We drew names for Christmas this year. Each person drew 2 names for a $25 gift. That way everyone had 2 gifts to open. It was Marc's idea and it turned out great.
It was a 1328 mile journey from Owasso, OK to Vero Beach, FL. We knew it was going to be a long 2 day drive when we began planning this way back in October. We had no idea what the weather would be: turns out we had ice covering the streets, trees, grass, everything in Owasso and Coweta but it was clear and barely misting. The mist did not last long and turned quickly into hard rain. It kept raining harder and HARDER. Shortly before we got to West Memphis, AR the traffic came to an absolute stop. They were doing road work (Arkansas is always doing road work!!) and we were not surprised at having what we thought was a brief halt. Over the next 1 1/2 hours we were at total stops or b-a-r-e-l-y moving. Not in our game plan but no one (at least in our car) got upset as we crept along. Marc had made reservations at the Hampton Inn in Oxford, AL. We had anticipated a 10 hour drive time but we arrived at 7:12 p.m. 13 hours 45 minutes later (actually 12 hours due to the time change.) Checked in and headed to Arby's to get a quick bite before coming back to the motel and literally ALL asleep by 9:30 p.m. A wonderful, even though hard day. The HEAVY rain did not abate the entire day and we were praying for no rain tomorrow.
December 22nd: Up early and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the Hampton and hit the road by 7:00 a.m. for our final journey into Vero Beach. Guess what??? we awoke to rain and Marc had to drive the final 10 hours again in HEAVY rain, but not quite as hard as yesterday. Lots and lots of traffic on both days and the heavy downpours did not make it an easy task for Marc but he handled it superbly.
Jerry: Charles Krauthammer-Things That Matter and Bill O'Reilly-Killing Jesus;
Marc: Charles Krauthammer-Things That Matter.
Oksana: Dave Ramsey-Total Money Makeover
David: golf balls
Karin: special body lotions from The Body Shop
Mickey: Khkai trousers
Aric: Video game play card
Susan: I'm going to tell about mine on a separate blog tomorrow about my birthday