We had a wonderful trip to Illinois for Christmas this year spending time with family and friends whom we don’t get to see often enough. We decided to break up our trip into a two day drive thinking it would be easier on both us and Brady. In hind site it may not have made that much of a difference since he opted to sleep most of the way.
We were fortunate to have wonderful weather while we were away. The drive up was uneventful with the exception of a small stretch of fog as thick as split pea soup. We had our white Christmas receiving about 2 inches of snow on Christmas Eve. While driving around up there I was beginning to think every truck sold in Illinois comes equipped with a snow plow attached.
The kids had a great Christmas and received more bounty than a pirate could wish for on his best day. This made for a very crowded ride home which we were made aware of multiple times from Ariana.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to go out and take as many photos as I would have liked to. Mostly because I was enjoying just hanging out with family and friends, partly because of the kids, and a little bit because it was really cold.
The following shot was taken in Marriott’s Courtyard. I spent 4 days wanting to shoot this before I actually made the time to do so. Thankfully the holiday season is the slowest for hotels and I was fortunate that nobody disturbed the snow before I could get out there. The night I shot this is was 9º outside. Granted that is with the wind chill, but it sure is cold when your waiting for you 30 second exposures to fire off.