Happy New Year to one and all! I hope 2012 makes all your dreams come true.
During my three weeks home I was lucky enough to see a ton of friends and visit a lot of places, including Napa, SF, and the standout Lake Tahoe for my birthday and New Years. Despite the lack of snow, more than a dozen of us in total drove up to stay in a cabin I had rented and enjoy the peace and fresh air. When we arrived on my birthday we decided to stay in the house, eat Faith's chicken tortilla soup ("Soup's on!") and my mom's lemon mousse cheesecake, open a ton of beautiful presents, and have a fabulous dance party.
During the next day we went hiking near Fallen Leaf Lake, since it's necessary to substitute summer activities when there's a shocking 0.0 inches of snow in the mountains.
One night we went out to the casinos. I tend to get a little over-excited by Wheel of Fortune. Blame it on my mom!
In the mornings and late afternoons we always had a great time hanging out at the cabin just playing games, doing puzzles, and reading. It was fun to have down time as a group. This is Jessie putting in the celebratory last piece of our Antique Lady (Man?) puzzle. What a victory for the team.
Our next afternoon we spent hiking (again) in the hills near Heavenly. The area had beautiful views and we were even able to find some (fake) snow!
Before we knew it New Year's Eve arrived, and we prepared a big lasagna dinner for the dozen or so of us there and had another great night hanging out at the house and playing Hamburger Hamburger, a version of charades but on speed. Many of us stayed up far too late...I believe it was 5 o'clock in the morning?
It meant so much to me that everyone tried so hard and managed to make it to the cabin. I loved watching more of my friends mingle and get to know one another and I was so happy to get to see them all even though I was home for such a short time. Just them coming to Tahoe started our year's motto off right, as far as I'm concerned!