After our fantastic mini-vacation in Chicago, we boarded a plane and headed east to spend a few weeks with family and friends. Frist up — Delaware to visit Tim’s sister and family. With two excited that kids that we hadn’t seen in over a year, a new little one that we were meeting for the first time, and a visit from grandma (aka Tim’s mom, aka Carol), it was a fun and crazy few days. The kids kept us very busy with legos, barbies, books, puzzles, video games, crafts, and a LOT of silliness.
We celebrated an early Christmas while there and continued the holiday festivities with a Christmas brunch and visit to Longwood Gardens where we joined hundreds of people out in the cold to see the holiday lights.
Next, we traveled to Connecticut where the merriment continued with cookie making, tree decorating, and several outings to visit family friends.
At the end of the week, we made the drive up to Vermont for more visiting.
First was a night out with friends. It is so nice that no matter how much time has passed, we all seem to jump right back in where we left off. We’ve made some great new friends over the past five years, but this group will always hold a special place in my heart.
It should come as no surprise that we arrived in VT just in time for a snowstorm.
I was a little worried about our rental car with no snow tires, but we got around fine and it was nice to see a fresh layer of the white stuff. I had to laugh though because during our visit to Delaware it snowed an inch and all the schools closed, traffic clogged up, and people had a collective mini freak out. Meanwhile, in Vermont, it snowed 5 inches and everyone simply went about their everyday business.
For our last night in town, we went out to dinner with my brother and his wife and then walked over to the top of Church Street to see the tree.
Just as I wasn’t surprised that it snowed during our visit to Vermont, I also wasn’t surprised that the day we left the whole state was blanketed with a mixture of rain and ice. Oh, the joys of a New England winter.
Back in Connecticut, we finished up the holiday celebrations with Christmas Eve at Tim’s dad’s house and Christmas day in New Hampshire with aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins. I didn’t take any photos of these gatherings, but it was all very lovely with good company and some really tasty food (and more cookies). This year we got to watch three different groups of kids open presents which made me a little wistful for those days when Christmas was the most anticipated day of the year.
Originally we thought we might fly back west on the day after Christmas. But then we came to our senses and realized that if we waited a day or two the airport experience would probably a bit less hectic. So we hung around for a few days while I recovered from my lingering cold and allergy combo and Tim worked on his handyman list for his mom.
We enjoyed one last night out a local brewery followed by pizza in New Haven. I know I say it every time we come here, but there is absolutely no better pizza to be found in all of the US than in New Haven, CT.
Our travel day back west went very smooth and after a long day of airports and planes, we made it back to St. George where our sweet little home had been patiently awaiting our return. After a whirlwind three week trip, it felt good to be home. Even if we did spend the first night back in a casino parking lot :)