Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas @ Home (Part 1)

No, not Home in the Hollow.  I mean "home" in Connecticut.  I mean "home" with the kids!  I mean "home" with the grandchildren.  I mean "home" where there are lots of hugs, kisses, and love being passed from one to another!!!  Since I hardly no where to begin, as others have said, "I'll begin at the beginning."

The drive up was long...very long.  Actually it took longer than anticipated.  We weren't even out of Virginia (which takes 3 hours) yet when I noticed that the truck (my husband drives a Dodge Ram 2500), a diesel, seemed to be jerking.  When I asked him about it, he said he would check under the hood the next time we stopped.  When we did stop, he saw that a spring to the carburetor had broken, which meant that the gas pedal was extremely sensitive.  So, where he was comfortable placing his foot accelerated more.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, he simply told me not to worry about it, even though I did.

Then, of course, there was quite a bit of traffic being Christmas weekend.  We sat in bumper to bumper traffic from NY right to his Mom's.  Rather than taking us 10 hours, the drive took nearly 12 hours!  Needless to say, when we got to Mom's, it felt good...:)

She greeted us, as always, not only with open arms but also her hugs and kisses!!  She is a woman who welcomes everyone with open arms and a warm heart.  She also is an awesome cook.  She makes everything from scratch.  And being Italian, she makes her own homemade pasta and sauce.  In fact, for our short stay, she had me me one of my favorites...my own casserole of manicotti!


And so it was, a warm house, filled with the feeling of love and being loved.  And now, it was time for me to hit the sheets.  Tomorrow was Christmas Eve day.  It was the day that I'd get to see my son and his little one.  I hadn't seen them since September and couldn't wait!...:)  I was as anxious as a little kid awaiting Santa Claus!

9 comments:

varunner said...

Oh, I would've worried over the car issues too! Our check engine light came on driving to my parents on Christmas Eve. We're taking it in to be checked today. I'll worry the whole drive ;-)
Yum, that manicotti sure looks good!

Sandra said...

not only would i have worried but he would have heard a lot of nagging about it. glad you are home safe and not stuck out there in the blizzard. and oh so glad you had a wonderful christmas

texwisgirl said...

Oh what a sweet MIL! I could eat that homemade manicotti right off the screen page!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

It sounds like your trip took a little longer than mine :-)

I hope you and your family had a Wonderful Christmas celebration.

Happy New Year from Southern California. No snow here but a lot of flooding and record breaking rain! :-(

God Bless You, ~Ron :-)
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Angela said...

That looks delicious! You are a lucky woman to have a Great MIL like that! That is rare! Glad you had a wonderful time when you got there. That's a long drive! Hope you got your husband's truck fixed before you head back home!

Happy New Year!
Angela

Carol............. said...

12 hours is a drive indeed! You must have been pooped.....but the hugs and kisses and the pasta surely made up for the drive LOL

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds like a long drive but one that was worth it! Yum. sandie

Nancy said...

My husband's answer to the check engine light is putting electical tape over it, so I'll quit worrying, which I don't.

Sorry your trip was so long, but I'm sure the manicotti made up for it! :)

Verde Farm said...

Oh how exciting. I can’t wait to hear more. Nothing better than walking into mom or grandma’s house after not seeing them to open arms :)

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