So I know my last post had nothing to do with Christmas, but since it was something I should have done 6 years ago I decided to post it right away!
Okay, so now on with our Christmas vacation. After spending 4 lovely days with the Pratt family we headed up to Vegas. We actually needed to be in Vegas on December 23rd by 3pm because we were meeting Deonna at my mom's house so that we could deliver some gifts our family had donated for a Veteran. It was really neat to sponsor a veteran, someone who has done so much for our country and our freedom. It was a good reminder of "giving" during the Christmas season. The 23rd also happened to be Deonna's birthday, so that evening the whole tribe-something like 22 of us met at Bucca di Beppos for some yummy food. As always with my family we ordered way too much food, but hey I love left overs so no worries! Since Ethan's birthday is the 26th of December and my mom's is the 17th, we celebrated their birthdays too!
Ethan and Deonna behind the birthday candles!
Wyatt, Tera and mom in the background!
The other side of the table-Deonna, Ethan, Katie with Jeromy and Grandma in the background.
Christmas Eve we spent making GingerBread houses (thanks mom for getting those) and watching the Polar Express (our tradition-I just love the idea of "believing" in Christmas and in Santa...I still hear the bell!). The poor litle guys (Wyatt and Evan) couldn't really help with the gingerbread houses...too many small hard candies. Of course they didn't understand that, they wanted to be right in the action!
Building Gingerbread houses! Look at Wyatt eating a cookie-one of the distractions used to keep him from Gingerbread houses!
Great Grandma and Wyatt!
Scott, Dallin and Ellie building one house!
Michael and Ethan constructing the other house.
Evan just hanging out by the tree. Doesn't his face just tell you everything.."This stinks, I can't even touch all the goodies!"
Katie showing off her fine craftmanship. Notice the little head and hand reaching to eat the goodies off of her tree-EVAN!
Wyatt and Tera-the other little guy who couldn't touch anything!
Finished houses and happy kids! Look at Wyatt, he is totally eyeing the houses and candy! Haha!
After the movie, and the Ginger Bread houses, we read the "Christmas Story" and then the real Christmas story in Luke 2. It was nice to sit and listen to these stories and share these traditions with our kids. By this time it was getting pretty late and so we had the kids open up a gift-jammas! This is the first time we had done this, but I think that we will keep this tradition. Dallin loved his clone wars pj's although by this time we noticed he was burning up with a fever. Poor little guy. My kids tend to get sick when we travel. So, needless to say he was ready to go to bed. Evan was already down for the night by this time, so there is no picture that evening of his cool dark night batman pj's.
What can I say, Christmas was a wonderful day! We woke up early-not too early, fortunately our kids are still pretty little and wake up generally around the same time everyday, regardless of if it is Christmas or not. Although poor Ethan (who turned 9 the next day) had been up for hours I believe waiting for the time he was allowed to wake up his parents. The kids anxiously waited at the top of the stairs. Once they were allowed to come down, they looked like they were racing through the streets of spain being chased by bulls (does that paint the picture?!), they were so excited. Dallin and Evan loved what Santa brought them: a drive through window for McDonald's. Michael asked if Santa was pushing our kids towards jobs in the fast food industry...hey, that is where we both got our start-so don't knock it! After that, the present frenzy began. Dallin was so excited for everything and well Evan, he really had no idea what was going on...in fact he spent most of his time playing with the McDonald toy. We too were spoiled as well. After the present madness we headed to the kitchen and had our traditional big Christmas breakfast-yummy! Later that day we headed to Aunt Sue's and Uncle Jim's house for a wonderful Christmas dinner and then more presents. It was nice to be surrounded by family. Unfortunately, Grandpa had fallen the day before so he couldn't make it, and Cody (Deonna's fiance) had to work, so we were missing some of the family. We took some family pic's and some played games. Our boys still weren't feeling that great so we headed home bit earlier than the rest. It was a wonderful and exhausting day! I just love being with our family and enjoying the holidays!
I will post our "post-Christmas" activities soon! Posting about Christmas makes me sad, knowing that is over...oh, well something to look forward to later this year. I sure it will be here again in no time!
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