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Day 167- Christmas Hiatus

Day 167- Christmas Hiatus

Happy Holidays,

As mentioned the day before, we had not quite finished our book. So, I woke up at 4:00 feeling fully rested and wanting to read the last 50 or so pages. I nudged Levi to see if he was awake and told him I wanted to read. He said, "ya, go for it!" There we were in the dark, sitting in our tent with a headlamp reading the last of the book. We finished and enjoyed the end, and the fact that we finished the book so quickly. Then we made some oatmeal for breakfast and were on our way. Not having the book to distract me and knowing I was going to see my family at the end of the day made the time go by very slow.

We realized we would get to our destination sooner than expected, so we would only have to walk until one. Along the way we met one guy in his truck who offered us a gallon of water. In most cases we would be so thankful and excited for that, but we knew we wouldn't need it this go round. We stopped to make soup for lunch, and then finally we made it to the exit off Interstate 10. My Auntie Nay came and picked us up and I was so excited to see her. We drove into Coachella Valley, where all  my mom's side of the family lives, and it was nice to see a familiar area. Auntie Nay treated us to In N Out burger; Levi and I had been craving it for a long time but had not yet had to the chance to eat it since making it back into In N Out territory. Then we went back to her house, showered, did laundry, and ate a ton of my cousin, Ally's, delicious cookies. We started watching the Avengers, but didn't finish before Uncle Pat came home from work and it was time to go to my Uncle Bobby and Aunt Patti's house for dinner. 

We went over there and enjoyed spending time with family and eating delicious pasole and tamales.I met a great-great uncle as well, always fun meeting distant relatives. I enjoyed a couple beers, but they really just made me tired more than anything. We left their house around 11 and went back to Auntie Nay's. I enjoyed a cup of tea and put the Avengers back on, but I didn't last but 20 minutes before falling asleep. The end of the day meant the start of our Chistmas Hiatus. We had bought plane tickets the day after Thanksgiving when we realized we would not be finished with our journey in time to enjoy Christmas with our families. As with the last hiatus, we would put our budget on hold. My Auntie Nay would take us to the airport and we would go to our respective homes to spend 7 days with our  families. Levi and I were quite excited to be home, to enjoy the company of loved ones, and to give our bodies a break.

Excited,

Shikira