Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Christmas in Utah 2013

We were so happy to be able to spend Christmas in Utah this year. All during the month of December, this little gem hung in our apartment hallway outside our door, and I was eager to get to someplace where Santa Claus wasn't threatened by his effigy hanging by a string.
Decoration or warning? You be the judge.
We arrived in time to attend church in my parents' new ward the Sunday before Christmas. They moved to Cedar City from New Harmony in the fall, and we loved their new home. Here are the kids in their Christmas Sunday clothes.
I sure do love these kids. His face is priceless.
At least he's being gentle.
Finally a decent shot of her in her Christmas finery.
We had our traditional Mary & Joseph dinner with Jake's family on Christmas Eve and then came back to my parents' house to wait for morning.

The new house is pretty much perfect for Christmas mornings. This is what we saw as we walked down the stairs on Christmas morning.
Christmas at my parents' home is always magical.
The kids slept in a long time, and all us parents were impatient to get them up. I know it won't be that way forever, but it was kind of fun. Being one of Santa's helpers is one of the great joys of parenting.

Joseph loved his new panda ornament.

And he was SUPER excited about real scissors just for him.

Nora loves her daddy. She had a good time ripping into presents too.
What a sweet little Christmas elf!
We had so much fun with both sides of our family, and we're grateful to them for putting us up and putting up with us when we invade their homes.

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