My family met us at my Grammie's apartment in Utah for Christmas this year. Things were a little cozy, but it was a lot of fun.
On Christmas Eve we went to my Uncle Mike's house for our traditional dinner of tamales, some musical performances, and good times with family. I love Christmas Eve so much. It is probably my favorite night of the year--I hope that as my girls grow older I can make it as magical and special a night as it was (and is!) for me.
|Italian Sodas with dinner--such a cute idea by my Aunt Renae!|
|This face!! I love this kid!!|
|Help me! I've fallen and I can't get up!!|
|For the record, these were the best cookies I've ever had. I don't want to admit how many ate.|
|Ti tickling the ivories.|
|Dan is not ready for his close-up.|
|Mike and Renae's kids are a talented bunch!|
|London found someone's phone...|
After the fun at Uncle Mike's we went back to Grammie's and enjoyed a few more traditions--including Christmas jammies and reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The rest of the night was spent doing some last minute wrapping...yay for procrastination! ;)
We woke up Christmas morning to what my Grammie described as an "obscene" amount of presents. That always seems to happen when my family gets together.
|I like to call this one, "Grunge Hope." (Santa brought her a guitar for Christmas!)|
|A very groggy London checking out her presents from Santa.|
|I think she likes them!|
|Everyone in their special Santa hats.|
|Halfway through the opening...like Grammie said, "OBSCENE!"|
|Mimi snuggling with Juliet under the quilt she made for her.|
After a scrumptious Christmas dinner, we headed across the street to Temple Square to see the lights. I think that is one of the things I miss the most about Christmas in Utah. It's so cold outside, but I always feel warm as we walk around and see all the lights and nativity scenes. Is that so cheesy?
|Hope and her roommate, Elsie. She spent Christmas Day with us since she's from Ghana and that makes it a little difficult to go home for Christmas.|
|Our family, minus Juliet--it was a little too cold out for her!|
|My mom and Dad.|
I'm so grateful that we had the chance to celebrate the birth of our Savior with my family. I so love the Christmas spirit and remembering the miracle that occurred in Bethlehem so long ago. We are so blessed to have a Savior that was willing to come to earth and atone for all of our sins. Finding faith and love in Christ is such a beautiful gift, and I will never have enough room for gratitude in my heart for that sacrifice He made. Spending time with family at this time of year is like a little glimpse of the peace we can look forward to because of Christ's sacrifice. (Although I like to think there might be a little less sibling drama. We can hope we grow out of that, right??) ;)