Winter Weekend Away

This past weekend took forever to get here. I think we were all counting down the days before. We laughed about the anticipation and expectations being better than the real thing, but we all knew that such things were a lie. It would be fun. It was fun.

Ellie and I spent the morning before we left grocery shopping and baking. The boys got off work in the afternoon so we kept ourselves busy baking some delicious muffins. We attempted to pack the car beforehand but it was ridiculously cold and for some reason each time we went outside I dumbly forgot to wear my mittens...so my fingers were unbendable and unusable in about two minutes. We would shove a few bags in the trunk while transporting those random things Ellie stores in her trunk into our garage so that we had room for all the stuff we needed to bring. It was a tight fit to say the least. Ellie and I shared the backseat with Zach's unpractical "hiking bag" that had metal polls running through it's back and a laundry basket filled with a crockpot, iron, nintendo wii and other random objects. Needless to say we were cozy after we stopped arguing (*arguing is a loose term when it comes to Ellie and I...we tend to fake fight about silly things but we always know we are kidding)  over who had less room on their side by comparing where the laundry basket covered the stitching on the car seat. (Ellie had a good two extra inches of room...trust me) haha.

So we packed our frozen bodies into the car and drove first to Papa Murphey's to get a pizza for our dinner. We had originally planned on making our own homemade pizza but scratched that for something easier. After all of our creative packing however the only place left for the pizza was on top of the filled laundry basket between Ellie and I. (the boys had endless amounts of room in the front by the way)

It should also be mentioned that we made one last stop at Starbucks where Ellie, Zach, and I ran in to get some much needed liquid warmth. Oh and Zach conveniently forgot his wallet. Good thing we liked him enough to help the guy out. If anyone understands the need for coffee, Ellie and I do.

All snug in "safe car", aka Ellie's vehicle, we drove off.

I would talk about the scenery but our windows never defrosted in the back, and so we didn't see much of it. The boys had a hard enough time keeping the windshield clear. It wasn't even snowing. Simply too cold for the car to keep up. 30 Below will do that you see.

It was a fun ride spend searching for radio stations as our options became fewer and fewer.

Upon our arrival we once again braved the cold and carried in all our belongings. (You would have thought we were staying for weeks)

And then we waited. For Bekah.
Three hours later she was there.

And Then...the fun began. First on our list, Ben's new Wii Party game. Below you will find a collage of photos taken during the "hide and seek" portion of the game. Basically someone hides the four controllers while everyone else waits in another room. They then come out and try to find them all in a set amount of time. Meanwhile the controllers make animal noises every thirty seconds or so. The photos don't quite show the frantic feeling of the scene, but trust me it was quite funny to witness (which explains why I felt a need to capture it).

Besides Wii, we played many other games: Uno attack, Settlers, Trivial Pursuit, Pass the Pigs, Balderdash, Phase 10, and Rook. Rook is kind of a sore subject because it is a little stressful to those that were told they were a "bad partner" last time we played. Ellie I hope you can forgive Ben for his harsh words, haha. I on the other hand seem to love the game even though I tend to get last every time.

notice the matching shorts they put on for the occasion.

We finally made it outside on Saturday. We chose this day because we felt lazy after spending all of Friday
inside and the weather was finally above zero.

It ended with some tackling.

And we also did some sewing. Well the boys read and played nintendo. Even Ellie managed to get some sewing done. We all decided to make quilts together. My quilt is still a work in progress, but Bekah pretty much finished hers. 

Overall it was a lovely weekend.



  1. Ahh, made my morning! How could you not have fun with that bunch?! Glad you had a chance to get away. So you brought a sewing machine???

  2. Oh yes we brought TWO sewing machines haha. :)

  3. a wonderful weekend indeed :) you are a great photographer Mrs. Zimmer!



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