Christmas With Family…
Our first Christmas together. 🙂 Two weeks off from work was a wonderful blessing, as the rest of the year is quite crazy, so everyone always appreciates the extra time with friends and family and food.
We drove to Indiana first to visit with Hannah’s family for a few days, and of course, we hit that snowstorm on the way up. Praise God for four-wheel drive in the Sequoia and a good highway plowing/salting crew. 14 hours later we rolled into Bruce Lake, where her parents are in the process of building a new house. I say, in the process of, because only the basement is there now. But they’re staying with friends a couple doors down, and it was working out fine so far.
Christmas arrived, and so did Hannah’s two brothers, Adam and Ben, along with Adam’s fiance Beth.
The obligatory family selfie, as always, was as much fun to get as it is to look back on, as with Hannah’s family there’s always some malarky, usually brought on by Ben or Adam. Although her Dad isn’t always innocent either.
We did get some time outside, including a (very cold) tour of the new basement, and we had the sometimes below-zero temperatures to thank for our rosy cheeks. I wasn’t out very long.
A couple days later, the brothers brought the potato cannon, and that brought some hilarious moments launching potatoes onto the frozen ice.
A short drive to Shipshewanna gave us a few hours of shopping and sightseeing, including Davis Mercantile and the Ole Tin Rooster. Hannah is a huge fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines, and the Ole Tin Rooster carries a small selection of items from their Magnolia Home store. She loved it.
It was a wonderful Christmas, full of great memories, wonderful food, and fun games, including a rather competitive Monopoly game, and we were very thankful to have shared it together.
We then headed across the beautiful snowy landscape for Pennsylvania, where all my family was gathering for a sure-to-be-eventful belated Christmas/New Years. Bring on the eggnog.