Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fitting It All In

This week has been a bustling one for sure!  The teacher gifts have been handed out, & Liam is now officially on Christmas Break!  I'm excited to have him home for two weeks, as we fill our time with family, friends, & good food.  We're still managing to fit in all. the. activities. while also finishing up the wrapping, putting together a gazillion part play kitchen, & making a handful of grocery lists.  Conor & I always meal plan as if we are feasting with a large group.  But in reality, we are having a nice little family Christmas at home.



We took our annual trip to zoo lights, where Liam exclaimed "This is amazing!"  Lights everywhere while Christmas carols played softly as we strolled.  It was mighty chilly, even though we chose the warmest night of the week.  And Liam has informed me that the only way he can ever warm up is with hot cocoa.  Well played little boy!




And happy Winter Solstice everyone!  We woke up to a surprise snowfall, which just had to shoveled immediately even though we had morning plans and were in quite the hurry.  I love celebrating this day with the boys in some small way; how exciting that our days will begin to get longer again!  We are not fans of having to head inside by 5pm each night.



In the spirit of giving, we passed out our neighbor gifts tonight.  I love this Utah tradition of always sharing Christmas cards and homemade goods with your neighbors.  I realize many people make goodies for their friends & family, but neighbor gifts are for your actual neighbors here!  We walked the neighborhood as a family, Finn carrying a speaker blaring Christmas music (and trying to run into every single house) while Liam had Christmas card duties.  He only fowled up the names & envelopes once!  Again this year, we shared our home-brew ginger beer with everyone!  And because I'm not a fan of change,  I made tags nearly identical to last year.




I'm going to try and make fudge before bed tonight (because it's not the holidays without grandma's fudge), and then tomorrow we will ride the train to downtown Salt Lake City for a special dinner and to see all the lights!  So much fun to still be had!

11 comments :

  1. What a fun time y'all are having! The train sounds wonderful--have so much fun!

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  2. Best Christmas ever! That picture of Finn shoveling in the street totally has my heart!

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  3. You guys are having the best holiday ever!!! I love the zoo lights photos. So special!!

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  4. My boys would love to do a train ride! I'm thinking of the Polar Express, but that's close to two hours away, so we'd have to make an overnight of it, which is fine. I think we'll wait til Wy is just a bit older. :) Merry Christmas to your darling family, Laura!

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  5. You guys really are making the most of the season! And I love that you let them shovel even though you were in a rush that morning!

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  6. Love the pictures!!!!! You guys are having the best season! Merry christmas, friend! XO

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  7. I just love your neighborhood gift exchange, so thoughtful and fun!! Enjoy the Christmas fun and activities, you guys really are fitting it ALL in!! Merry Christmas, friend!! :)

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  8. I want to be your neighbor. Ginger beer?! Yes, please!

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  9. You guys are having the most festive Christmas season. I love reading about all you have done!

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  10. Fitting it all in has been a HUGE problem here! I always say that I am going to plan out what we're going to do each weekend but then inevitably something comes up and we miss something. Regardless of how much we fit in, this weekend will be full of family time and that's what I'm most excited about! Merry Christmas!

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  11. What a wonderful tradition to make home-made gifts for your neighbors; I wish we would do that here and spread a little more holiday cheer. Your children will certainly remember what fun there is to be had at Christmas!

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