|this wasn't our Christmas card, but it should've been. If you didn't get a Christmas card, it's because we didn't mail any out. whoops.|
Over the last 3 weeks, we have been in California and Oregon visiting family for the holidays. It was a well-deserved break, especially for Carl. We spent a week in the Bay first to see the Lockwood side and then journeyed north to the Willamette Valley and spent two weeks with the Leder side. They were wonderful visits, though we are all exhausted- the children never really switched from Midwest time (note: this means we were up by six every day and due to visiting, the kiddos didn't go to bed until eight or later usually. EXHAUSTED). It's good to be home, but we miss our family like crazy!!
Our return home wasn't ideal. It started out the night before when I happened to check our flight 6:20 am flight status and noted it had been canceled. Curses! So, at 11:30 pm, I rescheduled Carl's and my flight, but then Southwest ran out of room on the flight and Ezra didn't have a seat. After 1+ hours on hold with customer service, we were all on the same flight leaving at 10:50 am. Then our second leg of the flight was delayed for an hour. Why??? Meanwhile, Vivienne was freaking out with a throaty warrior cry for a majority of our travels.We finally got to Milwaukee at 8 pm and my sweet friend Nicole was there to pick us up. Our car was at their house, so when we got to their house, I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel! Except then our car was not working correctly and we didn't end up getting home until after 11 pm. Without the car. Despite having a hectic travel day yesterday, I am so grateful that our travels were safe and that we had the Robbin's friendship AND warm house to wait in while the men tinkered with the vehicle.
I'm also very grateful for Carlo's amazing mechanical talents and skills! He has always done all the repairs on our vehicles! We are thankful for the Boyles lending him a hand today as well! Wisconsin may be brrrrrr-freakin-cold the next few weeks, but we sure are surrounded by awesome friends :)
Here's to 2014 being an amazing year!