I did document our Christmas tree at home, as well as the easel we gave the girls as their big present from Mom and Dad this year, which we weren't willing to haul across two states to give them.
Christmas break was not as busy as normal for us in Preston this year as we all got the virus Mckayla got croup from. It totally tanked us and zapped our energy, so we didn't do much adventuring. Instead we stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa at home much more and had a relaxing break. The girls enjoyed time playing with the local farm cat that loves abuse from Grandpa.
Then we hit every family house for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with Steve's sister Sheri and her kids for a great soup dinner and the traditional Bennett pinata.
We then headed to Steve's sister Kathy and her family's house for Christmas Eve night and opened presents there with the girls Christmas morning. The girls' loot from Santa and us (minus their easel).
The girls did well. For once they actually loved and play daily with all of their gifts!
We then headed to Steve's last sister Lori and her family's house for family gifts and dinner Christmas afternoon and evening. (Mckayla sporting her new hat her cousin Erin made her, and Steve and I opening our fabulous picnic kit from Lori and Curtis.)
Later in the week our niece watched the kids so all the adults could go watch the second installment of The Hobbit in theaters. Then on the 30th everyone was at least fairly healthy, so we took the girls to a place called Hardware Ranch in Hyrum, Utah. These were just a few of the MANY turkeys we saw on the road.
Yeah, and this was a slow visit for us! We had a lot of fun, as always, and we always miss Preston and being so near to family whenever we leave.
But, New Years Eve we headed out and arrived in Spokane the day after Mckayla conked her noggin. On New Years Day we got together and Grandma Sun and Papa Rose's house to open gifts. This was Ellie waiting for stockings, and I love/hate this picture because Ellie is so cute, but looks so big to me here!
Wyatt and Ellie were both excited about the girls' new train set.
The next day we also met up with Grandma Moon and went to Red Robin for lunch. It was great to see so much family over the holidays, even if we ended up spending the last few days of break with Mckayla sick or in the ER in Spokane. We always look forward to the holidays and how much time we get to spend with family that we just don't see often enough!