How we do Christmas- with five Children that are all married...instead of asking them to travel to us for Christmas...we travel to them.
(We don't want to put the added cost of travel on them at Christmas time...along with the crazy amount of packaging involved! When it is their turn to have us over they are always welcome to choose to come to us....but it is their choice.)
So, the kids take turns inviting us to their homes for Christmas.
This year we were at Shannon's home in NV.
Shannon had her home so welcoming and beautifully set for Christmas. Anna let us use her bedroom...which was so cozy with its own bathroom and they even set out treats for us by our bed....better than a 5 star hotel. =)
When we arrived the home was filled with the scent of freshly baking sugar cookies! Getting ready to frost that evening.
They were so yummy!
Each evening after dinner we sat together as a family and read a Christmas story and watched sweet Christmas videos...such as this one. It is so worth the time to watch!
Christmas Eve Day- We participated in their family Tradition of bowling with their friends! So fun!
after bowling we headed to Freddy's for lunch another tradition of theirs. (awesome custard and burgers)
Christmas Eve Shannon had prepared a wonderful dinner for us.
The kids opened one package that evening....of Christmas PJ's ....stripes for the whole family.
They spent the rest of the night tracking Santa =)
Lots of happy sounds .....the best way to spend Christmas
These children were a blessing for us this year. We loved hearing all their happy sounds and lots of hugs and thank yous through out the day!
We rounded off the week with
- a papa/ Grandson hot-dog eating contest....not sure who won...just know that there were lots of hot-dogs involved!
- Payton loves chili cheese burgers....which even surprised him
- Went to the movies
- played games- deer in the headlights
- rode bikes- it was a "bike Christmas this year"
- the boys spent most of their day building Lego's
- Anna finished her paint by numbers art
We were so very happy to be part of their Christmas this year. We love them.
- I love Christmas time-
- for it brings together families
- I love feeling the joy of giving
- A time we give thanks to our Savior for the unmatchable gifts that he gave us that can allow us to have eternal life.
- I just love it all.
Because of the Savior, we may have an assurance that we can go home not only at Christmastime but also to live forever with a family whom we love and who love each other.
I love my family.
Thank you Shannon and Family for taking us in and showing us love.
On our long drive home...we had to stop and check out Calico Ghost town....the kids were little the last time we stopped there. We didn't stay long....just long enough to stretch our legs.
Our favorite thing- the bottle house (Danny remembers it from his childhood)
The bottles act as a natural lighting source. Fun little quick stop...just 3 miles off the Hwy.
Thank you Shannon and family for blessing us with your love.