Saturday, January 9, 2010

Snapshots from Christmas 2009, part III.

A few last pictures from our time at my parents' house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming over Christmas:

More elk! This time we saw a group of females and a few juveniles in our backyard in the middle of the afternoon

Close-up of the elk as they saw us and began to retreat (notice the juvenile with his small antlers in the middle)

We climbed the hill and realized they were part of a huge herd of elk (I really need new lenses for my camera that can accommodate wide angles and close-ups better, seeing as how I come across opportunities for shots like these so often in my regular life - ha!)


I hope you can get an idea of how many elk there were!

Robert and I had fun pulling Vivian around our track on the sled (notice that Baby Sarah came along for the ride)

Amid cries of "Slow down! Too fast!" I think Vivian enjoyed riding on the sled

View of the Grand Tetons from behind the house

My mom's sister also has a home in Jackson Hole. She and some of her family came for dinner one night (left to right: my sister-in-law Megan, me, my Aunt Judy, my mom, my cousin Nancy)

Will, Robert and my Uncle Frank catch a little football

Dinner (Wine bottles are among the elite few containers that are acceptable on the dinner table. My dad's contraption that keeps his cans cold is also exempt)

Nancy's son Spencer and Dots joined us for our dessert of peppermint ice cream pie . Lucky for Dots the Container Police didn't see that Coke can...

My mom and my niece and nephews partook in a spirited game of Bottle Tops

I had fun helping my nephew Matt with the new Harry Potter game he got for his DS

I love my cute little niece! (She is also my goddaughter.)

As you can tell, we had a wonderful Christmas in Wyoming with my parents and my brother and his family. My sister and her family arrived from Georgia the afternoon before we came home, but sadly I neglected to get any pictures with them.


JMW said...

What a wonderful way to spend the holidays - with family in such a glorious setting!

Sherrie said...

Did you grow up in WY? When my friend was in grad school I visited her in Boulder and we road tripped to Cheyenne, WY! I remember being astounded that there were signs for parking your horse (I even took a photo of myself pointing to the sign). lol Your parents land is just amazing. What a lovely place to visit.

Maggie said...

Looks like a grand time. What views!

Henley on the Horn said...

Wow! What a fabulous trip!! Do your parents live there or just vacation there? I would love for our children to see snow like that!!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful there!

I love your pictures from your parent's's like Where's Waldo with the condiments/coke cans on the table, I always look! :)

Jo said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog; it's nice to meet you!

You have had a picture perfect Christmas! It's always a little more special when you're surrounded by family.

We have the same "rules" at our dinner table ;)


bevy said...

I know you hated to leave! What an amazing vacation surrounded by the ones your love!

Emily said...

I am not a big fan of cold weather but the pictures of the mountains and snow look so pretty that I think I could make an exception! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a wonderful pictures! You have a beautiful family.

Looks you all had a lovely Christmas. I hope to you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Ops! I mean: "I wish to you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!"

(Sorry my "weak" English)

The Hayden Family said...

What gorgeous photos! Your parents' home is truly beautiful! Their backyard is picturesque!

And all those Christmas smiles! Made my morning!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Eloise, I return to see again the herd of elks. It's amazing! Looks the Discovery Channel. (Lol)

CRICKET said...

Thanks for sharing, it seems like you had a wonderful holiday. My mom only allows "wine" containers, I grew up with a pitcher of milk on the table. I have to admit being brought up this way makes me cringe when I see bottles of salad dressings on tables...

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

it looks like it was perfect! Those views are out of this fave is your pics of the reindeer on Christmas morn. Heavenly!

Sammy said...

Wow, you have a fun, beautiful blog!