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Winter Wonderland

I'll level with ya here...I'm not a real "out-doorsy" kinda gal. I like to be warm, and cozy, and warm...and inside...and did I mention, warm?

But, the other day...we were invited to a Christmas party with some old (but good great) high school buddies! It was a balmy 20+ degrees, here in sunny MinneSOOOta, so I took one for the team, and ventured outdoors.

It's so fresh out there!

My BFF, Dr. J, had shoveled...well, maybe her hubby did...b
ut, honestly...she probably did. Seriously...I don't know when she sleeps. In between seeing patients, gestating her third baby, mothering, hosting numerous get togethers, cooking up a storm, creating Christmas treats, and shopping for presents. Sheesh, some girls just have it all.

But, I digress. So, I took to the ice...(insert photo of Bambi all awkward on the ice...that's me...), and just sort of stood there.

Then, I realized, that my pregnant friend had strapped on her cross-country ski's, tied not one, but two sleds to her self, loaded said sleds with four fairly large children, and took off across the lake.

And, I'm totally not exaggerating. That paragraph above? That is the honest to goodness truth.

Anyway, after being witness to that scene, I was totally shamed into strappin' on some skis. And away I went. And I got sweaty. (And, praise the Lord, no photos exist of that scene!!)

And then I was grossed out...and my feet were hurting. So I said, "the heck with all y'all, I'm outta here"!! And turned around and hightailed it for home.

What awaited me there, was nothing short of a Winter Wonderland:

A fire, Christmas lights, Christmas music, giggly kids! And then...the snow started.

I felt like I was in a snow globe!

We played and played, and fell down and bonked heads and soothed owies. I fell in love with lake homes. We ate, we laughed, we talked, we ate some more, we had hot cider, and took home sleepy kids (well, all but one...Miss E. got to stay over night!!).

It was awesome.

Can't beat great friendships and good times, that's for sure!


  1. Looks like an amazing time with great memories :) We just got a bunch of snow this morning, so beautiful!

  2. Lovely posts. Pics are brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr LOL

  3. How fun! At first, I thought you were one of the kids in those last two pics.

  4. I'm not a fan of the outdoors...but it does look like everyone - including you - had fun!!


  5. I'm with you on the warm part. I can't stand the snow, being all cold and wet, not a good combo. Regardless, looks like it was somewhat fun. ;)


  6. This whole post just made me smile!! As much as I hate hate HATE cold and more cold, stuff like this makes it all worth it! You all look like you were having so much fun and your friend, probably my new idol, seriously...crazy! Love the fire!
    Have a wonderful New Years girl!! :)

  7. WOW that sounds amazing. But Im with you on the warmth. Ever since I moved south, I melt when the temps go below 50. Yikes

  8. Wow! Now that's a great memory!! The ice looks amazing too! Happy New Year to your family ;-)

  9. Laura, Dr. J is MY idol too--seriously! the woman is amazing! And this whole post reminds me out of something you'd see staged for a movie--Wow!

  10. Looks like fun if you like being cold!! Ha! Love your jacket!

  11. That sounds like a fabulous time. I would have been in awe of your friend...just saying.

    Happy New Year!

  12. that looks like so much fun! good for you!


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