Before January gets away from me, I have to record the rest of our awesome Christmas Vacation with Paul.
Paul's office was closed for the break, so it was pretty much his first real vacation where he didn't work at all. T
here was no one else at the office to call him with issues or questions...it was amazing. Plus, not traveling and being on our own schedule, made for a very restful break.
Paul took advantage of being home and got a lot of projects
down around the house. The main one being finishing the closet under the stairs in the basement, that my dad and him started last year. Or "The Hideout", as the kids refer to it.
All 3 are in love with The Hideout and have already spent many hours playing in it.
And I am happy to have gained an extra 30 square feet to help us get through winter in our tiny (but loved) house.
- After Paul finished his work around the house, we had lots of time left over to play
. We went swimming, to the Bean Museum, SLC, byu basketball games, sledding, lots of playing out front, braved public restaurants, and ran lots of errands.
One particular snowy day we took the kids down to Rock Canyon
to sled on some bigger hills. It was snowing hard, so there was lots of powder. I took Crew down after Paul and M&M had made a track, thinking he wouldn't get too much snow in his face.
We ended up covered in snow, he was completely white from head to toe and screaming about how a big snowball
got him. I could not stop laughing and screaming (due to all the snow that went down my clothes).
Crew and Miles spent 75% of the time crying and pouting. Paul, Macey, and I spent 100% of our time laughing at them and having a blast in the crazy snow storm. I was just glad we had dropped Ruby off at Holly's.
While Crew was crying in the car afterward we asked him if he'd want to go sledding again and he answered between sobs, "Maybe Later". We were rolling. :)
-We had New Year's Eve
with The Browns and the kids all behaved exceptionally well...meaning they played in the basement and left us alone. :) We even had time to learn and play a new card game while the 6 big kids entertained themselves downstairs.
Crew and Liam were pretty hilarious all night playing together. They only got in "trouble" one time, when they locked themselves in Michelle's cold storage to build and then knock over towers of soup cans.
We put on a fake countdown just after 9:00 and then had all our kids tucked in bed and fast asleep by 10:00. It was a perfect evening.
-There were also lots of movie nights
. The favorite being the introduction to The Princess Bride. All the kids loved it. Crew would hop up and sword fight right along with them.
We were sick with the flu the Sunday before Christmas, so I tried to take a picture of the kids in their Sunday Christmas Clothes the next week.
This is all I could get. Typical.
We also got babysitters, a lot.
We are back to real life now and I am actually ready to face it.
So, Christmas was pretty much the best this year. But, I suppose that's how it should be with 4 kids 7 and under.
The kids enjoyed their Christmas Eve cheese soup fireside, courtesy of Netflix.
They were given explicit directions not to come upstairs until 8:00am.
As you can see from the pictures above, I was slightly worried about the whole going to bed thing.
But, they did surprisingly well, and we had to go get them at 8:00 as we were the ones up and ready to go.
Did I mention it snowed?! As in our first real snow fall of the winter? The kids went to bed with little hope of snow that night and woke up to lots. Yes, it made for a pretty magical Christmas Morning.
And after we did stockings, we just had to go out for a min. to enjoy it before breakfast.
We opened presents in many shifts and just enjoyed the morning, as we had no where to be until 2:00. And even then, we only had to trek 2 doors down.
Miles' efforts to be good paid off and he was thrilled Santa brought him exactly what he asked for...Zoomer Dino.
Santa put Gerber Puffs in Ruby's stocking and all the kids had to take turns to giving her one. She was not a fan at first. :)
The first thing Crew said when he came upstairs was "Where my Buzz?". Luckily Santa delivered and we had one happy 2 year old.
Another popular present of the day was when all the boys (paul included), got new swords. "Fight" is a popular activity around here, and we now have plenty of weapons so everyone can be adequately armed.
In between present opening we pulled out the snow clothes and went and played for a little bit.
Then it was off to The Everett's for Christmas Dunch and games.
While we were eating we all decided we couldn't pass up a perfect Christmas snow and decided we had to go sledding.
There was no crying and complaining about being cold...it was an actual Christmas Miracle.
Ruby even loved it.
It really was a perfect Christmas where we got to just enjoy each other and the spirit of the day.
Today has been a perfect Saturday so far! We slept in, ate breakfast burritos, and then went sledding.
Macey went sledding a few times last year but was pretty indifferent towards it. This year though she is loving it. The moment she gets in the sled she's already yelling "Weeeeee". She liked watching the other kids on the hill seld, but mostly all she wanted to do was go down the hill herself. The moment we got back to the top she was already climbing back into the sled ready for another run.
There are so many cute pictures, but here's a few of my favs:
This was her first time sledding this winter, I'd say she's enjoying it!
She was already yelling "weeee".
Paul got a little tired pulling Macey up the hill everytime, but she loved it.
Getting pulled back to the car after a tiring morning of sledding!
Now all that needs to happen for this to be a perfect Saturday is for BYU to win their game!!