Posted by Nicole

Well, it’s been quite a day!  We officially made it to the casa and had a day filled with laughter, food, decorating, fun, and pictures.  Way too many pictures.  [David and I are both camera-obsessed]

Rewinding to this morning, after going to the gym

The drive was nice and there wasn’t much traffic.  We made it to Groveland in about three hours, including our stop at a random food/fruit stand on highway 120.  David and Sam raved about the pie from this particular stand, so a stop was necessary!

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They had lots of variety: salad dressings, flavored nuts (twss?), honey of all types, fruits/veggies, soup mixes, etc.

We picked up 3 avocados ($1 total!), a spaghetti squash (39 cents/lb!), two soup mixes (split pea and Cajun jambalaya rice), and an apricot pie.

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For the remainder of the car ride, I watched 500 Days of Summer.  I always have to stop this movie about 2/3 of the way through because I don’t like ending. Conveniently, we made it to Groveland just before the heartbreak parts.

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When I looked out the window…….. there wasn’t any snow!

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I was a little bummed, but I’m sure we’ll see some snow tomorrow in Yosemite.  Upon arriving at the house, I was ready for a late lunch.

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Two Boca Vegan burgers on a bed of spinach filled me right up.  40g of protein, quick and easy!

After unpacking and putting the jambalaya rice on the stove, we headed out to the backyard to chop down a Christmas tree.  At home, we have a fake tree, but we decided to have the real deal here [at least for the three days we will be at the house].

I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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I may look tough, but I let Sam do the honors.

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The tree looks tiny next to David (he is 6’4″), but it fit perfectly in the house.

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As soon as it was up, we got to decorating!

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We took a brief hiatus from tree decorating to walk to the grocery market and get some necessary supplies for dinner.  We bundled up and enjoyed the view of Pine Mountain Lake along the way.

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On the walk back, it was super dark (there are no street lights here).  We saw some special sights…

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A place to take pictures with Santa and his sleigh.  All the kids were enjoying it, don’t mind the somber looking boy ^

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The fire department was handing out free hot chocolate and coffee.

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This house looked like a gingerbread house; the lights were awesome.

By the time we made it back (4.12 miles roundtrip) it was time for dinner.  My mom prepared split pea soup and cornbread while we finished decorating the tree.

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Turned out pretty nice :)

Dinner included leftover jambalaya rice + split pea soup + extra carrots.  One bowl with honey-baked ham, and one without.  Served with some quick Marie Callendar’s cornbread (a cabin staple).

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And apricot pie of course.

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Now I’m signing off for some relaxation by the fireplace and intense board gaming.

Have a great weekend!

Q4U: Highlight of your Saturday?

 

4 Responses to The Second Christmas Tree

  1. Wow, what a cool Christmas tree!

    Also, I’ve never had apricot pie (or even heard of it…) but it looks delicious.

    The highlight of my Saturday was going out to dinner with my family at a new restaurant in town. For dessert, I ordered peanut butter gelato with caramel in the center, all dipped in chocolate. OMG… amazing.

    Btw, I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog if you girls are interested. :)

  2. Tara says:

    You make me want to go back to the mountains!! My grandparents used to live in the mountains of Pennsylvania and my Dad grew up there, so we used to go every christmas. It’s so nice to get away!! It was always a major disappointment when we didn’t get snow, but at least you’ll get it at Yosemite!

  3. Ah, even though I’m a beach girl through and through, every now and then, I imagine trips to the mountains being very relaxing, romantic, and earthy. If your pictures are any indicator, that’s exactly what it is. beautiful!!

  4. [...] night, Kyle and I drove to Groveland, a town near Yosemite that you might recognize from previous posts. We slept in on Saturday and then began making a leisurely [...]

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