Grandkids have ruined us!  I went to pull our pictures from Christmas and realized that they are ALL of these two little cuties and none with our own kids.  What can I say….oh, well.

We spent a month and a half in Spokane between Thanksgiving and Christmas (granted 2 weeks of that was in Hawaii).  Despite only being gone for a year – that month and a half in the cold was quite the shock to our system.

Christmas Our Way

Having grown kids means that celebrating the holidays looks different now.  Their time is split between families and I don’t ever want them to feel like they have to rush from house to house.  So we flew Joey in the weekend before Christmas and made a celebration of it. The afternoon was spent at Josh and Alyssa’s with a frenzy of flying gift wrap followed by the best smoked turkey thanks to Longhorn BBQ.

Eagle Tour on Lake Coeur d’ Alene

If you have never taken a trip to Lake Coeur d’ Alene to see all the bald eagles, you are missing out.  This was our second trip and we weren’t disappointed.

Each winter from November to as late as February, the landlocked small sockeye salmon called kokanee gather by the thousands to spawn and die along the gravel shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake, especially around Wolf Lodge Bay. For bald eagles, the kokanee spawn means a feast, and in late fall and early winter bald eagles gather in large numbers around the bay and create one of Idaho’s great wildlife spectacles. The numbers vary from year to year, but it’s not uncommon for more than 200 eagles to be counted. Visit North Idaho at this link.

There are a number of viewing areas from shore, including Higgins Point and the Mineral Ridge boat ramp and trailhead. Eagles are also often abundant at nearby Beauty Bay. Coeur d’Alene Lake Cruises offer eagle watching cruises that depart from the city.

The morning of Christmas Eve we packed up our car and drove to Moses Lake to spend the day with my brother Rob and his family. It was so good to connect with the family.  We played Speak Out and laughed until we were literally sick.  There is something about having your lips smashed in place, being tongue tied, and having drool drip down your chin that makes for a perfect afternoon with kids.  We played by the rules that there was no picture taking during the game (smart lady here).

We spent the night at a hotel and got up early Christmas morning for the 12 hour drive south to Redding where our motorhome was parked.  We took one day to grocery shop, restock, and prep the motorhome for our big move to Yuma Arizona by January 1st.

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