Chris and I drove 30 hours in less than two days to ensure that we would be home for Christmas. We just couldn't imagine a Christmas without family, friends, or snow. So we gave ourselves two weeks. Two weeks to make our Christmas a winter vacation others only dream about.
To get into the holiday spirit we sang Christmas songs on the drive up and I must say we mastered "Baby It's Cold Outside", we reminisced about Christmas' from our pasts, enjoyed tons of Christmas goodies, snuggled up close while we watched all of our favorite Christmas movies, fought the crowds to do some last minute Christmas shopping, I wrapped a lot of presents and topped each one with pretty little bows, and last we kept with our Christmas tradition of looking at the little amount of Christmas lights that Pocatello and Chubbuck had to offer on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day was perfect like always. Chris and I let the trip itself be our gift to each other, but Christmas morning we were both shocked to see that Santa remembered us and that he somehow knew where to find us. So we just had a quite little family stocking opening of our own in the guest room we were staying in. Once again we got spoiled.
Chris and I showing off some of the presents that Santa brought.
One of the things I love most about Santa is that he is always up for a good laugh. Take fruit cake for example. I see it in the store every year and every year I turn to Chris and ask "who would actually buy that and eat it?" Well Santa must have heard me because guess who got a nice little brick of fruit cake in her stocking on Christmas morning...............
This girl did.
And it did not go to waste. It was taken to my Mom's where everyone including my Grandma and Aunts tried it. It was absolutely disgusting. Seriously, it tasted worse than it looked and it looked horrible. But the reactions of everyone and the expressions on their faces was priceless. Thanks Santa!!
Even Twinkee and Marlo had some fun opening their gifts too. No Santa didn't bring Marlo a bag, sadly she just preferred it.
We all worked up quite an appetite from all the present opening but luckily we didn't have to wait long because next thing we knew it was time for our Christmas dinner at my Grandma's followed by our traditional Christmas BINGO. Family, food, and BINGO.......... Life is good.
Showing off our Christmas spirit with our Christmas sweaters.
Next up........... More eating and family visiting at Chris' Grandma's house. We had one more stop after that and that was at my Mom's for our gift exchange there and a few rounds of games. By the time the day is over we are exhausted but we wouldn't trade it for anything.
The rest of our vacation went as follows: Hung out with friends, poker nights, went to movies, sledding with the nieces and nephews (SO MUCH FUN!!), Chris went on his yearly snowboard trip with friends, said Goodbye! to 2010 and Hello! to 2011 with some of our best friends, and visited with our families as much as we could.
Our trip went by much too fast and before we knew it it was time to pack up and head back to Alabama. But our Holiday Season was exactly what we expected it to be.......... 2 weeks full of fun, family, and friends.
We are just your average everyday family with eight years of wedded bliss backing us up. Chris is the man of our house, outstanding husband, awesome friend, and entrepreneur. Then there's me, Daneile, devoted wife, loving daughter and sister, who loves keeping a clean house and putting meals on the table. And we can't forget our pup Twinkee, who is more like our kid than our dog. And our newest furry addition, Marlo. We look forward to the new adventures each day brings and believe strongly in living each day to its fullest.