Last Monday we loaded up the minivan and we headed south to celebrate Christmas with Lee’s family. It was a LONG 7.5 hour drive, made even longer by kiddos who were too excited to nap but tired enough to be cranky. We made it there in one piece just in time to go to bed!
Tuesday the entire family spent the day together playing and hanging out. My mother-in-law rented a bounce house for the kids to play in for a few days. It was a hit!
Everyone was hungry after a day of playing and bouncing. What comes after dinner? A show of course! My sister-in-law wrote a short Christmas play about the birth of Jesus for the grandkids to act out after dinner. With 7 cast members all under the age of 10 it was a comedy of errors to say the least. But it made for a hilarious home video 🙂 . The last thing on the agenda for the day was opening gifts. Our kids were showered with gifts from grandparents and cousins. It was about this time I started wondering where we were going to put all of these gifts!
Wednesday we spent the day at our dearest friends the Bells’ house. We got to meet their little baby boy, Dax and visit with Loreali. Libby and Loreali are just a few weeks apart and age and attended the same preschool before we moved away. They have been “best friends” since birth and they had a great day playing together. Wes and Lee have been friends since high school and Ashley and I friends since our first meeting. I somehow walked away without a single picture of Dax but he was there and trust me when I say he is cute as a button! Ashley made us a yummy lunch and then our girls put on a little show after lunch! It was such a special day spending time with these sweet friends.
Friday we made the trip even farther south to Florida where my Dad lives. My dad is a true outdoorsman who loves hunting and fishing. He lives in a small house in the woods just down from a river. He LOVES it there and our kids love exploring when they go down. Whitney kept running out into the woods and she loved riding the four wheeler. Libby asked my Dad about every plant she saw and soaked up all the knowledge he shared. She also loved throwing corn out to feed the squirrels. Emry liked eating the leaves he picked up and riding the four wheeler 🙂 . Libby was a little afraid of the four wheeler so my Dad spread blankets in the back of his truck and took us on a “hayride” through the woods which was much more Libby’s speed. It was the most relaxing day. So relaxing in fact that I wore my slippers the entire time! We opened a few more presents from my Dad and spent most of the day outside exploring his land.
We headed back home on Saturday bright and early with the minivan even more packed down than when we started. We loved spending time with friends and family who we miss dearly. We also missed our house dearly and our kids sleep dearly. Emry and Whitney decided this was a trip where they didn’t need to sleep! Our kids are very routined and have become even more so since homeschooling has begun. We learned a very important lesson, if you take our kids out of their routine, they don’t know what to do! Thankfully we are back in our own beds tonight and working on getting back into our regular little routine.