We went on a trip for Christmas to see family and to have some fun!! We left our little town of freezing temperatures and snow...
...and eventually ended up here! Along the beautiful California coast with warm wonderful weather!
Entirely too much happened on this trip to write about in depth. Here are the highlights:
|D, S, and E all at a different computer learning about the inside of the temple.|
|Model of the inside of the temple. I've been in 3 of these rooms!|
|Charlie thought it was a great place to crawl around and was super excited!|
|Looking out from the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building at the snowy temple.|
|At the church history museum Sam joined this band. One man was playing the saw! With a bow! Like a violin! It was weird, but sounded really cool. I, as you can see, was the designated coat holder.|
|The lights were beautiful.|
After church we drove out to Logan to visit my Aunt Karen and Uncle Al at their house, and their kids Cait, Scott, and Kristin and Cait's new fiancee who is a music person so of course I love him! Also I was blessed to see my cousin Jennifer and her beautiful family. Below is me Jennifer and Tia.
|Scott and Pat.|
|Aunt Karen and Uncle Al.|
|Exit 143, Gold Run California.|
Finally we got to Stephanie's house! Look at her beautiful decorations! We made glass magnets, did hair, went to bed- I think. My sister is always over the top excited about things and it shows. She does a great job!!!
Tuesday-Christmas Eve- Stopped in to say hi to Pat's family and then went back to Steph's house and had my family party, dinner and exchanged gifts. These are the best days when all the cousins are little! Love Jeremy and Kim and their family! Baby Emme reminds me so much of Charles, just in a teenier girlier way. She is the cutest baby!!!
|Charles and Emme's first Christmas.|
|J and K got the boys each a lego set!|
Charlie trying to open a present.
We loved all the gifts from everyone! My sister continues to keep my kids clothed and dressed way more stylishly than we do! This year they all got awesome shoes and jackets that they love. And Beyblades- a fun toy the all loved, and so much more!
|Pat and all his sibling except Eric.|
|Pat Sr., and Brenda!|
|Rick and Beth|
|Pat and Brian|
|Kat and Isabel|
|My punk Sam. He pulled a face for every picture, and with the other boys would not stop harassing Uncle Brian- stealing his clothes and such.|
|Kim works at the Fountains in Roseville, manager of a really nice home decor store. We had a nice lunch at Jacks, and I wish with all my heart there was something that good here! Nice day hanging out with my fam.|
While I was hanging out with my family, Jared the Awesome Uncle, took my boys fishing. I am still amazed by that. I love fishing and outdoors stuff, and it was the best gift ever to give the kids this experience.
|We love Isaac!|
|Someone accidentally hooked Beth.|
|The life size, bi-lingual, singing Santa.|
|Santa, Dallas and Grandma Dixie.|
Then to a big family dinner with everyone plus Char and Kent! Did not get a good picture of their family darnit!
Mon-leave- say goodbye to Steph at her work- drove to Monterrey, 17 mile drive, HWY 1, Big Sur, Limekiln State Park, Sand Dollar Beach, San Luis Obispo for hotel.
We tried to go to the Monterrey Aquarium, but it was so busy, we asked (and received) our money back within an hour of entering. We couldn't see a thing for the press of people. Thank heavens they gave us the money back. That was $160 for our family. Instead we just enjoyed beaches along HWY 1 and dreamed of living there.
Thurs-left and drove all day to Albuquerque and home. Felt satisfied, and totally sick. But it was worth it. Enjoyed our Christmas gifts!
|She got this pillow from cousin Elle. Even though it's a traveling pillow, she sleeps with it, because it's a pillow!|
|Hat and scarf from Grandma.|