Sunday we had to head back to Phoenix! Although this time my mom drove with us. And as it turns out it was a huge blessing. Our drive ended up taking 2 hours longer due to multiple stops on the freeway for holiday traffic and Millie threw up multiple times both of which when we couldn't pull over. I don't know what I would have done had I been by myself. Anyway, the kids were amazing in spite of the long day and Henry ended up getting to try ice cream for the first time! Sneaky guy! And he LOVED it!
We loved having my mom in Phoenix with us for a couple days! Kate insisted we go to the American Girl doll store, we enjoyed some yummy food out and just enjoyed having her at our house!
And we even pulled out the tree and got to decorate with Grandma a little bit!
|Our favorite fish taco place that we fell in love with on Maui...we just so happen to have one here too!|
here. We kicked off our month of doing 25 acts of service like the Savior over 25 days by feeding the missionaries. And Millie came up with the idea of making and taking cookies to her nursery leader all by herself. It has been really uplifting and special to see the girls get excited about this! And it has definitely brought a sweet spirit into our home and helped us focus on Christ and others this Christmas season!
|We had to feed the missionaries to go since Tim wasn't able to be home. The missionaries had just finished helping someone move (that's why they aren't in their white shirts and ties :)|
|Millie was so excited to take cookies to Bro. Bowler! She was so disappointed when he wasn't able to come to the door because he had had surgery that day. We did get to visit with his wife and cute daughters.|
As soon as Kate woke up on Friday morning she raced downstairs. Thursday night we briefly discussed how the Light the World activity for Friday was "Jesus honored his parents and so can you." Kate wanted to write a note to Tim. She completed it and set it on his nightstand so he'd get in Saturday when we got home from his call shift! She's such a sweetheart!
Friday night I packed the kids up and we headed to our ward's Christmas party! We were sad for Tim to miss out again and I wondered if it would be easier to just stay home. But boy am I glad we went. It was Polar Express themed and oh my gosh they did an amazing job! The girls couldn't stop talking about the decorations, the pretend train they got to ride on before they got to see Santa and even the dancing youth that delivered "hot hot hot hot chocolate"(the cute song from the movie)!
|On the train|
|Waiting in line to see Santa with their train ticket in hand|