Sunday, January 3, 2010

Blizzard '09

Previous to this year, I have never been (to my knowledge) within 100 miles of a blizzard.  So indulge me a little bit, while I share my tale.  I can almost guarantee you, it will be my only one ever!

We set out on Christmas Eve to go to Mamaw's house (a trip of about 2 hours).  About halfway through the trip we hit blizzard conditions (yes, in Texas!) and had to stop for the day.  It was all of 12 noon and we found the only hotel on the way to Witchita Falls for quite a while.  We had to stop a mere 45 miles from our destination and bunk down for the night.  Although I did not throw a fit, like the child in the room next to us, it was the most surreal Christmas I have ever had.  Drew fell in love with the snowy conditions and alternated between looking out the window at the snow and going outside to check out the snow.  I have never been a fan of snow, so I lay in bed most of the afternoon. 

We had a very special microwave dinner for our Christmas Eve feast (ramen noodles and campbell's soup...mmm...good) and did catch most of It's A Wonderful Life.  What memories we have! 
We awoke on Christmas Day and tried to wait for the sun to come out to melt some of the ice on the roads.  We set out about 11:30 AM and commenced our two hour trip to Mamaw's.  Drew drives exceptionally well on ice and I was very thankful for the safe trip. 
I was even more thankful to see family and have a great Christmas dinner at Mamaw's.  This was our debut Christmas as a couple at Mamaw's house and I have many great memories from our time there!  I love spending days and evenings around a table, playing games, and laughing with family.  This is what holidays were made for! 
Since we had been so delayed by the snow, we decided to stay a litlte longer in Wichita Falls!  We set out on Tuesday headed for El Paso.  On the way home, we hit the rest of the weather conditions we had not yet seen on our trip: sleet and fog.  There were a few snow flurries mixed in, but no ice.  This resulted in easy driving conditions the rest of the way home.  We arrived back in the desert to temperatures in the 60's.  How good it is to be home!

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