Over the holiday break, the kids begged to go see snow. Never a mom to disappoint (and secretly craving an excuse to bust out my faux fur infinity scarf) I began researching. Well, as any large family knows, it take planning to coordinate and reserve a place to stay for New Year’s, and should usually be done way in advance. Lake Arrowhead (2 hour drive from LA) Booked! Mammoth (4.5 hour drive from LA) Booked! Lake Tahoe (8 hours driving time) Bingo! And, it didn’t even take batting my eyelashes (much) to convince my hubby that him driving 4 kids on a 8 hour tour sounded like a good idea. I love how game he always is to my impromptu and passionate ideas! He’s the Ricky to my Lucy. So, a couple days before New Year’s The McDermotts hit the open road. Here we go…

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Everyone up at 430 and on the road by 630 am. That’s a record for us!

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Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. And lots of SpongeBob DVD’s would turn out to be key!

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A few hours in the troops needed a potty break and breakfast! Being an avid foodie I yelped and yelped and found Apple Annie’s

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Come on gang… Let’s go eat!

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Kitsch goes a long way with us…

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After breakfast we had to order one Apple Dumpling w/ vanilla ice cream for the table. After all, yelpers claimed it rocked. Pretty good!

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Stella gave Apple Annie’s a thumbs up! She’s tiny but she’s a foodie!

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Back on the road our tiny man Finn watched “Baby Einstein”

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While Hattie Cat took a nap

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And so did Miss Stella! (I took a pic of Liam crashed out too but sometimes he sleeps with his eyes half open and it looked creepy!)

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Finally after a couple more Truck Stops and Denny’s pit stops we found snow! With all the food and potty stops Dean got us there in 9 hours and 45 minutes from the time we left LA. Amazing job Babe! We settled into The Village at Squaw Valley for a short winter’s stay!

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At our condo the kids are ready to start our first snow day!

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Still ready mom! Put down the iPhone and let’s go!!

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Stella shows off her first snow bunny look!

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Bungee trampoline in the village was a HUGE hit!

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Liam got his bungee on

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High flying Buggy!

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Bundled up Hattie watched her siblings bounce

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Hattie’s 1st time in the actual snow! She loved it!!

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Not my dog but had to snap this adorable pic of this pup bundled up and being carried through the snowy village

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Here we go up on the Gondola for lunch! Amazing view!

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Stella is ready to ski (and eat!)

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Hattie likes heights!

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Liam said, “This is too cool!”

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Finn aka Bear was cozy in his bear suit

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My mischievous boy is ready to go!

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View from the top

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The McDermott’s are ready to ski!! (Jack flew up and met us there)

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Let’s ski!!!!

So far, our New Year’s trip was off to a great start! The kids loved being in the snow, and it was so much fun to have our whole family together for a mini vacation.

Check back tomorrow because I’ll be posting more pics from our New Year’s vacay – trust me, you don’t wanna miss Stella rocking The New Year’s Eve fashion scene and pictures of family sledding!

How did your family spend New Year’s?

Love,
T

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