Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lorenzen Christmas

Our Christmas travels began with a somewhat harrowing drive to Waukee.  We had a full-scale blizzard on Thursday with no school for two days.  We left on Friday afternoon because Austin's mom & I were planning to go to the Mannheim Steamroller concert that night at the Civic Center in Des Moines.  The roads weren't as clear as we had hoped.  What is usually a 2.25 hour drive turned into a 5 hour drive.  We had to get off I35 at Ames because of accidents that had shut it down and took backroads the rest of the way.  We missed the concert, but we arrived safe and sound.

After a good night's sleep, we opened presents.  Lincoln got a fun set of superhero costumes.

He also received the Imaginext castle and a fun race car track.  Dad & Grandpa had to figure that one out.

Emily spent the rest of the morning putting together her new Lego set.

Thankfully, because of the weather, Cheryl & I were able to exchange our tickets for the Saturday afternoon performance.  We enjoyed a nice lunch downtown and an incredible Mannheim Steamroller concert in better seats than we would have had the night before.  It was the perfect Christmas present!

Meanwhile, the kids spent most of the afternoon playing outside with Dad & Grandpa in the foot of snow that had fallen.  They went sledding down the backyard hill and even put together a little snowman.  Lincoln was all tired out!

We all went out for pizza at night and enjoyed the Holly Jolly lights display.  It was a fun-packed visit!

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