The day after Christmas, we all got up early, loaded up our car and drove to Las Vegas to catch a flight to Milwaukee. Well, not ALL of us went. Eric got to go to Madison to visit the Rossaman's in July, so he got to stay home in December to tend the homestead for us. And his Grandma's place. Grandma L was nice enough to take us along with her to go visit Katie. Or we accompanied her. Or something of that nature. I played travel agent for this one, ordered the plane tickets and opted for non-stop flight and we went Southwest. I took care of a car rental in Milwaukee (Southwest doesn't fly to Madison) and other than an extremely long wait at the car rental counter, we got to Kate's house in fairly good time. She had a nice dinner all ready for us when we got there about 6:30 p.m. or so. Casey got home from work shortly after that.
|Checking out the trains.|
|A "gingerbread" reindeer made out of graham crackers.|
|I thought this gingerbread house had kind of a Frank Lloyd Wright look about it. FLW does have roots here in Madison.|
|Hayden's pointing to fish in the pond.|
|Hayden't getting ready to go down the slide. The slide looked like it was covered in a snake (or dragon?) skin.|
|Casey squeezed on into the climbing apparatus and joined the kids and even went down the slide! All the kids got a kick out of that. They all came to his rescue when he claimed to be "stuck" in one of the tunnels. :-)|
|This is a scene out of one of the windows. Extra tall street signs with fun quotes and words on them. And, yes, it is snowy cold outside.|
|The entrance and front desk area had this interesting "cabinet" facing. These are covers of Reader's Digest Condensed Books.|
|We brought a snack-y lunch and ate it at the museum. Katie and Casey.|
|Corbin, too busy playing with cogs and wheels to eat lunch.|
|We went up to the rooftop level and donned some outer wear that was ethnic.|
|All our coats were on the first floor with Grandma (she did minimal walking about, as did Mike)|
|The snowy rooftop had this really cool crow's nest with flags to raise and lower and a telescope to look out of. Nice view from the top.|
|Corbin's taking a closer look at the ice fishermen we could see on Lake Monona nearby.|
|There was a grass hut. Casey is peering inside.|
|And this is who he saw! Hayden said it was the three pig's straw house.|
|The capital building is close by.|
|AND, there was a child-sized ice-skating rink up there,too.|
|Katie putting on Corbin's skates and helmet (all provided)|
We attended Church with their family on Sunday. They are in the Madison 2nd ward, both have callings they enjoy and the ward is so friendly and growing (4 convert baptisms within the past few months). They do love that part about their lives far away in the north. Casey loves his job, too, and now that Katie is back at home and not working outside the home other than piano lessons, she is loving that part, as well.
|We tried our hands at some video games. Not really. I watched Hayden play "Bee-o" games.|
|I think this was Sunday afternoon. Some things never change, do they? Zzzzzz|
|Casey got 4 old movies for Christmas, and Berenice really wanted to watch them. She did (and we all did) watch all four of them. This is how she watches movies. ZZZzzzzz The same way Mike watches football games. Zzzz|
|New Year's Eve we had a bunch of snacks and stuff.|
That evening, a friend from the ward, Annie, came over with her daughter for Pizza and games. She is the Queen of Games and we played some new ones to us. "Ticket to Ride" which is similar to Settlers. "Word on the Street" was the other one we played. She showed us another that was similar to "Apples to Apples" but I don't recall the name.
Mike went out to buy a newspaper about every day, and he and I both went to the grocery store once or twice with Katie, but other than that and church on Sunday and our Saturday excursion, it truly was just spent "chillin' " (but not literally), eating, visiting, playing games, eating, putting away her Christmas decos, watching movies. And eating. Did I mention we ate a lot? Katie and I both gained about 10 pounds over the holidays.
I was afraid with all the sub-zero weather and snow flitting that our flight would be delayed. Originally, our flight WAS on time. We boarded first, sat down and then found out that a Delta flight had blown THREE tires when landing and was kind of skee-wampus and blocking a runway partway. So about the time we were going down the jet way, they were closing the airport to all incoming and outgoing air traffic till they decided what to do about the Delta plane and its passengers. We left about 50 minutes later, after they plowed another runway.
When we first got to the airport in Milwaukee, Mike returned the rental car after dropping me and his mom and all our luggage off curbside. We met up at the security screening place. The sign above these benches just cracked me up.
You know how everything just gets so dis-combobulated when you have to pass through security? Here's the solution:
Note what the sign above Mike's head says.
A place to recombobulate! HA!
We were back home in Cedar City by about midnight and it felt good to be home in our own beds. I took off the 2nd of January to put my Christmas decos away and to catch up on laundry, dishes, etc.
And on Friday the 3rd, it was back to the real world and I headed back to work.
Christmas vacation was wonderful and I'm so glad we were able to spend so much time with family, far and near.