Maile and I got to spend almost two weeks with my family, since Tim had to work over Christmas, and even when you're "used to it," spending Christmas alone just isn't fun. So, we packed a bag and caught a short flight to Iowa for the holiday. My baby sister was home from college, and my middle sister and her little family were able to stop in for a few days too, on their way to their new home in Phoenix. (So much closer than Brevard, North Carolina -- hooray!) Everyone's lives seem to be a whirlwind these days, so we had an especially wonderful time slowing things down for a bit.
And since all Maile can talk about now is Marmee and Papa, and Auntie Molly, and Auntie Em and Uncle Clark and "our Michael," this is me telling everyone that west is best, and we want you nearby! Miss you already.