I don’t feel too bad about being a little light and a little late with content over the holidays. I mean, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we saw everyone who reads this blog. There’s only like 4 of you anyway, and you don’t need a post to know what we did ’cause you were there:) However, 2012 is off to a great start, so here is a little bit of catch up:
First, we’ve had remarkably warm weather the last couple of days, so we dug the bikes out of hibernation this weekend and went for a little ride:
I say “little” ride, because we stuck pretty close to home. While the weather was warm and sunny in the middle of the day, it was pretty chilly to ride a motorcycle in the morning and at elevation. So we didn’t leave the house until 10:30 am, wore the heated gear as needed in the mountains, and were thoroughly comfortable and happy all day long.
The downside of riding in January is that a lot of the best roads are rendered a bit less fun due to being covered in salt and grime. The slippery surface makes for more cautious riding, but it was still fun to be out. We rode around Philpott lake area a bit, and made our way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We started down Squirrel Spur Rd (normally a favorite), and decided to ride back up to the parkway and take 58 down instead before heading home.
I think we did a total of about 160 mi. We were only out for a few hours, and we were home before dark. It’ll do for now, and we sure weren’t the only ones with that idea. The bikes were out all over the place yesterday, as it was probably the only chance for decent riding weather a for a little while.
Ok, back in time a bit to Christmas: We made our usual drive to FL in about 11 hours on Thursday, which is pretty good time. Kevin’s brother made the same drive the next day, and the difference in traffic was distinct: it took him 13.5 hours. Yuck.
I love that Christmas with my husband’s family is a big deal, in more ways than one. His mom’s side of the family is very large, and they almost all get together in one place for the holidays. They’ve been doing it so long, they make hosting 50+ people look easy. Recently, Kevin’s parents decided they no longer used their mostly enclosed pool, and so they filled it in and converted the space to make a giant room that can be used for large gatherings. Just look at what they had set up for Christmas dinner, isn’t it fantastic? It worked perfectly; its like having a bistro at your house:)
Christmas day was extra fun with Kevin’s nephew. Little kids really appreciate Christmas. I love the pic below, wrapping paper everywhere, and no boy is ever too old to play with the toys:)
In sum, 2011 was a great year for us. Some of the highlights can be found in this blog, but the short version is that life is good. We have a lot to be thankful for, and this next year holds a lot of potential for us. We are both really looking forward to 2012. (Mayan apocalypse excluded, of course:)