Had a very nice couple of days w/ my family. Things are starting to wind down. Grammie & Pop are heading home Tuesday morning and Steve's family is starting out Wednesday morning so they can be home New Year's Day for the Penn State game. They made it here in one day but I don't think they'll do that on the way back. They've been talking about driving to the Chattanooga Aquarium from here. They've also talked about going to the McWane Center on Tuesday.
Saturday we opened presents when XXXXX, XXXXX and the kids got here and then we went to the zoo. What an incredible night. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and we had so much fun looking at all the lights. We tried to go to Davenports for pizza but the wait was over an hour long. The kids were so good at the zoo. We took 2 cars and prior to heading to the zoo Mom, Bethany and I went to the Smith's Variety in Downtown Homewood and we also hit the one in Mt. Brook. We had some time to spare so we walked thru the Botanical Gardens. Obviously the gardens weren't in full bloom but the Chinese gardens were pretty nice to walk around.
Sunday we all just kind of hung around in our jammies and played games and relaxed. There was football going on (freakin' Jets!) and I made a tray of ziti and a salad for dinner.
Today we had a 10 AM appointment at Sear's to have a big family portrait taken. Mom & Dad wore white shirts, my family wore black and XXXXX's all wore gray. Considering that there were 10 of us, the photo session went pretty quickly. Bethany had lots of buy-one/get-one coupons and Pop was able to use his old Sear's discount. I had the photo of my 2 girls cropped and turned into black & white. I also turned the photo of the 4 of us into a black and white. We did a photo of all 4 grandchildren, Grammie & Pop w/ the kids, all 10 of us, etc. On our way to lunch at the food court, we stopped at Build A Bear so XXXXXXX could make a bear (it's actually a kitty cat). After lunch the guys drove to Legion Field for the Pappa John's Bowl (Rutgers vs. NC State). XXXXXXX & her moth went home so XXXXXXX could take a nap. The rest of us went to see Desperaux. Very cute movie. My brother is craving Chipolte for dinner so we'll meet the guys when they start heading home.
Chris has agreed to let T have a big New Year's Eve party. God help me. She's swears she's gonna clean prior to and after her party. Yeah right.