We just returned from a trip to my parents home where we went for Christmas. This is a 7+ hour drive that in winter can be especially challenging. We were grateful this year to be making this drive in a nice vehicle, capable of handling winter roads, but it is still a long drive with a car load of kids. BY the time we got home, we had driven almost 1500 miles (including a side trip to St. George), and we were more than ready to get here and sleep in our own beds.
No offense to anyone, but I don't think we will do this again any Christmas soon. We have decided to just be stick in the muds and stay home for a while. We have already been staying here for Thanksgiving (inviting others to join us here so we don't have to travel :o)). Maybe this is a sign that we are getting older, or wiser, or lazier (take your pick), but it is always such a hassle to pack up all the presents, kids, clothes, and assorted items that we just don't feel like doing it again. At least not for a while. Maybe our minds will change over time. Seems like we said this last year too.
For now, Have a Happy New Year (without us), and we look forward to seeing you all soon, When are you coming?
Drive safe. Stick.