OK, so the Smuckers are having a difficult time keeping up with the Smuckers! (And we left our camera behind over the holidays, so I'm lacking in pictures - hope to get them soon.) But...
We had a fun Christmas morning and left that afternoon for Pennsylvania. We spent the night in NC and finished the drive on Monday. We had a special and meaningful time in PA. Jason's grandfather passed away on 12/20, so there were many more friends and family there than initially planned. The immediate family participated in a graveside service on Tuesday and then a God-honoring, celebration of his life was held on Wednesday. I only knew him for about 15 years, and generally only saw him once a year, but I'm SO thankful that I did get to know him. He was a Godly man with a generous, friendly and caring spirit. He will be missed, but we know he's in the presence of our Lord! Praise God!
On Thursday, our family went to the railroad museum we had visited the previous year. Except this time, we rode the train! I think it was about a 30-40 minute ride round trip. Heidi said she didn't want to ride it and Emma had a difficult time waiting for it to start, but I think they all enjoyed it in the end. After the ride we spent some time in the museum and the girls enjoyed playing with all the models and displays.
Friday we loaded up and drove back down to NC to Jason's sister's. The girls enjoyed the chance to play with their cousin Becca. They played Lego's, dolls, puzzles, books, etc. And we all had a really fun time at a playground 'cause the weather was super nice! Saturday evening we celebrated Christmas together and then we hit the road Sunday after lunch.
It was a really good trip. I'm so glad we were able to do it to celebrate Grandad and to see so many family members.