We finally got the camera back last night, so here are some pictures to compliment my amazing descriptions of our out-of-this world adventures!
Or something like that.
*Having most of my family here for Christmas Eve (we missed you, Jared and Bekah!).
*Seeing the grandchildren reenact the Nativity (not MY grandchildren. Sheesh!).
*Sleeping until almost 7:30AM because the children don't know they should get up earlier.
*Getting the best Christmas present EVER from my husband: Two years worth of my blog printed out in hard copy form! Yes! It was the sweetest surprise, too. Thank you, Brandon!
*Spending all of Christmas Day reading. What did I read? Spires of Stone by my fabulous friend, Annette Lyon. What did I think of it? I really liked it! I'll give it a proper review later, though. Just know that if you like LDS historical fiction, romance, Much Ado About Nothing, or all of the above, then I believe you'll enjoy the book, too. If romance and LDS historical fiction are not for you? Then why would you read a LDS historical fiction romance? Exactly.
*Getting to hang out with some awesome cousins at my aunt and uncle's place Christmas Day Night. Seeing cousins from Canada rocks!
*Discovering the beauty of splitting up the trip both ways with long, relaxing stays in a hotel (rather than the pull-in-at-midnight-stay --we did the pull-in-at-6PM-stay. I highly recommend this method!).
*Hanging out at Hoover Dam and crying my eyes out when #3 tripped over my foot and got himself this:
Isn't it awful? We got some ice from a cafe on the Dam and luckily the swelling had decreased significantly by that evening. He did complain about a headache the next day, though (no surprise, there!). But it healed quickly. Here are some pictures of the Dam:
*Having a blast at Family Christmas where we ate great Mexican food, opened fabulous presents, and listened to awesome music.
*Spending quality time with Brandon's family for five fabulous days!
*Seeing my other cousins in La Canada --see pictures here at my cousin's blog.
*Horse and Pony riding with Nana.
*Hiking through the hills of Simi Valley and loving how it reminded me of northern California and all the hiking we did there (it's a lot easier than the Wasatch Mountains! Figures.).
*Spending a day in LA at the California ScienCenter and the Museum of Natural History.
*Not feeling guilty for barely staying awake to welcome in the new year while the family played a rip-roaring game of Risk.
*Not wanting to leave.
How was your Christmas? Did you travel? Where? Or, if you're tired of talking about Christmas vacations, tell me your favorite color. Mine's green!