Belated Christmas Post

{Christmas Eve}


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.

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The main roads were clear so Sara, Ryan, and I headed to SW Missouri to Ryan’s Grandparents.

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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.

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(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!

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We watched A Christmas Story before visions of sugar plums danced in our heads.


{Christmas Day}

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.

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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!

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We got his Mom an artificial Christmas tree for next Christmas and beyond!

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We got my Mom some new dishes and an iron!

I got a wallet from my Mom and money from my Grandma !

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I was sporting my Mom’s new slippers and my Valentine’s socks.  HA.

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Overall, I had a very Merry Christmas.  Lots of memories, lots of fun. ♥  I hate when Christmas is over.  So sad!






3 responses to “Belated Christmas Post”

  1. Ryan Ray Avatar
    Ryan Ray
    Stupid lab credit… ;)
    1. Mindy Avatar
      No joke!
  2. Saranray Avatar
    Unbelievable,stupid lab credit! Who was your advisor? Mindy, pictures are great! Glad you came to experience the extended family! They love you being there!!! Me too!!!! Oh, and I LOVE my tree and can’t wait to next Christmas to decorate it!!! I wonder where that could be????

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