A recap of our holidays:
We were all set to drive back to Illinois early Christmas Eve morning. Ben had suggested driving back after work on 12/23 and I'd shot the idea down for fear of driving over night and us staying awake (last summer Ben's family drove out to CO and his mom fell briefly fell asleep at the wheel. Thankfully the rumble strips her up immediately, but because of that we instated the rule that someone needs to always be awake with the driver). Monday morning, 12/23, I got to work anxious to get the day over. After checking the forecast and road conditions, I emailed Ben and said "what the hell? we might as well drive after I get off to have the extra time with family" and we did just that.
We arrived home at 4am MT/5am CT and immediately hopped in bed for a few hours. By 10:30 we were up and at 'em. We even made it to 10pm Christmas Eve Mass!
This year's Christmas was a strange one. With our nephew being here, my SIL decided they wanted his first Christmas to be in their own home in Chicago. My brother and his wife decided that their dog is on her last leg (so sad!) and it was best not to travel with her but they hated the thought of leaving her behind, thus we both missed siblings at Christmas. None the less, it was so nice to be home with our parents and Mr. Sister. Home is always home.
|My parents wonky tree|
|Sleeping in my own bed|
|Family Tradition: Ticket to Ride and wine :)|
MT's wedding! We were supposed to have arrived with an hour to spare before rehearsal, but do to the worst back up I've ever seen, thanks to a overturned jello and pudding semi load (REALLY! I could not make up a worse excuse!), we barely caught the end of rehearsal.
Wedding day was perfect. MT had arranged for hair and makeup (and food) in the private loft area of an adorable salon called A'Do. From there we went to a beautiful Catholic church for pictures and the ceremony. Who would have thought that the last Saturday in December in the Midwest would end up being 50 degrees?!
|I was pretty proud of my makeup! I saved $50 and did it myself :)|
|I die. Love the look on MT's face|
|10 months old; isn't he adorable?!|
|The loves of my life|