Friday, December 26, 2008
This has been a great week. We got enough of a break in the weather to go over to Pocatello for my Mom's 60th birthday. All of my siblings and spouses were there except for my sister Teri and her family, who came at Thanksgiving time, and my brother-in-law Will who is serving a 6 month tour of duty in Baghdad. We went out to dinner, just the grown-ups, which was great. Of course we were true to form and 1/2 an hour late because it took longer than we planned to get all of Ryan's work done so that we could get on the road, but it was fun just the same. (Punctuality has got to be one of my New Year's resolutions). We came back on Wednesday in time for the girls to finish up their gifts for each other. We have a tradition of the kids making gifts for each of their sisters. It's so fun to watch them get excited about giving something they really put a lot of effort into. Then we had our Christmas Eve program, with the reading of the Nativity Story, and then sent everyone to bed. Christmas day the girls are great about not waking Mom and Dad up too early, so we got to sleep in until about 8:00 am. Then we opened stockings, had a nice breakfast, and opened our other gifts. We kept things pretty simple this year, but all of the girls were happy with their gifts, and excited to give the things they had made. We got more snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, mixed with some rain and ice. It was great to have a white Christmas. The girls are having fun sledding. We went out today and found a couple of new sleds, since the dog ate our sled from last year. Hopefully we'll get up to the ski resort pretty soon to enjoy their new snow.