23.12.2007 - 02.01.2008
I've made it back to Glencree, but have failed to impart many of the details of my wonderful time at home. That would include the tons of snow or as I like to say s#*!tons of snow. I really don't think I've seen that much snow in Iowa in a very long time. It even impeeded? my flights back, but that's for later.
The six of us had a really great Christmas. Sunday evening brought Matt home from Tulsa and Stephen and Libby back from a wedding in Missouri. And while the weather in IC was not the nicest everyone made it home safely and semi-sanely. Monday had us all doing our own thing until we went to church and then had our traditional Christmas Eve meal of ham and swiss on rye and clam chowder - yummy! Then we sat down to open a few presents from everyone's favorite guy who might have come a little early We all got a lot of great gifts and had a fun time with the opening and sharing! Here's a few pics from the evening . . .
Dad with a package of socks - yeah for socks!
Mom with her fancy new blender - straight off of Top Chef!
Me with some of the goods
Matt hanging out
Libby with her fur-lined crocs - fancy
We finished up the evening with a great round of cards, in true Drop style! Can't remember who won, but Dad ended up with a quite amazing amount of points (in the game points would be the opposite of good.)
Christmas Day was really nice and fairly laid back. We were joined by Stephen's girlfriend, Maren, and just spent the day playing Wii, playing cards, opening gifts from each other, munching, and so on. For dinner, Matt (assisted by the other men) made an awesome Shrimp Risotto and Baked Scallops - double yum!
On Wednesday Matt headed back to Tulsa, and I spent that day and the next running around town, getting stuff ready to go, and meeting up with people. Thursday night Mom and I headed over to our friends Deb and Rodney's house. Their daughter, Megan, was home with four kids, who are all just cute as a button We had a fun evening chatting and watching the kids open their presents. And here's some pictures of the gang . . .
Megan with her three boys from youngest to oldest.
The four kiddos
The next morning we got up to some not so nice weather and braved our way to Moline for my supposedly on time flight. Needless to say, it was actually cancelled when we got there. After waiting quite some time in line I was finally able to rebook my flight. Unfortunately this meant that I wasn't able to get to Belfast for the Meet Up While it was sad not to get to meet people, it was nice to have the extra time at home, and to leave on a more mellow note. After some craziness with all three of my flights home, including almost getting stuck in O'Hare for the night and flying through Heathrow, I finally made it safely back to Glencree. More to come from the mountain!