We had a fantastic New Year at the cabin with my family. I should really take more vacations with nothing scheduled to do or see!
Kelly and I drove up a day early and stayed overnight in Manti. (Sorry, no pictures of this part-- the camera was burried in the car and it was cold outside!) We enjoyed a session at the Manti temple and the opportunity to see amazing pioneer craftmanship and appreciate the ship/roof that was described in this talk.
The next morning we had a REAL small-town breakfast at the Satisfied Ewe Cafe in Ephriam. Seriously. The owner was a true, salt of the earth, Utah rancher. After chatting it up with the locals in the booth across the room, he came over to take our order with his pencil and notepad in hand and just looked at Kelly. No sense wasting words! (By the way, breakfast was delicious.)
At the cabin we are voluntarily snowed in. We have to snowmobile the last 2-3 miles from the main road. The boys spend the whole trip on snowmobile (mis)adventures and the girls spend the whole trip cooking. That's not a stereotype; that's just the way we like it! I always go out for one good ride, but I really prefer the fire and something to read.
This is your typical afternoon at the cabin. Bryan and Craig have recruited folks to play a game. Dad is coming upstairs from checking on pumps or the generator in the basement and Nathan is playing the Wii. (Notice the New Years party decorations in the background.)
Suzzie was our fire queen. The kids were quick to call her everytime they noticed that the fire as no longer blazing.
Kylee and Caleb helping make popcorn.
The boys loading up to head home.
A few highlights of the cabin weekend:
-Arriving to a warm cabin since another family had just left that morning
-Trying out the solar panels
-Running out of solar power since the panels were covered with snow! (We were back in the early days when our cabin only had a few propane lights.)
- My brothers and their board games
- New Years decorations created by Madelyn, Kylee and Caleb (with help from Grandma)
- Cafe Rio salads for dinner
- Entertainment from Enzo and Paublo (the dogs)
- Peterson caramel popcorn
- Sharing plans for 2010