We pulled into our driveway last night around 10:30 pm...I am tremendously glad to be home. I love our family, but I don't love traveling at Christmas.
I wasn't so thrilled to walk in and behold all of our Christmas decorations last night. My family thinks I'm Grinchy because I take down the tree and put everything away the day after Christmas. I would have taken it down before we left if I'd had time and if my family wouldn't have thought me heartless. It's coming down as soon as I can muster up the energy to do it. (I'm still in recovery mode after hours and hours of driving.)
I did have a new toy to play with on the trip. My dad gave me an early Christmas gift when I was in St. Louis for his surgery--a Garmin Nuvii (gps). Very cool. I had a blast watching the elevation changes and thought it was cool to watch the clock change when we crossed time zones. What can I say? I'm easily entertained.
There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. NOTHING. And for some reason, coffee from our coffeepot tastes better too.
My sister loaned me a book to read in the car yesterday, and I couldn't put it down. After it got dark, I tried reading by the light of my cell phone, but John told me I was going to hurt my eyes and made me stop. (Grinchy, huh? I think he really just got tired of long conversationless hours and wanted me to talk to him.) Anyway, the book was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I finished it up a little while ago...what an amazing story. Have you read it?
People always ask me why we don't break such a long drive up into two days. We used to do that when our kids were smaller, but we actually prefer to drive it straight through. It's so disheartening to drive all day, unload the van, reload the van, and realize you have to get up and do it all over again the next day. We decided several years ago that it's just easier (and less expensive) to keep on driving.
I have many things I want to post (and soon) including pics of our trip, my New Year's Goals, an idea I have for the month of January, and more...but first I have to make a grocery run and get the Christmas stuff put away. Wish me luck.