This year it worked out so we got to see some of our friends before Christmas and get to spend Christmas with grandparents. To kick off the season I sprained my ankle while doing a fun warm-up at the gym - human tic tac toe. While the last round ended with an injury I will be playing this game again and probably with the kids. Once I got my air cast and crutches I totally took the doctors advice and rested my foot for 5-7 days (ok more like hours).
Sunday we helped our chapel kids lead the worship portion of the service. The next day our friend Tina flew in for a few days. She was here in time to watch Jon's air assault graduation and have lots of lunch dates. While Tina was here we made some fun Christmas treats, talked for hours and ate around at different places around town. Tina flew out and the stomach bug flew in - booo. Molly had the 24 hour bug and had to miss the last 2 days of school including all the Christmas parties which made her a little sad.
To kick off the school break we met up with our friends Grace and Clara in Chattanooga and stayed at the ChooChoo hotel and even stayed in a converted train car. The girls loved getting to sleep in Thomas/Percy or any other name they called it. Outside our room was an outdoor skating rink so we took the girls and skated and then went across the street to the Hot Chocolatier and tried out different drinks with homemade marshmallows. We ended the night with swimming and then trying to get the little girls to sleep so that Grace and I could stay up until past 12:30am talking! The next morning we rode the trolley and went downtown to an awesome children's museum and spent 6 hours playing and creating. To end that trip we made a stop by starbuck's and got drinks to make up for missing the past 6 months of our weekly coffee date.
We had a few hours to get things cleaned up and prepared for Granny and BertBurt and now we are having a blast playing with grandparents!!
She messed hers up a few days before me at our park
|Painting canvas art for the bathroom|
|Our new bathroom artwork|
|Going to the theater to see The Happy Elf|
|Went down to the Riverwarlk to see the walking lights|
|Chapel Christmas program|
|Monell's with Tina|
|Air Assault graduation|
|Making Christmas treats|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo|
|Making up for 6 months of no coffee dates - 36 hours of taking and coffee drinking|
|The girls all decided they didn't need the blue helper|
|Right down the way from our train car|
|The big girls!|
|And now - shopkins with the grandparents!|