For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, my husband and I went to Wisconsin this year to spend Christmas with his mother. She is originally from Phoenix, like us, but she moved there two years ago for a job. She treated us all by purchasing our plane tickets to come see her. My husband’s three brothers were there longer than we were, but we had five whole days together as a family. There was food, games, naps, Christmas music and movies, lots of laughter, and snow.
The breakfast of champions cooked by my mother-in-law and yours truly.
Bailey (Duncan’s girlfriend) and I decorating cookies.
The fruits of my labor. I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job anytime soon.
My mother-in-law’s barn.
A fallen log on the side of my mother-in-law’s property.
The view from my balcony.
I’ve only been in the snow three times in my entire life and I have to say, this was the best time of them all. The key to comfort in below zero temperatures? The proper attire. Thanks to my mother-in-law, we had snow jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens, and the thickest socks known to man available in many different sizes. We each had a layer that fit us so, when we went outside, we were comfortable. It was great.
My husband and I, ready to go out into the snow!
While we mostly stayed indoors and enjoyed each others’ company, we did go out a few times…
To see A Christmas Carol, the play.
The Children’s Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, during intermission.
My husband, the recovering cripple, and I.
To pick out our live Christmas tree.
BTWs: it was fourteen degrees outside.
This is where we went to get our tree.
From left to right: my husband, Devo (otherwise known as Tiny Tim), Donevin and Duncan (the twins), and Dallas.
My husband and I being all cute and stuff.
From left to right: me, Joan (my mother-in-law), and Bailey (Duncan’s girlfriend).
Me and my mom-in-law.
As you can see, we had a lot of fun choosing out our tree. This Happ’s place was amazing.
It was basically an enormous evergreen field.
Can’t decide between a live tree and a colored one? No problem at Happ’s! They’ll paint a live tree for you.
Don’t ask me how they do it because I don’t know. But it sure looked pretty!
This is Dallas dragging our tree to the car after it was cut.
And this is our tree after we brought it home and decorated it.
We also went to Christmas Eve service at my mother-in-law’s church but I didn’t get any pictures of that. Suffice it to say that we had a lovely time singing Christmas carols and remembering the reason for the season. It was also super cute to see my mother-in-law glowing as she introduced us to everyone.
On Christmas morning, we read about the birth of Christ from Matthew and then opened our presents. (Please excuse the poor quality of the following photos. It might have been mid-afternoon but I was half asleep when I took them.)
Duncan and Bailey.
Donevin, Dallas, and Duke (the dog).
Joan and my husband.
I was there too, see?
Yeah, we can’t take serious pictures. #sorrynotsorry
We were blessed with new clothes, shoes, books, games, Amazon giftcards, and Star Wars action figures, but I’d like to shed a spotlight on the gifts we received from Bailey.
This talented gal made ceramic mugs and cups for all of us.
See how the glaze runs and fades into different shades of color? She did that herself! So cool.
And just like that it was over, this long awaited holiday, this merry get-together. My husband and I rolled out of bed on Tuesday afternoon, packed up our gifts and clothes, and got into the car. Two hours later, we boarded our plane and flew back to Phoenix, back to sixty degrees and reality. As we lay in our own bed that night, we started listing the things we already missed.
“The snow,” he said.
“Driving around in the same car with everybody,” I said. (We had the funniest conversations.)
“The sound of my brothers talking in the next room,” he said.
“Not having a schedule,” I said.
[insert big, nostalgic sigh here.]
Now we’ve entered that strange time in-between Christmas and New Years. We’re going to work and slowly getting back into our regular routines, but the upcoming holiday is sure to make things a little screwy again. We usually drive down to California to spend New Years with my family but we’re doing something a little different this year. My sister is going to Europe with her boyfriend so we’ve postponed our New Year’s celebration until the second weekend in January. That way we can all be together. My husband and I are spending New Years with friends for the very first time. We have no idea what we’re going to do but, by golly, we’re going to do something.
And then 2017 will be over.
I heard it said once that days go by slow but years go by fast. That saying becomes more and more true the older I get. It’s incredible.
Well, I hope everyone had a fun Christmas! Be safe during New Years! I’ll check back in on the fourth of January.