Sunday, January 14, 2007

We're Back!

Whew! We are finally home... These past 3 days have felt a LOT longer because of the nasty weather we've been having. We were originally supposed to leave on Sat. morning to go up to Iowa, but Mother Nature decided to send us some snow, sleet, ice, and we decided to change our plans a little and leave Friday to try and beat the worst of it. What should have been an hour and a half car ride took about 3.5 hours. We stopped right at the Missouri/Iowa border for the night. The road conditions were not very good and I was a little freaked out. I don't like driving at night to begin with so I was glad when we finally stopped. We woke up Sat. morning and drove the rest of the way. We stopped at Lynne's parents house and got to see the grandparents and aunts and uncles while Mallory took a nap. We were able to talk and visit for an hour or so. We are all glad Grandma Harmon is doing better! We left to drive to Des Moines to see Grandma Laughlin for her birthday. We arrived there and unpacked and visited with everyone (also watching the Colts win!). Madison was so excited to see Jade again and it was so good to see everyone there as well. We left Sunday morning to head back. We were supposed to go see some other cousins but we felt that the weather would be worse, so we all took off around 11 am or so. Dan, Amanda, and the girls drove back to Indy, they hit some bad weather for about 3 hours, but were able to beat out the storm and are going to stay the night tonight. Hopefully they will be able to get some rest and the girls will sleep! We didn't hit too bad of weather coming back. It was MUCH nicer during during the daytime. I wasn't as stressed! We got back to Lynne and Harold's house where we (I mean, where Mike, Dave, and Harold) had to scrape the ice off our car. Since they live off of a gravel road, which was a sheet of ice, we had to take about 4 tries to get up a hill to get out. We were going to go by and pick up Jack, but our car couldn't get up the hill, so Matt and Ashley are going to either try to bring him by tonight or in the morning. They said he had so much fun with Snaps, their dog, and they took both dogs sledding this morning and taught Jack to pull a sled! I bet he had a TON of fun! The ice/rain is still coming down tonight so I am glad we don't have school tomorrow b/c of MLK Jr. Day because the roads are still pretty bad! It feels weird not having Jack around and being home....but Mike and I are going to enjoy it! 24 returns tonight with a 2 hour premiere, we have hot chocolate and the football game is on right now! So...have a great night and enjoy some of the pics!
Here are some winter pics of the ice when we got back Sunday afternoon. :)