on the sunday before christmas, my local siblings and their families and my mom got together at to eat, hang out, wrap and deliver gifts to a family in need. it was a great experience.
on christmas eve, we all got together again (this time with kyle and his family from cali) at mom's house for our traditional christmas eve family get-together. we acted out the nativity, had a lovely meal, and then went home. here, kyle, don, brian, and tyler (kneeling) are dressed up for the nativity. the top row are wise men. tyler was a shepherd i believe.
jackson and leah playing the bells that don's family brought. we played christmas songs with the bells.
christmas morning, we woke up to a lot of presents and, of course, our stockings (which are so narrow, we just put all of the goodies outside/on top of them).
s playing with her nested dolls that she got in her stocking. (also, the byu clothes she's wearing was her gift from grandma leslie.)
w loves those fruity-filled chocolate sticks. (the byu track-style pants he's wearing was one of his gifts from grandma leslie.)
a picture of me with my big anniversary-trip tiger trout. we are still looking for a frame to put this in. this was one of b's christmas requests.
me excitedly getting a koshari kachina. i have wanted a kachina for many years, and b found this one for me--a favorite character from the acoma myth narrative we've been reading lately.
b opening his acoma puebla ceramic bowl. i ordered this and thought it would be much bigger than it ended up being. but it is still a beautiful pot.
b ordered me a few water coloring books. they didn't arrive by christmas day--so he printed off the covers for me so i could know what would be coming.
w has always wanted a snow globe. and to get one about the slc olympics (which happened exactly when he was born) is the coolest.
s's big gift from grandma and grandpa roberts was a big, super cool loom to knit with. the other knitting thing is small potatoes compared with this one.
b got a sticky thing from s for christmas. it's fun. you hold on to one end while slinging the other end across the room. that end sticks to something and can lift it up.
s and w got picture books of indonesia. this was a true labor of love as i spent hours creating these books online. but they seemed to really enjoy them.
a fun t-shirt i found for b that looks really good on him. he wore this t with the brown pants and his old green docs over the break, and he looked so good!
one of our fun family gifts was a lovely hardback copy of audubon's the birds of america. i've always wanted a copy of this.
and we were happy to see that the yellow billed cuckoo with the pawpaws is the third print in the book. not too shabby.
grandma and grandpa roberts sent w and s fun playing cards--with pictures of w and s from indonesia on the backs!
finally, s got this fun chair. we actually had to take it back, but she picked out a new pink chair that she likes and uses every day.
after we opened gifts, we cooked a chicken bbq pizza and ate that for breakfast. the kids started watching their movies, and b and i shoveled the snow from our driveway and walkways.
another of our gifts from grandma and grandpa roberts was tickets to go see the new star wars movie! we went and saw that from about 1-4. it was super fun--we all really enjoyed it. once we got back from that, we got together a few things and then drove over to whitney and matt's home. we ate a really delicious ham dinner.
matt read the christmas story from the scriptures while the kids used a nativity set to act out the events.
the not pictured parts in the program are b's, which was singing malam kudus--silent night--in indonesian. i sang with him. and then i had everyone in the room share a favorite memory from the past year. and william explained how he pulverized turquoise rocks to make turquoise sand and then made a christmas picture using glue and the turquoise sand. unfortunately, we left the picture at home, but he told us about it.
after christmas day, some of our highlights were w carving out a snow cave and then sleeping in it. he spent two nights in it. he didn't make it completely through the night on either nights--but he lasted a remarkably long time given how cold it was outside. we also went sledding, we watched the new snoopy movie, we had a nye's dance party with some friends, we acted out the nativity and had a fun middle eastern-inspired dinner, we hung out with other friends, we ran at the indoor track, had a great salmon and steak dinner at my mom's house on new years day, etc. we got to do a lot of fun things over the break!