It has been almost a whole month since I last blogged.
I wish I could feel guilty about that time away. But the truth is, I don't. As usual I had great intentions to blog.. but I was busy living life.
So what did we do during that month away?
We decided about a week before we left to go home for the holidays. And then we had to move our leave date up about 3 days to avoid a winter storm. Yes, my friends, going back to the midwest during Christmastime is truly an adventure. But it was worth it. Rob starts 9 months of schooling in a few days, and he will not be able to take leave again until sometime after September. SO it was off to Kansas...
We saw family and friends. Toured the Boulevard Brewery. Drove around looking at lights. Went to Crown Center (during Christmastime, is a must..). Ate at some of our favorite places (many times in some instances...). Went to church. Ate lots of good home cooked meals (thanks Mom!). Met my fur-niece for the first time. Opened presents. Got spoiled. Took pictures... and made memories...
Don't worry y'all, I got this...
Jose Peppers with Grandma and Grandpa!
Best friends and baby best friends (or more?!)
The same high chair I used as a baby.
Shopping with Grandpa.
Boulevard Brewery tour. Kansas City in the background.
Hanging out with Aunt Kara.
All dressed up for Christmas Eve mass.
Fighting sleep with Aunt Erin.
On Christmas morning we got up WAY early to make the 3 hour drive to see Rob's family. More presents. A day at the community center with ALL of the family. Skyzone. More good food and great home cooked meals. Some good naps. Bowling and more memories were all made before we headed home NYE.
Christmas morning with Aunt Courtney.
Hamming at herself at the community center.
Rob and his brothers.
Grammy put Gray's hair in pigtails for the first time!
Grace, Grandpa and cousin Stella!
2,000+ miles later... we pulled back in the driveway. Tired and exhausted. Was it worth it?! YES! I am so grateful to my husband for agreeing to spend the majority of his leave driving many many hours for us to spend the holidays with family. Grace's first Christmas was definitely a good one. She was spoiled, we were spoiled and more than anything.. that first memory is a good one.
When we got home we spent NYE at Nick and Abby's with LOGAN. He made his appearance Christmas day (so much for my hoping he'd wait...), so we were anxious to get to meet him! It was totally worth it, and we've already been over there twice since getting home. Newborn cuddles y'all.. NOTHING beats them.
Otherwise? I was sick for about 24 hours. Which sucked. Thanks to the husband for picking up the slack.
Now it is the last weekend of Rob's leave. My house is a complete and utter disaster. A mixture of vacation mess, Christmas mess and being sick mess. Just a mess.. and Monday morning everything goes back to the "norm". Or the new norm at least.. as we start Rob's school schedule.. which hopefully will not be too terrible.
Happy January friends. I'd say I have some resolutions for 2015... but in all actuality, I just want this year to be good.. like 2014 was for us. Because after all, 2014 was a good good year. I'd say Grace being born and Rob making WO.. are two things to celebrate!
So here is to 2015. TO happiness and life being good.