My parents arrived while we were still with Dan’s parents … so we came home to MORE grandparents!! I am so thankful my parents could make the long trip from Tennessee to here to spend Christmas with us.
The kids woke up in their new Christmas jammies on Sunday morning (well, actually, we just got Andrew a St. Louis Cardinals tshirt since he is getting too big for “jammies”).
Miriam found the whole Christmas experience to be EXHAUSTING:
Since my parents were still here, we asked them to babysit while we went to a very special dinner at an old mansion-turned-restaurant called Sybill’s (named after the owners’ daughter).
A few of Dan’s teachers got together and gave us a very generous gift certificate and the recommendation to go. What a blessing to get away together for the evening, sit near a cozy fireplace in a beautifully decorated room, and eat a leisurely meal (that happened to be incredibly DELICIOUS!!!). We topped the night off by going to Goodwill, Big Lots, and Kmart because we’re high falutin’ like that … 😉
My parents are leaving this morning … and we’ll be using the last few days of our vacation to get some things done around the house, tie up a few loose ends, and close out some issues we need to resolve from the OLD year. I do look forward to what 2012 will bring us – definitely some NEW beginnings and some NEW directions and some NEW resolutions and some reNEWED hope and strength from the Lord because we will need it every day.
Enjoy your time time “between the years” … as we say good-bye 2011 and WELCOME 2012!