Christmas Tour 2010 - Part 1

We started our Christmas festivities early this year! We loaded up Ryan's Jeep Patriot with all of our goodies and drove to South Whitley on Friday, December 3rd. Noah watched movies on Ryan's video iPod all the way there, which kept the drive calm and easy! Seriously, how did my parents make that drive when we were kids? No wonder my brother and I spent most of the drive looking out our own windows after getting in trouble for fighting in the back seat. :)

We made it there in one piece and put Noah down for a nap. I kept Danette company while she made a bunch of delicious goodies including these cute little gingerbread men with red hots. Ryan and Dad were updating their Garmins. After Noah woke up, we drove into town to eat at The Brownstone. We fought Noah 90% of the time to eat his meal. Regardless, the food was delicious as usual, and it's fun to see a nice restaurant in my home town.

Even Kya was excited to open her presents!
After everyone went to bed, Ryan and I started watching a movie, but before I knew it, I was nodding away, too. We bought Noah this great air mattress with bumpers, and he slept great all night! We woke up to monkey bread and mini quiches...delicious! Soon after we started breakfast, my brother and his wife arrived. They are due to have their first baby April 20th, so not even two weeks before our due date. How fun is that?? It was fun to talk about our pregnancies over breakfast.

Danette's dad, Dale, joined us soon after, and we started opening presents. We bought Kristen some Secret Fit jeans from Motherhood Maternity. Those were such a staple in my maternity wardrobe last time, and they are already coming in handy for this one. I had to make sure Kristen had a pair, too! We also found a cute heather gray shirt to go with her jeans. When I asked Dan what he wanted for Christmas, he said something Chicago Bears to decorate their office. I had no idea where to start until Ryan suggested an autographed picture. We found a print of this year's team's signatures on Soldier Field. I wasn't sure if it was something he would like, but turns out, he really loved it! PHEW! :) I always have a hard time shopping for my dad, but Ryan again came through with an idea - the new Crossroads DVD. He is always watching an old one, and the new one just came out in November 2010. He seemed to really like it! I also grabbed a Hickory Farms gift set because they are so delicious but hard to buy for yourself. :) We got Danette the Sex and the City 2 DVD, Half Broke Horses (a great book!), and some scentsy bars - you know, great girly stuff! We also bought Dale a gift card to a restaurant. Picking out gifts is one of my favorite things to do, and I bet this year, I did 95% of my Christmas shopping online. It's just SO convenient! What did you buy for the people you love?

Noah hit the jackpot! Dan and Kristen surprised him with the Dance Star Mickey Mouse! He went bananas when he opened it! We took it to our friends' house last night, and not only did Noah love it, but so did little Baby Ava (Dalia and Kevin's daughter) who is almost 7 months old. Dad and Danette bought Noah and our little yet-to-be-named Bambino lots of wonderful gifts. Noah's favorite items include a DVD of kids' Christian songs where his name is inserted all throughout, a book called There's a House Inside my Mummy, a Fisher Price cash register, and a Radio Flyer tricycle! I know, I know...he is SO fortunate to have gotten such wonderful gifts. Thanks again everyone!!!

Ryan and I were also really fortunate in what we received. Dad and Danette spoiled us with a new Sony HD video camera! It is SO nice, and now we can easily download videos onto the computer, and we can burn them on DVDs. We are still drooling over this gift, so thank you! Dan and Kristen got Ryan a kapo for his guitar and a DVD from the 80's called Making Mr. Right, which I've been dying to re-watch for years! Yes, I would say we all were very blessed this year!

Dad and Danette made a fabulous dinner for us - filets, twice baked potatoes, green beans, rolls, and lots of desserts. I filled myself into a food coma and put Noah down for a nap. After he woke up, we went to visit my cousin Joey, his wife Katey, and their three girls (yes, you read that correctly!). Daisy Louise was just born earlier that week, so we got to meet her for the first time. Noah had fun playing with Sydney while we had a nice visit. After having dinner and packing up the car, it was time to say goodbye. We had such a wonderful time and were reminded of how lucky we are to have such an incredible family.

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