christmas in sunriver

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Soooo first off, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I don't know about you guys but I am already aching for a detox from all champagne and chocolate Santas I've been engulfing... but whatever it was worth it! 

This Christmas I traveled to snowy SunRiver Oregon with my boyfriend Justin's family. His dads friend graciously let us stay in her luxurious cabin. I was a bit nervous, not having much experience in the snow. I mean I lived in Portland for two years but that was just rain...snow is not this so-cal girls forte. After much preparation and searching for beanies, long sleeves and snow boots... I was ready.

I flew in a day later after everyone else and landed in Redmond Or about 45 minutes away from SunRiver... Man it was COLD and I was a little worried if I would survive. All the houses and trees covered in blankets of snow, the ground icy... Everyone wearing more clothes than I thought was humanly possible. Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Santa Barbara anymore...

Later, the driver that picked me up from the airport pulls into a snow covered driveway and I almost slip walking my bag up to the door with excitement. I walk in greeted by smiling handsome Justin. Behind him a huge lit fireplace in the middle of the living room, everyone else kneeling over a half completed puzzle, and suddenly I feel safe and happy.

I had my first white Christmas this year with my mr. by my side and it was magical. Skiing at Mt. Bachelor, (I took a lesson then ended up at the bar SHhh, Justin was a pro after 10 minutes! Rolling my eyes**) hot chocolate, quietly reading on the couch with nowhere to be, Christmas presents, fancy home cooked dinners and breakfasts everyone pitching in. It was a dream. I have never been surrounded by so much love and snow. I am very thankful.

Of course by the end of the trip we all were anxious to get home. Oddly enough, dreamlands usually make us want to get back to reality. I did miss my own family this year, but it was nice to experience Justin's family during the holidays. I hope we get to go again, I am determined to race Justin on the slopes... And win! Or maybe simply hangout at the bar eating nachos by myself watching him ski from afar (bliss) hehe 

a few things i learned about my first "snowy trip" :

-long johns. yes, get some. 

-layer layer layer, you're going to look 10 pounds heavier and that's okay. you will be happy & warm.

-get two pairs of gloves. heavy duty ones so you can build a snowman. & an under glove preferably ones that allow you to use your touchscreen on your phone to snap pics.

okay okay that is all, have a happy new year & eat your hearts out babes,

sky