I made my final "long distance" road trip up to New Jersey. After approximately 12,500 miles traveled back and forth between NJ/PA/NJ, its nice for a little break.
We weren't together on NYE, so we had our own mini-NYE & countdown the next weekend.
Immediately after Christmas, Maid of Honor & I jumped right back into wedding planning.
This is the back trail behind our house, covered in snow. The back trail I had to walk down carrying a couple things I pulled out of my car in early January. I woke up at 5am to get home from New Jersey, and made it home just as the freezing rain froze the streets, literally I watched our neighborhood street freeze. After sliding down the road outside our house and passing countless accidents, I made the call to leave my car at the top of the neighborhood and walk home. I was so blessed and thankful to have made it home safe. (I am still avoiding driving in any bad weather from this experience).
We finally got our new signs put up at the new office.
We set up Derek's New Room and got ready for his big move in.
I dropped Derek off at the train station for his first day of work in Philadelphia!!
We had some FREEZING mornings in January, on this day Steve was nice enough to start my car & warm it up for me before I took off for the gym.
We made a visit to this place.
Wedding Planning was underway in full force (Next Wedding Wednesday will be an update).
These guys showed up right outside our window at the office! Davey texted this photo to Mom & I because we'd already left.
Family dinner at Fellini's to send Steve off to Africa
We sent Steve off to Africa for a 10 day mission trip with our church (11 day since they got stuck there an extra night). Look at what he packed, seriously that's how much I pack for a normal vacation AND he had food for himself and treats for the kids in there.
I sent over some dum-dums and smarties for the kids!
On the 20th, we welcomed him back home!1
He brought home some goodies.
The kids loved the candy from me!!
Nash got some extra love from everybody while his buddy was away in Africa
He made his rounds and slept in each bed a little through the week.
The night Steve left, Derek and I brought Nash home a new toy and Mom some flowers.
We helped Davey with some home improvements at his house; Soon he'll be doing the same for us :)
We celebrated Grandmom's 89th Birthday!
Next year, a big celebration is definitely in order for the big 9-0.
We had a huge snow and two Snow Day's
It took Derek almost four hours to get home from work the day of the snow because the trains were so full and behind. Luckily, Steve & I went together to get him at about 5mph. This is Linvill Road.
We showed up to work after the snow days to this mess. There goes the boss piling through the snow.
We had office guests coming and had to think fast -- shoveling a make shift path with a dust pan. (Davey came soon after with a shovel).
I got some more housewife training! It's been about two years since I moved back home from my internship in Lehigh Valley, so it's been about two years since my hands smelled like laundry detergent.
We made two relaxing weekend getaways -- one to New Jersey to visit Derek's family and one up to Penn State.
Looking forward to warmer weather...