Saturday, January 23, 2010

Backtrack to Christmas...

Christmas is such a wonderful time. Full of the Saviors love, family, and friends. Sometimes, it also can be a stressful time- worrying about presents, entertaining, and money. Hopefully, everyone was able to really partake of the earlier three, and try to forget about the latter...

This Christmas was really fun for us...
The first Christmas in our new home.
The first Christmas for Allison.

The first Christmas Dallin really understood things.

As some of you know, we celebrate "Christmas Adam". It's a tradition Jeff and I started our first Christmas together. Since we knew we'd be gone with our families on Christmas Eve, we wanted the night before (Christmas Adam- Christmas Eve... Adam came before Eve... :) Got it?) to be the night with just our little family traditions. So... Every year, we have celebrated this night. It is the night that Santa comes (Yes... we're privileged to have him make a special early trip) and we do our own little traditions together with our kids.
Dallin was VERY specific on what he wanted from Santa this year:
"A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with a glove balloon with Goofy inside and Mickey and Donald"
. (Thank you EBAY!)
He wrote a cute little letter to Santa and drew a picture of Mickey and wrote his name. He was very particular about the cookies too- The two red ones were for Santa, the blue one was for the reindeer to share, and the yellow one was for Rudolph. :)

The kids got in their cute jammies and headed to bed...

and didn't wake up until almost 10:00!
Jeff and I were more excited than they were! :)

*Just so you know... Dallin DID get the Goofy- but Santa brought it to Grandma's house the next morning. :) Ooops...*
Showing our Christmas Cheer:

Allison didn't understand why everything was in Paper... it took her a few days to really figure out what she was supposed to do.. :)

Later that day, we went over to Cedar to spend some time with Jeff's family. His Dad's family gets together every Christmas Eve and has a big dinner, acts out the nativity, and has a little talent show. Its a lot of fun to see all of his cousins and have a fun time with them. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera... arg...
Every Christmas Eve, Jeff's dad also reads a book called "Why the Chimes Rang". Before Jeff's mother passed away when he was young, she used to read it to them. It's a beautiful story about two brothers and their ultimate charity and love. After the book was read, we headed to bed.
The next morning was different than any Christmas I was used to. We all woke up. Read some scriptures. Talked. Ate a great Breakfast. And then we realized that there were still presents to open. We all were having so much fun together- we just kind of forgot. It was wonderful! We all finally rolled into the front room and had a fun time opening presents.
Jeff in his shirt I got him (isn't he hot?) :), and Dallin with MORE Lightning McQueen:

Later that Christmas Day afternoon, we headed up to Nephi to my Grandma Apple Valley's and Papa Bill's house. (That's not her real name... I just had so many grandmas when I was younger, and she just happened to live in Apple Valley at the time I came up with new names for them all :)... it just stuck). Almost the whole family went up the their house for a big Christmas dinner, presents, and spending the night. I didn't really take any pictures that either... (I didn't do too well in the picture department this year.) I did get this one of Allison and her cousin Connor though. Arn't they cute in their little sweatsuits? :)

We woke up to a wonderful breakfast and headed out with all of their snow mobiles to the near-by mountain. We all had so much fun! It was cold... but they had a little trailer with an awesome heater and hot chocolate! Mmmm! We all had SOOO much fun!

Me and my Allie-Bug... Jeff and I on a ride...

Dallin LOVIN' the snow...

My Mama, Kellie, and Me... Cute Mom and Darrell...

Kellie and Garrett... My Bro...

Papa Bill and Grandma A.V.- Arn't they cute?...
And My Aunt Kate and Cousin Brooke...

Dallin's obsessed with Hot Chocolate... Chillin' in the trailer...

We come back from Nephi on Sunday, stayed the night in Cedar, and headed home the next day after some grocery shopping. On Tuesday we watched Connor for Kellie and Garrett all day and night while they went to Brian Head for their anniversary. I'm definitely glad I don't have twins! :) He was really cute though.

Then on Wednesday, we finally got to have Christmas with my Dad. Kellie and Garrett came back to our house after Brian Head and my brother Scott was here also. We made a Ham dinner, and watched movies, opened presents, and talked. My dad also made a yummy waffle breakfast in the morning. It was really relaxing and nice. Again... I didn't take any pictures and I was really bummed. We only see my dad a few times a year... Luckily, Scott- who was riding home with my dad- forgot something at our house and I ran outside to snap a quick picture of them (and my dad's dogs) before they left.

We really did have a wonderful Christmas! We are definitely blessed with much more than we need and family so close. We are very blessed by the Lord. I'm thankful for him and this wonderful time of year we have to celebrate his birth.


Marci said...

i need that shirt you got jeff...its perfect! i got nick one that say's "Free Gas" its pretty perfect for him too...but he needs a video game one too.
your christmas looked fun and busy..i miss hanging out with you dude...hey one memory jill and i were talking about the other day and i was laughing my BUTT OFF about it casue i had totally forgot about it....was when eddie (our dog, for those of you who dont know and might read this) chased you all over my house for at least an hour trying to do naughty things to you, and you had to jump up on top of the counter and he was jumping up trying to get you..such a funny memory! the other one is when i think it was landon came out of the bathroom with penut butter on the toilet paper and you totally thought is was #2 and he chased you with it and your were screaming and he wiped it on you and you were gaging until we told you what is really was!!!!!!! that was a good one too. Man i miss the days were we teased jenna ALL the time!!!!
*Good Memories*

Jenna Marie said...

Haha... Marci- How could I NOT forget those "good" times! :) ahha... Although- it wasn't Landon- it was Chase- and he chased Nick- and got it on Landon and I. We were both about to throw up! haha! Good Memories indeed! :) And I got the shirt at Target. They might still have them. :)

Kristen said...

I too think that I need Jeff's shirt for my husband. Funny how we married men that are in to video games. Hmm... anyway your kids are growing so much. Allison is darling and I love looking at all her cute outfits and bows. I am glad that Santa was able to bring Dallin a Mickey Mouse Club House. Ebay and the internet have saved me many a time. I am excited to see pictures of your new house. I would love to see it in person, but we haven't made it up to the cabin in over a year. Hope to see you soon.

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