Parade of "Ponies": This year, the 2 older
granddaughters decided that the theme for the "Evans
Girls Birthdays" party would be "My Little Pony" (MLP).
They assigned everyone an MLP character, strongly
hinting that we should come in costume :-) Danielle was
given the character of "Mistmane" and Michael dressed up
as "Starswirl The Bearded". Between the birthday party
and the long trips with each of the granddaughters we
now know far more about the MLP world than we ever
Parade of Friends: We invited them - and they
came! As we settled in to our new home, we were blessed
with numerous visits from family and friends, including
friends Rita and Jordan from Panama, and Christoph and
Angelika from Germany. These were great opportunities
for us to explore this beautiful area: hiking trails,
hot springs, Lake Tahoe, and the new Bentley Heritage
Distillery (below, with friends, Cyndy and Keith)!
below, clockwise from top, left: (1) Emerald Bay with
friends from Germany, Angelika and Christoph; (2) al
fresco dining on our back porch with Marilyn and Tom
Read; (3) at Bentley Heritage with Stuart and Katie, and
Rita and Jordan from Panama; (4) Nathan, Jessica and
family; (5) hiking with Linda Holiday at Silver Lake;
(6) patio dining at the StoneFly restaurant with Lauren
and Trisha Herr.
Down: December was time to slow down (a bit)
and spend with family. Time to dig through the
moving boxes in the garage and find all of our Christmas
decorations. And, for the first time ever, Michael
put up outdoor Christmas lights. The two
granddaughters, Aria and Kara, spent a couple days with
us, helping 'Grandma' bake Christmas cookies. Michael's
sister and husband from So. Cal. were here for Christmas
week. The day after Christmas we loaded up our sleigh
and made a day trip over the snowy mountains to visit
the kids and grandkids.
Wishing everyone Love, Peace, and Happiness in abundance for 2020.
Michael & Danielle