Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Before you scroll down, let me warn you...there will be NO cute baby pictures in this post. I didn't bring my cord home, so pictures will have to wait until we get back to NWA.

Yesterday, we started our trip "home" to Blytheville. This is a trip that on a good day takes 5 hours and 45 minutes. Before we got to the tunnel on 540, traffic stopped and remained stopped. Then it moved slowly for what seems like forever. 2 hours later we were finally on 40. Already over an hour behind schedule. 5 looooong hours later we arrived home. But, it's always good to be here. (This morning in the paper it said that the bridges were iced over and they decided to call the salt trucks to spray them before they were going to let people drive on them. I guess better safe than sorry.)

This morning my mom and I braved the crowds at Wal-Mart and JC Penney to get a few last minute things (no gifts thank goodness). These kind of shopping trips reinforce the fact that I am NEVER moving back to Blytheville. IT IS AWFUL.

But our evening was WONDERFUL. Tonight, we all went to the Candlelight Service at our church. We have done this since I was a little girl and I always LOVE it. Last year, Neely slept in her carrier the entire service. This year was a little more eventful, but she did seem to enjoy it. We need to work on not saying "bounce & bounce & bounce" every time music comes on. Or yelling "BABY" every time she sees her red headed baby doll. I kept her satisfied with milk and crackers and we made it through the service. We came home, had dinner and opened presents. I think this is the last year that she won't understand Santa at all, so we took advantage of that and opened them all tonight. I can't explain how much stuff she got. I think her favorite thing was the newborn Cabbage Patch Kid or the farm animal sound book. I love to watch her learn new things so it should be fun watching her play with her new toys.

Tomorrow we go to my grandmother's for the big meal which is always wonderful. We will also stop by my Great Aunt's (like a grandmother) house. Neely is so lucky to have so many people that love her.

Well, I won't be posting for a while. Brad and I are taking our first vacation without Neely. As excited as I am, I am still pretty sad. I am going to miss that baby so much. I know my parents will take good care of her while we are gone and that she will have lots of fun. I promise to give a full report when we get back.

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Christmas day.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Laurie and Steve got stuck on that horrible road too. They called me to try and find out what the deal was. What a mess.
Christmas next year will probably be REALLY fun! I hope you have had a wonderful time!
Have so much fun on your cruise! I'll try not to be jealous that ya'll are in tropical places and we are stuck here in Cold AR. :-)