We started out Christmas morning by opening all of our presents. Isaac had fun tearing the paper off of his first gift, but after he saw what was inside (a little train he can ride on) he didn't care about opening anything else! We eventually opened up all of the other toys though and he had fun playing with all of his new stuff. He was very spoiled with gifts from Dad & Mom, Grandpa & Grandma, and Santa. The rest of us got some very nice gifts too.
Isaac and his new train
For breakfast we enjoyed Cassi's homemade cinnamon rolls. They were some of the best we've ever had! And Isaac absolutely loved them too. Karl, Charlie & I all went on a quick 3 mile run. No offense to Isaac, but it was really nice to run without him! It is much easier without having to push a stroller or stop every few minutes to pick up dropped items or hand him sippy cups and Cheerios.
Cassi came over later to open gifts and we all got to talk to Kelly (Charlie's brother & Cassi's husband who is in Afghanastan right now) for a bit. Karl & Charlie put together a puzzle that is a map of Las Cruces. We had an early prime rib dinner, got drinks from Sonic (my favorite place!), and that night Charlie & I went to a movie while Isaac was sleeping. It was SO nice to have grandparents there to baby sit. Thank you again Janelle & Karl! This was the first movie we had seen in probably two years. We saw Marley & Me. It was good, especially since we have become such dog lovers... but the ending was just TOO SAD! I was crying my eyes out.
Carrie, Janelle & Cassi
Janelle serving Christmas dinner
Saturday Charlie & I left Isaac yet again and drove out to White Sands. It is a national park that is supposed to be beautiful. This was my fourth trip to Las Cruces and I still hadn't seen it! Unfortunately, once we got there we found out that the road into the park was closed because it was "icy" (it actually seemed to be completely dry). So we didn't get to go very far. We didn't get to the true white sand, and the sand we did see didn't look very white next to the snow. So White Sands is still on my to-do list for next time we visit!
Carrie & Cracker at White Sands
We didn't make it this far in, but this is what we should have been able to see!
Karl & Cassi
Charlie shooting the pistol
Carrie shooting the rifle
Sunday we drove home. We decided to do the drive all in one day. That was a very long day. Twelve hours in the car and Isaac slept for a total of 25 minutes. Thank goodness for his DVD player though. It actually wasn't that bad, but we were definitely glad to be home.
The second finished puzzle