I don't know of anything more exciting than knowing you're going to have the entire family all together in the same place. The Calls have this fantastic open street where you can see cars coming from a while away. We got there before the Becks and once their minivan was spotted coming down the road, we were all outside for the welcome. Everyone in one house. Everyone together. That is Christmas. Oh, I love it.
They have this walker that was such a hot item the whole week. Kenzee, Nash and Granger all took turns in it. Nash would zoom all around the house. The whole bottom floor is wood for the most part. He loved being able to have free range on the place. When he wasn't in the walker, he was crawling across the kitchen floor to play with the fluffy kitchen rug. At one point he had high-centered the walker out the front door. Emilee rescued him. He is mischievous!
Everyone left on Sunday morning. I was sick again and woke up in the middle of the night with such a painful cough that my throat had been rubbed raw. I couldn't swallow or breathe and I was panicking because the flight out had been so horrible. My body was aching and I had been sick for 4 days. All I needed was sleep, but the boys and Cam were sick too and no one was getting any rest. Cam was feeling slightly better. I woke up in a panic and couldn't calm down. He gave me a blessing and my throat immediately stopped hurting. I was able to go back to sleep. He took Nash and Gray inside and Adrienne stayed home from church to help tend them. We got the boys on a nebulizer to open up their airways. I did some and Cameron did some too.
My parents came down to drop Alyssa off for the week. They were going to Hawaii to celebrate their anniversary and Alyssa and Amber always want time together. They were so excited! It was so great to be able to see my parents again before heading off to the airport.
Before we left, Cameron and Wayne gave Nash and Gray blessings. Part of the blessing said that the flight would go quickly and that we would all get feeling better and that the boys would be able to be comfortable on the plane and get some rest. They fussed until we started moving. And as soon as the plane hit the runway, they both fell asleep. If they stirred, we were able to comfort them. There was no shrieking. There was no playing. They slept. I was so grateful. SO grateful. Cameron and I watched Spiderman to pass the time. I caught sight of the clock on the ipad and it said 3:50am. We weren't landing until 5, so I figured we had another hour to go. Right then, the pilot came over the intercom and announced our final descent into the Dallas area. The clock hadn't changed yet! I was overcome with gratitude. My testimony in priesthood blessings swelled. Isn't it interesting how we could be having this intimate spiritual experience in a crowded plane and no one else could tell? It blew me away. I have never been so grateful in my life. We all slept in until 10 the next morning. We were home!