Nathan finally got home Wednesday, Dec.20,and on Thursday, Bob took Faith, Micah, and Drew to a production of Mr. Popper's Penguins at the Kennedy Center with a big homeschool group. We had read that book aloud a few months ago, so this was a perfect play for them! Afterwards, they walked around the monuments for several hours with friends. Everyone came home happy but exhausted, except Faith, even though she was the oldest of our kids out there, who was whiny. Still, fun memories!
But there was no time to really play with anything, because Friday morning we were off early to Ohio!
We made it to my parents' house about 7:30, where my brother and his family were eagerly awaiting us! The kids were so happy to see Emily and Elia again! Everyone really played so nicely together this time--they are growing up!
kittencal's sugar cookie and frosting recipe, because it is hands down the easiest I've found to work with, especially for a bunch of squirrelly kids.
blog post from last year, I noted that none of our kids had to get taken out of the service. Alas, this year Bob had to take Verity out because she was being a little pill. Also, I dripped wax on my good black pants, which I still haven't gotten all the way out, so we definitely regressed this year!
Everyone had fun playing with presents and toys. It was really cold, so the kids didn't spend much time outside, BUT we had a white Christmas! Not too much snow to cancel things, but just enough to look pretty and festive!
The five girls got matching shirts from Grandma that were so cute!
On our last day there, I was able to go out to breakfast (if you can call staying at a restaurant talking from 9:30-1:15 "breakfast", lol) with Amy--we had a lot to catch up on! Bob, Dan, Melinda, and my Dad took the kids bowling at the base, which is always eagerly anticipated. We were able to fit in a Young's trip before Christmas, so we made the most of a short visit!
Bob had tried to get Grace and Jonathan new ID cards Tuesday morning, but pass and ID was closed for a family day. As we were driving out Wednesday morning, we decided to stop by there again to see if it might be possible to get them, since it takes sooo long, and it so far away, to get them here. It took 30 minutes, which is an amazingly short period of time for 2 walk-ins! Jonathan's ID card has been expired since June, and Grace never got hers since her 10th birthday in May, so having that checked off was a big relief! The other kids and I just stayed out in the van and listened to an old Veggie Tales Christmas album. Wee called it "pre-sitting"--just a warm-up for the big drive to come! We were all jammed in there with backpacks, jackets, duffel bags, etc. all around, so it was hard for everyone to get in and out.
Now that we're home, and we've *pretty much* found places for all the new stuff, I'm contemplating taking down the Christmas tree today. I just get tired of it taking up so much room in the family room! I love all our ornaments so much, but I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the actual tree itself, lol.
I hope you all had a merry, lice-free Christmas this year as well!