We woke up to a Winter Wonderland!!! So perfect. Just enough snow to cover everything, but not too much where we couldn’t travel.
I also woke up with a slight cold. Boo! I had one last Christmas also – this better not be a tradition. Thank goodness it wasn’t a bad one.
The main roads were clear so Sara, Ryan, and I headed to SW Missouri to Ryan’s Grandparents.
His uncle and cousin also joined us and we had a nice Christmas Eve dinner of soup and a surprise dessert to celebrate Ryan’s graduation!
We ALMOST dropped the cake.
(Except he found out he has ONE science class left to take. So I guess we’ll have to have another cake when he graduates in May! Oh well, he’s pretty much done anyway and looking for a job. Who needs that piece of paper anyway? Ha jk!)
Then it was time for gifts. And lots of pictures!
We watched A Christmas Story before visions of sugar plums danced in our heads.
Drove 2 hours to Ryan’s extended family gathering in Joplin, Missouri. It was my first time to experience their family Christmas and their famous spaghetti and meatballs. I sat there trying to figure out who was who, and where all his family came from! Ryan has a lot of extended family like cousins once removed and second cousins and I don’t even know the equivalent in my family! They are all very welcoming and kind.
Then we drove 3 hours back home and had a big Christmas dinner (more like traditional Thanksgiving dinner) with my Mom and her BF, my brother, Ryan, & Sara! We were pretty tired from a busy day, but it was fun!
I was so excited for Ryan to open his presents from me!
He got COAL in his stocking…heheh…made of soap! Much to his delight, he also got a Magic Trackpad!
We got his Mom an artificial Christmas tree for next Christmas and beyond!
We got my Mom some new dishes and an iron!
I got a wallet from my Mom and money from my Grandma !
One of Ryan’s stocking stuffers.
I was sporting my Mom’s new slippers and my Valentine’s socks. HA.
Overall, I had a very Merry Christmas. Lots of memories, lots of fun. ♥ I hate when Christmas is over. So sad!