Family Christmas Trip – or – a practice blog post

(I’m calling this a practice one because I’m doing this mostly on my iPad! It’s also the first time I’ve played with putting in pictures…)

This year, our family traveled to Nashville, TN to celebrate Christmas with my brother and sister and their families. We started Christmas morning in Vienna with presents, hot chocolate, and cinnamon rolls.

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Santa ate the cookies and wrote back to the girls' notes.
Santa ate the cookies and wrote back to the girls’ notes.

The girls were suitably pleased with their gifts.

The Lego Friends Cruise ship Lydia's been begging for!
The Lego Friends Cruise ship Lydia’s been begging for!
The super soft nightgown that Becca wanted to immediately put on!
The super soft nightgown that Becca wanted to immediately put on!
Bethany was happy about most everything - big grins though for a bag of gummy bears...
Bethany was happy about most everything – big grins though for a bag of gummy bears…

I got a sparkly surprise!

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Tom got some fun goodies too – a fryer (it won’t quite do a turkey, but will work for beignets – yum).

His new Dremel tool will help all those “honey-dos” disappear! Hooray!

Then, we headed over to my parent’s house for a delicious brunch (Thanks mom!!) and headed out on the road.

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Bethany was so exhausted from everything leading up to Christmas that she fell asleep in the van, undeterred by the blinding sunlight streaming in.

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We stopped for dinner at (what else?) a Chinese Restaurant. We had fun reading our fortunes and eating with the other Christmas day travelers.

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We rolled in to Nashville late Christmas night and thus began the epic 2014 Burns Christmas trip!
My nephew Leo, is probably the best snuggler on the face of the earth (no offense to other cute babies…)

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He especially enjoyed snuggling with Tom. (I know, Leo – he’s my favorite too!!)

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There were cousin playtimes, drum solo sessions, video gaming, board gaming, guitar jamming, present opening, outside walking, and long talks with siblings.

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The game – A Ticket to Ride. Is this the new Catan?? we’ll see…
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There are several videos. I think they might deserve their own post.

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Dan and Robyn gave the family an outing to do Laser Tag all together!! It was a blast. Robyn offered to hang out at the arcade with Bethany so the rest of us could play together. Becca, Lydia, and I teamed up and had a fun time even though we got hit a ton of times 🙂 Downtown Nashville was comedically busy for a Tuesday night – there was a college football bowl game, a NHL hockey game, some music festival on one of the streets, plus a big show at the Ryman (a music venue). It made the trek to get pizza exciting – but we all still enjoyed the excellent Pizza Napolitano at Desano’s.

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It was a great trip – I love my family!! Hope it’s not too long before the whole crew can get together again. Love you all.

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