Christmas 2016 recap

We had a wonderful time with Clark, Swathi, Soren, and Sruthi this Christmas. I took a break from my computer, and my phone won’t take pictures, so I didn’t blog at all while they were here. Yikes!

We mostly stayed around the house and visited, although on one day we did take a short walk in the canyon. We wanted to walk Bridal Veil Falls, but when we pulled up to the parking lot, it was closed due to avalanche risk and falling rocks. I couldn’t even see any snow, but oh well. I guess we would have been in danger of an avalanche.

Christmas morning is my favorite time of year because I love seeing my kids open gifts. It’s probably the same reason I like Disneyland so much; I just love their excitement and wonder. Plus I spend so much time correcting and parenting that it feels really nice to just let the kids enjoy their lives for a day or two. (That was all over yesterday when we got back to reality. Lydia spent three hours at the harp, and I think we both wished we could just rewind to Christmas again…)

Anyway, we absolutely loved having everyone visit. Sruthi blew us away with her children skills. Swathi and I had fun going to hot yoga a couple times together, and Clark is always a delight to have around. Soren charmed us all, and our favorite moments were when Soren and Ammon walked around with each other. One day I came home and they were both peering out of the front window and smiling at us. Soren had his hands folded and Ammon’s hands were crossed. I can’t even describe the cuteness. Darn my phone for not taking pictures. Abe has promised to fix it soon.

Here are the pictures people have sent me.

On Christmas we made graham cracker nativity sets out of candy. They were ugly and messy, but I think the kids had fun. Eli, the neighbor, joined us.

On Christmas we made graham cracker nativity sets out of candy. They were ugly and messy, but I think the kids had fun. Eli, the neighbor, joined us.

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Mary was Mary in our Christmas play. I was the donkey.

Mary was Mary in our Christmas play. I was the donkey.

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