The holidays are always fun, but usually stressful. Since we've been married, we've always ended our finals or teaching, and started a whirlwind travel adventure to get to our families in other states, and we arrive home just before the chaos of life starts up again. This year however, David's parents are on a mission, and we knew well ahead of time that I would be nearing the end of this pregnancy by now, so we opted to stick around instead of travelling. While we've missed seeing everyone like normal, it's been so fun to take things slowly and just enjoy some family time together! It's also been a relief to this crazy pregnant lady to be able to rest...a lot!
Dad and Hyram went to a winter celebration at Hemming Village in town.
Playing in the backyard
Meeting Santa: Hyram was really excited to go visit with Santa, but once we got there, he was extremely hesitant. He wasn't about to have any lap business. Luckily, Santa was patient enough to bribe him with some sugar, and held on to this blue candy cane while he engaged Hyram in questions. We were glad it turned out to be a happy experience for our little no-touching kiddo.
Telling Santa he wanted a red car.
Hanging out around town. We also went to see the new Peanuts movie this day. Hyram liked watching Snoopy fly.
Sledding for the first time
We were so surprised how brave Hyram was about sledding! He went down the hill with Dad a few times, and then all on his own, ran back up the hill and went down by himself on this little red sled! We were sure he would crash and cry, but he did great and loved it!
Christmas Eve PJ time!
Playing piano for Christmas Eve
Santa and reindeer nibbled on their treats
All ready for Christmas breakfast
Pretty Christmas flowers from David. Love him!
Grandma and Grandpa Love sent Hyram these cute nativity blocks to play with all month. He loved setting them up.
We've started decorating Hyram's door on special occasions so he remembers it's a holiday when he wakes up. It sure helps him wake up on the right side of the bed!
Santa brought Hyram a tent, a wooden cube toy, a Ferrari, and a stocking full of fruit snacks and Matchbox cars! What a lucky boy!
Dad and Hyram had fun putting together his new train tracks! It makes such a difference to have pieces that aren't broken and trains that work.
We drove down to Utah on the 26th for our Love Family Christmas Party. Thanks to Amy and Chris for hosting this year!
Hyram and cousin Carson exchanged gifts. Carson got Hyram a really cool "Mack" (semi truck) full of cars to play with. He LOVES it! He was also really excited about his new big yellow dump truck from Grandma and Grandpa Love.
Some of our other favorites were opening treats and gifts from Grandma and Grandpa T, getting new books and a babydoll with a stroller to help get ready for the new baby, a new scooter, and getting a new family van!