Snow has been a big theme in our lives the past week. For Christmas we watched it snow at Joe's parents' house after skiing at the local resort and Joe teaching me how to skin. (Amazingly, you can climb mountains in skis when you put skins on the bottom - giant rubber stickers that have a course "hair" that all goes in one direction: the hairs lie flat when you ski down the mountain but catch into the snow when climbing up.) Our dog loved it - she'll take any chance she can to run. On the way back up, she was trying to hand us sticks as we slowly (and, in her opinion, boringly) returned to the car.
The Christmas holiday was great - spent with both our families, eating, drinking, and visiting. It was exactly as it should have been.
Next we're off to Tahoe for a few ski days - once the tasting room opens and the event season begins in a week or two, our weekends will be spent here, as will the rest of the week. So, in the meantime, we're getting a few days in.
If anyone has suggestions for great Tahoe restaurants that don't require dressing up (not after a long day on the slope, thanks), please let me know. In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!!! We wish the best to you and yours in 2009!