Friday, December 18, 2009

Off we go!

After looking over the last month's worth of posts on this blog, it would appear as though there was a strange vortex pulling me slowly off the face of the earth.

There is no such vortex - unless it's called December.
Between Christmas parties, ornament exchanges, and our 2nd annual Mercy Street Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange, I haven't had as much time as I'd have liked to write.
Oh, yeah, and the whole going out of town for Christmas thing. We, along with Trey's parents and sisters and their families are all heading out this weekend to Crested Butte - a name my kids can't see written down without immediately giggling, imagining what the town would be called without the letter E.

They're really delightful childen when they're asleep.

Someone that my brother in law works with has a house there and have been gracious enough to let us all come stay. All 23 of us - 15 of us being children.
The kids are over the moon and haven't complained once about making the trip in a big white van that doesn't have cup holders for everyone.
Dea and Darius are a little skeptical about the whole -11 degrees thing but will love seeing the snow. I'm totally gonna nail them with snowballs because it's just one of the many ways I show love.
As I write, most likely to myself because no one even reads this blog anymore due to what I'm calling "the Great Month of Lame", we're passing through Dalhart, TX where everyone still wears boots and cowboy hats with their Carhart coats. It reminds me of A&M back in the day and makes me laugh once again that I'm often the only one wearing cowboy boots in the hood. Except for Miss Hannah and my mother in law.
My kids just asked for the 235,452,357th time if we were still in Texas.
Yes. Yes we are.
I've also decided that if your town's "Welcome to..." sign also says "Clean Restrooms", you've lost the ability to look at your homestead objectively. Look, you've got a tumbleweed, cotton fields, and the ability to wear a cowboy hat everywhere you go and not look like you're trying too hard.
I love these small sleepy towns and if it wasn't for the whole 'call of God' thing, I'd move here in a minute.
As long as you had a Target.
More to come on what is sure to be an eventful trip.
Wishing you a restful first day of Christmas vacation.
All of you.
Tap. Tap. Tap.


Henley on the Horn said...

Merry MERRY Christmas!!! We have missed you more than you know. I have just been re-reading your old posts. Welcome back & have fun!

Zan said...

"Crested Butte - a name my kids can't see written down without immediately giggling, imagining what the town would be called without the letter E."

The kids? Really? I must have missed the part where you included yourself in that. Must be the word "imagining". Have fun in Crusted Butt.

pendy said...

I have you on my blog roll on my blog's sidebar, so I always read when you pop to the top! Love your point of view, always. Can't wait to hear about family fun in the snow. All we have in south Georgia is rain, rain and more rain. Apparently it's monsoon season here.

Holli said...

I am still here! Let me tell you about living in a land without a Target..... only by His grace!;)

Hannah said...

I'm new to your blog, and I'm loving it!! Thanks for inspiring so much with your heart, actions, and authenticity.

Anonymous said...

Have a very Merry Christmas...sounds like an amazing trip for the whole entire family to all be together.


Deidra said...

I'm here!

Merry Christmas. Make great memories!

When God told me I was moving to Nebraska I immediately (after finding NE on the map) asked that same great God if He would please lovingly supply a Target. He did. I should have asked for IKEA, too. But I'm not complaining...

Alicia said...

Crusty Butt is a fabulous place! Have fun!

Becca said...

oh come on, like Adam and I would leave :-) you only wish.

Misty said...

LOL ok Melissa...i am still here, a faithful blog follower!! i am, however...lazy. i don't login and leave commentary on anyone's posts anymore. lame! :O) please never stop posting because i always enjoy/laugh/cry/am blessed/am encouraged by them!! <3 you!

Misty said...

PS. Melissa...have you read my latest blog entry? i think you would appreciate it :O)

Lea said...

too funny! keep the trip stories coming during the week as you can...or in february. just don't forget them. write down the funny stuff--hey, maybe dea or darius could keep a trip log for you! still loving every minute of your blog even though you have no clue who on earth i am. just bought ingredients to make the cookies...when my brand new, broken for 2 weeks now, after waiting 4 weeks back in the summer for this fabulous new one, gets fixed. have a merry Christmas!

The Hull's at #4 said...

Melissa, I rarely leave comments but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. I have you on my blog roll too and enjoy seeing you pop to the top! I hope you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!

Joyce said...

I always read here-I love it. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas. I'm on the East Coast and we're preparing for a blizzard...I'd be okay with that except my oldest daughter is coming home today, traveling from Washington DC to NJ via Amtrak and the weather will surely wreak havoc with this plan. I can't control the weather and she can stay put if she needs to wait until tomorrow but she's been away at College and I'm just so ready to have everyone home where they belong for a while.

Oh and I have a Target but I live without Chick-fil-a which is very sad.

Merry Christmas!

Karin Katherine said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and trip in the snow. I feel for the poor boys. I'm not a snow person. I've been known to pay babysitters to take my kids out in the snow while I just run out and snap 4 photos before running back inside where I REMAIN.

Oh the joys of living in the North East.

Never again.

coneymama said...

Still here...may all of you Hills, Alexanders and all the rest have a really great time and an even better, MERRY CHRISTMAS...and if all 23 of you try to go eat at a restaurant, please take a photo of the staff as their jaws drop. Waitstaff always love a table food of kids and kid menus, and crayons, etc.

Traci said...

If only all of life could be lived in a white van with no cup holders traveling through sleepy little Texas towns- we'd totally get more writing done huh? Well, except that all you'd really have to write about is cowboy hats and the advertisement of clean restrooms. Merry Christmas! I have to admit, I'm a lot more jealous than is Christian of me that y'all are in CO for Christmas!

Jess said...

I am still reading and laughing!

Enjoy your trip. Merry Christmas!!!

Guard Wife said...

Merry Christmas! Can't wait to read all about it. :)


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I hope that everyone has a blast. As far as the -11 degrees- well it was 30 degrees here over the weekend in NE and we thought it was a heat wave. Another big storm on the way though I hear so drive safe.

Monique in TX said...

Here in College Station! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in the frozen north.

Tricia said...

We Hornes are addicted...erm, FAITHFUL readers!! So thrilled for your amazing Christmas getaway, how dreamy!! Have a wonderful time soaking up the beauty of Colorado (or so I is still on my list of places to visit!) and enjoying tons of family while celebrating Jesus' birth!