I've said it a million times. I hate living so far away from my family. I still believe that living far away makes our times together that much more special.
Since we live so far apart, and we were all able to, we met halfway to celebrate Christmas together. There isn't much to do in Sullivan, Missouri, so we were able to spend our time together just being together. (:
Of course our time together started out (rather quickly) with lots of pictures being taken.
Of course, who doesn't love opening presents?! That's always fun! We all exchanged names, so it was fun to see what everyone came up with for the person that they chose. The gifts were great! We are so blessed!!
I'm telling you, it was SO nice to get to just hang out and visit! I was so happy to just get to be there with my mom, sisters, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephew! (And my husband and kids, of course!) I didn't need to do anything. I just wanted to be with them!
We saw our first snowflakes of the season (Yes, at the end of December!)while we were in Missouri and Luke couldn't have been happier! That little guy couldn't get outside fast enough! He wanted to "make footprints" in the snow. Grammy was happy to take him out and Luke was able to convince Daddy to take him out again later. Luke loves everything about being outside, no matter how hot or cold it may be!
We didn't do nothing the whole time. We played a lot of games! I laughed SO much and so hard! Gosh, I love being with my family!! We have so much fun together!
We had dinner at a local eatery. YUM!!
See, more playing. This is actually how we spent New Year's Eve. What could be better?! The people working the front desk at the hotel probably weren't thrilled that we made ourselves at home in the breakfast area, but it was so nice that we were able to spread out and hang out without being all crammed in hotel room.
And, of course, there were more pictures!
It is always hard to leave and drive in opposite directions, but I am so thankful that we were able to get together and have so much fun together! It was the perfect way to end 2012 and start 2013!