Saturday, June 9, 2012

making memories in mammoth

Since A's family lives in Southern California, we don't get to see them as often as we'd like. My grandmother's cancer diagnosis was a reminder that time with our family is so precious. Being the planner that I am, I decided to organize a family vacation for my hubby's family. Mammoth Lakes was an ideal spot because it is located somewhat in the middle of the state, making it accessible for us and A's family. To make it easier for everyone taking time off work, we booked the trip on Memorial Day weekend. (Yes, almost two weeks ago. Life has been so crazy busy...this is the first moment I've had to post about our trip.)

The weather couldn't have been more interesting. When we arrived in Mammoth, it was snowing and 28 degrees. Perfect for bundling up, sharing a big, hearty meal and sitting by the fire. You don't expect winter weather on Memorial Day weekend. But that's what we got. Initially, at least. However, by Sunday, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the weather was warming up. This change in temperature allowed us to enjoy some great hiking and site seeing.

It was so nice to have everyone under the same roof. Our amazing tri-level cabin had plenty of room even boasting a sauna, jacuzzi, gym and game room with pool table. Sometimes we stayed in and made meals and played board games or hide & seek with kids. Other times, we explored Mammoth and dined in some great restaurants. The trip was perfect!

But the best part was the company. I'm fortunate to have married into a very loving family that has welcomed me with open arms. Everyone in A's family has a huge heart and we truly enjoy each other's company. The memories that we made on this trip will be cherished by all. Hopefully it will become an annual tradition.

4300 sq. ft "cabin"...roughin it
living room
gourmet kitchen
enjoying the snow and view on my bday
my beautiful hubby A
golf course in back of cabin

my niece M, a few days before her 6th birthday

brothers...taking a stroll

the whole fam
father and son
not his finest moment ;)
mama's boys
SIL and nephew R, rockin the red kicks just like his "Unc A"
the boys with gma B
the boys with gpa S and gma M
SIL and BIL - high school sweethearts
a "no ball" fight
just us girls
celebrating 6 and 36
licking the candles clean

auntie jess eatin cake with the kiddos
sweetest smile
quality time

like branches on a tree,
we all grow in different
directions yet our roots remain as one.


J and A said...

It looks amazing!! What a great trip. You guys are great auntie and uncle. :)

Cardigan Chic said...

What an incredible family vacation. The mountains are stunning!

mommy someday said...

Looks gorgeous!

Alicia said...

Cute pictures! Looks like an amazing weekend. You are lucky to be a part of A's family, but seriously ... Could they have gotten any luckier with you? You are great!

TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Beautiful cabin!! I love that picture of the whole family - how special!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Love Mammoth! Looks like so much fun with the family!
That cabin looks amazing!! :)

Samantha said...

looks like such a good time!

Shannon Elise said...

Just looked at all your pics. They are gorgeous! Love the place you stayed. Glad you had such a lovely trip. Mammoth is always such a peaceful place.

Nicole Marie said...

i LOVE mammoth! we used to have a cabin there when i was little and now go every year!

DandelionBreeze said...

Wow... Looks beautiful :)) What an amazing spot and such a lovely family to share it with :) xo

All At Once said...

We are headed out to Mammoth next weekend! Well, actually, we will be staying in Toms Place. My hubby spent his summers there growing up. I can't wait to take the boys up. We are going with my husbands cousins and their kids. I am really looking forward to it!

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