It’s been a busy start to the new year, and I’ve finally finished the photos from Christmas vacation over in eastern Washington. It was fun to get out of town for a few days with the Lands and have a snowy Christmas. Eastern Washington is one of my favorite places on earth–I’ve been visiting the Methow Valley area with my family since I was a toddler. My grandparents were one of the first families to build a home in this area back in the 60s, and the valley holds lots of special memories for me. It made it all the more special to share this place with my new family as we snowshoed and played in the snow.
Taking group pictures wearing snowshoes is a lot harder than you think it would be–you can’t stand too close together or all your snowshoes will tangle up. Nice work, Susan, Emily, and Julie!
We stayed right on the river in Twisp, WA and it was great for snowshoeing! Running and hiking through the deep, fluffy snow along the river was a good reminder that winter has a fun, bright side.
Gus, the dog, came along with us on our trip. He loved the snow as much as we did! Matt missed his running/hiking/cuddling buddy.
A big thanks to Jake for taking portraits of us. Matt and I hardly ever get photos together since one of us is usually behind the camera!
Right before we left for the trip, my mom gifted us all a Christmas Eve sleigh ride at Sun Mountain Lodge, up the valley from where we were staying. The views were incredible as we rode along the top of the ridge, and at the end of the loop, there was hot chocolate waiting for us (this was definitely my kind of winter activity.)
Greg, Emily, Julie, and Jake, snuggling up in the sleigh.
The siblings! With Julie and Jake living out of state, it was such a treat to have them all together in one place for Christmas.
The Land men — Matt, Jake, and Pat — enjoying some hot chocolate.
In traditional Land fashion, there had to be a #LandsJumping photo (minus Matt.)
Photos taken by Matt, Jake (my brother-in-law), and myself.