We started off the night planning to have dinner at the Olive Garden and then watching Avatar 3D in the IMAX theater. Well, Avatar was sold out and the Olive Garden had a ridiculously long wait! So we ended up having Mexican and seeing Sherlock Holmes.
I was surprised I liked this movie as much as I did! It has a nice blend of comedy, action, adventure, and mystery. Robery Downey Jr. does an excellent job playing Holmes. Very entertaining movie.
We started our commute to Missouri on Saturday at 11am. By 11:30am we were back at Jonathan's parents! His 4 wheel drive was not working on his truck. So we swapped his truck for his moms car and were on are way again. Can anything else go wrong on this trip??
We made it to my parents on Saturday afternoon. We counted 21 cars in ditches along the way. My family was sweet enough to leave most of the presents until I arrived so it would feel like Christmas. There was also left over Christmas dinner. We only stayed for a short time since it was still snowing.
After another scary commute we finally arrived home. Just in time too, Maya only had a few morsels of food remaining! We were also shocked by the amount of snow Kansas got! There was a drift so big we couldn't even get into the garage!
A couple weeks ago I had asked Jonathan if he wanted a snow blower for Christmas and he said no (if he only knew!). So he started the process with a shovel. Luckily we have a nice neighbor who helped Jon out with his snow blower.
So, that's our Christmas 2009 story. We are glad to be home and are enjoying one relaxing day before heading back to work.
Since the Interstate was closed we ended up staying in Nebraska longer than expected. I was bummed I didn't get to see my side of the family on Christmas but it was nice to visit with Jon's family. We had a great time opening stockings via flashlights and candle light on Christmas Eve (lost power from 9:30pm - 1:30am). We had fun on Christmas morning opening gifts and watching lots of DVD's. I also enjoyed Jonathan's mom's comfort food, Chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes with meat gravy. Kate's cookies with homemade icing were also a treat!
There was also LOTS of snow! I have never seen snow like this. We usually just get ice or light snow in Kansas City.
Jonathan and I opened presents on Christmas Eve morning before packing to travel to Nebraska to spend time with Jonathan's family. Maya even sat with us to see what all the fuss was about. She also enjoyed playing with Jonathan's mini remote control toy Mustang.
The afternoon ended up being pretty frightening. We faced almost every weather element as we traveled north to Nebraska. Rain, sleet, ice, snow, and lots of wind! We were glad when we finally arrived safe and sound.
I've added a few more decorations around the house. Enjoy!
Our first stockings as a married couple! Eventually I'd like to get our names embroidered on them. The shape of our mantle doesn't allow for traditional stocking holders so I assumed we'd never be able to have stockings. That is until I found stocking hooks!
Finally, I got the metal star backdrop and creche for my Nativity set! The creche is not the one sold by Demdaco (the makers of the Willow Tree Angel Line). I actually found it on E-bay! It's made from old barn wood and it goes very nicely with the willow tree set.