Oh what a wonderful Christmas we had! We found out that Tim in fact got 4 days off for Christmas! What?! Intern year and getting off Christmas...I couldn't believe it! Best news ever! We decided since he actually got time off and who knows if he'll get Christmas off next year we decided that of course we would head to Utah and be with our families! Back in like end of September/early October I was talking to some of our closest friends here about holiday plans. I was anxious to find people to get together with for Thanksgiving. The husband has grandparents near by that they would be going to but would definitely be driving up to Utah for Christmas and actually invited us to drive up with them (they have a mini van and only 1 kid). I kind of laughed off the idea at the time just assuming I'd fly up with the girls and if Tim got any time we'd figure it out. But once we found out he did in fact get time off and I looked into buying 3 plane tickets, I asked my friends if they were serious about letting the girls and I drive up with them and we made plans to tag along. This would either strengthen or kill our friendship, right?! I'm pleased to say the drive went really well. I entertained, grabbed and changed toys, and gave snacks to those 3 little ladies over and over again. We arrived in Orem on Saturday, the 19th, and enjoyed playing and catching up with Nick and Jess and family before heading up to SLC on Sunday.
Tim was able to drive up on Christmas Adam to join us but before the girls and I enjoyed a lot of family/cousin time and did a few favorite Christmas activities. We went to the Grand America to see the giant gingerbread house. Kate remembered going last year and couldn't stop talking about going. Kate's favorite Christmas activity by far is making gingerbread houses! We missed the annual Sokol gingerbread house making party this year but my sister-in-law was sweet to still make us the pieces so we were able to put ours together on Monday night. Both girls totally loved it and Kate was a serious wiz with the frosting bag and did an amazing job lining up the gum drops on the roof!
The other highlight was seeing these now Arizona girls play in the snow! Kate had been talking about it for months prior and was sorely disappointed when we made our early December trip to Utah and there wasn't any snow. This time around Utah did not disappoint. My parents got dumped on while we were there. And fortunately our snow stuff from last year still fit...I wasn't about to go buy a whole bunch of snow stuff that would go unused otherwise.
Christmas Eve we got together with all of my brothers and their families for the annual cousin gift exchange! Kate was so excited to give her cousin the BB-8 stuffed animal we had picked out and it just never gets old to see how much joy my girls get from playing with their cousins! We enjoyed a traditional Christmas Eve meal before everyone went off to do their own family Christmas Eve's at their homes. We got to stay and enjoy the evening with Grandma and Grandpa! Kate was also really excited to set out cookies for Santa and was concerned as I put her to bed that we had forgotten the milk...which we quickly fixed.
|Santa was good to the girls|
We enjoyed an awesome Christmas Day full of lots of playing and playing with cousins again. And then Saturday we packed up and drove down to Utah county to spend some time with Tim's siblings before heading back to Phoenix on Sunday.
It was a wonderful week in Utah. It never seems long enough but we got to do a lot and got to spend it with those that matter most! And I even got to see a few of my dearest longtime childhood friends too! Hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas too! And may we not forgot the real reason we celebrate. The presents and Santa are so fun but I hope we've done a decent job of teaching our girls about our Savior and why He is the real reason we celebrate!
|Waiting patiently to go into the living room|
|I love this picture and the next one...Millie was just tickled to watch her car go around and around the track.|
|It worked out perfectly that my parents gave Kate a Rapunzel doll while we gave Kate a Rapunzel dress up!|
|The girls playing with their Boogie Boards from Grandma and Grandpa|
|Bahr Cousin Gift Exchange|