Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

The Thanksgiving Feast that started the Holidays. I took this using the Panorama feature on my phone so it's a little weird but cool. 
 Our Christmas Decorations

 On Christmas Eve, we decided to watch A Christmas Story and eat at Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant. It was delicious and we weren't the only ones either...there were tons of people there. Here's the girls having fun with the empty takeout boxes.
 After dinner, we headed to the Temple Nativity annual tradition for our family.
 The sunset and the Christmas lights were gorgeous. Things like this always remind me how blessed we are to live in such a wonderful world.
 My sweetheart girls. Love this picture of them in front of the Temple steps.
 We drove around town to look at Christmas lights. One of our favorites is the Stapley's house. They have their lights synced to music in an amazing display. We always enjoy it!
 After we opened our Christmas Eve pajamas (aren't we cute?), we had a wonderful Christmas Devotional given by Taylor. She gave us a quiz about common Christmas beliefs and then we read the Christmas Story. She had a handout that she'd received in Seminary which combined the different parts of the story from the four Gospels and JST into one. We read it out loud and it was amazing to remember the real reason for the season. My favorite part was when Taylor pointed out that when we were in the preexistence, we were likely part of the heavenly host that sang for the shepherds on the night of Christ's birth. What an inspiring thought!
 On a more worldly note, Taylor asked for money for Christmas and I wanted a cute way to deliver it. Luckily Santa came through with this cute money tree! I think it was super cute!
 Santa left some great presents for Taylor under the Christmas tree...some dumbells and a new phone!
 Shaylie got a new Flip video camera and a remote control car and Moxie girl driver, among other things.
 Christmas Morning Mania! The girls woke up at 6:30 on the dot, and raced down stairs to find the booty. It didn't take long to make quite a chaotic mess!
 I think Taylor liked her tree and Shaylie was pretty happy too!
We ended the night by having our friends the Sabaitis family and Chad, Lynn and Kaiah over for a Just Dance 2 party...lots of fun and laughing. A perfect way to end the night!

1 comment:

Melanie and Curtis said...

Looks like a fabulous Christmas Tonya! The money tree is adorable. What a fun and creative present! Ofcourse Santa at your house is always so creative!