Due to a serious lack of pictures, lack of time, and to spare you a blog post the size of the encyclopedia, here are some highlights from the events of our 10 day holiday excursion last month.
We loaded the Pathfinder with ALL of the Christmas and Birthday presents, plus the guinea pigs
Mom took Luke and William with her in the pathfinder and drove to Idaho
Dad took Mary and Sam skiing and then drove to Idaho
Two cars, LOTS of gifts and luggage, kids traveled really well.
Made it to Pocatello Friday evening.
Mary's 8th Birthday
Celebrated at Grandma's house
White Chocolate covered oreo truffles for a Birthday cake.
Littlest Pet shops
Gift Certificate to Claire's
La Dee Da doll
Gift Certificate to Justice For Girls
Birthday dinner: steak, mashed potatoes, pistachio marshmallow salad, rolls
Taking truffles to school for treats
Streamers and balloons covering doorway
Interview on the video camera
We love Mary so much and enjoyed celebrating her and her life
Breakfast with everyone at Butter Burr's
Watching movies with everyone
Hearing Santa's sleigh bells and "ho ho ho"
LOTS of excitement and anticipation
making gingerbread houses
Party with relatives, Mary was Mary, Luke was baby Jesus
Driving through Santa Claus Lane and checking out the lights
tracking Santa on the Internet
treats for Santa and the reindeer
the traditional stocking picture
Mary "catching" mom stuffing stockings, and mom coming up with an amazing story. few!
Becky and Kelsey playing super mario until 3:00am, when the screen blacked out
Waking up at 6:00am, then going back to sleep and waking up for real at 8:00
Santa left a trail of magic dust through the house
Lots of joy, smiles, excitement, and happiness
Sam's literal jaw drop when he saw his motor scooter
Laughing our heads off at William opening gifts while wearing his mask and cape and eating a chocolate Santa.
nap for mom
lots of setting up toys
went to see "The Hobbit" and loved it!
So happy to be married to eachother and spending our lives together
smashed everyone in the Subaru
mary and sam shared a seat
40 minute stop and go traffic due to a 30 car pile-up
arrived in Boise Thursday evening
hung out with family
worked out at the gym
went to a trampoline/bounce house and everyone had a blast!
dinner with the girls
gun shopping for the guys
rushed back to Heber in order to make it to Mary's baptism preview program Sunday evening
New Years Eve-spent 7 hours unpacking from the trip, cleaning the house, and getting Christmas toys set up
grocery shopping and a trip to Park City
Subway for dinner
movie night eating yummy nacho dip and still more truffles
New Years day- snow skiing for the older two and dad, hanging out at home for mom and the younger two. Enjoying a day off and being together.
Mary will be getting baptized this Saturday at 10:30am
We are very excited for her and for the decision SHE has made to be baptized.
Family and friends are invited to attend.
Mary's baptism didn't occur because of Luke's pneumonia. It will hopefully happen soon. We are still figuring it all out.