I haven't given up on blogging completely, but I'll tell you what, December has kicked my hiney (sp?). If I never go to Walmart again, it will be too soon. I love all of the fun that the holidays bring, especially Christmas, but I must admit, as soon as the evening of the 25th rolls around, I'm ready to be done with all things merry. Much to Jeremy's dismay, I had him taking down all of the lights on the house along with the Christmas tree early Saturday morning. I like to start Christmas early, (the day after Thanksgiving normally, but I was especially anxious this year and was pressured by my kids to start a week earlier), but I also like to end it when it's over.
We managed to fit in everything we had planned, minus a vist to the temple lights (but I got to go with the young women). We started out December with a trip to Idaho to welcome Jeremy's parents home from their mission in Hawaii (I think I would've asked for an extension if I were them rather than coming home to freezing Boise in December). It was great to see everyone on the Wright side of the family and meet 2 new babies, Melody and Grayson.
The next weekend we had my favorite cousin, Kristen and her family, come stay with us to go to our Hamblin Christmas party. Their visit was MUCH too short. We loved having them, and our kids had a ball with their 4 cute little ones.
Jeremy made a hunting trip to New Mexico with Travis and Lance and his boys. They stayed with Jay and I'm surprised Jeremy ever came home. If I were half the woman Kimberly is and could handle life on the range, he'd move us in a heartbeat.
The next couple of weeks were pure chaos, without one day on the calendar that wasn't full to the brim with errands, deliveries, and festivites. Exhausting, but so fun. We had a great FHE at Lori and Nelson's house the Monday before Chrismtas and were able to put together a package for Justin, whose serving in Denver, Colorado. Then we visited a nursing home and the kids put on the nativity and we sang Christmas carols. We hadn't rehearsed at all, and Jeremy was making up his own words to most of the carols. We'll do better next year. We even got to have a snowball fight at Dusty and Sally's house. He went and got "snow" from an ice-skating rink and brought it to their front yard. So fun. We visited the train park in Scottsdale, which, even though it is always a long wait in the cold if you go the week of Christmas, it's worth it. Crew was in heaven. He's in the "train-obsessed" stage that all of our boys have gone through.
We had our traditional chinese dinner at Shangri-la on Christmas Eve (even though Lori and Nelson's family ditched us and went to Rocky Pointe-they started this tradition) with Julie and Roger's family, Troy and Leigh and my parents. Then we went to see Christmas lights and got home early so the elf could come drop off the kids' jammies and then off to bed. Christmas morning was great. The kids slept till almost 8--a Christmas miracle! We had my parents, Dust and Sal and Leisel and Christian over for a delicious brunch. The rest of the day was spent at home napping, playing, and eating. We didn't get out of our PJs till about 5pm. Riggs wanted to try out his new bike, so we went on a ride then. Within 24 hours, the training wheels were off, and he now says he's ready for Kindergarten!
Such good food. I didn't want to stop eating all day, so I never did.
Waiting patiently for the train ride.