02 January 2012

Sunny Christmas

We’re taking down all of our Christmas decorations today, so I thought it was high time to write a post about our Christmas. We were able to fly out and spend a week with Jonathan’s side of the family in sunny Arizona. The warmth didn’t make it feel too Christmas-y outside, but it was sure fun to spend the holiday with the whole family!

Some highlights:

We got to meet our newest little niece, Lily for the first time.

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We participated in another graham cracker house building contest. This year we elected to pay homage to our new home and build the White House. I don’t think an official winner was ever declared, but Lincoln didn’t vote for us.

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Jonathan got to play a lot of video games with his brothers…

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And a little football.

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Lincoln ate most of the left over house decorations decorated cookies for Santa.

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And showed us what a reindeer looks like in his special Christmas pajamas.

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I made Jonathan and Lincoln matching Christmas ties and they wore them to a very early 8 am Sacrament Meeting on Christmas morning.

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Lincoln opened a ton of presents…

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But his two favorites were definitely his backhoe from Santa and his basketball shorts from Mamie.

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We visited the Mesa Temple to see it decked out with Christmas lights. It was lovely.

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And we got to spend lots of time hoarding toys from playing with Lincoln’s rarely seen cousins.

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We had so much fun in Arizona and it’s always sort of a bummer when Christmas is over, but it’s not as bad this year since now we can really start getting ready for Lincoln’s little brother to arrive next month! Happy New Year, everyone!

4 comments:

Sam, Julie, Tucker & Maizie said...

how fun!! The ties are impressive and I LOVE the graham cracker white house. Looks like you guys had a great time. We miss seeing you!!

Lindsey Hicks said...

I like the ties and I also like the tights you're wearing in that picture

Paige said...

yay for an Arizona Christmas :)

Tiffany said...

Looks like a fun Christmas! I think you guys are going to have to eventually have a girl...Jonathan looks so cute holding his niece!