Prepare yourself for an overload of images. Complete with commentary. Because, you know, that's what I do. Warning. This post is excessive.
We started with stockings.
Our family Christmas was simple and quiet and totally relaxing. Chris and I lounged around all day and spent nap time watching The Blacklist (recommend if you're in need of a good TV series). Chris worked the day after Christmas but got home early and we were able to hit the road for Kansas City. After a McDonald's stop in Albert Lea for fuel and calories, we were on our way. Made it into town around 10:30 PM and put two cranky kids to bed upon arrival.
The next morning we did our Jaeger family Christmas. This year, Dave and Jess were home from Seattle and it made the week so sweet. I miss them like crazy but appreciate all the hanging out that happens when we do get to be under one roof.
No trip to Kansas City would be complete without some time with my parents who live just down the road from Chris' family. I did a terrible job documenting our Christmas celebration but my parents were present. I was there as well. We had a wonderful time.
We're coming to the homestretch of this post... I promise.
Not pictured: The Z Man I scarfed from Oklahoma Joe's while catching up with my old Young Life leaders. The homemade pizza night where Dave and Jess schooled us in pizza dough, dutch oven cooking, and flavor combinations. The New Year's celebration with my oldest and dearest friends who we always ring in the New Year with - we made it to midnight and that's saying something. The Grandma and Lakin date to Kaleidoscope, Crown Center, and McDonalds for a coveted Happy Meal. So many wonderful memories and moments with people I love the most in this world. My heart is full after this Kansas City trip.
If you made it to the end of this, pat yourself on the back.