**WARNING** This is a super sized extra long post.
We were lucky enough to get to go to Arkansas for a Christmas/family reunion celebration. On our way out of town we stopped by aunt Megan's work to drop off some gifts. While we were waiting for Chris to come out we saw some plump looking pigeons in the parking lot. In the spirit of giving I decided to give them some cookies as a Christmas treat. As I tossed my cookies (yep I did that on purpose) I called out "Merry Christmas fat birds". My kids thought it was hilarious, so did the lady taking a smoke break that I hadn't noticed until she was headed back into the building. We take three days to get there and it's as fun as... well a three day car ride. Our kids are really good travelers though and the roads were great. I'm sure they were made even better by the sheer joy Dalin took from peeing on the side of the road every chance he got. We were even able to visit my brother and his family as we passed through Oklahoma. We got there Sunday night and on Monday the weather was beautiful. I think the high was in the 50's. Like I said beautiful.
|My favorite part of the play was when "Mary" had to tell the shepherd to stop poking the baby Jesus:)|
|Some kids were more into the waking up before the sun came up than others|
|Note the purse. Aaron was kind enough to grab my purse from the van before they came back.|
|Kaylee made an indoor snowman for Collette|
Megan and her family weren't coming in until Thursday so we decided to have our Christmas dinner when they got there. We made ham and potatoes on the grill. Chris thought it was the best ham he's ever had and has requested that we make it that way always. I think he was starving from two days worth of driveway shoveling. Unfortunately the luck we were having with the power was the kind of luck Megan was having with her flight. She was supposed to get in at 1:00pm, but due to the snow they didn't get to Arkansas until after 8:00 with a six month old baby in tow. Buuuuut at 9:00 the lights finally came back on and Megan didn't have to come to a dark house! Hooray! I've never seen such a scurry to plug in electronics:) We had fun family time for the rest of the week (day and a half), and now we have plenty of stories to tell from our pioneer-esque Christmas.