Saturday, January 01, 2011

christmas pictures

our christmas pictures are up on flickr. we had a really nice visit in new jersey with my side of the family. we were originally supposed to be up there for less than 5 days, but the trip got extended an extra day and a half due to the christmas blizzard, so we got some nice extra visiting in with everyone.

here are some of the highlights:

december is the month to celebrate Jesus' birthday, as well as my hubby's and my stepdad's.
celebrating the hubby's bday
to celebrate my stepdad's birthday it's tradition to go to pizza hut and then a movie, which we did on the second evening of our trip. we saw true grit, which we all really enjoyed.

my sister came down from new york on the night of the 23rd and we had a very relaxing christmas eve and christmas day.
christas eve fondu dinner!

we always enjoy eating, drinking, resting, and going in the hot tub.
getting ready for the hot tub (too bad it was broken when we got in it!)
too bad it broke down 1/2 way through the trip, maybe from too much use(?).

on the day after christmas we met up in central jersey with my brother's family to have a family portrait taken.

luckily, everyone safely navigated the snow from the photographer's and met up again at mom's house for a second round of christmas.
opening presents with the waldies

at this point the snow was really piling up and the hubby and i quickly realized that we wouldn't be leaving anytime soon.
watching the snow accumulate outside

we made the most of being "stranded" and had a great time playing cards, watching movies, eating, and visiting. by the morning of the 27th, there was about 18 inches on the ground.
cleanup after the blizzard
that's not a sight we're used to seeing.
sunset at the snowy bay

sadly, all good things must come to an end. so on the 28th we struck out across the bay on the ferry, bound for delaware en route to south carolina.
me driving

we were navigating the icy roads fairly well when we realized that our car had a flat tire. that set us back about $100 and an hour, which made our long journey even longer. fortunately, we found a tire store very easily and they were super nice. it also caused us to be traveling past south of the border right about the time we were ready for dinner. so, after all these years, we finally made the stop.

after all these years, we finally made it
we were a bit tired, but i definitely enjoyed the weirdness of the place. and, they had a relatively decent salad bar, believe it or not.

we got back into town in time to meet up with my other set of parents (my father and stepmother) for christmas part 3. i'll post about that at a later date.


Hi5 said...

Beautiful blog, Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

These are great photos, Katie!

Love you,

Anonymous said...

Katie- I am just now checking out your blog. I am going to kill you for posting the photo uf us in our swimsuits. :)