Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Our Christmas Trip

We had a great Christmas.  We drove to MD with our two dogs and on the way we stopped at an antique mall that advertised it was “pet friendly.”

006  Here is a fuzzy picture of Abby strolling through the mall, checking everything out.  What fun that was.

We spent Christmas with DS#3 and his wife and our wonderful granddog, Ponce.


Over the three days we were there we were treated to lots of good food and fun.  Our DIL is of Swedish descent and she is oh, so proud of it.  So she gave us a traditional Swedish Christmas. 


Here we have bacon fried brussel sprouts, ham, and Swedish meatballs for a Christmas Eve smorgasbord.  There was lots more but since I took this picture from her blog, this was all she shot.  And later that evening we “waddled” to a wonderful Christmas Eve service, attended by many members of her family.

On Christmas day we opened presents.  We had a great time, again.

DH & puppies

Here is DH, and the puppies, doing a good job of getting that gift out of it’s wrapping.

me & owl

And here am I doing the same thing.  The owl decanter was a gift from our son and daughter-in-law.  They know how I love hollow glass owls.

ponce & picture

And this was the gift our DIL commissioned for DS#3.  Ponce was trying to decide if he was looking in a mirror or not.

Because of the snow storm heading for the east coast, we decided to leave a day early, on the 26th.   We left early in the morning and drove down I95, headed for SC or even FL to avoid the storm.  Well, that didn’t happen and about 20 miles south of Richmond we hit ice.  And, yes, it was not a good thing.


This is what happens when your car does a 90 degree turn on the interstate and then slides into a ditch.  We had to be pulled out, the car was not drivable, and is still in VA to be repaired.  No one was hurt, the puppies were so good while we went through this event but we were all grateful to be home again.  We will be driving back up to VA to get my car but not until sometime in January: next year.

I must say that throughout this experience we were blessed by being helped by the nicest of people.  And that made it not nearly as bad as it could have been.

I finally was able to get back into the studio this afternoon and hope to have something quilty to report for Design Wall Monday.


karenfae said...

I feel for you - not a happy way to end Christmas - I'm glad you both were not hurt.

Melinda said...

I am so thankful that none of you were hurt. Glad you are home safe.

Janet said...

So glad you had a nice holiday. I'm sorry you didn't miss out on the ice, so glad everyone is ok and you got home safe and sound. I hate winter. :P

Exuberant Color said...

Oh, and it was such a cute little car! I'm glad you weren't hurt. Now next year you will get them to all come south for Christmas, right?

Judy D said...

OMG, I'm so glad no one was hurt and that you made it home. I just checked in to see if you were home yet. Glad you had a good visit and are now home. Next year at your house???

Wilma NC said...

Love the photo of the dog looking at his portrait. You should enter that in a contest somewhere.

andsewon said...

What a lovely time you had at your son's! Love the doggie pic! So very sorry you had such luck on the drive down.
By that time we were already pretty much buried here 1 hr south of Richmond off HWY460!
At least you had some nice and kind folks to help.Happy you are back home all snug.

Lisa Marie said...

So glad you were all okay and made it home safely after that.
Looks like you had a great time with your family and yummy looking food too!

Lisa (Michael too in photo ;O) said...

Glad you had a wonderful visit with your family and happy to hear that everyone is ok after your mishap...glad to see you are home safe and sound and hopefully it is much warmer there than up here :O)

Shasta said...

Looks like you had a great time until the accident. Glad you are okay and in good spirits. Hope the New Year is better for you.

Pat said...

Sorry about the accident. We are driving south in a couple of weeks and then back again 3 weeks later and I hope we don't hit icing conditions on the roads. I'm glad nobody was hurt, though.

Kelly Ann said...

So the weather put a crimp in your trip but am glad you made it home safely.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Oh :0( Such a lovely trip until the boo-boo ending!!!!

Hopefully time in your quilting space was enjoyable!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad to hear that no one was hurt...that could have been bad. Hope you have lots of recovery time in the quilt studio!

Anonymous said...

Glad that both of you are ok and made it safely home.