Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Snapshots

Finally! Some pictures from Christmas. It was great!!!!! Looking back, I can't believe all that we did in such a short time. What a blessing to be with CK and A for so many days. :)

It all began with me having the same layover and same flight in to SLC from Phoenix. It was supposed to be a surprise, but my excitement caused CK to ponder about it until he figured it out. He is too smart. :( It was still amazing to get to fly next to CK and A, especially since CK and I hadn't seen each other in 3 1/2 weeks!!!!!! WAY TOO LONG!

We spent the 23rd and 24th visiting with family and friends. It was awesome! I loved getting to know CK's family better (or for the first time).

By Christmas Eve, however, we were back at CK's parents' home, ready for the Christmas festivities to begin!

Here is A, ready to go see what Santa brought:
That afternoon, the family all came together, including CK and Dad and Grandpa. Can you see the family resemblance?
One Christmas tradition that Mom does is a pinata. It was cool in the garage, but so much fun!!!

December 25th is not just Christmas, it is also CK's birthday. Here he is opening a gift (from me!). I hope he loves it!

The next day was Sunday. The funny thing is that CK's family lives in a tiny town, a very small town. My aunt and three of my cousins and their families live there, too. Small world. We went and visited my aunt Sunday night.
Also on Sunday night, all the grandkids performed the nativity story. A got to be Mary. :)
Monday, we got to spend some time at the local school gym playing basketball. I haven't played in a while and I really stunk, but it was so fun!
It didn't snow the entire time, UNTIL the day we had to drive down to the airport! And then it dumped. It was fun, though. A had a great time playing in it! The roads were pretty bad, but we drove slowly and were blessed to make it to our destinations safely.

I was supposed to spend a day and a half with my in-laws before heading home. The stomach flu and the storm changed that a little and I only got a few short hours with some of them. I was sad that I didn't get to see them all, but life doesn't always go as planned, now does it?

CK"s mom had had all her grandkids design plates and she had them made as part of their Christmas gifts. She included my kids this year, which touched me very much, especially since they weren't even with us. They were so excited to open them!
We spent a lot of time in airports. I think C got bored. :)
Finally! We are home. We got home on Dec. 30th, late. We came home to a huge mess, but worked that out and we were ready for "Christmas" on Dec. 31st. It was nice to have CK and I and all 4 kids all together. It felt so wonderful. J was not excited about getting Sunday clothes, though. His face is classic!
C was much more excited. He had no idea that his "something to wear" present was a new suit! The first thing he checked....if it had an inside pocket! Mom was smart and made sure before she bought it!
I cannot remember which one of them gave the other a present, but they were giggling, hugging, and rolling on the floor together!
Do you think C was excited about his new bike????
As I mentioned in the last post, after we finished with presents, CK proposed to me! I did have a picture of the ring....I just couldn't find it before. It is so beautiful and sparkly! I love it.
Finally, New Year's Eve with my sister and her family:
We also did presents with them. Both C and K got guitars! They love them!!!!
And, to end it all, New Year's Day: K comes down with the flu. We went to the doctor and it was Type A influenza. Poor girl. She had a blessing and really hasn't felt horrible, just exhausted. She sleeps and sleeps and sleeps. Today is her first day back at school.
There you have it! Christmas 2010! Awesome!

Happy 2011 to y'all!!!


Lana said...

that looks like such a great holiday! I am so happy for you:)

Kathy said...

what an exciting Christmas. One to always remember!

The Texas Bakers said...

It makes me really happy that you still are able to have a good relationship with your former in-laws. And it makes me even happier to see you so happy! What a fantastic Christmas adventure!

Jay said...

What a beautiful ring!! I can't wait to see it in person!