For Christmas 2012 Erin and I took a trip out to California to see friends and family. We were able to find a flight directly from Denver to Fresno, CA. Through a coincidence of scheduling Amy, Kevin, and Nora were flying in to Denver a few hours before we were scheduled to leave. This made it possible for us to drive out to the airport in Erin's car, park it in short-term parking, and then hand the keys to Amy and Kevin in the airport. We had a bit of a bumpy flight, but were soon in Fresno where my parents had driven to pick us up.
For the next several days we spent time with my parents and Michael enjoying delicious meals and good company. There were several games of dominoes and a lot of time to relax and read. The weather was a bit wet, so we didn't get out too much, but there was often a warm fire crackling in the fireplace to keep us warm. It was also fun to play with my parent's rescued kitten, Bella.
The next day we reluctantly drove away from the coast and back to the Central Valley for the last of our trip. Before returning to my parents we met up with our friends, Joe and Angie, in Bakersfield for a chance to see their baby, Sophia and have some lunch. Finally we spent one last night with my parents after a nice Italian dinner. The next day they drove us back to the airport and saw us off.