I started this season off with a resolution that I was going to take my camera everywhere and document all the fun we have during our trips to Utah. Then, about a day or two in I lost the camera and didn't find it until a day before we came home. Luckily other people had their cameras and have filled in for my mistake.One of the traditions that we always do in Ogden is tour Christmas Village with my family. There are a lot of things said about Ogden, but it is my home town and it makes me feel proud that it is doing so well. When I was little I loved peeking in all the little houses to see the Christmas displays, and now I enjoy trying to get a look while keeping up with Rocky.
For the ladies in my family I made a letter picture. The ones for Kristin and Jill were made out of old jewelry, my mom's was made of bottle caps and buttons for the little girls. We made a hidden book for Jared and Brandon made an awesome Legend of Zelda perpetual calendar for Ethan and a mini skeeball game that sort of worked out for Caleb. Everyone else got terrariums and jam.
We received a bunch of nice homemade things too. Kristin made bags for my girls and they also gave us a great picture of the 80's ABCs and an Anastasia music box that was a great find. Jill made the guys skinny ties and the girls nest jewelry that totally rocks. She also made soda bottle soap dispensers and a completely unbelievable one-of-a-kind pop-up-book for Ethan that floored us all. Aynna made me a great pair of fingerless gloves, Indee and Debbie made pot-holders, and Hayden made a University of Oregon duct tape wallet. It was awesome.
At the very beginning of December when we were still at home we went to the light parade in Salem. It was super fun because Brandon was done with all his tests and we just were able to kick back and enjoy being together. It really wasn't a big thing but I just want to remember it forever.
The pinata for the year was a protester, of course. It makes me wonder if any of them will still be out there camping next year. If they do we'll just have to lengthen the beard next time.
Rocky felt a special kinship this year with Santa. When she sat on his lap she told him that she wanted him to give her a bicycle. But, then, when he gave her pom-poms instead she said, "Well, maybe next year on the bike."
Daisy agreed to be a shepherd too and wore the traditional blue bath robe, but she wouldn't do it unless she could bring her fruit snacks with her.
And what is a Christmas without the Grinch?
The only bad thing about our trip this year was that everyone was sick. But, with a few days in bed and some antibiotics we came through it no worse for the wear.
These girls were lovin' on Caleb and Becky the whole trip.
No wonder I feel completely exhausted. We had a ton of fun this Christmas spending time with family and good friends. Although it is always a whirlwind of craziness to pack up and spend a few weeks away from home it is always worth it because it reminds us how lucky we are to have such special people in our lives.