December 31, 2010
We returned yesterday from a great week at the Temecula Farmhouse with my in-laws, Chris, Victoria and Maddy. I’d heard a lot about the vineyards in Temecula, but had never been there. It’s gorgeous wine country … and so close (only about two hours’ drive away). The farmhouse was situated in a valley about 15 miles from the highway. Every window afforded a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and vineyards. There was a lot of land for Atari and Murphy (my in-laws’ dog) to run around on, and the three-story, five-bedroom farmhouse provided all nine of us with the right amount of privacy and common space.
Some shots of the interior and exterior of the farmhouse.
We all had a fantastic time and ate too much. Jack and Maddy particularly enjoyed running around together. Of course they had the typical “learning to share” moments, but it was adorable to watch them play little pretend games and chase each other through the house while squealing with delight. Derek and Atari also loved all the outdoor play space.
Christmas morning was lots of fun, of course. We had already given Jack and Derek their big Santa gift (a play kitchen), but they still had plenty of other things to open at the farmhouse.
I got some great stuff, too, including a Keurig mini personal brewer (yay!) and cute new pajamas from Pink. Oh, and Johnny also got me three new Mickey vinylmation figurines from the holiday collection! Very exciting. We spent the rest of Christmas Day chilling with the kids, playing horseshoes, and eating the yummiest dinner ever, prepared by my father-in-law. Johnny’s cousin, Patrick, and his wife, Kelly, joined us for the meal. I also got to play some Christmas carols on the farmhouse piano.
Jack and I playing with his new Moon Dough “pizza making” kit; Johnny and I on the porch that extended all the way along the main floor.
My mother-in-law, Victoria and Maddy; my father-in-law and I playing Christmas carols together.
Jack accompanying us on Maddy’s “flute”
Now we’re back and unpacked, and today my in-laws arrive (they spent the night in San Diego after leaving the farmhouse yesterday) to stay for three weeks. Tonight we’re doing New Year’s Eve dinner with my parents and June, so that should be fun. I’m looking forward to 2011 — no resolutions, just a pledge to make this year the best it can be!
Edited to add: I just realized that my Christmas Day outfit is the same as the outfit I was wearing in one of the pics from my previous entry. I promise I do have more than one special outfit!