Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas at Great Wolf Lodge

This year for Christmas my parents took all of us to Grapevine, Tx. to Great Wolf Lodge. There were nine of us:  Papa, Nana, Cara, Brynn, Jarrett, Chris, Madison, Parker, and myself.  We had such a great time.  The kids loved the indoor water park.


Nana and Papa getting the kids ready for bed.  It had been a long day of riding in the car, and everyone was ready for some sleep.


Before we could go to bed that night Madi, Parker, and Jarrett had to write letters for Santa.





A four person water slide.  They all loved it!


2009 Blizzard

I wish I could start this by saying we watched the snow pile up from the warmth of our living room.   I also wish now that I would have had time to take lots of pictures of our experience on Christmas Eve , but I can't ! We had an experience that is truly unforgettable, just wish I had the pictures for when my memory fades!  (haha)  Anyway, we did have a most blessed Christmas Holiday with family and we are truly blessed to have made it to our destination that day unharmed.  (and before dark)  I say all of this now laughing and grinning but that day there wasn't much to smile about.  This is how the day unfolded.

On Christmas Eve morning we left home at about 7:30 am.  We headed out early thinking that we would be leaving early enough to miss the snow storm that was moving into Oklahoma. Little did we know that it was also moving in to Tx.   We were just sure that as we drove south we would be getting into better weather.  When we reached Mtn. View at about 8:25 am.,  I knew that the drive ahead was going to be a long one.  It normally only takes about 30 minutes to get to Mom and Dad's house.  When we left there, again we thought that we would get out of the heavy snow.  I am not sure what time it was when finally reached the Love's gas station on the north side of Lawton but it wasn't soon enough.  The kids were already going crazy and starting to fight.  I knew I couldn't stand it much longer in the white out conditions much longer without cleaning the windshield and taking a break.  We all cleaned our windows and headed out again.  The next time we stopped was at the McDonald's on the turnpike south of Lawton.  When we stopped here is was blowing ice pellets.  It wasn't snow anymore but the road conditions continued to dwindle all day long.  The kids were totally oblivious to the conditions.  The turnpike was down to two lanes from four, unless you were the idiots driving crazy in the 2 ft of snow covering the second lane.  And believe me when I say that they do exist out there.  We saw so many crazy people out there driving way too fast.  Sad thing is that most of them ended up in the ditch or in the wrong lane. 

As we got closer to Burkburnett, I was about to die.   I kept thinking this has to get better.  Nope,  it didn't.   Just as we entered into Tx. at the edge of Burkbunett, the road was blocked by police officials having us to detour off of the highway to avoid the overpasses that were covered in  4 ft. snow drifts.   After that we were able to get back on the highway and continue on to Wichita Falls.  At this point I am thinking to myself, this is the most snow we have seen all day.  How are we ever going to make it.   There were times I wondered if we would make it.  But as Chris would remind me like Dori on Finding Nemo "just keep swimming."  He was very encouraging that day from the walkie talkie in the car behind me!!  Thank the Lord for him and my mother!!  I don't think I could have made it without them.

At Wichita Falls, Chris asked me to please pull over at the Wal-Mart so we could use the restroom and scrape the windows.  It was snowing so hard and heavy that I couldn't even see the sign to exit.  I know that sounds unbelievable but it is the honest truth.  I never even saw the sign in order to exit.  I did eventually just pick one exit and got off.  It happened to be at a gas station!  We were able to take a break here and clean our windows again.  We headed on to Decatur, Tx. ( Dec-a-tur , that's for you  BP, LOL)  Highway 287 from Wichita Falls to Decatur, Tx. were the absolute worst of the whole trip.  It was absolutely miserable.  There were times when we were just idling.  The snow was so heavy around Bowie that I couldn't even see Chris behind me or my dad it front of me.  That was truly scary time.  I have never been in conditions like this.  So much snow falling and falling so heavy and fast.  I thought for sure now that I wasn't going to make it.  I wanted to crawl up in the seat and cry. But I didn't!!  Yeah for me.  I was a big girl.  Aren't you all so proud of me!!  I am.  :)

We finally made it to Grapevine, Tx. that evening about 5:30 pm. A total of 10 HOURS  for a trip that should take about 4 hours.   I was so happy to finally make it.  Thank you God for the safe trip!

Church Christmas Program 2009

This year both of the kids were old enough to be in our church's Christmas program.  They started practicing back in September this year.  The play was called the Bethlehem Project. It was the normal story of Mary and Joesph traveling to Bethlehem for the census with just a little twist and humor.  One stable animal provided a majority of the laughs.  Imagine that!  Both of the kids were able to get parts and loved it so much.   Parker was the Donkey and Madison was Yetta, the innkeepers wife.  Both of them did a wonderful job.  I was so nervous that they wouldn't remember their parts but they both were spot on.  All of the kids put so much time and effort into the play.  I was proud of all the kids that participated. 





How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This year the school program was set in Whoville.  All of the students were Whos of course, with the exception of a few.  We had the Grinch, Cindylou Who, and a couple of the more important who's.  The music teacher and the school counselor put the play together and did a fabulous job.   The set was decorated very cute, they even had the important can of the all famous Who Hash on the table that was set for Christmas dinner.  All of the children wore their matching class T-shirts and had their hair all fixed up just like the Whos do.  It was a really good program, enjoyed by all.


The First grade Who's


Cindylou Who


Parker's class singing on the stage.

Soccer Tournament in El Reno

This fall, on Halloween Day, both kids played in an invitational soccer tournament in El Reno.  Both of their teams won all of their games that day.  We were so excited to go undefeated in the tournament.  Madison played with a U14 team that day in the tournament.  It was a fun and eventful day.