So the holidays wound up being more hectic than I anticipated, so I was unable to blog while we were in DE and NJ. So here is a reflection on the events that took place.
Time spent at my dad’s house was better than the previous years because HE QUIT SMOKING! I swear my dad continues to amaze me throughout life. Him and Lori (my step mom) took us antiquing, and to Rice (a sushi restaurant). They were also flawless in their execution as hosts, never ceasing to open their home to us. Thank you Lori and Dad. =)
The Christmas Eve party was a hit. It always is. I love seeing everyone in one place celebrating not only Christmas, but my uncle Scott’s birthday. My cousin Jessica was there and we got to meet her boyfriend Mike. They recently bought their first home so congrats to them!
Jess and Mike. They’re cute
Christmas day was split up between Delaware and New Jersey. The drive to Cape May is always enjoyable. While we were with Daniel’s side of the family we saw His two siblings (Jon and Josh) and their wives (Kristen and Amy) along with our niece, Avery. Throughout the week grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins also came and went. We played an abundance of Hand and Foot and corn hole, ate great food, walked to the beach numerous times, and enjoyed stories told by everyone. Overall, it was very successful.
That time Karl and I won in Hand and Foot
We also got to see Jenn, Sean, Lincoln, and baby Connor.
The most moving part of the trip was being able to see my cousin, Becca. Her story is incredible, but still sensitive so I won’t share it. It is still just hers to share. But I have faith in her, and was truly excited and thankful to be able to see her. We haven’t seen each other in four and a half years, but it was like we had never parted. I love her.
We then moved to Downingtown, PA where we saw Mark (Daniel’s room mate from Eastern) and his wife Angelica. They are simply, AWESOME. We went for a 4-5 mile walk, played a short-lived game of Code Names, and spent time at Angelica’s family’s house. Fun!
Bests and Worsts of the trip
Best meal: Sushi with my dad and Lori in Dover, DE
Worst commute: From New Jersey to Northern, De. Traffic everywhere, bridge/turnpike tolls, and drivers that insisted on flashing you even when you are going faster than the speed limit.
Best bed we slept in: My aunt and uncle’s bed in Middletown, DE. Seriously, the most comfortable mattress I have ever experienced.
Worst round of Hand and Foot: Karl and I were on the same team, and one round I had THREE red 3’s in my foot. Oops.
Best car game: coming up with the most useless super hero powers with my cousin Andrea. I especially love the power of being able to “make you look”.
Best conversation: A group conversation between myself, Daniel, a couple who is friends with my aunt and uncle, my dad, and other misc. people. Topic: Overseas Adoption. It was insightful, moving, and comforting.
The holidays were once again, wonderful. Thank you to everyone who made themselves available, welcomed us into their homes, fed us, and put up with our crazy pups. You are all awesome!