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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas was so wonderful! (photo heavy post..lol)

We all had such a wonderful Christmas. Being together as a family was so fun, we spent 2 days of laughing, baking, cooking and playing Wii together. Good times were indeed had those 2 days at Brasada Ranch. Great memories. I captured quite a few photos while I was there. The surroundings and our cabin was so GORGEOUS that I couldn't resist capturing so many spots around our cabin.

This is the view from the back deck of our cabin. The mountains you are viewing are called "The 3 Sisters." We had snow on Christmas eve, so the sky was overcast and grey. It was awesome to wake up to blue skies and this spectacular view.

Our cabin had 3 suites. This was the one that Steve and I had. Each suite was stunning and had the most gorgeous large wooden beds and the decor was so eloquent.

Another view of our room. I really loved the little sitting area between the 2 light-filled windows. I spent my last evening there sipping champagne and reading with the fire place. It was pure relaxation. I didn't want to leave the next morning :)

Another view from our room. You see the gas fireplace, the tv, and the desk area....of course I had to bring my laptop (I wanted to be able to continue to track my calories on sparkpeople.com and didn't want to miss a day and get off track).

This is the view of the great room from our suite doorway. So cozy and warm. I wanted to live there forever :)

We all brought some Christmas decorations to make it feel more like home and it really did add such a beautiful touch to the already rustic decor of the cabin.

We sat around the table for Christmas dinner, breakfast and playing trivial pursuit...which we gave up because it was about the 80's and all of us, with the exception of my parents were just little kids in the 80's..lol.

This is the wreath/swag that I made. I had a piece of garland left over from our stair case and decided to tie it together and and adhere some decorations to it to make it to a swag to hang from our door way. I love how it turned out...

Mom and Heidi decorated cookies Christmas eve. I was having too much fun playing Wii with my Dad and Aaron that I totally missed this activity. Luckily Steve picked up the camera and took some pics of them making these cookies.

And. Nope. I didn't eat even 1 of them :)

Baily layed in this spot 99% of the time we were there. Just kinda keeping an eye out on everyone. Yeah, he's pretty adorable. And. Yes....that's ribbon and bows in Christmas colors tied to his colar. My mom did that to both Rocky and Baily. Oh, yeah and they had santa hats (see below). Poor guys.

The snow was coming down pretty hard on Christmas eve. Dad and Steve decided to head out to the deck to sit in the hot tub and drink some local brews. You can see the snow falling (spots..lol) in the photo. Apparently the hot tub had changing colored lights and that is why there is the purple glow to the steam of the hot tub. The next night I served Heidi and Aaron pomegranate martini's while they enjoyed the hot tub.

Like every Christmas. We all get the santa hat shots.

We spent lots of time in the kitchen preparing meals and visiting.
I could tell mom and dad really enjoyed having us all together. It's rare when we all have time to spend as a family and the smile on their faces in this photo shows how happy they were. That makes me happy :)

We all enjoyed a long walk around the ranch following dinner and finished off the evening with more Wii playing.. Oh man, I really want one. They are SO MUCH fun. My parents even have Wii fit and that game alone was awesome. Gotta save for that!
Overall, our Christmas was a VERY memorable one. We are all tired from all the fun and excitement, but can't stop talking about the fun moments during our Christmas!
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday with your family. Now here's to Happy New Year!
Tessa Ann

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Kristine Davidson said...

Happy Holidays TESS! Ok, that Ranch looks AMAZING!!! wowo.... love it!
Great pics too... glad you are doing well with weight loss... congrats to you... Happy New Year!

phamil said...

Tessa, it looks like you had a wonderful family Christmas! I'm so glad, you deserved it! The cabin is gorgeous, and I love your swag!!! I'm such a bad friend, I didn't do my usual cards this year, but I thought of you and want to wish you a very Happy New New! I hope it brings happiness, good health and lots of love for you and your beautiful family!!! Hugs!!!!

rosena said...

Oh! What beautiful pictures you took! They embrace the wonderful time we all had at the cabin. It's going to be very hard to top that christmas! Dad and I just didn't want it to end. I,m so glad we brought our own dinner and cooked it there. The seafood menu at the lodge would not have cut it for Steve and I at all! LOL!!
Well, I'm sure glad I have a whole year to plan another perfect christmas for our family to have!
Love Ya Lots!

Suzanne Webb said...

Fun pics Tessa, can't wait to see how you scrap them (I want to see pages from you! :)
Hey, didn't you send me a facebook invite? I can't find you there.

Heidi said...

oh this was the best christmas, soooo much fun, hey i had to steal some of these pics they turned out wonderful, happy new year see you soon!

stephanie garbett said...

happy new year tessa hugs xx

Queen of Paper said...

I love photo post! SO, this was perfect for me! It looks like you had a great time :) as did we!
Hppy New Year sista! Love ya :)

Heather said...

Wow it looks like you had a wonderful christmas! Looks amazing!
Hope the New Year is just as wonderful.

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