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The Whole Famdamily

Meowy Christmas from the whole famdamily!

The Whole Famdamily

For us, this is the first Christmas ever that we’re away from family.  It’s a little sad not being home for the holidays; however we’re grateful for our health and all of our new crazy desert dwelling friends…..and our friend Cass who came all the way from Dallas to be with us for the Holiday!

Yesterday afternoon we setup the camera, grabbed the entire family, put on our holiday outfits and gave the campground something to talk about (I mean how often to do you see a family portrait at the RV park with their festive cats!)

family with cass

But let me back up a little bit, because the morning began a little out of the ordinary or to be more accurate, it was flat!

smart flat

Apparently we picked up a screw and it cut the ‘bead’ on our tire.  Of course our ‘special’ little car causes us a special little headache: There’s not a tire that will fit our rims within 600 miles, and with the holidays we’ll be lucky to get one in 7 days.  So I limp back to the campground with my hazards on, defeated.  So here we are on Christmas Eve, without a tire, with out a car, the local rental car companies are closed up for the holidays and we have dinner plans tonight way up the mountain.  Then it hit us, why not call on one of our new friends to help us out.  In a last ditch effort we call Pirate John to see if he’ll kindly spread the love and let us borrow one of his UTV’s. Boom! Done. Good thing it’s not going to be a white Christmas!

After all of that was settled, we were in serious need of a drink!  So, we swing by Mudshark for the last of the 12 beers of Christmas.

Now, back to being thankful….Our good SCUBA friends Joel and Kathy host us for a beautiful 3 course meal complete with wine pairings…and of course Captain Cathy whipped up some killer desserts (yes we ate all 4).

We are extremely fortunate to have good friends who treat us so well during the holidays; it gives us that warm fuzzy family feeling you can’t get any other way.

What a great night and we can’t wait to pay it forward one day to a set of world travelers.

So what for today?

On this lovely Christmas day we plan to do what we always do on Christmas: Go see a movie! (And maybe hike to the top of a mountain to work off that dessert!).  It is 60 degrees and Sunny here in Havasu.

We hope you have a wonderful Holiday, and for those who are with family make sure you give them a BIG hug!  Merry Christmas.

Send out some holiday cheer in the comments below, we wanna know what your Christmas looks like!  And, if you are feeling really festive, post a photo on our facebook or twitter!

Famous for my "how-not-to" videos, and typically the man behind the camera, sometimes I’m forced to be here in the “spotlight”. When you see my face you’re probably reading something more technical than adventurous, but either way I do my best to tell it like it is and infuse my opinions into the commentary…after all this is a blog and not MSN.

Comments (33)

  • lauren

    Looks like you guys had a fun Christmas!! It was my first time away from the family too…missed you guys. Glad Cass got to come out and visit! Happy New Year!! Love you

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    • Love you too sis! It’s tough being away from family over the holidays, I hope Gabe’s fam took you in like one of their own! See you soon.

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  • Pam

    From my two furry felines to your two furry felines, and to you both, a very happy and adventurous New Year. I look forward to seeing what you will be up to in 2013. Take care….

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  • Boy…folks…you have it all wrong…Really Now! Christmas has three imperative rules — 1) Vodka (and don’t even think of anything in plastic), 2) Lime (refer to # 1), 3) Ice (as a Russian — # 3 is always optional).

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    • Michael, as a russian I can see where you are comming from….as a temporary havasuvian, you drink what is in your hand. However if this is an invite to a Russian christmas we are more than happy to take the invitation and we love Vodka!

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    • Yes Michael, we know how you celebrate Christmas….and yes it was one helluva night. Don’t think we’ll ever forget Christmas 2010.

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  • Ken Conley

    I always carry 2 cans of Fix A Flat in each vehicle, truck size for the RV. It is a totally safe product (there are other brand names, just read the label and make sure they are safe, all the ones I have seen are) and can get you out of a pinch in about 30 seconds, well worth it and it has saved my butt a couple of times.
    Side note: this is one of the 2 ingredients in Viagra: Fix A Flat and Miracle Grow:)
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    • Ken, we have both miracle grow and fix a flat always on board…what do you think this means? Unfortunately fix a flat wouldn’t work on this flat, it punctured the bead and the seal was broken….of course right. However, we don’t have any fix a flat in truck size, that is now on my shopping list!

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  • mary

    Our Christmas celebration started out in Lake Havasu the week before last which was loads of fun! Christmas day started out with Meals on Wheels and a few friends and ended up as a white Christmas. It was a nice ending to a beautiful holiday. Missed you guys and Lauren and Gabe and mom, dad, Cindy, Dennis, Lana, Ryan oh how I could go on! Love you all. It is all about the time together, every minute is with your family and friends is a gift – it doesn’t have to be Christmas. Thankful that I have such great family and friends!

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  • Dad

    Singa does not look happy.

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  • Merry Christmas Nikki & Jason! For the second time we have rented a casita in Santa Fe. My mom is here in a hotel w/friends. She cooked a delicious roast for us all Christmas Eve. We have spent the week skiing, snowshoeing & spaing. Last night we visited Ojo Caliente for the first time & noted that they have an RV park adjacent to the resort. We will definitely allow more time there next time we are in these parts!!

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  • Churche

    Wishing U and your love ones peace and joy , now and in the coming New Year. Churchie 10 – 7

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  • Susanna

    Merry Christmas!! Ohhhh, I love the photos of the baby cats, so cute! You guys Rooooock! Happy 2013 Everyone! 🙂 🙂

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  • Kim

    My hubby is a fireman and was on duty this Christmas, our daughter and son-in-law are travel nurses that are in Denver and our sons decided to spend there break from college with them. (We live in Georgia) So this was the first year in 26 years that our kids were not with us. I spent most of the day at the fire dept with hubby and I even took our 2 lab puppies with me. Christmas lives in our hearts so it is with us no matter where we are. Merry Christmas!!!

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  • Sanford & Linda

    Happy Holidays & have a Wonderful New Year. Linda and I met you guys at Pacifica by San Francisco when you first got your Monaco Vista. We have the Cayman by Navistar Monaco. Our 3 Tonkinese cats say Hi to your feline friends. The front row where you parked is now in the ocean, and the second row is now the front row at that park. We are going to Quartzsite this January for the big tent get together. Monaco rigs are parking together on the BLM land. IRV2 is where we hang out on the Monaco site. deSanford

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  • Looks like you guys were able to turn a bad situation into a great day. Even though we were at home we found a way to use our motor home/bus today. We drove it to the local sledding hill and kept it nice and warm inside so the kids could warm up while trying out the new sleds Santa brought them. We made hot cocoa on the bus and it was a great time!

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  • Katie

    Merry Christmas to all of you. It sounds like you had a fun Christmas. I love to read about all your adventures. My family and I, also, go to the movies on Christmas. We saw The Hobbit and it was great. We loved it.

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  • Kelly C.

    Looks like great fun! We brew our own beer and just had a taste testing with friends. We are in Rowlett, about 30 miles East of Dallas & have about 2 inches of snow on the ground!! White Christmas!

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  • Rebecca Ingle

    Merry Christmas 🙂 We miss you;-( So nice to see you are with good friends and enjoying a delightful meal. Please tell them thanks from your family and Merry Christmas from Texas. Love and big ol huggs.

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  • Rebecca Gibson

    Love you guys! Maybe we can hook up for some skiing…

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  • Pam

    Sounds like a lovely day to me. Merry Christmas.

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  • Doug

    Snowing in Dallas. My parents wrere over and we cooked inch and a half thick ribeyes out on the grill with asparagus. Persevered in the sleet manning the grill. Nice time with four of us.

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  • gail brighton

    Merry Christmas and wishes for a Happy 2013 with more great adventures. from snowy B.C., Canada

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  • Trudi

    Merry Christmas! Just the four of us hanging out at home. Nice and simple!

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  • If you can’t be with family at Christmas, the very next best thing is with friends!

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  • Gary

    Merry Christmas to you and have a super new year.

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