We were freezing in southern Utah for Christmas this year -- no it did not snow, and during the day it was actually quite lovely, but as soon as the sun went down, brrrr!
We had a nice time, once the kids calmed down a bit that is. They get so excited to see Grandma, their favorite person!
Before we even got there with our presents, the tree was loaded with presents for the boys. Not only that, but my mom had prepared daily presents ON the tree that the boys could hunt down and open. Can we say
Dan asked for a bunch of tools this year, I got him a new stereo for his truck, my parents got us mummy bags for camping (so cozy!) and his grandpa built him a bird feeder. In the middle there, you see him starting us out with the annual reading of Luke II from the Bible, from when Jesus was born. It's good to remember that Christmas isn't all about presents! :)
I got a lot more than this but didn't think to hand the camera over. Lots of red kitchen supplies! Toaster, skillet, and blender. I'm so practical, I know! Also, a hand-knitted scarf from my mom, a nice new cookie sheet, and lots of other little items.
Sean wanted just money this year because he is saving up for something electronic, but the boys collectively got a Wii. I think we're the last people in the universe to get one, ha! The boys have been on it ever since.
Santa brought the boys these fun silly goggle straws! Cameron also asked for a drafting kit, craft supplies, a computer game, and games for the Wii.
Ethan asked for new pajamas, so all the boys got a new set. He also got a Book of Mormon Scene It?! Game, some Wii supplies, legos, and other goodies from Grandma.
We got my parents a digital picture frame (love those things)! They also got a bunch of gift cards and a vacation from my brothers!
Mom kept us well fed and well entertained. While there, we went to Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, went out for Chinese food one day, saw the "Puss in Boots" movie, ate pizza, built legos, read books, went for walks, drove around to look at Christmas lights, went after-Christmas shopping, watched movies on the big screen TV, and had an EXCELLENT Christmas Dinner.
It was another great visit. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for everything, and thanks for making it a Merry Christmas! :)