The hopes for having the kids go back to sleep once in the car were soon replaced with reality when I looked back to see all of them waving at me.
To say they were excited to get to my parents house was an understatement. To say that Bret and I were tired was also an understatement.
Nothing like a little nasty fast food breakfast after being in the car since the wee hours of the morning to make you feel bloated and greasy.
It was Jonas' first time in the snow. He really enjoyed throwing snowballs at people, sucking on icicles and sledding.
My parents backyard is the perfect sledding hill. Many jumps were caught and tailbones bruised growing up going down those hills.
His fever and flu/cold symptoms lasted about 3 days, which meant plans had to be changed. It also meant other family members (Aunts, Uncles, and cousins) got sick as well. Sorry about that everyone!
New Year's day was spent with family doing what we normally do when we get together - eating, playing games and laughing.
Lots of shopping happened.
Ella was all about getting more earrings. She just couldn't understand why I kept saying no to the giant hoops or gaudy huge earrings she kept picking out.
Jonas fell asleep with the Kindle Fire on his face. I didn't even realize he had until someone in the store pointed it out to me. He was a trooper that day.
The meal the kids loved the most and will remember was the night she did Ta Pen Lou (Chinese melting pot).
We can't wait to do this at our house and have friends over now that we have our own pot!
Believe the hype. It was delicious.
It's a good thing we got our sledding and snow play in before those frigid temperatures hit!
Aside from venturing out one evening to see Les Miserables with my parents (which we LOVED), we stayed mostly indoors after that and just enjoyed the last few days of our Christmas vacation relaxing inside.
It was an awesome surprise. He really thought we had left for home a few days before. We even sent him a text and a gift card via email with a message apologizing for leaving again.
His face when he saw us waiting for him at the restaurant was worth it! It was a fun night of food and laughing until tears rolled down my cheek (Comedy Sportz always makes me laugh).
Looking forward to celebrating with him again in 7 more years (wink, wink).
By the time the day came for us to leave, we were all ready to go home and get back to a regular schedule. The girls were really looking forward to going back to school and I was ready for them to go back as well.
I really enjoy road trips (call me crazy). The kids are all great in the car and we always have funny conversations. There were many times during our drive home that both Bret and I were laughing pretty hard. At least we think we're pretty funny.
Now that we have been home a few days the Christmas decorations have been taken down and put away, dance, piano lessons, homework and science fair projects have all been done and I started potty training Jonas.
If I get everything unpacked from our trip before February begins I will be happy. Unpacking is my least favorite part of taking trips.
*If you noticed, in the car picture of Bret and I on the way to Utah he's still got his beard, but in the picture on the way home he doesn't.
You know what that means...the traditional shaving post will be coming up next. As always, while taking pictures for that post, all of us were laughing. Stay tuned...