Wednesday, January 7, 2015

December 2014

This December was filled with family and fun, as every December should be. The first weekend of December Sam and I played in our Stake's annual Christmas concert "a Child is Born" with some beautiful pieces. I finished school that very weekend as well, so I had a month break which is coming to a close this week.

We enjoyed festivities with Sam's family. About two weeks before Christmas we gathered at his parents' house for dinner, singing, a Talent show and a White Elephant. Santa even showed up! We didn't get a picture of Hudson with Santa, but here are the other kiddos:

Beau did very well.

Tyler was excited.
Elise got a little freaked...

But it was nothing to Joey's screams! Santa really freaks him out.
In fact, watching any movies with Santa merits the same reaction.
Last year's photo for kicks.
Then we got a family photo in with everyone present. We really wished Jared and Jenny could have joined us!

Sam's parents also had us over for dinner Christmas Eve eve. We enjoyed a traditional Japanese dish (ask Sam what it was) and an overwhelming amount of gifts. So sweet of them!

On Christmas Eve we headed to the zoo and just like we suspected it was free and nearly empty! A lot of the exhibits were closed but we saw really fun things regardless.

The peacock and all his glory.

One of the sea lions took a liking to us and kept appearing
in this window for us to enjoy (no less than 5 times).

A really crappy picture of all the fun Christmas cards we got.

Decorations this year.

Sam and his gifts: a wool tie and lifting gloves.

A new straightener for me that I'm just about to try out.
On Christmas Eve we headed to my family's gathering for Nativity acting and Christmas PJ opening. Darren and Cait arrived just in time to experience the total chaos that ensued.

On Christmas we videotaped Joey getting a Lightning McQueen car that he could drive himself! He also enjoyed the goodies in his stocking. We then headed to my family's again for more gift giving and a Christmas brunch. The missionaries in our ward came to our home in the afternoon to enjoy good chats with their family, then we headed to my aunt and uncle's for dinner and games.

I got one extra thing this year: the flu. The next day I and a few other family members felt pretty awful and stayed that way until about Tuesday where all the adults in my family were treated to Black Angus for steak and more sane family time. Woo hoo for Discover points that give us enough gift cards to do that!

I'll get the videos on here eventually of Joey, but the upload speed is ridiculously slow, so enjoy this post for now!

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