Merry Christmas Eve!

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Merry Christmas Eve!! S and I got up bright and early this morning at 4am to shower, pack-up the car, and hit the road. Just as we did for Thanksgiving, we made the 8 hour trip to Michigan to spend the holiday with family. This is the first time we traveled on Christmas Eve—we usually head out earlier, but things just didn’t work out that way this year. Instead of taking yesterday off, we have to take the 30th off because we are moving. The joys!

So, we hit the road at about 5:45am and it was smooth sailing the whole way. No traffic, which is always a plus. We did hit several patches of bad weather, though—there was a blizzard making its way through Pennsylvania. So, so pretty! Also, we received a “random act of kindness”—when we exited the toll road in Pennsylvania the woman in front of us paid for part of our toll. How awesome is that?! Merry Christmas to us! :o)

Snow l Merry Christmas Eve! l Love.Bake.Read

If you’ve never been to the mid-west it’s all flat land for miles. The view certainly isn’t as lovely as hilly Pennsylvania, but it’s peaceful nonetheless.

Traveling l Merry Christmas Eve! l Love.Bake.Read

When we arrived in town we went straight to Tim Horton’s for a deliciously creamy hot coffee. Truth be told, we decided to leave early this morning, so we could make it for coffee before the place closed at 3pm. Yes, it’s that good!

Tim Hortons Coffee l Merry Christmas Eve! l Love.Bake.Read

Then we were off to our hotel. We ended up having to stay in a hotel this trip because my parents just recently sold their house and are staying with my sister and her family. Talk about a house full had we stayed there too. Anyway, when we entered the hotel we were greeted by this super warm and cozy fire place. Love it! 

Hotel Fireplace l Merry Christmas Eve! l Love.Bake.Read

We settled in, freshened up, and headed to my sister’s house for a brief visit before heading to S’s mom’s house for the evening. S’s brother just returned in May after a 6½ month deployment in Afghanistan. Tonight was our first time seeing him since October 2012, so it was real nice. We also got to see this cute little face again.

Shih Tzu Puppy l Merry Christmas Eve! l Love.Bake.Read

Now, we’re back here at the hotel and ready for some sleep. It was a long trip and an even longer day! Merry Christmas Eve to you—hope you had a good one!

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