Tour de Midwest: Christmas 2011

Christmas in Chicago was awesome. Didn’t snow, which was kind of a bummer, but at the same time, it was in the 40s and 50s (typical SF winter weather) so  you could actually walk around the city without your snot freezing.  We flew home this year for two whole weeks. Which was nice because we were able to spend a week with my family and a week with Jon’s. So a lot of our families were able to meet our little nugget for the first time.

Week 1

We spent the first week driving back and forth between Chicago, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and Wisconsin. My Dad was nice enough to lend us his Hummer for our entire trip so we had some wheels to rely on. TG. Lilla was a good little backseat passenger too. Which made our mini roadtrips that much more enjoyable.

Lilla definitely raked it in in the gift department. Between my Mom, Terry, Dad, Nancy, Kirby and all the relatives, she’s now an unofficial spokesmodel for Carter’s and Fischer-Price. 🙂 Although she seemed to enjoy the wrapping paper more than the gifts themselves. Typical 6 month old.

I also loved seeing my parents and sister with her. They’re such great grandparents. And Kirby’s an awesome aunt. Lilla’s a lucky little girl.

Week 2

For our second leg of the trip, we drove to Jon’s hometown of Geneseo, Illinois early Christmas morning. It was kind of bittersweet because this was the last year of spending Christmas in the Geneseo house as Jon’s parents Jerry and Linda are in the midst of building their dream/retirement home on the lake at Oak Run. Christmas 2012 will be celebrated there. Everyone can hardly wait.

Lilla was a big hit with the Rodgers family. And she was able to spend some quality time with her Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncle and cousins. She really digs Drew, Jack and Ava. And something tells me she’ll be Ava’s little shadow when she gets older.

There was a lot of card playing, quality family time and amazing eating during that second week. Pretty sure I gained at least 5lbs

The pics below are a great recap of our Tour de Midwest. Enjoy!

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