It is so hard for me to be so far away from my parents, especially during the holidays. I am blessed and so grateful for the time I do get to spend with them though. And we make the most of every minute! Christmas this year we spent with Andrew’s family and then met my parents for New Years. Since I wanted to enjoy every minute with family that I could, there wasn’t much time to post during vacation… so here’s a review!
After spending Christmas (and a couple more days) with Andrew’s family we drove up to Missouri to meet my parents. The timing was perfect because we got to parents within 5 minutes of my parents arriving, too! It wasn’t a perfect half-way split, but there is a huge quilt shop here that we wanted to visit. It was so much fun doing it together, I think we’ll probably make this trip again!!
August was the last time I saw my parents, I was SO happy to see them!
Selfie with Mom — Meeting at MSQC
The next day we came back to Hamilton to spend a leisurely day going through the Missouri Star Quilt Company shops (There are 11 of them, I think, separated by category). It was so fun to walk around and look at all the fabric, pick out a few new projects (ahem… christmas presents for next year!), and just spend the time together.
Getting ready to start our day at Missouri Star Quilt Company
Andrew and Dad spent most of the day hanging out in Man’s Land – A ‘man cave’ for the guys to hang out while their ladies shop away. It had a bunch of leather recliners, a couple tvs, magazines of all manly sorts, pool table. It’s very manly… And an awesome idea!
To break up the perusing, we found a fun place for lunch locally (in the middle of nowhere) — The Ninja Moose Brewery. It was a building I never would have thought to go into, but we needed lunch and ended up finding a great adventure!
It was a brewery, but it’s a community place. We ordered burgers from J’s Burger Dive down the street and they were delivered to us – a brown bag lunch!
Dad and I had to try their cream soda and it was definitely worth the extra calories/sugar.
Lunch at the Ninja Mouse… with burgers from J’s Burger Dive
Then we rang in the new year playing games. It’s the first year I’ve stayed up for the new year… in years! Haha. It was fun even though I was exhausted (Getting old? Yeah…).
Ringing in the New Year playing some cards
On New Year’s day Andrew drove us alllllll over. What a trooper! We went into the city, did some shopping, sight seeing, and ended up with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Dinner was worth the wait, too!
Dinner on the Plaza
And we had to make one more trip over to Missouri Star Quilt Co., because one day just wasn’t enough. Actually, we had to do a little homework back at the hotel to figure out what we needed to finish some projects.
The distance is hard, but I am so thankful for what my parents do to make it possible to be with them. I still get so homesick sometimes and looking forward to our time together helps get me through…. that and a supportive husband.
And now I’m counting down to the next visit!! Love you Mom & Dad!