Lets see if I can catch up from our Christmas vacation. The week before Christmas I was doing Christmas dinner prep. I made rolls one day, I made cinnamon rolls another day, I cooked and de-boned the turkey on another day. I tried to do as much ahead of time as I could.The kids got out of school on the Friday before Christmas. The girls helped me make treats to take to friends that day. On the Saturday before Christmas we met my local family and we went ice-skating. It was the first time my kids have gone. It was super fun. They blasted Christmas music the whole time. It was great. Gabby picked it up pretty quickly. Luckily they had push carts that were a life saver. On Christmas Eve we went to a church service at the UU church that I enjoyed. I watched Christmas movies all day and finished making dinner. My friend Karen joined us that night. We had a turkey dinner. After dinner we sang some songs and read some poems and played Guesstures! I was so excited to find the old game on ebay for $20! They were trying to sell it on amazon for $70. Rip!
On Christmas morning we opened presents and had breakfast. The rest of the day we didn't do much. I was pretty tired from all of the Christmas prep and tried to relax. We just ate leftovers that day. I decided that next year I think I want to have a real dinner on Christmas day and not just leftovers. I think we will steal my friends tradition and have soup and scones. Yum!
The day after Christmas we got packed up and headed down to Utah. That night we got to do Christmas again. We opened presents and had our gift exchange which is always a hit. We played some games after that. Wednesday was Corbin's birthday! He's 10! We checked out Harry Potter World at the mall and then we went to Air Time. After that we went to Hires for dinner and they were slammed! It was the most crowded I've ever seen it. It took them over an hour to get us our food. It was Corbin's least favorite part about his birthday. After that it was back to the house for donut reindeer and presents.
On Thursday we went to the Sweets factory for a tour. It was actually pretty "sweet!" Later we went to the movie Coco which I loved. That night Clark hosted a casino night and we tried to win all the dough playing craps. Gordon came out the richest.
On Friday we hung around during the day and we went to the Luminara light show at Thanksgiving Point that night. It was pretty amazing! On Saturday we went a couple of museums and to lunch at the Brick Oven. We were planning on going home but we decided we were in no hurry to get home since the kids wouldn't be going back to school until the 8th. So we will be ringing in the New Year in Utah and heading home tomorrow. I have to work Tuesday morning and it will be brutal! I've been going to bed past midnight and sleeping in until after 8:00 for a week. I am not looking forward to tying to go to bed at 9:00 pm and waking up at 4:15 am, wish me luck!
|The girls helping me make friend treats.|
|It snowed on Friday before Christmas so we went and checked out the lights at a neighborhood by our house.|
|Yummy cinnamon rolls!|
|Here we are!|
|Chrtimas Eve dinner. I busted out the China.|
|I made a Christmas jello.|
|The girls got hatchimals!|
|Nerf guns and light sabers!|
|It snowed for Christmas!!!|
|Gabby's present. She decorated the bag so cute I took a picture.|
|My brother Gabe dropped this off. So cute. Growing up my family had waffles and salmon for Christmas morning breakfast.|
|Ryan being silly on the drive to Utah|
|Gabby made hand made presents for everyone. She made Clark a mistletoe picture.|
|The boys have been having a great time playing!|
|Harry Potter World|
|We stood in line for 30 minutes to get inside and mostly it's just an overpriced store inside. Ha.|
|They did have this game set up inside.|
|Corbin opening presents.|
|Rustin and Gabby making breakfast.|
|Colie and Rustin live next door and the kids have practically been at their house the entire trip. They've had sleepovers and unlimited snacks. It's been the best!|
|Piper and cousin Greta have had some great quality time this trip.|
|Here we were waiting for everyone to finish up at Luminaria. brr. I was so cold by that point.|