Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas.... in reverse

Well I still have yet to figure out the order that pictures are placed onto blogger... and since I am officially pregnant and lazy, I shall share with you my Christmas Story in reverse..

Once upon a Sunday, the Sunday after Christmas, but before New Years...
 Shani and Chris blessed baby Jake!!

He is such a sweet baby and everybody loved passing him around while we hung out throughout our days together

I have a FABULOUS mom, and
  fabulous moms make amazing Grandmas.  
She brought up a snowman craft for us and the kiddos to do! They LOVED it! But their attention spans are no match for moms and mine... so we made more snowmen than they did ;) We win!

They day after Christmas (this picture is WAY out of order) we talked to Heidi!! We got to talk for about an hour and loved it! It was nice to be able to ask her questions about the mission... for someone who LOVES telling stories, she's not the best about keeping us in the loop while on the mission

While the big boys were out and about (I'll tell you what they were doing later.. remember this is in reverse) the kids (ya, I'm one of them) made some gingerbread houses!! Brighton was an awesome helper.  He would tell me where he wanted some frosting and then would add his decorations.

So excited to make their plain houses... .not so plain! (I really outdid myself with how descriptive that was)
We Albrights like to cheat and hot glue the houses together.  Kherrington and Brighton loved to talk about how they couldn't eat the hot glue, but they could eat the frosting!

The Saturday after Christmas the boys went four wheeling! If you can't tell by their attire, it was a little bit chilly.

Oh! Here's Christmas Day! We had a very relaxing Christmas day.. Jake didn't even get out of his PJs, lucky duck!

What a good looking family! 

All of the kids had a great Christmas.  We opened our presents up in turns...

The Wongs came up later in the day (that's why they look so put together) and were the last to open

Brighton was awake and ready in the first round of opening... He even let us sleep in until 8!! 

Baby Troy was feeling a little sick and didn't open his presents up until the afternoon.. but how cute is his sleepy hair and face??

Jake didn't do any opening.. he just snuggled and slept

In Utah, unlike Vegas, you don't have to DrEAm of White Christmases! 

Pre-present opening.. we are so cute in our morning glory

Brighton and Troy got hoola hoops from Santa.  B and Woody had to test them out.. I'm pretty sure B won!

The stockings all laid out with care... Christmas morning

And to end.. or start this Christmas tale... the tree after everyone is asleep on Christmas Eve

Because mom and dad came to Utah we were able to do Christmas Eve with Woody's family.  We went to the annual Woodruff party earlier in the day.  We got to eat some delicious food (Grandma makes AWESOME pies) and played a fun filled game of White Elephant. Woody was very pleased with what he came away with.. an omelet maker and a puzzle.  

Afterwards we went to his mom's Christmas Eve ward shindig.  Every year they act out the nativity and hand out a bag of goodies afterwards.  It is a fun tradition that Alpine started years and years ago and is a great reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.

Then we had a laid back Christmas Eve night.. just the way we like it! Kelly and I put together a Vegas puzzle that was slightly impossible, but we did it! And Kolton and Woody played some x-box, like real men ;)

It was nice to be able to do Christmas Eve with the Palmers and Christmas with the Albrights.  I love living so close to so much family!

I have LOVED every second of my two week vacation!! I have NO idea how I am going to go back to work especially since pregnancy has just gotten more and more fun.. but the good news is 

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