Christmas was spent home in Maryland with my family, the holidays were spent laughing, playing board games, more laughing, Christmas movie watching, sledding, visiting relatives and in general being big kids. The hubs and I exchanged the majority of gifts in private so as not to make it seem unfair to the kids that we got each other more gifts than we got them (the hubs reaaaaallly spoiled me this year). We had such fun establishing new Christmas traditions this year, this was the first year we had the chance to stop, breath and think about what it meant to us and how we, as a family, wanted to celebrate.
Last Wednesday we flew up to Vermont to celebrate a belated Christmas and New Year's with hubs parents and brothers. We had such a wonderful relaxing time. We choose to fly into New Hampshire and rent a car to drive the rest of the way, it was snowing when we got there and snowed constantly until we left so we ended up upgrading to a Toyota Camry that had 4-wheel drive, I had no idea that they made them with that option! Definitely the best $30 we could have spent though because we didn't take it out of 4-wheel drive the whole trip. In fact, Saturday we had to leave several hours early to avoid a huge winter storm front coming in, we passed 4 multiple car pile-ups and it took us nearly double the time to get the car back to the airport. Our flight was delayed getting home (of course) to the point that we were concerned we'd be snowed in, thankfully we were finally able to take off for Maryland. I am so grateful we were able to make it out as Vermont received 33 inches in the approximately 24 hours after we left. Our flight had trouble landing in Baltimore and I nearly passed out on the plane when they turned off the air and kept missing the landing and having to do all these crazy accelerations and maneuvers, I don't know if I've ever flown sideways in such a big plane. I was so happy when that plane landed, of course I had plenty of time to recover at baggage claim when our gallon of maple syrup that we brought back got misplaced. When we finally got it it was covered in multiple inspection stickers and tape. Oh well, it was worth it!
While we were in Vermont, the Hubs played in his highschool Alumni hockey game. He was skilled enough to make the team as a freshman and his highschool won states nearly every year! His youngest brother recently made the team as a freshman, so clearly the hockey skillz run in the family! It was the first time that Hubs had played in an official hockey game with his youngest brother so I did this best I could at attempting to document the event:
Hubs had a great time seeing his old coaches and teammates from varying years and I had a fantastic time cheering the boys on (thank goodness for those Ugg boots-I have been living in them with the single and sub-degree temperatures). In fact the hubs and his bro scored the first goal of the game, it was teamwork at its finest!
All in all it we had a wonderful holiday break but I admit to being glad that it's over. I honestly think the holidays exhausted me more and I was so relieved to get back into my routine and schedule of sorts. Though, coming back to huge piles of work wasn't exactly what I had in mind! I'm very grateful all the crazy travel is done and we don't have another trip planned for another couple of months. Plenty of New Years resolutions and renovations to keep me busy!