I know it's been a few days since my last post, but we have been pretty busy the last few days. Actually, busy isn't the most accurate word. We've just had a lot of activities that have seriously decreased my computer time (which I don't consider a bad thing, by the way), including traveling to Wyoming (a two-day drive), visiting with friends and family, and resting.

We left Springfield early on Friday morning, and the travel conditions were pretty much ideal all the way. We stopped briefly in Omaha, NE, for dinner with Auntie Flo, then stayed the night in Lexington, NE. If you aren't familiar with Nebraska, then chances are you have never heard of Lexington. I am familiar with Nebraska, and I'd never heard of Lexington. Anyway, we got back on the road early Saturday morning and arrived in Casper about 3:30 that afternoon. The boys traveled like champs, and they were very excited to see their GiGi and PaPa. My sister and her family were supposed to arrive later that night, but the huge snowstorm (that's been all over the news) kept them stranded in Virginia. They were able to catch a flight on Monday, and they arrived late that night.

We have had a great time hanging out together, and the cousins are having a ball. Their favorite activities so far are singing Christmas carols, playing with the train set GiGi borrowed from a friend and riding the Christmas train at the mall.

On Sunday, before the Murrays arrived, my parents had an open house for friends of the family to drop in and say hello. The twins were a hit in their Christmas outfits GiGi made for them, and they loved meeting all the new people. They especially liked all the yummy snacks sitting out for the taking.

I'm sure there will be a couple more updates before we have to head back to Illinois, but for now just let me say the trip has been wonderful and very restful. It snowed all day today, so unless an infamous Wyoming wind comes up tonight, chances are pretty good we'll have a white Christmas. Gina is pretty excited about that, and even though I grew up here, I have seen only a handful of them myself. It will be a special day for everyone.