Sunday, December 29, 2013

So this is Christmas...

On Thanksgiving day Kim told me that they were planning on heading up to Washington for Christmas and wanted to know if I wanted to come. I was a little hesitant and took a few weeks to decide. I hate driving in winter weather, especially on roads that are known to be yucky during the winter months. I also wasn't excited to be in the car for a long period of time, especially so quickly after our trip to Disneyland. I knew that being up there with everybody would be so fun, but it was time and travel to get up there that was not exciting. But what would my other option be? staying home, and having just Q and I at Christmas? talk about a downer. So kind of a few days before Kim was set to leave I decided to come, with the stipulation that we would take my van and Aaron drive through any bad conditions. The drive turned out to be okay, mostly heavy rains and fog, and Q sure enjoyed having Elsie to ride with in the car. 

Q holding onto my foot

But once we got up there the visit was so fun! WE even headed up to Moses Lake for Christmas Eve Grandma's so we got to see other family too. We had some delicious soup, rolls, and pie. Had some great performances. and of course got crazy playing games. My family is awesome.

These red lights make me feel at home
While at Jared and Lindsay's we played games, watched movies, ate, danced, and had just a great time! Lindsay made some delicious food, and the adults even enjoyed an afternoon out at a movie. We got together with some of Jared and Lindsay's friend (Brad and Karen) to play games which was also a blast.  One night the grownups watched Gravity (downloaded...shh don't tell) and it was so intense. Not that I ever wanted to go into space before, but this sealed the deal on that. yikes!

Christmas morning was so fun, and we even got to see Santa again! We are so lucky. The kids all enjoyed their presents, and really enjoyed spending time together!  We even got to facetime with Mitch and Caitlin which was super fun. The kids all enjoyed talking to them, as did the adults.

Q's haul

her new tutu from Auntie Em
I even got to see my friend Melanie, so I was happy about that. (man, I forgot to take a picture)
In the end, I'm glad we went up. It was so fun and Q had a blast with all her cousins.

Plus, when we got home Q had a cool gift waiting for her from my cousin Krista!!

1 comment:

Susan said...

I'm always jealous that the Earl family is clever enough to see Santa every year! It is the main reason Lilly believed until she was almost 12!