And happy New Year too! I know Christmas was three weeks ago, but cut me some slack people…. The Cumberworth’s have been in two countries and two states, countless cities and more airports then I care to count over this holiday… be happy I am coherent enough to make a blog post about it all. So here is the super abridged version of our trip home for Christmas… note: I suck at taking pictures when I go home and I just rely on everyone around me to take them and send them to me… so if you are not in these pictures it doesn’t mean I don’t like you… it means I am waiting on you to send me the photos you took.
We headed home the 2nd week of December to Houston. Jon and I are selling our bungalow in the Heights when our tenants move out in mid-February so we did all the paperwork for the sale to go through while we are overseas. We stayed with our friends in the Woodlands and my awesome college girlfriends all made it to town for a slumber party! Here are three of our kids; Miller Knapp (the happiest baby in the world), Collier Stoner (with agua and trucks in hand) and Little Leighton (looking totally thrilled to be there).
After Houston, we packed it up and flew out to Monterrey California for a Cumberworth wedding! Jon’s older brother Mike married a wonderful girl from Germany, Charlotte. The timing of the wedding was completely up in the air because the visa approval was unknown, but it all worked out perfectly (for us) since we were home for the holidays. I’ll post more pictures later but here we are with the bride and groom and the flower girl, Aka… Leighton.
Then it was off to Austin for the rest of our trip… first stop MAUDIE’S!!!!! Leighton thoroughly enjoyed her tiny taco plate as did Jon his rockin’ Ruthann’s! This prego was just excited to have Queso on the table!
Next we stopped by to visit with the Zinda crew… you would think these two would take a better picture together since we are going to use these at their wedding one day.
Then we were off to spend the rest of the trip with family. We had plenty of cousin bath time!
Santa came with bows, and a bitty baby and toys, oh my!
The Mueller ladies at the Zilker tree… someone was mesmerized with her gloves!
Tickle attack on the floor at Pa and Pearl’s house…
And then it was New Years... all the Mueller kids, spouses and second generationers stayed over at my dad’s house. There were blow up mattresses, pack and plays, and people everywhere… it was a great time. And this is one of those times when I wish I would have taken pictures, because I could blackmail the heck out of my family! Seeing as I was one of only two sober adults at the house that night I could have major pull for a while if only I had a camera… next time… next time… but then again, hopefully this will be the last time I am the sober person at a Mueller get together!
Then it was back to Dubai by myself with a 20 month old and 31 weeks pregnant! Oh, and Leighton is still young enough to not need a seat to fly, so add that baby on my lap for the 15 hour flight home… good times! I came prepared with a full bottle of Benadryl and I may have given my child a smidge too much seeing as she slept for 7 straight hours… Whoops! I was very happy that she slept but I couldn’t get comfortable due to the bump, the kid next to me sleeping on me as well, people cutting through the bassinet aisle, blah, blah, blah… so this is how we spent a majority of the flight…
Leighton happily passed out in my seat and me standing above her staring at the other passengers on board… I am sure I didn’t look creepy at all as I rocked back and forth to stay awake!
Even with the solo flight I am very happy that we made it home to see all of our family. If I didn’t see you, I am super sorry but coming home is unexplainably stressful and trying to make plans with countless people never seems to work out… and then add a wedding and Christmas on top of all of that… so back off… I’ll see you this summer when I get home!
And Lastly, I’ll leave you with our 2013 Christmas card… last year’s card will never be toped but we tried our best to make you laugh again… and if you didn’t get one in the mail just read the previous paragraph!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…