Monday, February 07, 2011


Okay, I usually break this up into about three posts, but since I have been slack on my picture taking and I’m in a bit of  a rush to get caught up, this will all be combined into one. 

On Christmas Eve, we had our traditional dinner at my mom and dad’s house.  It was a little sparse this year Sad smile.  Dan and Kim are living in Salt Lake and didn’t make it home this year, and Laura and Chris are in China and the definitely didn’t make it home.   We missed them all dearly, but we still had a very nice time celebrating Christmas together.


This Santa brings back lots of memories.  My parents had it up every year while I was growing up.  Emily found it in the attic and pulled it out this year.  It was fun to get a picture of the next generation with it.


After a super yummy dinner, we talked about the Christmas Story.  I loved seeing my sweet Mikayla set up each piece of The Nativity and talk about each individual in the story and their importance and purpose. 

After the important stuff, we moved on to some of the more silly stuff.  My mom found these cute reindeer ears and noses for the grandkids.


Mikayla was super excited because she had specifically asked my mom for a reindeer costume.  She got her wish!


Gavin loved being Rudolph, too.  He walked around and kept saying, “I Rudolph!!”


Andrew was not quite as thrilled with the costume. Smile


Me holding my little reindeer.


On Christmas morning, the kids let us sleep in until about 7:45.  I think as Mikayla is getting older, that probably won’t be the case for years to come, though.


Both of them loved the Pillow Pets that Santa brought.  They were a hit!IMG_1026

Gavin, the Toy Story fanatic, was thrilled with the Buzz and Woody costume box that Santa brought.  He immediately put on the Woody costume and wore it all morning.


He also loved his Rex doll.  I think we are getting close to having the entire cast of Toy Story 3!


Mikayla got a little vet hospital that she was very happy about.  I would not be shocked if she ended up being a vet one day – she loves animals!


While I fixed our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of Monkey Bread, the kids watched a Mickey Mouse Christmas special in the new chairs that Santa brought them.


We also had a little Christmas bonus!  For the first time in over 100 years, Atlanta had a White Christmas.  It started snowing around 9am Christmas morning.  By the time we left to go to Jeremy’s parents around 2pm, this is how much snow we already had on the ground.  It continued to snow through the day and we ended up with about three inches.  When we were headed home from Jeremy’s parents later that evening, Gavin asked if we were going to The North Pole.  I’m sure it felt that way!

Now, I have no pictures, but I didn’t want to forget to talk about the wonderful time we had at Jeremy’s parents house.  We had a great dinner and had a wonderful time spending time with each other. 

I feel so blessed that we are able to spend time with all of our family during the Christmas season.  Its nice to not have to pick who we see.  I’m so glad that my kids are able to see everyone!