A picture of all of us before heading out to dinner
Dad treated us all to dinner at Guernsey's! I had had their ice cream before, but had never had dinner there! Wow! Their broasted chicken is amazing!
Ice cream all around for dessert!
Caleb and Moriah pose with train track #2
The kids and I hit the sack early that night... all of the travel and visiting and snow playing was exhausting!
On the 29th, we had a chill morning, I did some blogging and Philip and the kids spent half the day outside making the sledding track.
In the afternoon, we played Keenan's new "Qwixx" game (really fun!) and did a bunch of packing (boy, were we sick of packing by this time!) and then Dad took us to Red Robin for dinner.
Moriah posing as Lady Liberty while we waited for our table
While we waited for our food, we played "Pass the Pigs" (which we have decided is now our "restaurant game"!)
Who knew two tiny little pigs could be so much fun?
Delicious dinner! Man, do they know how to make a burger!
When we got home, we finished packing and played Five Crowns for the first time. It was fun, but I had some pretty severe beginners Bad luck.
The next morning, Uncle Ty, Aunt Mary and Taylor got up early to see us off (despite getting home at 2:30 the night before!) and we were on the road shortly after 9.
The goodbyes were getting old by now too :(
The roads were quite bad in places and we had to take a significant detour off of 94, due to a 40 car pile up the day before.
We still had one more thing to look forward to, though! Our good friends (all the way back from medical school), Anthony and Melissa had recently moved to Edwards, Illinois, and we stayed the night with them on our way home!
Their home was spacious and Gorgeous and it was fun to tour it and get a feel for their new life...and anticipate a summer visit when we can take advantage of all the outdoor fun!
Melissa's brother, Jordan, and sister, Marleigh, were also visiting and offered to babysit all six kids so we could go out to dinner! Anthony and Melissa took us to one of their favorite restaurants, Edge. It. Was. Amazing!!
Us at the restaurant
We got to have a leisurely, two and a half hour dinner and really be able to get caught up without worrying about the kids... what a blessing!
After a delicious breakfast the next morning, we snapped a couple pictures of all of us before Anthony had to leave for work:
Anthony and Melissa, Maddie, Nino and Ellie
Moriah with their sweet dog
Nino and Keenan playing Boss Monster
They have an Impressive Magna Tile collection, which caught Everyone's attention!
Around 10:20, we hit the road for the last leg home! While we drove, we listened to the sixth book in the Little House Series, "The Last Winter". It was soo wonderful, and the perfect story to accompany our drive out of the snow. I loved the themes in it - the gratitude they had for the simplest things, the lack of complaining, and the joy they found in just being together and being warm and making music together. More on this later...
I did a chunk of driving in the afternoon while everyone else slept and thoroughly enjoyed the quiet "thinking time" it gave me. I have so much anticipation for this new year and what it holds for our family!
We got home around 7:30 pm, unpacked the van and had a (mostly) blissful, chill family evening - despite having no plans, no guests, no party hats or beads, or even any bubbly. We were just glad to be...HOME. We listened to more of the audio book and played some of the kid's new games. Happy New Year to us!!