The kids and I flew to Salt Lake several days before Tyler did. I am always proud of what a grown up I am when I drive myself to the airport, park, and get all the kids and luggage on the plane. I felt like a spectacle walking through the Oakland airport with three kids (Benny pushing his empty stroller) and a big pregnant belly.
We had several days in Salt Lake before Christmas. The kids spruced up Grandma's decor:
Rode the trolley through the lights at Thanksgiving Point:
Made gingerbread houses with the cousins:
(*Benny was a total angel during the trip--I don't know what came over him but it was wonderful. He's back to his normal self now.)
We spent tons of time playing in the snow:
High school friends Annie, Lisa, and Liz.
Former Bay Area friends The Atwoods.
Tyler got into town just in time for Christmas Eve. My dad was kind enough to lend Tyler and the Wart some of his festive Christmas shirts.
After dinner we had a little program with the nativity and some songs--including an adorable number by Charlie and Max who held hands of their own accord.
I made it into a photo:
Santa found us! We had to wake our kids up around 9:00 to start opening presents. Benny slept for a couple more hours (a Christmas miracle) which made for a very peaceful morning of present-opening.
I am going to do a separate post about our presents, because I always want to know about that kind of stuff.
Rex's family came into town Christmas night so we got to overlap with them a couple days. Tyler and I cherished those moments by dumping our kids on Rex while we went to see Jack Reacher.
We thought it was SO bad. Have you seen it?
We did an adults dinner out in honor of my mom's birthday:
And I got to meet Brooke's boyfriend!
Sarah and I got through a puzzle and a half before we had to pack up and catch our flight home.
It was easier than I expected to get everything home--Santa brought us relatively small things and they mostly fit in one ginormous suitcase. Our flight home was delayed a couple hours, but we eventually made it, and I've been alternately cleaning and sleeping ever since.