Thanks for all the kind responses, guys... means alot to me... really.
To answer some of your questions..
LLC19- no, we not taking the pint glass rack, but we are taking the glasses.
Grumpy- that's awesome, I hadn't even looked yet at what kind of hockey was available. All I knew is, near the town we're living in, they maintain an 'ice rink' on the lake all winter. (it's called Fish Lake)
There is also an ice rink they are building in Leavenworth that is supposed to be open next year I think.http://leavenworthicerink.com/index.php
I guess Wenatchee ice arena offers public stick time, hockey lessons, etc.. so I may be able to actually get a chance to learn to skate/play afterall. http://www.towntoyotacenter.com/hockey/
MN- Stevens Pass is planning to stay open at least til May 6th Fri-Mon.... then, as long as conditions and business levels permit (boy that sounds like MH terminology).. They have a 151"-175" base right now. I will be a weekend warrior again in the winters at least.
Pho- yes, we are blessed with this house we got... it is truly amazing. All the main logs came from the Yellowstone fire... the barn is from 1700's Tennessee.. and was transported here! oh, and you are like the uncle I never wanted.
Twin's- you'll have to get video of the missing man/woman salute.
Gwap- The town of Plain is where our house is (well, we're about 5 minutes outside of "town").
guys- sure you can come up.. the guest cabin is fairly small, but is completely furnished (kitchen, shower, 2 beds "upstairs" in the loft.. and a futon)... Skipunk can sleep out on the banks of the river though. We have 2.5 acres, so he can spread out a little.
STD- I will transfer snake wrangling duties to you.. but only before you break open those 9.2% beers!
Cheaps- Relatively speaking, yes... Leavenworth is on the drier side of the Cascades.. however, it is still in the mountains and close enough to the crest that it gets a decent amount of precip.. about 100" of snow a year.. Plain, gets about 125". The crest, not far away gets around 400-600"+. Avg total water is 25.09" in Leavenworth... a little more in Plain.
Summers are probably pretty close to WW from what I understand, with warm and dry... and occasional t-storms. The good thing is, it is a mix of maritime and continental airmasses, so it's not overcast as often as the west slope. As much as I like weather, that might get annoying to me being cloudy 80% of the time 6 months out of the year. The thing that probably makes it seem alot wetter it that there are rivers, streams, lakes, etc.. EVERYWHERE. It's also very dense forest, too. The elevation is only 1200 ft in Leavenworth, and 1900 ft in Plain.. but remember what latitude we're at up there!