Over the River and Through the Woods

The day after Christmas we loaded up the vehicle and headed to Mississippi.  And when I say we loaded up, I mean we stuffed ourselves, our dog, our luggage, and a pile of gifts into a compact SUV.

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We made even the Brady Bunch look more comfortable, riding on those camping trips in their 1960s sta-wag, complete with Alice and Tiger in tow.

About midway through the drive there was lots of grumbling and complaining.   Mainly from me.  Shannon pulled into a parking lot where I was able to get out of the vehicle to stretch my legs.  And since I have the back of a ninety-nine year-old, I went inside the Dollar General and bought the largest bottle of Aleve I could find.  And a diet Coke.  Because just holding a diet Coke tends to sooth my nerves.  I think some people might refer to that as an addiction.

Anyway, with the naproxen and caffeine in my system along with some return of sensation in my lower extremities, we pressed on.  We made it to Gran and Grandad’s late-evening, just in time for the big gift exchange with the cousins.

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AK & Matt

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Grammy, Ben & Walt (with “Delta” the chihuahua)

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There was a hunting theme with the gifts this year.  Which makes sense seeing that our kids spend most of the time in the woods when we visit Gran & Grandad during the fall and winter months.

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The next couple of days the kids and Shannon enjoyed hunting.  (I kept the sofa warm, as usual.)  Ben killed a small deer, and the rest of our crew just had fun being in the woods.

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That Sunday afternoon we headed to Tupelo for a late Christmas celebration with my family.

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Reagan brought her guitar and sang a few songs for us.  She just got this for her birthday back in September and has been teaching herself to play.  She’s really good and has even written a song.  Of course, we all had to work hard to keep the tears from flowing since the song was about Pop and his influence on her life and her love of music.  He would have loved it.  Actually, I’m pretty sure he’s heard it once or twice and been singing along from above.

Anna Katherine was able to spend some time with friends while we were back home.  She even decided to go to winter formal on New Year’s Eve with a group of girls.  She couldn’t wait to see everyone.  It felt like a class reunion for her.

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The boys enjoyed a couple of afternoons at the skateboard park.  Nana gave them both inline skates and skateboards for Christmas, so they were eager to break those in.  And we haven’t found a good place to skateboard in Longview, other than our driveway.

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We had a great time being back in Mississippi, and while the time with each family was fairly brief, we were so thankful to be able to spend it with them.  This Christmas was definitely an adjustment for our family, but we quickly realized new traditions can sometimes be fun.  Maybe a little crowded during the ride, but fun nonetheless.

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