Thursday, December 29, 2011

#homefortheholidays {part 2}

We're back in Japan!  We had such an amazing time at home with family but it really is nice to be HOME!

Here's a brief photo recap of the rest of my trip {in no particular order}

the husband and I on Christmas Eve

My handsome hubby and his brother showing off their high school letter jackets

It isn't a trip home without a ride on the Anderson Ferry.  Some of our family lives in Ohio and some live in Kentucky and there is a ferry that takes you and your vehicle across the Ohio River.  It cuts our drive time in half! {plus Jason's grandfather's cousin owns the ferry, so Jason always gets out to say hi, even in the rain!}

my brothers have this game called Cuponk, it's basically like beer pong with one cup and no beer but it kept the boys entertained for hours!

I got to attend a hockey game with some of my favorite girlfriends

I was so excited to have my husband with me after a week in Cincinnati by myself

I'm not sure if this was Alaska, the North Pole, Russia or what but it was a beautiful sight during my flight back to Japan

On Christmas Eve, we stopped at a gas station for some beverages.  My husband walked out with beer and I decided I wanted OJ, a pickle, gummy bears and some gum.  I swear I'm not pregnant!

Jason ordered his grandmother a potted flower for Christmas, however, when it arrived it was just a pot, 2 bags of dirt and a bulb.  So he and his grandmother planted it together.

we put my brothers gifts {sake and sake glasses} to use immediately  

I got to spend some time with my college BFF during my layover in Detroit.  We don't get to see each other often {the last time was at our big wedding over 2 years ago} so I was very grateful she came to the airport to hang out with me for a bit.  Please excuse my tired look.  This is what happens when I have to wake up a 0330 for a flight!

Jason's brother Nik and his FIANCE!  They waited to tell everyone about their engagement in person and I ruined the surprise more than once.  I SUCK at surprises! 

us on Christmas

celebrating Christmas with my mom, and siblings.  I cannot believe we got such a good photo in so few tries!

I learned how to play and became addicted to a new game

the shirt I bought my husband.  He loves him some LMFAO

We ran into friends we met here in Japan at a casino in Indiana.  We both have family in the same area but didn't think we'd have time to meet up.  Little did we know we'd randomly run into each other!

it hit 63 degrees one day while I was home.   A lot of people were disappointed it wasn't snowing at Christmas time but I was loving the warm weather!

My cousin saw one of our wedding photos on the NBC Nightly news one night.  This is just a screen shot, but you can see the news clip here if you're interested.  It was part of a story about Brides Across America

I FINALLY got to meet our cousin's baby boy, Wyatt, just 2 days before his 1st birthday!  He is the sweetest baby.  I'm so glad we finally got to meet him!

Just thinking about everything we did makes me tired.  Tomorrow we are celebrating NYE at a Japanese Onsen, or hot springs, and I CANNOT WAIT!  It's going to be the perfect day of relaxing.  I can't think of a better way to end 2011.


Lindsey said...

I loved the warm weather too! If I never see snow again, it wouldn't bother me. I'm glad you had a great visit. I heard about the ruined surprises and the ranch dressing! She thought she found some chunks of Chipotle in the ring as well. I have a feeling she will be getting that cleaned on a regular basis! Happy New Year!

Chantal said...

Wow that looks like a great trip! We have Sequence too, it's a great game.