Friday, January 11, 2019

Christmas Vacation: Back to New York

In the Chicago airport on a 2 hour layover after being up since 3 am, I looked like I had been reincarnated as a dishrag. Ty chased the kids as they ran about the waiting area like the overtired, wild beasts that they were. I sat down at the computer station, ignoring the fact that my kids were acting like straight up hoodlums, and tried to download more photos from our trip. Anything to keep me awake since I knew we had another 3 hour flight to go! We flew back to Texas on Dec 30th from a 13 day trip back to New York. And I will declare that we had an amazingly fun time.  The entire trip was jam-packed with fun things happening non-stop. It inevitably exhausted us all, but it was still worth the exhausted trip back, the day before New Year's Eve.  Let me give you a recap before I bombard you with all of the photos...

We got to visit with Ty's family on Saratoga Lake. We did an early Christmas with his side of the family. Ty's dad always cooks a feast fit for an army. So we did dinner and then breakfast. After breakfast and mimosas one morning, we discovered a stash of Nerf guns and it turned into an all out battle with the entire family and "Run, Run Rudolph" playing in the background. That's what good memories are made of. We woke up on Christmas Eve morning to snow falling from the sky. It's been awhile since we've seen that glorious white stuff, so we were pretty thrilled even if it was just a dusting (to those NorthEast folks).

We got dressed on Christmas Eve and headed to my sister's house who lives near the mountains in upstate NY, about 25 min from Saratoga. My mom flew in from Florida, both of my sisters were there and it was great to have us all together again. My time with my family was (and always is) memorable. We did Christmas Eve food shopping at the grocery store and some last minute gift shopping. 5 girls in a truck, windows rolled down in the middle of winter singing Christmas carols at the top of their lungs while riding around upstate NY.....not something all those bystanders, or us for that matter, see everyday. We had some mouth-watering brick oven pizza for lunch and then we did our normal crazy Christmas Eve: Games, moose mugs filled with eggnog, the best dang Gingerbread Martinis I've ever tasted, Christmas Vacation playing in the background, laughs, more games and lots of appetizers. Oh! And let's not forget the "naughty" gingerbread cookies that my hilarious sister made...(She is too funny!) Ty has finally warmed up to the fact that when you come to a Hutchinson girl's party, you WILL be playing some sort of charades game. And he's pretty good actually!

On Christmas morning we woke up and everyone gathered downstairs to watch the kids open presents. My brother in law made some delicious Biscuits and Gravy for breakfasts and of course, more mimosas. After presents, my sisters, niece and I headed out for Christmas Day hike. And it was A BEAUTIFUL day for one! Not too cold but brisk enough that we wore our mittens and gloves. The sun was shining and it warmed me up despite the fact that I could see my breath. The lake that we walked beside was showing off with it's beauty. That icy, shimmering glamour that the NorthEast does so well every winter. I think a Christmas Day hike should be a new tradition for the Hutchinson girls. We relaxed the rest of the day and watched movies, ate more food and visited. Later on we lounged around and did nothing but relax.
We ended up staying at my sisters for an extra night because they were having such a blast. Maxwell and my sister's son are only 6 months apart. Last year they were not really into playing together but this year we barely saw them! They were in the playroom together most of the time. 

 The day after Christmas we headed to the mountain (which is a hop, skip and a jump from my sister's house). We went snow tubing with the kids. We had lunch in the lodge and then hot toddies outside by the fire. It made me REALLY miss NY. BUT, I will say that by the end of the two weeks, I could feel my body craving sun. Every year in Feb, I would go through some sort of sunlight-deprivation or winter blues. If you ask Ty, he says that I start to complicate everything and overreact upon everything. Almost as if I was going through a mini-life-crisis every Jan/ I'd say he's fairly accurate about that. It was like clockwork and I can only assume it was from lack of sunlight. The past 2 years, in Texas, I have NOT had this. That Texas weather has made for pleasant winters for me. So when we got home and it was in the 60's and 70's, I took a couple long walks and soaked up that sunlight!! 

We ate at 2 new restaurants in town and a couple oldie but goodies. Met with friends, old neighbors, went to Christmas parties and I even got to meet up with my work crew a couple times!! All around, a wonderful trip. The one question I was asked a lot, was how we did Christmas away from home as far as gifts. Last year we did Christmas in Siesta Keys and we told the kids that Santa would leave the a few small things but he would leave the rest of their gifts at home. So we brought one small suitcase 1/2 full of small gifts wrapped for the kids. Mostly things they could use on a plane ;) Anything we bought for family, we had shipped to my sister's house there in NY and wrapped when we got there. Then we told everyone to only get them small things. Worked both years!
 And now, without further ado, my endless photo overload. lol. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!! XOXO miss all of my peeps from back East! Until next time...

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