Christmas 2014

We really wanted to start the tradition of having Christmas at home this year.  But as time got closer, I started thinking it might be fun to surprise my family in California.  It just sounded so awesome.  But Dan ended up having a colonoscopy scheduled for the 23rd (which showed no Crohn’s disease! Yea!) so that made it impossible.  But all things work out for a reason.  The night before Christmas Eve Sophie and Jack both woke up in the night throwing up and spent most of Christmas Eve under the weather (but thankfully were back to normal by Christmas day).  That sure would have been miserable to deal with on the road!  And, as it turns out, having Christmas with our little family was really, really cool.  We liked it a lot!  We spent some time on Christmas Eve reading Luke 2 and talking about the Savior’s birth.  We then watched Home Alone 2 (edited a little for language) which the kids thought was so so funny.  It was awesome to hear the kids run up the stairs in the morning and find their gifts.  They were so excited!  So I am really happy with how it all turned out.  We also woke up to a snowy, snowy day which was so neat.  It was the first snowfall of the season and it was a lot!  The kids really loved building a snowman and playing outside.  We were able to Skype with my family and the Herway’s which we loved!  We went to Dan’s parents house later in the afternoon and had a nice dinner and opened more gifts.  It was the perfect day!

The day after Christmas, once the snow cleared enough, we hit the road for California to be with my whole family.  We ended up staying the night in Las Vegas since traffic through California looked pretty bad that night.  We had a good overnight and then hit the road.  We made it to Bakersfield by lunch time where we met everyone at our favorite sandwich place, Sequoia.  The rest of the week we just spent time with cousins and played lots of games.  We went bowling one day and to the park.  And also watched a lot of college football.  It was a great little week long trip.  When we were pulling out of my parents driveway Jack started to cry.  He said “I have just had the best time here.”  That is too sad.  Then I cried too.  Living far away is hard sometimes!





I’m back…and going to attempt once again to get caught up!

This little one had 3 ear infections in November alone.  So we met with the ENT and decided to do tubes.  On December 11th, after a bunch of preliminary meetings because of his never ending cough and cold, he had tubes put it.  I was really hopeful that it would help with his throwing up issues.  And the doctor said that she sucked puss as thick as peanut butter out of his ears.  How sad is that!  Despite his medical problems all the time, he is the cheeriest baby.  His vocabulary took off these months.  He is a little parrot and copies everything we say!

We went to Sophie’s preschool Thanksgiving program.  She was so cute and knew the songs so well.  I was so proud of her.  She seemed so grown up.  Jack went ahead and joined in on all the songs too since he was just there last year.  Hahaha…it was pretty funny.

Jack is thriving in Kindergarten.  Sometimes we just have to document his skills.  His teacher is always complimenting him on his handwriting.

I captured these photos the day before Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe they are all looking.  I love them most in the world.  And their dad who was a busy worker man during Thanksgiving this past year.

One Saturday I was at Walmart and Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the house.  I was so happy that they let me take my own picture unlike the mall.  Luke was not a fan but not hysterical!

We rode the train to Temple Square.  We had such a warm December that it was actually a really pleasant experience.  Jack and Sophie were so cute and wanted to take pictures everywhere.  I love Temple Square at Christmas.  It is so beautiful.  The kids were worn out and fell asleep on the train ride home together.


We loved being in our new house this Christmas.  Dan and his dad worked hard getting the tile up around our fireplace.  I love how our stockings looked hanging up.  The Christmas tree is always a hit.  It is my favorite thing to turn the lights on at night while we are relaxing after putting the kids to bed.  We had our friends, the Megehee’s over for dinner and to decorate cookies.  The kids really had a great time together.  Christmastime is the best!

We went to Jack’s Christmas program at school.  The tree hat he had on was bugging him so much that he sang next to nothing.  He just messed around with the hat.  It was still cute to see him and all his buddies.  He is the best Kindergartener!

I also got to go to Sophie’s small dance performance.  It was absolutely adorable.  She is the cutest little dancer and she did really well staying on beat and following her teacher.  We don’t get to watch her dance very often and she rarely will performs at home when I ask, so I loved seeing how she was progressing.  It’s really cute!