Holidays 2008: an epic year

Wow, my last blog post was Dec 10th. So much fun sIMG_2576tuff going on. Well, we did our favorite holiday trek once again, but this time it was a full 2 weeks. Mel was able to coerce Flash in taking more time off this year.

We were in San Jose Dec 19 – 24. What a great time. I love the fact that the kids outnumber the adults. And all the cousins are in the same age range. Young, fun, loud and crazy. Grandma Gordon hosted one amazing evening for the Gordon family.

This year’s ‘fun club’ friend progressive was epic to say the least. There was a 12 person line up of Irish Car Bombers. Full photo alblum here >>>

And of course we can’t forget Papa Smith and the other side of the family. We had an amazing feast at Bucca di Peppo.

We left San Jose Christmas Eve morning to head over Donner Summit. WE CHAINED UP!!! Yes, I’m a dork and actually loved chaining up. Plus I considered it a great ‘team building experience.’

See the Broman Holiday pics here >>>

WE WOKE UP CHRISTMAS MORNING TO SNOW. 5 inches in the valley. This brought tears to my eyes as I fled out the back door with Kaya at 8am. What a site. Kaya in the snow.

The Broman’s threw an amazing holiday for us. The highlight, Mom/Dad Broman’s gift to everyone – the mini marshmallow PVC pipe guns. Yes, you heard correctly. Laughing, laughing, ducking, more laughing and semi wet pants…

Flash and I went snowshoeing in Tahoe and hung with the family. We headed out to Mammoth Dec 29th.IMG_2513 by thegordons.

Well as many of you heard bits and pieces of the ‘Gordon Summit’ planning meeting. Fun stuff, tears, and let’s just say we love each other very much. (no we are not having kids ANYTIME soon.)

Tuesday was followed by a quick day of snowboarding for Flash, when he bailed. Dislocated his shoulder on the 3rd run. IT SUCKED, but in his defense it was pretty ‘radical tumble’. He was a trooper and decided to stay till Jan 2ns. Flash is THE most amazing husband. He looked at me after picking him up from the ER, “babe, it’s only 1pm, you should go back up to the mountain.” And that’s exactly what I did. I went snowboarding the next day too!

We managed to have an amazing week in Mammoth, but we’ll be back as Flash didn’t get to enjoy my Christmas gift to him – snowmobiling.You can see our Mammoth pics here >>>

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Love you all and can’t wait till next holiday season.

Land in San Jose

After a hop skip and a jump we landed on time in San Jose Costa Rica at 10pm on Thursday night. We then took an official taxi to our Best Western 15 min away. We threw our bags in the room and were off to look for Mel´s friend Todd who is the founder of www.GoVisitCostaRica.com. He was in the casino! Some beers later and a bit of local karoke the parents were off to bed, and we got some more Costa Rica traveling details from Todd before calling it a night.

Friday morning Randy & Vicki woke to Mel steam rolling them at 6am, ready to get the rental car (almost didn´t fit our luggage and 4 adults!!), a quick bite of rice and beans at the local Denny´s and we were on our way to La Fortuna.