So we drove away from Winter Park and sadly made our way down the mountains.
We loved the hotel we stayed at on the way up, so we stayed there again. Did you know Drury Inn and Suites has a free happy hour along with a free continental breakfast?? Chris and I each got two free drink coupons, but we don't really drink so the kids got to have Shirley Temples. Then they have a plethora of other food... a salad bar, soups, baked potato bar, PLUS lots of kid-friendly options like hot dogs and nachos with bright yellow cheese. The kids swam and ate dinner. It was great to relax after three long days of skiing. Seth and Kelsey came and hung out with us for a bit. So great to see them :)
We then decided to head to Lubbock and crash Papa and Tandy's house on Christmas Eve. I didn't have time to prepare for Christmas before we left to ski, so it was either go home to an empty house (with no food or presents and all the stores closed) or go to Papa and Tandy's. The choice was obvious. Chris dropped me off at Walmart in Amarillo and I got all the things for stockings with the other last-minute Christmas Eve shoppers. It was actually really fun.
We got into Lubbock and saw the 8:00 PM Star Wars. Such a fun memory. Except I'm still sad about Han.
It was our first time to spend the night in their new house. So lovely. A perfect place to spend Christmas.
The kids woke up to their usual cereal in the tree. It's STILL exciting and I love that
Nathan eyeing the "stockings." Santa said he put their stuff in these bins so it would be easy to travel home with them ;)
He's always voted the most enthusiatic.
Like father, like son. White t-shirt, legs crossed.
The best gift for a reader!
Papa is known for his messages written in Sharpie.
Some are rather elaborate.
We ended the day watching The Christmas Story.
Thanks, Papa & Tandy, for loving us well. You saved our Christmas!