January 8, 2014

Christmas in Iowa

Here is a blog post featuring pictures from our Christmas trip to Iowa. They are mostly of Zoe- shocker. I was also using my new digital camera from Santa aka my in-laws but I'm still not used to using it so much. I have been taking it everywhere with me trying to get in the habit of using it! 
We decided to drive to Iowa this time- despite the weather and having to spend the night along the way. But Zoe was surprisingly good! She took all of her naps and when it was bedtime she drifted off to sleep. It really helped to stop and spend the night and we also stopped to eat every meal. So Zoe got to run around each time we stopped.
The weather was unusually cold in Iowa so we stayed in A LOT. We arrived on Friday evening and didn't go out until Christmas day which was a Wednesday. We were the first family to arrive and everyone was there by Monday afternoon. Zoe started every morning by watching cartoons with Great Gaga. Usually in her chair and eating cereal. Even though we didn't go out much we had a great time visiting with family. We watched some tv, played games (cards, puzzles, naming all 50 states and a few capitals), ate lots of good food, read, and played with Zoe. We ventured outside on Christmas day so Zoe could be pulled in the sled and she also crunched around in the snow. Grandma Strawn was kind enough to get her a pink snow suit but we didn't have any boots for her so she had to go in sooner than she would have liked. I think Zoe would have stayed outside all day if we let her! That evening we also went to Scranton to have Christmas dinner. We got to visit with even more family members and have some more good food. The next evening we decided to get some Chinese food to-go and went to visit Grandma Duff at her home in Scranton. The next day it was time to go home! I'm sure I am leaving much more out but I had a great time and I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Zoe bundled up, ready for the cold.
Great Gaga showing Zoe the Christmas tree.
It snowed the night we got there!
Zoe watching cartoons with Great Gaga in her chair.
Papa reading to Zoe.
Zoe in Kirk's boots.
Great Gaga reading to Zoe and Charlotte.
Little stinker watching cartoons while eating breakfast.
Learning how to rock in the rocking chair.
Great Gaga reading to Zoe.
Zoe discovering the presents under the Christmas tree.
Lots of pics of Zoe opening her presents. She went nuts for this Jack-In-The-Box from Erik and Regina.
Trying to carry all the gifts at once! 
Emily opening a gift.
Charlotte and Mary opening gifts.
*After this I went upstairs to put Zoe down for her nap so I missed getting pics of everyone opening their gifts!
All of Zoe's great uncles, papa, and Nick took her to play in the snow.
She actually loved it and was saying "weeee!" She also liked walking around crunching in the snow.
Christmas dinner in Scranton!
Zoe and Great Gaga watching cartoons together- see a pattern?
Sitting in her second favorite chair.
And you get all seven takes because we are just that fabulous. All of the Strawn grandkids and one great grandkid!
Zoe reading the paper in Great Gaga's chair.
Leaving Jefferson.
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