We spent the last week of 2010 with my sister and brother-in-law G&M and their children. The 12 hour trip there would not have been too bad, except that we forgot to take most of the listening entertainment that we'd borrowed from the library, and the car made weird noises, causing us to spend the night at a motel to avoid getting stranded on the highway in freezing temps. All's well that ends well, and we gratefully arrived at our destination the next morning. Several days and a large check later, the local mechanic ensured a smooth trip home.
We had two days of good sledding and one of great snowman-building, followed by a couple of unseasonably warm, snow-free days. Baby nephew got his first taste of speed. I read Sarah, Plain and Tall to my older niece and nephew. The kids conned the adults into giving them an impromptu puppet show from behind the couch. Baby boy charmed the socks off us all. And we had a jolly good time.
Note: In the third-from-last picture, nephew N demonstrates the proper use of his present from Grandpa and Grandma--a set of small PVC pipes.