Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Christmas 2013

The four of us spent nearly all of our 2013 Christmas vacation in Lincoln, Nebraska with Grandpa Mike, Grandma Susie, AJ, and Ferrell.

After driving for two straight days through a horrific ice storm, we arrived - with our sanity just barely intact - at Grandma and Grandpa's house on Saturday night. We spent the days leading up to Christmas shopping, baking, touring the city's Christmas lights, playing lots and lots of football, and just .

She shopped until she dropped, which shocked us all because she NEVER, EVER falls asleep anywhere except her bed and/or at any point in time other than at least 20 minutes after being tucked into bed for the third time.

The Christmas Light Critics (me, AJ, and Kelsey) stepped up their game this year. They created a tagline and official team name (neither of which I can remember as I type this), made snowman-themed awards, and secretly delivered the awards to the "best" decorated homes in Lincoln.

Football. So. Much. Football.

After church on Christmas Eve, we spent the rest of both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day napping, reading, watching movies, enjoying each other's company, playing with our new gifts, baking, and eating our baked goods. Oh, and playing lots more football. So. Much. Football.

Taking "formal" photos after church on Christmas Even.

Showing off their new Nintendo 3DS game systems.

Just two men - with vastly different clothing styles - grilling up some delicious wings and enjoying a few drinks.

The week after Christmas revolved around a bit of partying (AJ and Ferrell's engagement party), watching nearly all of the NCAA football bowl games, and trying to come up with ways for Will and Hallie to expend all of their pent-up energy inside the house, since the temperatures dropped significantly and made outdoor activities nearly impossible on most days. 

Me, Tom, Laura, Tim, AJ, and Ferrell at the engagement party.

Huskers and Hawkeyes and Aggies, Oh My!

Pretty girl in the snow.

Yes, we ran them on the treadmill. A LOT.

We had a wonderful two-week vacation from school and work (well, Tom's vacation from work only lasted about two days, not two weeks), but were glad to get home. I was even happier when Monday rolled around, despite having to rise and shine early in the morning, and we returned to "regularly scheduled programming". Two weeks of less-than-full nights sleep + lots of time inside + lots of time screen time = tired, grumpy, nasty kids! (And a tired, grumpy mama as well.)

Merry Christmas!

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