It is a tradition in our family to have Christmas with my parents and Heidi so we all go up there on the 23rd and take all the presents with us. We open in the morning and then we prepare the house and food for my mom's side of the family Christmas at 3:00pm. It is kind of like running in shifts. It is tough to get everything up north but once we are there it is cozy and comfortable. It takes several cars to bring everything back to our home but it is all worth it.
December 26th came and we started the dreaded packing up and we were able to get on the road by 2pm. I couldn't see out the back of the Expedition, Heidi had a full vehicle but everyone was happy. I know that my mom loves when we come but I also know that we wear her out and by the time we leave I think she probably takes the afternoon off. There is always a hot meal cooked for all of us and she is constantly answering questions and cooking.
The Mott Christmas happened on the 27th. It was at Davids sister house this year and we were all excited that our niece & nephew (Gina and Captain Kevin Mott) were going to be in town. We haven't seen Kevin since his graduation from West Point. We were all so proud and wanted to talk to him after his 2 trips to Afghanistan and has amazing recovery from his injuries. (I do like Lauren, his girlfriend. They seem very good for each other)
The Mott Christmas went well and the kids all disappeared when we arrived. They overloaded on pop and candy but no pukers. I tried to spend my time going around the room and making sure I got to catch up with everyone. It was a lot of fun and Santa was hilarious this year.
It was another late night for everyone. The Mott's tend to gather and gather.....and stay and stay longer. Great fun