Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas in Iowa (Turner)

Since Nick was "out of town" for most of December and would be through the new year, the kids and I decided we'd road trip back to Iowa for Christmas. No sense in staying home 'alone' when we could spend it with Grandmas and Grandpas and cousins, right?!

We left in the afternoon after school and headed West! After about 8 hours of driving, we made it to Columbus, OH

We woke up to our first sight of snow! Woooo Hooo!

(if you don't count the 10 minutes of sudden sleet/snow/ice/fog that we hit up in the mountains)

We went from 70mph to about 10 in a matter of seconds.

We had a long day of driving and potential snow storms ahead of us.  When we left that morning we had about 9 hours to SW Iowa.  

14 hours later.... after a stressed out and tired Kim called her husband to so kindly get his family a hotel room booked in Des Moines because there was no way she was driving any farther that day through ice and traffic and .... more ice... and more traffic. 

I'm pretty sure he could tell by the sound of my voice that... I. WAS. DONE. And I'm sure the crying was a big clue too!

So he did. 
And we did. 

And the next morning we got up and drove the last 90 minutes to SW Iowa to Turner Mountain... safe and sound.

The kids immediately dug out their snow gear and sleds and spent most of the daylight hours out in the snow. Even if it was 9 degrees.

 Tyler was overjoyed at the sight of the train set Grandpa put together for him. It is usually around the tree, but there was so many presents under it this year,  it had to go in another spot.

Addison bonded with Grandma and Grandpa's new puppy "Libby".  

In fact, they were inseparable. Libby even followed Addi up to bed each night and laid at the food of the air mattress all night.

(Libby in the bottom left of the photo)

 Turner Mountain was full of adventures...

 Some more exciting than others...

But we had a great time with everyone and it was over before we knew it... and it was on to the other grandma and grandpa's house for more Christmas adventures.

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