We kicked off December with Blake’s birthday and our sweet old neighbor girls brought him a gift.
He had a backyard movie night birthday party with a bunch of friends.
I helped in the kindergarten STEM lab a few times a month. There were lots of high-tech activities to choose from, but the students loved building cup towers the most. They built a holiday version on pajama day.
Finn loved helping me pick up Crew from kindergarten.
Crew came to Finn’s preschool holiday performance with me after his own performance as a reindeer. It worked out well because there was a visit from Santa and we hadn’t made it to see him yet. I loved being able to check that off!
We stayed and helped Finn decorate cookies after the performance.
Blake had a holiday orchestra concert as well.
Then it was off to the snow for winter break.
Grandpa entertained the boys during family photo transitions.
We visited Great Grandma Tanner at her assisted living center. She doesn’t remember much these days but she does remember lyrics to songs, so she sang right along when Blake played carols on the piano.
We walked through the Grand America hotel displays on the way to Temple Square.
We were equally impressed by all the snow and the wide open spaces that you just don’t see in Southern California.
We spent a day at Troy’s aunt and uncle’s home in Kamas, where Nash was enthralled by the indoor climbing wall.
Lots of cousins gathered in the hot tub…
…which turned into running into the snow in swimsuits and quickly jumping back into the hot water.
It was our year to spend Christmas with Troy’s family, but my parents were nearby at my brother’s house. So, we met up with them a few days after Christmas for dinner and a gift exchange. Who doesn’t love more matching pajamas with cousins?
We drove through the local light show that my brother worked on to cap off the Christmas festivities.
December was a marathon, as always, with lots of magical moments scattered throughout.