Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Christmas...

Our Christmas was so great. We truly are so blessed (and spoiled). We basically had a whole week of festivities... our poor little guy has no idea that Christmas is just one day. :) This month has been really hard trying to tell him that he had to keep waiting to open presents... but he did it (almost. :) Everyday, he'd wake up asking "Is it Christmas yet?". Then after I said no, he'd walk around the whole rest of the day saying "It's almost Christmas!" Here's our eventful week.

Monday before Christmas-
We had a great day full of LOTS of snow, and later that night had two of my piano students over to my house for a little recital with their mom and dad. We all had a really fun time and the kids did great! :) (The little girl switched her song on me and had me play the duet with her, without ever practicing before... sheesh! :) It's so great to see how much kids can learn.

To all those who don't know- We celebrate Christmas Adam around here. (The day before Christmas Eve... Adam came before Eve... Get it?) Since we do so much traveling, Santa thankfully obliged to come one night early just for us so we can have a morning home with our presents. That day, we went over to our great friends' house- the Blodgetts... and had a little Christmas party with them. Dallin had a great time out in all of the snow... don't mind the pink outfit... he borrowed from a house full of girls... :)

Then we went home, had dinner, acted out the Christmas story with Dallin and his stuffed Nativity set... Set out a cupcake on the plate I made for us this year and a letter to Santa... and sent Dallin of to bed...

Oh... and note to self...
DO NOT wait to open boxes of presents that need to be put together until that night... You'll find that the pieces have multiplied themselves and turned into 2,000 tiny little pieces that take forever to screw together... :) Santa and Mrs. Claus were up until VERY late!!

Chrismas Eve-
We woke up and found that Santa had came! But Dallin was still sleeping... so we waited... and waited... and waited... and finally at 10:30- we decided that we would wake him up! He wasn't very happy with us, and he took a minute to get fully woken up (as you can see in this video). I felt so bad though. I think he thought that Santa was going to BE there when he woke up. :( The rest of the day he kept telling everybody that he "ate his cupcake all gone" but that "Santa was lost! He was not there!" I guess I should have explained that one a little better... Here's some pictures of some of his presents.... Once he really woke up, he really loved them!

After opening presents, we packed up the car and headed to Cedar. Jeff's extended family always has a big Christmas dinner and program on Christmas eve, and this year it was at Jeff's mom's house. She did a great job and the dinner was wonderful!! :) There weren't a ton a little kids there this year, so our nativity was quite scarce. Dallin was a cute little wise man though. (There was only one this year :) He was really excited to give baby Jesus his gifts. Unfortunately, Jeff had the camera and was way in the back, so we didn't get too many pictures. I thought he was cute though. :)
Every Christmas Eve, Jeff's dad reads this story called "Why the Bells Chimed". His mom read it to him when he was little. It's a great little story and a fun tradition to have every Christmas. I stayed up kind of late again that night finishing a few presents that I was so good to procrastinate on... Someday I'll learn...

Christmas Day-
We woke up and had another morning full of presents. It was really fun. Dallin opened up one of his bigger presents- a Little Einsteins Rocket with all of the people (For those who don't know- it's from a show on Playhouse Disney). He LOVES this show. Jeff and I were really excited to give it to him.

We also were able to talk to Jeff's brother Danny for a little while on the phone (He's in Germany on an LDS mission) It was really fun to talk to him!
At about 2:00- we headed down to St. George to My great grandma's house and had a wonderful time over there. We got a lot of gift certificates for some fun dates (We LOVE that!)

Finally- at 8:00 we got to my mom's house and had MORE Christmas. :) But for some reason I didn't take any pictures... I loved the outfit and slippers I got from my mom though... So comfy!

Friday- Day after Christmas-
I went out to lunch with my sister Kellie and my friend Marci and her little boy Kaylin. Pasta Factory! :) I seriously am so in love with their breadsticks and alfredo... there's no other place like it! I wish I had a Pasta Factory in my house! Or at least a lifetime suply of their alfredo... We did a little shopping and I finally bought an outfit for our little girl. Dallin picked out one too, which I thought was really cute. We played Scene it with my family for a little while and then that night, Jeff and Dallin unfortuneately found themselves a little under the weather. Not fun at all!

Jeff and Dallin felt a little better, but not quite themselves still. We headed over to Kellie and Garrett's house and made a Christmas Dinner for my Dad and his wife Dana. They flew in that afternoon (my dad has his piolet's license) and we had a fun little afternoon with them. I might add- just to make my brother mad... that my dad WASTED him in Madden.

On our way out of town, we drove past the Temple to show Dallin the lights. So beautiful!

MY LAST DAY IN NURSERY! :) Oh happy day! I can finally go to Relief Society again!

And Monday-
A Beautiful day!! Jeff and our friend Bruce took Dallin and his oldest daughter Eva sledding. Jeff didn't even wear a jacket most of the time because it was so nice outside. The kids had a blast... and the guys almost died a few times... :) Luckily I wasn't there the whole time to witness the crazy stuff...

Ok... Well... So that was a REALLY REALLY long post... but this really is like my journal so I needed to do it. We really had a great week, and this week has been just as fun... (But more relaxing thank goodness!) Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!


Kristen said...

I enjoyed your really long post. You have a lot of cool traditions in your family. I like Adam Eve how clever.

Josh and Amber said...

Your Christmas looked liked so much fun!! I'm glad you guys had a Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!

kgthayer said...

hallo! your long post was fun to read. i really liked that picture of dallin in the pink coat. pretty stinkin funny... :)