Good Ol' Rocky Top (Weekly Recap)

January 18, 2021

This past week was the grand finale of our Christmas celebrations as we traveled from Missouri to Tennessee to celebrate Christmas with my husband's side of the family. No, don't check the calendar. We are, indeed, in the middle of January. However, Covid matters complicated things, so we celebrated a little later than most people. While the week of Christmas would've been ideal, we made the most of it and had a blast.

We left a little later in the morning than I wanted to on Monday. It's about a 13-15 hour drive (depending on how often we stop). I was pretty set on making good time, so we made it in 13 hours on the way there. We got there at about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday and survived on podcasts and eating meals in the car. Traveling during a pandemic is pretty interesting, but we made it work.

Gettin' ready for "takeoff"

Tuesday I slept in and then did a little work. When you work for yourself, sometimes taking days off isn't necessarily all that easy. So, I ended up doing half days the whole time we were there. We spent some time with our 3-year-old nephew and my husband's parents for the rest of the day and Wednesday. Our nephew, G, usually demands 100% of our attention and we're happy to give it to him. He was so excited to see us and always expects us to pretend play anything from reenacting Bible stories to being firefighters.

Thursday was our "Christmas" and we spent the day preparing for the evening. I wrapped the last couple gifts and we ordered Bonefish Grill via Door Dash. Their family bundles are so great and they fed the small group of us without a problem. While we were waiting for dinner to be delivered, my sister-in-law planned a pirate-themed treasure hunt for G and D (my husband). She bought G a little, very elaborate pirate costume and he immediately lit up with excitement. She didn't forget about Uncle D or Aunt Kari, though...we both had to join in with pirate hats and patches over our eyes. And, yes, I answered our Door Dash Delivery Driver in a pirate hat and gave him a hearty, "Argh!" to really embrace my character. We finished the night exchanging gifts and watching G light up at all his toys. It was a wonderful night and you couldn't have told me we were already well into January.

Channeling my inner pirate.

A wonderfully meaningful gift from my sister-in-law

Friday looked much like Tuesday and Wednesday except for I hit a couple local stores that we don't have in our town. I picked up a few items and then laid low for most of the day to prepare for the long trek home the next day. Saturday seemed to come in a flash and we got yet another late start. This time, the drive was closer to the 15-hour point and we arrived home at 1:30 a.m. (and that was even after gaining an hour changing time zones).

Sunday, we got up on time and had church. Afterward, I came home, ate lunch, and went unconscious for a bit. My body was exhausted, but my mind had other plans for the afternoon as I finally took down Christmas decorations after watching the Chiefs win and clinch our spot in the division championship. Could we win a second Super Bowl in a row? Only time will tell. I enter another week poised to work and possibly declutter the house! Oh, fun!

One of my 2020 additions to the tree, compliments of my sister-in-law on my side of the family. 

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  1. Isn't being an aunt and uncle the best?! I'm sure your nephew will have so many fun memories of you guys pretending together.

    1. I love it so much! It's like having a kid of my own without losing any sleep! LOL!

  2. Your sister in law killed it with the gifts. I love sentimental gifts like that. My grandmother passed away 2 months ago and I would love something like that. And yes to the Friends ornament. I need that in my life!

    1. So sorry to hear about your grandmother! Mine passed almost 4 months ago. It seems like it's been so long ago, but 4 months isn't that long. Still have my emotional moments. Miss her so much!

  3. Your SIL did fantastic with gifts, wow! Also, I swear kiddos just make for the best memories! Those pirate costumes look like they were a hit!

    1. I have some great sisters-in-law. My gift for years of being surrounded by boys! Ha! We had such a fun time!