Thursday, December 24, 2009

Frankenmuth and Christmas Prep

Last Sunday my whole family decided to go to Birch Run (an outlet mall) and then to Frankenmuth (a Bavarian town). We took DD's BF with us so the whole drive time there was about 2 hours. We shopped a little bit and strangely enough ran into DH's sister and her family. Even more odd is that this niece and nephew are the ones my kids like the most! We told them we were planning on going to Frankenmuth so we decided to meet up at Zehnders (they are known for their famous family style chicken dinners.


As you can see they were less than thrilled to have their photo taken but they tolerated it for you guys. It was kinda bright so some of them had their eyes closed. You can see DD's BF next to her, the one with the red hair. He is a really nice guy.
My family + Brad
You can see all of us at the dinner table! We had such a good time at dinner we decided we need to meet up with them and do this every year!
The "gang"
Have you guys seen those little plastic animals that sometimes come on your drinks? Well they put them on our ice cream dish and DD decided to put them all around her glass and drink. Silly girl!
Kelsey and Brad
Here is my son posing for me. I told him I wanted a pic by the soldier and would pay him a dollar so he went and posed, and I paid him a dollar, LOL.
Everything was lit up for Christmas, so pretty!
Then it was time to head home and we had to drop the BF at his house. His parents asked us to come in and it is the first time our entire family and their entire family have been together. I suspect BF may become a DH in the future so we went in and had a nice hour together and then it was time to go home. BF's family is very nice.

I had to work on Monday but have been making up for that on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday I finished shopping and then the girls and I went to see Avatar. OMG, I can't even stress enough so OMG again. This movie is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. They did it in 3D and it is amazing. The plot is a little predictable but I really, really enjoyed it. I want to see it at an IMAX theater. If you have a chance GO AND SEE IT!!

Yesterday DD2 and I spend the better part of the day baking cookies and cleaning. Last night an old BF of DD2 came over. He is attending West Point and will graduate this spring is astro physics (yes now I know a rocket scientist IRL!!) He is going to go to flight school to learn how to fly some big ass helicopter after graduation. He and DD dated the summer before their freshman year in HS and are now just good friends. He usually stops by at Christmas when he is home to see us. We really love him, just a great kid. He helped DD decorate the sugar cookies last night and then they went out with some other friends. I should have taken his picture, maybe next time he is over.

So today we go to my SIL and BIL house to celebrate Christmas. It is a 2 hour drive. My dad and sister will come here and stay in a hotel (we don't have an extra room). I usually call him when we get home and he comes over for a little while. I made homemade mac and cheese to bring tonight. When I get home tonight I need to bake my raisin bread and make my breakfast casserole for the am. At least I am all wrapped! I will take some pictures and post probably soon.

Have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday and stay safe. Enjoy some family time and eat lots of good food!!


dianne said...

looks like a whole lotta fun! and now you know what a dollar will get you, too.

oooo - maybe you will have red-heided grandchildren! that would be cool! i have a red-heided niece and a red-heided nephew and they are totally awesome people.

Gari in AL said...

Thank you for sharing your family with us: ours is so scattered we rarely see each other and especially not for the holidays. And thank the kids for letting you take pictures, too. Merry Christmas.

Laural said...

It looks like you had such a great time together! That is so cool that you ran into your sister too.

Confession: I was so bummed that my son didn't inherit my husbands red hair. My husband was ecstatic.

Have a Merry Christmas and stay safe on the roads!

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