Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas 2011 - Part 1

The holiday's always, always go by way too quickly.  I want more time with my family!!

A snow storm was supposed to move into New Mexico/West Texas on the day we originally planned to leave.  Christmas with my mom and sisters is always on the 23rd (since we have 1000 Christmas's to do)  Since it looked like the snow and freezing temps would be coming in Thursday evening we left a day early.  Unfortunately, we had to drive through horrible storms in the Houston area - but luckily our Mr. D loaned us a 400x4888 foot tarp - not kidding, this thing was huge, but it worked perfectly for wrapping up our luggage.  (We put a platform hitch on the back of the van and load it with locking Rubbermaid...nice, huh?)

It was a long drive, stopping several times to rest, but we made it to Lubbock in time for some breakfast at my sister's new house.
Side story - Landon woke up in the middle of the night needing to go to the bathroom.
Me: "Put on your shoes and Dad will take you in."
Landon: "I can't find my shoes"
Me (thinking): Seriously - we so left town with out shoes - Landon had been playing in the van while we packed/loaded and we never grabbed shoes!!!
So, once in Lubbock, we stopped by Academy and got Landon new shoes.  He's already up a size from Thanksgiving!

After checking out my sisters new house, we made our way onto New Mexico, still thinking we'd be seeing snow soon.  Turned out the storm was moving slower than expected and Mom's Christmas' would be Saturday morning.  But it was great to be out there early - have I mentioned I love spending time with my family?  LOL.

Since the snow was coming, my younger sister decided to stay in town at my mom's too.  We had great fun laughing and visiting.
Bryan and I made cookies on Friday - it was late and we used a different icing recipe, which I guess everyone wasn't thrilled with - I ate probably 50 cookies over the next week.

We decided to make Friday night "our" Christmas - so Landon and Kenzie, Bryan and I opened presents that night.

 Landon got sky-lander for the PS3 - and was SO excited.  Kenzie got a baby doll.  Bryan got a Kindle and I got new Vera - I'm hooked!  Bryan and I both got new gloves from the kids - excited about mine - they have the tech finger, so I can use my phone while wearing them.

The kids got a Disney Christmas story book...I love this picture.  Grammy reading to them - I love how Landon is rubbing Kenzie's head.  And Bella - sitting sound asleep beside Landon (since all they did was wrestle all day!)

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