The Great Christmas Tour. December 31, 2010
Merry Christmas! Did you guys survive? It was close for us, I’m not gonna lie. We spent two weeks away from Nashville and we are worn plum out.
We drove down to Dallas after a Christmas party on the 17th, getting into town around 9:00am. I have to say, we are getting pretty awesome at the overnight drive. Aaron does most of the driving at night, and I usually take over when the sun’s coming up. I pack us a killer snack bag and cooler (so you can have apples and cheese at 3am if you want), load us up with trivia and pop culture podcasts and we are good to go.
We had an awesome week in Dallas, the best in a long time. We spent lots of time with my parents, eating and playing games and wrapping gifts and eating some more. It was restful and fun and just what we needed. We got to spend time with home friends, shop at the good mall and eat at all the places we don’t have in Nashville. (By the way, Nashville, let’s look into some Taco Cabana action up here.)
On Christmas Eve I drove out with my mom to visit my grandma, who served me excessively sweet tea in a Schlitz Malt Liquor glass and was convinced I’ve lived in Nashville for 30 years. Christmas morning we had cinnamon rolls and opened gifts from my way-to-generous family, including a handmade wahoo board from my dad with the biggest marbles I’ve ever seen, matching East Dillon Lions t-shirts and a stocking lottery ticket we scratched off to reveal a $500 prize. SO MUCH AWESOME. We spent the afternoon with my dad’s family, where we watched my relatives fight over bedazzled baseball caps and frozen burgers before hitting the dirty Santa jackpot: Tim McGraw cologne AND body wash. Try to contain your jealousy.
The day after Christmas we drove down to Waco to see Aaron’s family. It was completely uneventful, so we are labeling it a success. After Waco we hit Austin for a couple of days to celebrate Aaron’s brother’s engagement and birthday. It was nice to get to just hang out with his siblings doing normal stuff. And we got good time in with our niece, who would like to be called Oliver and thinks we live in a marshmallow.
We (finally) packed up and headed home yesterday. We love Texas and love our families, but 13 days is way too long. Especially when we get about four hours away from Nashville and the battery in the jeep starts to die. We drove two miles with no headlights before coasting to a stop in a Love’s truckstop parking lot. We got our hopes up when we found a mechanic right across the highway, but they fell right back down when he told us the part wouldn’t be available until noon today. So we marched across the street to the beautiful Rest Inn in Palestine, AR, and spent the night watching movies trying not to think about how much it was all costing.
In the end, though, it didn’t cost too much and we were on the road by 1:00. We made it home this afternoon, canceled our New Year’s plans and rang in the new year eating pizza and catching up on the DVR. Because we are old and classy and so, so tired.
Overall, though, it was a really great trip. We are so lucky to have parents who are so generous and fun and easy to be around. We ate well, got a ton of rest and had a blast. 2010 was a pretty hard year for us but it ended on a high note for sure. Bring it on, 2011.