Last Wednesday, after seeing radar and the forecasted winter storm about to hit our state for Christmas, the hubby and I decided to fast forward Christmas and drive down to family a bit earlier than expected. We quickly opened gifts with the girls, threw together a bunch of suitcases and food and hit the roads.
As planned, after Christmas Dave went back home to work in silence and the girls and I decided to do a “tour” and stay with family and friends until New Year’s Eve, when my in-laws will drive us back up north. Because of the early departure, it will be over a week that we have been gone. The girls have done well considering a new bed every night, lots of driving, less sleep, and winter colds and sniffles. I’m exhausted–upon arriving at my parents’ house today, my four-year-old and I crashed together and each took something like a two hour nap. Whew!
Although I’m tired (traveling around with two kids is exhausting), I have felt really blessed by all of the visits I have had with people. I’ve kind of enjoyed staying quiet in the internet realm and have not minded being momentarily disconnected from “regular” life. Plan on me staying quiet for a bit longer. Upon returning home to what I assume has been transformed into my husband’s bachelor pad, I predict that I will have a lot of organizing, cleaning, and putting away of Christmas goodies. Any suggestions on how to tackle the mountains of Christmas gifts that we have sitting at home waiting for us (i.e. toys and clothes for the kids)? I feel slightly panicked about the lingering question of where to put everything.