Katchie, Jeff, Clayton, Amy, Brent and I decided to drive to Memphis instead of flying since it was so crazy expensive! We originally rented a minivan to take there, but once we got to Thrifty, we quickly discovered that we would not fit. So we decided to upgrade to the brand new Expedition (which was a fabulous idea).
After spending an hour at Thrifty (who we will never use again btw) and plenty of profanities later, we were on our way. We finally got on the road at about 4pm and got stuck in a pretty bad winter storm. VERY little visibility, black ice, and semis and cars off the road had all 6 of us pretty nervous! Jeff handled it fabulously and we finally made it to Denver a few hours later than anticipated! We stayed at the Embassy Suites (which has an AMAZING breakfast) and were on our way again! We ended up getting to Memphis around 2 or 3am!
We had an amazing week in Memphis! We made ginger bread houses and sugar cookies, did lots of Christmas shopping, had fondue on Christmas eve, waited in line for 2 hours to see the Starry Nights of 2010 Memphis Christmas light show (thank goodness we took 2 cars so we were able to sneak out of line to have a potty spot and keep our place in line haha), ate tons of yummy food, walked Beale Street, watched great movies, ate more yummy food, talked to Elder Tex, and just enjoyed each other's company!
We were able to talk to Trey on Christmas morning which was so cool!! It is crazy to think that he has been serving in Uganda for more than 6 months now! He sounded amazing and hasn't changed much which is awesome!
Brent left for about a day and a half to fly out to San Clemente, CA for a job interview. We still haven't heard back from them yet, but he said it went really well which is great!!
Something we learned on our trip back home to Utah was to NEVER eat at Steak and Shake. We ended up having an hour stop in St. Louis, MO for a 'quick dinner' which ended up being ridiculous! Just take our word for it, it isn't worth it. :) We were able to drive through the night on Sunday to make it back on Monday night which seemed a lot faster than spreading it out over 2 days!
It has been such an amazing Christmas vacation thus far! Brent graduated (WOO HOO) and is looking for a job, but I am enjoying having him all to myself in the meantime! It was so great to spend our first married Christmas together! He is such an amazing man and my best friend! I count my blessings everyday to be able to have the relationship we have!
We are back home now and are enjoying a few more days of vacation before school starts again next week! We have got a lot of Dance Dance Revolution, P90X, phase ten, and snuggling planned for this week and can't wait! We got tons of great pictures from Christmas which I hope to post soon! Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!