Our family has started a new tradition. In lieu of getting everyone a gift, we rent a cabin in Lake Tahoe for all our family to spend a fun holiday weekend together. We have found that spending our time and money on experiences is worth the time and effort. For the last two years we have kept this tradition and I know we will continue the festivities. My husband and I are usually the first to arrive up in Lake Tahoe and thats when we like to make a pit stop at El Dorado Beach. During this time of year the beach is frozen over and you can walk out to the sail boats!
I honestly don't think my husband should be jumping on the ice. But hey it looks pretty cool:
Once we arrived at the cabin we unloaded all of our groceries and our children aka the birthday boy. Dean rarely allows me to take his picture. But when he does he looks very handsome:
We found some snow and a Charlie Brown tree:
After we settled into the cabin we took a leisurely walk down the street to the local Raley's. Along our way Solin would take her gloves off to pick up pine cones. We had to reapply those gloves several times during this vacation:
Daddy and Solin playing with the rocks and snow
I think I am going to treasure this photo forever. Grandpa and Solin looking out the window and that snow falling and turning into slush!
Later we played in the rain... because unfortunately the snow would melt and it just started to rain on us.
We had better odds playing in the arcades than we would gambling. I gave the kids some coins and Solin would win the jackpot on a few games!
But overall the best game to play was the Ticket Eater:
Here they are enjoying their Lake Tahoe Loot:
And then we retired in for the night to celebrate Randall Dean's sixteenth birthday:
The next day the weather was better than the last and we walked down to the Heavenly Village for some window shopping:
It was a very busy day for the Heavenly Village Gondola:
Our favorite shops in Heavenly Village are Patagonia, Earthbound and Rocket Fizz:
We ended the trip with a successful family photo. Because these days it's hard to do!