This year, Kiley decided to use her awesome sewing machine to make stockings for us. Last year, we borrowed stockings from my parents. But, as Kiley is expecting our first child in April, we decided that we need to get a jump start on preparing our own traditions for this special time of year. Didn't these stockings turn out amazing?
We had a pretty crazy Christmas. On both Christmas and Christmas eve, we spent time with both of our families. Our time was filled with looking at Christmas lights, eating, enjoying time with family, and enjoying traditional activities (including two white elephant gift exchanges - one on each side of the family).
On Christmas morning, Kiley and I opened gifts that we bought for each other. We headed off to Kiley's parents' home for a brunch, then to a Chinese buffet for lunch with my family, then to the west side of Albuquerque to help out my brother, then back to Kiley's family for another activity. By the end of the night, we were exhausted! We decided that next year, we should probably only visit with one family per day. Otherwise, Christmas is much too busy. :)
This year, our big Christmas present was a new lens for our Canon camera (an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens) that we love taking photos with, but sadly when we were taking pictures for Darren and Cait's wedding, it was dropped and broke! Luckily, we looked up online to see how to dissemble and reassemble this type of lens, and I was able to put it back together. It still seems to take good pictures, but I guess time will only tell if the lens is as good as before. Here are a couple of the few pictures we took on Christmas day:
Kiley and I felt super blessed this Christmas. We loved the time we could spend with our families, and we got everything that we wanted and more! This last week, we also played for a wedding with our friends the Boyacks, and we played in the Christmas program for the Indian School Ward.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Have a great New Year - 2013! Can you believe it is coming so quickly? Let's make it the best year of our lives and recommit ourselves to our values and to our Savior, Jesus Christ. :)