We are home after a nice visit with Stu's extended family. We saw lots and lots of family on Christmas Eve, and then we went to his mom and step-dad's new house north of Sacramento. It is a beautiful house with spectacular views, and we had a great time there. Sadly, I forgot my camera. (Anyone with good pics of the kids, please email them to me! Thanks!) If I had it with me, you'd be looking at several shots of trees and rolling hills. Beautiful views. You'd also be looking at several pics of my cute niece, who is a delight. When she smiles at you and wrinkles up her nose, she just melts your heart.
We left there at noon, and didn't get home until 10:40 pm. It was an awful trip, since I have a head cold and the pressure from coming down the mountains plugged up my ears in a most painful way. However, nobody threw up, and we didn't get into any accidents or have any unfortunate situations, so I'm very thankful for that. Also, we were able to listen to the book, Prince Caspian (of the Chronicles of Narnia series), which helped to pass the time.
So now it's unpacking, laundry, and rest to try and shake this cold. I may need to go to the store for some pringles . . . .