Here we are, the night before the night before Christmas.  Well, technically it’s not night yet, but it sounds better than the day before the night before Christmas, doesn’t it?  Are you ready? 

I was up too late last night frantically wrapping the final gifts, packing everything up and getting ready for our road trip.  This will be the first time in a very long time we’re actually traveling during this holiday, but it will be worth it to spend Christmas (for the first time in 15 years) with family. 

It will be our last trip to Iowa though, because my brother-in-law accepted an awesome job opportunity out in Oregon which he leaves for on January 4th, right after wrapping up the holiday fanfare.  My sister will stay until my nephews are out of school in the spring, and they’ll put their house on the market at that time, so she and the boys can follow my brother-in-law out West. 

That will leave me as the only one in my family not on the West Coast since my parents and other siblings are in the Seattle area.  All the more reason to move forward with our desire to move back to the Left Coast ourselves.

At any rate, we’ll be on the road this afternoon after stopping by Princess Nagger’s school to see her perform in their holiday play, then stop back home to pick up the dogs and hit the road.  We’ll be stopping in Ohio for the night, and finish the second half of the drive tomorrow, with the goal of getting to my sister’s house in time for dinner.  We are bringing so much stuff with us (read: I went overboard buying gifts) that we’re actually taking two cars.  Crazy, no? 

We did some calculations and figured out even with the cost of gas it would be cheaper rather than buying a car top cargo carrier thingy for my Santa Fe (which we had ordered but then canceled) because we’ll be sure to have enough room for both kids, both dogs, and the pile’o’Christmas we’re bringing with us.

Which brings me to this weeks question(s):

Are you ready for the big day?  Are you traveling or staying home this Christmas?

Have a great weekend!


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  1. First of all Merry Christmas before I forget from our home to yours. As you know my life has been extremely busy the last few weeks, but Tricia came over today & helped me. We got our toes & nails done. Her manicure was one of her Christmas presents from Mommy! The we went for lunch & then Walmart & my shopping is DONE! WHOOOPEEEEEEE – Now tomorrow I have to wrap my heart out while watching Christmas movies – love it. Staying home except my weekend will be as such Tomorrow wrapping, and baking oh & movies. Christmas Eve Brunch at my house with my oldest son & his family & I’m making brunch. The Christmas even at 6:00 off to the SIL Moody family as we do every year for Chinese & presents oh & my SIL friend’s birthday. Mwahhhhhhhhh is making the cake. Christmas day at noon oldest daughter & family & youngest son & his family for MaMa’s Lasagana & presents & youngest son & family stays til whenever the Jan. 7th youngest daughter comes in. I know bummer, but they have to work. So there ya have it. Why, ya wanna come over??? You’re more than welcome. Hugs.
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  2. Wow. You have alot planned. I pray for you a safe trip and hope you’ll have a splendid time with your family!!

    I will be wrapping gifts for the kids and the man soon. But I wish I could make Christmas joyful this time around for me.

    Merry Christmas!
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  3. Chanukah started on Tuesday and we are basically set. Kind of making it up as we go along for each of the nights. Not going away, my brother’s family came in early to celebrate two weeks ago.
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  4. I like that night especially, because this is the night, I met my husband…so for me it is very special and this time I will prepare special dinner:)
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  5. I moved back to be with family 10 years ago. We spend every Christmas eve with Tony’s family and then usually spend Christmas day at home. This year my sister and her family as well as my parents are coming for lunch.

    And as long as I’m with the kids, it’s all good. 🙂

    Merry Christmas!
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