just me, to see my bybes friend, her husband and the newest addition, baby rilo. new babies are the sweetest. old friends are the best.
christmas church at 1pm. let's just say the violin solo of "silent night" was incredible.
"watched football."
drove to aunt annie's house in slc for a festive and italian themed extended family christmas dinner. i am so in love with ben's family. so many great people who have always been so accepting of me. we ate annie's famous lasagne, played the name game and ate some of alexis' amazing caramels.

christmas eve.
ate lunch at foundry grill with ben's mother, linda and sister, katie. i am decided that sundance is the most picturesque utah ski resort - with a view of mt timpanogos, the foundry grill and tree room, the general store...all of it is what a ski resort should be: cozy. and it was snowing, a lot.
ben + i went up to snowboard the afternoon. you can get a cheaper pass if you do the "2:30-4:30pm" time slot. you can buy your pass starting at 2:15pm...we got ours at 2:14pm. boarded, boarded, boarded and waddled the rest of the evening (the first time every season is always the hardest).
we had a scandinavian dinner (to honor our ancestors) and told some christmas jokes that turned into our nephew zach making up the funniest jokes and our nephew colin showing off by walking more than he has at this point - all around the room! 

it snowed in the morning. i thank utah for this. great family time. talked to my sister. dinner. did the christmas bells (we each play 1 or 2 bells to make christmas songs)! i love the bells. played poker - holla.

lots of snowing, lots of snowing. sundance for the afternoon again. lots of fresh snow. powder like powdered sugar.
dropped off dry cleaning because it's about 1/3 of the price in utah than in nyc. ohhh yeah.
cafe rio for dinner. yumms. costco! that's what you do in utah, go to costco.
les miserables. so. good. cry cry cry sobbing. moved. best review of the film, here.

shopping at j.crew! yes!
watched brave - i mention this because that cartoon character's hair is AMAZING.
dinner with fam at pizzeria 712. my sister kristen and broinlaw alan came to meet us! then we went to see the hobbit. it was fun...not as fun as i wished. kristen leaned over to me and said, "ben is like the opposite of a hobbit."

a full day of snowboarding at snowbird. the best place to go. the sun came out in the afternoon. the snow was so fluffy. we were so, so tired. but it was golden.
patagonia outlet (ben's favorite store). my sister, shayna flew in from san francisco as a surprise!
so we all had some dinner at sister kristen's house and talked about life, family and travel.

packed all morning (lots of stuff).
got my hair cut at the best place. and then met friends for a minute - at sammy's.
went to salt lake for a last family dinner with ben's fam.
went back to be with my sisters and fam and slept in slc.

flew away back home.

worked and had a fun closing-the-books-end-of-year gathering with my office people. then a small gathering with margaux, jonathan, their CUTE 3 dogs and amelia. we loved the low key new years and shaking our heads at all the insane people who go to times square for new year's eve (meaning, don't ever do it!).

a relaxing day off. with my favorite person.  

happiest new year to you.


Courtney said...

we watched brave over the holidays too! i thought it was a sweet....and wished my curls were even half as awesome as hers!

shayna said...

I love old friends and really accepting family. That's what it's all about. Oh and Costco. P.S. I dream about waking up and having the same hair as the girl in Brave.

Peggy said...

Thanks for the wonderful Christmas update.

Peggy said...

Oh good, I had to clear my cach and cookies to be able to comment. Sounds like Brave is a muust! We will likely see LM first [that's Les Mis not Linda M. though it would be fun to see her too] It sounds like great fun over the holiday.

Linds said...

Such a good trip for you guys. Donovan still asks to visit Katie and Ben and Memily for some more candy. Sugar is the way to that boy's heart. I guess the apple doesn't fall too far or something something like that :)

Unknown said...

Lucky! Sounds like you guys had an awesome time!

Katie said...

Please tell Donovan that he can come over for candy anytime. It was so fun seeing you guys.

Katie said...

I know that this is like 6 months late but I sure loved spending my Christmas with you guys and its really fun to read about.