Well Christmas vacation is officially over. Chad is at school at a meeting. There are no kids there today, but they still needed to be there for a meeting at 9am. I think that Maddie is happy to be home, sleeping in her own bed, and playing with all her toys. We are all glad to be home in our own place and not living out of suitcases, but we enjoyed our trip up to Wisconsin. The last time I wrote was the 27th. That afternoon we headed up to Germantown to hang with the Janetzke clan and some extended family. It was good to see everyone who was there, but the evening was a little shorter than we probably would have liked, but Maddie and Emma were still under the weather and so they needed to get home to bed. Thursday was spent running around with Grandma Heff trying to get things for the mini-family fun night on Friday. Maddie was with us in the morning. We then headed home for lunch, Maddie took a nap and Grandma and I were back out. The evening brought Katie and James over to see the girls and then we got to go out with them for dinner. We went to Saz's, the wait was over an hour, so we then went to The Chancery. We hung out there for a bit and then went over to Leff's for a beer. Friday was getting things packed and ready to go. Amy and Ben got to the house about noon and we got to play with them for awhile. The evening was my mom's card club get together. We were up at Mount Olive and it was good to see all of them. The little kids seemed to enjoy the games we put together and also all the prizes they got. Cousin Sam wasn't feeling well, so Amy headed home, but Ben stayed and slept over at Grandma and Grandpa's with us. Saturday morning we headed out for Joplin, MO at about 8:45am. We pulled into Jolpin at about 7:30 that night. We made pretty good time and the girls did great in the car. I think that they were so tired, that they appreciated just being able to sleep whenever. Maddie ran around the hotel room awhile until bedtime. We then headed out on Sunday morning about 8:30am and were on our way to Carrollton. We got there around 2pm and spent New Year's Eve playing cards and visiting with the Wilde's. Yesterday we got on the road at about 10:15 and were home in Spring by 2pm. It was nice to get home and to be able to unpack everything. Maddie was happy to see her toys and I think just a familiar place. The next couple of days will be low key and on Thursday Grandpa Janetzke comes for about a week and a half. He has some meetings here in Houston and also in San Antonio. Baseball starts on the 22nd and the girls and I are leaving on February 1st for Wisconsin. I have a feeling that this month is going to fly by. We hope that everyone had a Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year.