Garlick/Lehnardt Annual Ski Trip/Funfest

We don’t drive to Logan

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 for the dog,

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the amazing outdoor skating rink,

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Lisa’s stunning quilts,

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to roll on the carpet,

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the backyard ski jump,

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fascinating books,

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delectable food,

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or even the skiing at Beaver Mountain.

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But for these wonderful, beautiful, can’t-figure-out-how-we-acquired-them-as-friends people (where’s Chet? How does he manage to stay out of most photos?).

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Keep your celebrities and your movie stars, give us a chance and we’d happily choose a weekend with Lisa,

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and Chet.

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While the boys play on the ski jump, Lisa and I take photos. See the starlike snowflake in the background? It’s Jocie’s. And while it looks like it’s plugged into an outlet, the snowflake simply picks up natural light and shines over the yard in every direction.

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Dean’s new toy– the Ranger. If you live in Logan, give him a call and he’ll probably plow your driveway just for fun.
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Lizzy and Izzy (yes, Lizzy did plan her trip to Utah around the Logan visit. Wise girl.)

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The Garlicks taught us the drawing game. Have you played it? Each person receives six half sheets of paper and a pencil. On the first page, write a sentence, then pass the whole stack of papers to the left. The next person places your sentence in the back, then illustrates your words. And so on.

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If you’re lucky, Dean will loan you his bedazzled reading glasses,

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Ben will act as your pillow,

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or Mary will braid your hair.

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And everyone, at bedtime, rests on and under Lisa’s gorgeous quilts. She doesn’t keep them hanging on racks or displayed on the wall, but reaches for the most intricate and drapes them over my children.

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Of all the dozens and dozens of quilts bedecking the house,  I slept under my favorite.

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Cinnamon French toast eases everyone awake,

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and onto the ski slopes.

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Jocie’s monument.

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Only Hans obeyed the sign, “WIPE OUT.”

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At the end of a glorious day. Note Gabe’s pajamas peeking out from under his ski pants.

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Thanks to Lisa for capturing me on the other side of the camera.

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How can you thank anyone for a weekend such as this? Well, Ben made a video. Shared with Ben’s permission, but maybe not Hansie’s.

Garlick Thank You from Ben Lehnardt on Vimeo.

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thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you.

Lisa’s gorgeous photos and Dean’s awesome video: HERE

January 16, 2014



  1. Jeanelle

    January 11, 2014

    Erik is hilarious. And now I know where Gabe gets his crazy hair…

  2. Tracy

    January 11, 2014

    Magical. xo

  3. Lisa

    January 12, 2014

    Great photos and memories! Such a great time…can’t wait to do it again especially if Ben makes another thank you video. Love you all!

  4. Michelle

    January 19, 2014

    Link to Dean’s video didn’t work for me. So I’m taking the liberty to include it here for those who may have having the same trouble. 🙂

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