Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas in New York

We went on our big road trip to Western New York last Saturday. I have to say the ride was surprisingly pleasant. The kids were just so anxious to get there, they didn't fuss much and we made it in 10.5 hours (virtually unheard of with 2 kids).
We missed all the wind and sub zero temperatures of Illinois, but did get some snow on Monday which kept us indoors and unable to visit my sister. That's OK, we made up for it and got around to see everyone later in the week.
The only bad thing about the whole trip was that the kids just didn't get a lot of sleep while we were there. They were totally off their schedules and out of their regular daily routines. D.R. put it best by saying "We were away from home for a week but this was no vacation!". This was one of those times when we needed a vacation from our vacation! We are all exhausted, but it was worth it.
I really love going 'home' and spending time with our family. To me, those moments are worth all the hassle of getting there.
Here are some pictures from our week.

Raiding the gumball machine

Gia and Mema love the steps at Aunt Kim's

The girls baked a cake for Baby Jesus' birthday

Papa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

I took close to 200 pictures this week, but I don't want to overwhelm my blog readers. These are just a couple of my favorites.

We had a great Christmas and the kids had a blast visiting with all their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We felt the love. We are blessed.


The Sugden Family said...

Awe, so glad you were able to get home and spend the holidays with your family!!

Such precious pictures!! :)

Amy Jo said...

10.5 hours is great timing! You must have missed all the bad weather. WE didn't make the trip this year for CHristmas out that way. (phew!) I loved being at home, but missed seeing my sister and Brian's family.

I love reading about your sweet.