Saturday December 9- Jeff and I were excited for today. Ashton and family are in Minnesota at a hockey tournament. They are going to live stream it. We will be able to watch him play on the big screen. He has 2 games today. Jeff spent the morning making sure we were set up for that. The first game was at 1:30...it was so exciting and Ashton and his team did a great job with a 5-0 win. We even got to see Ashton score a goal. I have to admit this is one thing I miss about being away from home. Technology is a good thing. We hung around the park most of the day. Then we watched the second game. The technology thing went a bit haywire. We missed the first period, then it came on. We were a bit confused because they changed jerseys. We didn't realize that at first. It was another exciting game. They actually had a come from behind win. They pulled it out with a 6-3 win. Tomorrow they will play in the championship game....go Blizzard!!!
Sunday December 10- We had a cold front come through last night. Ruby woke up early and we figured she was cold. It was 44 degrees this morning...brrrrr. This morning we left to go pick up a rental car. We are getting it for a week. I'm flying back to Iowa and leaving out of Punta Gorda. It's a 2 hour plus drive one way. It's going to be better for us all around to get the car. We got a Volkswagen Jetta. We both really like the car. We drove over to park the truck at the dog track and drove over to church. We ended up going to second service which was new to us. We usually attend the first service. We came home stopping at the dog track to get our truck. While we were there we went in just to watch a couple races..
Made our way home, we didn't want to miss that game. They didn't disappoint, Ashton scored 2 goals and they played great. It was a 6-1 win....
Monday December 11- I did some running around today. It is a whole lot easier buzzing around in this little car. I went to the post office and mailed out my Christmas ornaments. I have been getting stuff packed up for my flight on Wednesday.
Wednesday December 13- I didn't sleep that good, never do when I have to travel the next day. My flight leaves at 12:30, they want you there 2 hours early. It takes a little over 2 hours to get to the airport from here so we left plenty early. I'm only taking a backpack with me. Jeff dropped me off and then I sat to wait. Got on the plane it was blue sky and sunny. The flight seemed to last forever. As we were making our way through the clouds to land in Iowa all I could see was gray and gloomy looking skys. Just a little different from what I left. The winds were blowing like crazy so the landing was a bit interesting to say the least. Really happy to be on the ground. Seth picked me up and took me to Justin's house. Justin was still at work but Molly and Maddyn were there. I got in there and couldn't wait to grab that baby girl.
Well the rest of this day was spent passing the baby. You see the parents are both having a hard time sitting her down. I will have to say I had the same problem. She is a princess and so very tiny. I think we'll keep her.
Thursday December 14- Justin and I went to the store last night so I had some things I wanted to get done this morning. Justin took the next 2 days off. I decided to make them some homemade chicken noodles. It's perfect weather for those. Justin did some running and when he got back I took his truck and did my Christmas shopping. I found everything I had on my list. I got back and then when Ashton and Hailey got home from school I made my way over to see them. They have busy schedules so I needed to slip in there for a quick visit. It was really good to see them and get some hugs and kisses.
Ashton had to get going to hockey practice and Hailey off to gymnastics so I went back to Justin and Molly's to snuggle with Maddyn and make my noodles. There also was a Blackhawk's game so we got ready to watch that. I didn't get to watch it all because I went to pick up Hailey at her gymnastics. That way I got to see her do her routines that she is preparing for competition.
Hailey has really been working hard I can see a lot of improvement. She loves to have an audience.
I brought Hailey back to her house and waited for Katie to get back for hockey with Ashton. Then I went back to Justin's. It is really cold outside. I'm a big baby. I ended staying up kind of late for me but when you looking at a newborn baby the time flys by.
Tuesday December 15- After staying up late, I got up early. I was the only one up. I got my Christmas presents wrapped and sugar cookie dough made up. Tonight we are going to frost cookies with the kids and do a little early Christmas. Justin and Molly left to go shopping, I was in charge of the baby. I thought I would get some pictures of Maddyn. She is really a good baby.
She is so good that I even got some things done while watching her. They weren't gone that long, just a few hours. Then I got busy cutting out and baking cookies to have them ready for frosting when the kids showed up. I also helped wrap gifts...I love to wrap presents.
Seth, Katie and the kids showed up and we got busy frosting. Then we ordered pizza for supper. It was a great evening. Then Hailey couldn't wait any longer for gifts. We passed them out and had at it.
Everyone had a great time. It was really good to see everyone and give them there gifts in person. Ashton was acting weird, I think he was tired. They went on home. Justin, Molly and I played a game before heading off to bed. Tomorrow back to the airport and home to the sunshine. It was a good visit and I'm glad I got to meet Maddyn.
Saturday December 16-Woke up super early. My flight was at 9:30 and of course they want you there early. Well Justin drove me in and then I waited to board. The flight this time was way better and seemed way quicker too. We took off early and landed early. Jeff wasn't even in the airport when I called him. He had just parked the car. We headed toward home to see the pups. I missed them. We hung around there for awhile. We had to return the rental car so Jeff had planned dinner out after. It was super easy to return the car. Then we drove to West Palm to a place Jeff saw online. It was really busy downtown so parking was tough. We ended up paying for parking. It wasn't the paying that was bad but getting in the parking lot. They had these curbs which made it very difficult getting in without scuffing your tires. We got in found a spot and walked to the restaurant, The Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen. It was packed. We found a place to sit, the live music wasn't our favorite and so loud. We had a pizza and then went to walk around downtown. It was super festive with lights and activities. We didn't know this was all going on...just luck.
We walked a few blocks and this is what we found. They had snow falling on the hour. They were setting up for a band, so we decided to hang around for that. To our surprise we had seen this band down in the Keys last year. They were really good and it was a fun evening. I was really tired so we didn't stay for the whole show. I was ready for sleep in my own bed.
Sunday December 17- Today we had to go pick up some batteries for the truck. Jeff ordered them on line and was just picking them up at the store. It wasn't without issues, but it turned out fine. We got them in and headed toward home with one stop at the store. I got what I needed to start on my baking for Christmas. Justin sent me some pictures of Maddyn, she had her first photo shoot today and it looks like she did great.
Hailey had her first competition today, Seth sent us videos. She didn't do as good as she wanted but we thought she looked great...what do them judges know?
Monday December 18- Today was a lot of baking. I got laundry, hair cuts done too. The day went fast but it was a productive one.