"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Christmas outing

After we spent some time at the cabin, I thought about what I wanted to do before Christmas day. On my list was seeing the reindeer at Thanksgiving Point, so we made it happen. It was really cold, but Terran had a good time running back and forth from the fire and the reindeer corral and they had a hot chocolate stand so all was well. We had Robby and the boys meet up with us for the fun and we ended up going to the dinosaur museum that was next door. It was a fun evening before Christmas eve to add another fun event to our holiday season.

The next morning I pulled out our gingerbread house kit and Terran and I got to work while Zach took pictures and added a few nice touches. Terran couldn't get over the idea that the gross candy was for decorating and not eating, so he would put a few in his mouth, then add a few to the house. Yet another food holiday activity!

Terran and Max

Terran loves playing with his cousins. He really took to Max this time around and Max was so good with him. Terran just put himself in Max's life and then they would play. It was impressive to see Max have patience with him, and to see Terran decide he really liked Max.

While we were in St. George, we went to Sakura to celebrate B's 30th birthday! I love these fun family events that we usually have to miss!

Merry Christmas!

We had a little bit of a unique Christmas this year. My parents headed to Texas to do Christmas with Brad's family in their new house. We discussed it several times and decided not to go. Every time we rehashed it, we came to the same conclusion. The week before, I was checking flights everyday hoping for a miracle sale because I was missing everyone so much! It wasn't meant to be though and I think it will make next year that much better. We were able to do the weekend at the Heber cabin again this year with the White side, and that proved to be a great time.
Because we were going to the cabin, we weren't planning on heading to St. George for Christmas. But, as it inched closer we both wanted to spend more time with family. We decided to do Christmas eve and Christmas morning with just us then head to St. George for the weekend with Zach's family.
I was pretty sad on Christmas Eve because we have several family traditions that felt different without my family. Zach had gone shooting and then he took dinner to the Houstons (they both got the flu on Christmas Eve!), so being alone with Terran like every other day made it seem not like a holiday. But Zach got back and we did our pizza, Luke 2, and Christmas movie to make the Christmas feelings abundant.

Christmas morning was wonderful!  We woke up to a complete covering of snow, Terran snuggled us in bed and watched a few Christmas cartoons. We all went out and opened presents. It wasn't chaotic. It was a fun family time, with Terran loving his presents then helping us open ours! Grandma Karin had sent Terran some really great gifts that he loved. She always helps make our Christmas great!

We made a breakfast casserole together (a change from our traditional breakfast burritos, but delicious and maybe the start of something new) and as it was cooking Terran played with his new toys and we prepared to go to St. George. 

We got to play in the snow a little bit as we shoveled off the driveway. Terran is a fun little helper and he enjoyed making snowballs with his dad. 

We got into town with perfect timing because everyone was coming over to Stan and Sandy's and were ready for dinner. We visited and ate, then did some more presents with everyone. Terran was extremely happy to have cousins around, especially after the time playing with them at the cabin.
Christmas is a time for family and a reflection on Christ and I feel like we were able to experience both in a good way this year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Polar Express play group

We were invited to a little Polar Express party put on by some neighbors. I didn't know a lot of the people there, but was able to meet people as we did the activities. There were three sections. One with hot chocolate, stories, and Santa. One with a santa or reindeer craft. And one with cookie decorating. Terran didn't sit well for the stories, but was patient waiting for his turn with Santa. I was really interested to see how he would do. He was interested and excited to see him, but didn't end up getting too close. Terran isn't the type of kid that I would make sit on Santa's lap, because what is fun about it if they are screaming and crying? He walked up to him and took the bell Santa was giving out, then smiled and waved as we were leaving.

From the very beginning, Terran was more excited about the scissors than anything else, so he was happy to get to the craft table. He helped me glue some things on his Santa, but mostly he just wanted to cut paper and spent a lot of time doing that.

He didn't really decorate cookies. By that time he was more interested in running around with all of the kids. I tried to give him some freedom and after a minute went to find him. There were a few moms looking for their kids and we couldn't find them right away. I heard a distant piano key and knew that's where my babe would be. Sure enough, he was leading the group in some shenanigans and playing the piano with the older kids. Typical T-Dub. :)

It was a fun afternoon and helped get us more in the Christmas spirit.

Cheesecake Factory and Temple Square

After we went to the Tracy Aviary, we had planned to meet up with Zach and go to Temple Square since we weren't able to for Zach's birthday. We really love the lights, and Zach especially. I let Zach pick where to eat since it was kind of for his birthday, and he chose Cheesecake Factory, which was great since it is right by Temple Square. The whole night was magical, and even though Terran was a little tired, he behaved really well and we were able to enjoy dinner and walking around together. Zach asked me afterward if we were going to go again. He would probably go ten times a year if it was a little bit closer!!

Tracy Aviary

I bought us a Pass of All Passes to try and do more fun things with our spare time. It included entrance to the Tracy Aviary. Scott had a pass there and said it was great, so I have been wanting to go for a long time. It was supposedly only on Tuesdays so that made it hard to plan on. Turns out our Thanksgiving Point membership also allows entrance, so maybe we can go other days as well. It was a pretty chilly day, but the Aviary was really cool. When we first arrived, we walked around the pond and fed geese and ducks before even going to the Aviary. Once we were in the Aviary, I was as excited as Terran. There were so many cool birds and exhibits and I really enjoy doing things outside, even in winter.

Zach's 32nd

I had planned what I thought would be a spectacular birthday for Zach. We were going to get sushi for lunch then after Terran's nap take him to the Houston's and we would go ice skating, get dinner, and go to temple square. Fate would not have that this year. Terran was sick and we all weren't getting very much sleep. We still ended up going out to eat and doing presents. We also looked for brass, which I thinke Zach liked more than my plan anyway! We still had some fun family time and Zach said he had a great day.