I had originally planned to do several posts about our trip back to The Fort for Christmas, but decided I'd just inundate you all at once with one big long post. That way we can get a move-on into 2014 with other things!
We made the trek back home on the Saturday before Christmas. Bimmer was the best traveler ever... she looked at books, sang songs, looked out the window. No major meltdowns. And no DVD player!
My parents had moved into a new house since we last visited, so Bimmer took full advantage of their new playroom. Starting that night, we pretty much ate ourselves silly.
The next day, we got together with some of my girlfriends from high school and their kids. Yes, I'm totally just now realizing that I didn't force all the kids to stand together to take a photo. And I'm kicking myself for it. We also took in Bimmer's cousin's basketball game, got some yummy hoagies for dinner, and stopped by Granny's house for a little one-on-one time with Bimmer and her great-grandma.
Monday, we had breakfast with Rowdy and then ate ice cream for lunch. I swear, there is no good ice cream in SC, so we always take time to eat some when we're visiting The Fort. Even if it's 35 degrees outside! That night, we did dinner and opened gifts with my parents. They definitely overdid themselves. Everything from books and puzzles, to clothes and a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit, to Doc McStuffins toys and groceries. And a pink Radio Flyer tricycle!
Bimmer is definitely blessed with wonderful grandparents! They spoil her too much! On Christmas Eve, we went to see my grandma and my extended family on my mom's side. It's always chaotic and loud and wonderful. There's bourbon slush and people yelling out "Thank you" from other rooms for their gifts they just opened. It overwhelmed Puff, but it was fun. It was just the type of Christmas I have always had and am thankful to offer Bimmer for as long as it lasts.
I have to say... this was by far my most favorite Christmas. I was able to share it with my little family. Our extended families blessed us beyond belief and I am so grateful to have them around and to be a part of their lives as much as possible, which is hard living so far away! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that you are as thankful as I am.