Sitting on a car and driving for a long hours always pays off once you reach your destination. Spending Christmas with your family is the best time of the year, no matter how far and how long you haven’t seen each other, a family will always reunite with one special occasion. A bonding that will last for a lifetime. I’ve been away from my husband’s family for awhile and they’re here to spend Christmas with me. They drove all the way from Los Angeles, a 16 hour drive away from home. Thankfully, they got here safe and sound with only one person missing…wishing that my husband, Kyle, is here with us to celebrate this glorious holiday with us.
Day 0 – The arrival. Finally, they’re here. Sore butts and not so well stretched legs are now on the move. A care package of a dozen Jollibee aloha burgers (a famous Filipino fast food, much more like McDonalds in the US) and boxes of cheese and guava rolls from Portos bakery, all the way from Los Angeles (yay!). I’ve been craving for these goodies for awhile now and I’m so happy that I got them. Happy stomach means happy me.
Day 1 – Woke up early, had breakfast and now we’re on the move. We drove around and I showed them the Lubbock area, stopped by at the gun shop & butcher shop. After a few hours of drive, we had our lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse, a 20 oz juicy and yummy high quality beef that suffice our hungry stomach.
A windy chill breeze did not stop us to be on our feet again. Next stop, downtown (oldest town where the streets are still made of bricks) to get some flyers and information at the Lubbock tourism. The lady gave us some postcards to send out to our love ones. Since the streets are not that busy, we got the chance to take a lot of pictures.
We went home for dinner and took some rest. Our last adventure for the night was we drove to Mackenzie Park where Santa Land awaits. A seasonal event that only comes once a year on the month of December. Our city transformed the park into a beautiful winter wonderland full of illuminated displays and activities for the entire family. Oh, and don’t forget to dress warm and bring your camera with you to take a picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus at no extra charge.
Day 2 – Woke up early and went to the butcher shop to buy some fresh meat and then went to a store called Market Street to get fresh produce and then to Costco for more groceries. Since we have our very own chef in our family, I never miss to taste his home cook meal and learn his secret recipe for his famous “kare-kare” dish. After getting stuffed up, we went out to shop.
Day 3 – Christmas Eve. As a family tradition, we always celebrate Christmas by cooking some traditional gourmet food for our “noche buena” (another term for Christmas eve). A celebration of happiness, joy and glorious day as we welcome the birth of Christ at the midnight of 25th. A last minute shopping for souvenirs and gifts for our family and friends. We also attended the 11pm mass as we thank and celebrate His birthday and the best part of all, present for everyone!
Day 4 – Christmas day, we just stayed at home since most of the shops are closed. We all watched movies and TV shows all day and then listened to each other stories and wrapped more gifts.
Day 5 – Shopping, shopping and more shopping! As they say, “shop until you drop”. Everybody loves sale and nobody passes out for a good deal. Considering its after Christmas, we got more discounts + coupons. Yay for all of us!
For their last shopping spree before heading back to California the next day, we went to get a Texans premium meat, souvenir from Texas Tech and more shopping at the West End outlet. Wind chills of 14 degrees with gust of 40mph, nevertheless we still went and attended the 5:30pm mass. Once we got home, we started packing their stuff while watching the news.
Due to a blizzard warning and winter storms, long travel is not advised. I told them to stay around until the road clears out and the storm has passed (they all agreed to stay). Interstates were closed due to winter mix condition, a 40 – 60 mph gust with snow of 10-18 inches (5 to 15 feet in some areas) plus thunderstorm and tornados that hit Dallas and Alabama. In short, they are stranded with me in the house and cooped out for few days.
Day 6 to Day 10 – Hello blizzard and snow. We’re all hibernating, eat, sleep and watch TV. Nobody wants to go out and build a snowman with me. Haha… They said it was way to cold ( -5 wind chills…brrr!). I even took pictures at night as the heavy snow continues falling from the skies. A 10″ deep of fine snow, how I wish my husband is here so we can have a snowball fight or make snow angel, our very own winter wonderland!
Day 11 – Finally, we can get out of the house after a few days of hybernating. We shoveled the driveway so we can go out. So thankful that they’re here to help me out.
After shoveling the snow for few hours, we called it a day
Day 12 – New Year’s Eve. Now we can go to Costco and buy some more supplies and food for tonight’s “medya noche“. I got stucked while getting out of our driveway (lol), highways were plowed & supermarkets got their deliveries as well (they run out of stock during the storm).
Day 13 – after another week of unexpected extended stay. At last, the interstates and highways are now open. Still icy and slippery nevertheless they needed to travel back home. I’m so happy that they are here to celebrate 2016 with me. I just wish that my husband Kyle is with us.
To my mother-in-law, Mommy Ruby, Tito Art & Tita Becky, thank you for driving all the from California just to see me in Texas. Kyle and I really do appreciate it and hope to see you again soon before we go overseas. Happy New Year!