On New Years Eve Steve, Ellie, Mckayla, and I all loaded up in the car and left Preston for Valleyford. It's always a long drive to or from Preston, but we always have a great time. We didn't do anything much for the New Year as we were all tired, but the next day happened to be New Years Day when everyone could get the day off to spend together, so that's when we did Christmas with my parents.
My sister Jennifer and her son Wyatt, my sister Julie, my Dad, Kerry, and our family all opened presents together and had a lot of fun. As usual, the kids made out like bandits. Our girls are sooooo spoiled! But so loved, and we appreciate it all. To see how spoiled, this was the tree at "Grandma Sun" and "Papa's" house.
Mckayla liked her owl she got, and has had lots of fun on the squishy mat Grandma and Papa got her.
This was my attempts to get Ellie to try on her Repunzel dress Grandma got her. It worked. She was jealous that Elmo was sporting her princess dress. And it made for nice family entertainment while it lasted.
Admittedly, with some of our Christmas money we did go get Ellie a different car set of her own after seeing how much she loved Wyatt's toy. It made sense since we realized after we were done with gifts that we'd gotten her clothes, books, puzzles, things to grow into, but no real toys... She's definitely well rounded in what she plays with - anything and everything.
Another fun part of the trip was that Grandma Sun got a cotton candy machine from Papa, somewhat as a joke, so we had to have cotton candy one night. The first flavoring they tried tasted a little funny to most of us, but Ellie sure loved it. What kid who doesn't eat much candy doesn't love it when Grandma suddenly hands them ball of cotton candy?
We also went out to eat and play with my Mom on the 4th of January. We let the kids play at the mall playground for a while and then ate at a buffet out in the Valley. It was a nice time for Mckayla to get to meet Grandma and for my Mom to get to see Ellie where it had been a while.
And the last thing to show for our Christmas 2012 (and into 2013) is that this was our Christmas tree at home.