This is the first Christmas that our kids have ever spent with their grandparents. The grandparents went all out to make sure the kids wouldn't want it to be the last! And while we were not anywhere close to our home for Christmas, for Lee it was definitely going home.
As we drove through the Georgia pines to Mona and Honey's house (those are the Grandma and Grandpa nicknames), I'm sure he could practically smell the sweet tea. Lee's family moved into this house in 1971.
There were still a few days to get ready for Christmas once we got there. Mona had the kids help her make cookies and decorate ornaments for the tree. They were so excited.
She even let me help. She's nice like that. :-)
Can you guess what our big gift was this year?
caved splurged and got a Wii. We've already gotten our money's worth out of it!
The day after Christmas we drove down to Grandpa Jack (my dad) and Grandma Jeannie's house in Florida. (We got a picture of Grandma later--she was busy fixing a delicious Christmas dinner!)
Everything was so festive.
My sister and her boys flew in to meet us there. It was the first time in the twenty some years that Dad and Jeannie have lived in Florida that Dayna and I have been there at the same time! It was so much fun to have everyone together.
We went to Festival of Lights at Silver Springs to enjoy the warmer version of a winter wonderland.
The kids wanted to have their picture taken by all the blow-up characters. (Yes, it's true. My kids actually ask me to take more pictures of them. Don't hate me.)
I'm not sure why they felt compelled to wrestle Frosty to the ground.
The best part of visiting Grandma and Grandpa for our kids is swimming, and more specifically, driving the golf cart to the pool. It's still in one piece thanks to cousin Kyle's expert supervision.
The grown-ups love the pool, too. (THAT'S where we caught up with Grandma!)
After our time in Florida, we headed back up to Georgia to spend few more days enjoying the family there, including Aunt Paula (Lee's sister), Uncle Bill and cousin Wil.
All too soon it was time to head back north.
We thank God for the memories of a wonderful family Christmas!