Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas 2011

Our Christmas Eve started with a Christmas Eve Morning Brunch with our friends.  It was a great way to start the day!

After brunch it was time for the kids to exchange gifts...
Grayson was spoiled and Crew got a wonderful gift too!
Thanks Fisher Family!

for the record the iPad is not a gift it was in my diaper bag for our trip and Kelsey and Grayson wanted to watch a movie after opening gifts!

After spending a few hours with our friends we headed back home to get ready for our trip to Montana.  Grayson took a nap and Chad and I finished up packing and getting our house in order.
Around noon we left for the airport to begin our journey to Montana!
It was indeed a journey...

on our way to the airport and so happy!
and after waiting 2 hours to leave Northwest Arkansas we finally are on the plane to Denver

finally in Denver and look at the beautiful snow

before leaving Northwest Arkansas we knew that we would miss our connection and since we did in fact fly on Christmas Eve Day it was the LAST flight to Billings, Montana.  So we spent Christmas Eve in a hotel in Denver, Colorado.  We made the best of it and enjoyed our time together as a family in the hotel.
Grayson had a great time...
Here he is dancing to the Alvin and the Chipmunk Movie

With no luggage and no change of clothes for either Chad or I (I did manage to pack extra clothes for Grayson in his diaper bag) Chad walked in the snow to a local Walgreens that was open to get PJ's, toothbrushes, a hairbrush, milk for Grayson, and a few other things to get us through the night and the next morning!
Thanks Chad for saving the day...we love you!
We all went to BED EARLY as we had to get up at 4AM to head back to the airport for our flight to Montana.  It will be a Christmas Eve night that we will remember for sure!

We finally arrived in Billings, Montana at 10AM and with some excited cousins greeting us and ready to OPEN CHRISTMAS gifts. 
It was a busy house full of excited kids opening gifts...
here are just a few images of our Christmas Day

We are VERY blessed to SPEND Christmas with my family... this was a 1st in 5 plus years that all of my sisters were together to spend Christmas together in Montana!  It will be a Christmas to remember ALWAYS!
Thank you to my family for all the wonderful memories!

In a few weeks we are heading to Chad's family to celebrate Christmas.  We needed a few days at home as both Grayson and I came home from Montana with a horrible cough and Grayson has spent most of this past weekend sleeping and recovering from all the fun he had with his cousins!


Allyson said...

What a wonderful Christmas! Sometime the unexpected bumps in the journey make the best memories :)

Karen At Home said...

It looks like you had wonderful Christmas Melissa! What an adventure with the connecting flights but it sounds like it only added to the fun memories! Hope you are feeling well!


ChelseaSalomone said...

Sounds like a great Christmas! Happy 2012!!

Amber said...

sounds like a wonderful christmas!

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