Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas this year was spent with the Downs clan...
...and there was a LOT going on...
(which means I took a bajillion pictures...consider yourself forewarned.)

Waaaaaaay earlier in the year it was decided that our Christmas gift from Mom and Dad would be a ride on the Polar Express, and since it would involve a trip up north to get there, we also decided it would be fun to spend our Christmas in the snow. Jeff's parent's found a house that was rented out for that specific purpose and so last Saturday night our little family made the trip up to Williams. We were worried there wouldn't be any snow, but because of the recent storms we'd been having, we were in luck! Thankfully for our drive up, the snow was a few days old and the roads were pretty much clear...

The next morning was Sunday, and we all dressed up and headed to church for sacrament meeting.
They had a very music-filled and peaceful Christmas program, and we sung almost every Christmas hymn in the songbook. The kids had fun being with their cousins and grandparents, and we might have had a few disruptions because of their delight, but it was still fun anyway. 
After church (and conquering the icy sidewalks in my 4-inch heels WHILE carrying a baby) we headed back home and got dressed up to play in the snow...

...unfortunately, that first day Logan missed out because he was napping, but he made up for it later...


Christmas Eve was also filled with lots of snow-playing and sledding...
...and pretty much every day after that too ;)





At one point we sent Wyatt down with Jacob, by themselves, and they had a little accident and flipped the sled over. Unfortunately, because Wyatt was sitting in the front, and was less experienced than Jacob, he fell head first into the snow. He had a lovely goose-egg for the rest of the day and a incredible fear of sledding for the rest of the trip...
(so when you see the scrape on his forehead, you'll know what it's from, haha)


Christmas Eve was also the day it was forecasted to snow...
...and we were not disappointed!

 

The snow would fall softly and beautiful one second...

...and the next it would be full force and all over the place!

And this is the event Wyatt missed out on...when he was taking a nap...
But Logan was there, making up his lost time!

But besides playing in the snow all the time, we managed to do some other things too...like walk through the shops in town...and watch Christmas movies...and eat good food...
But we also decorated sugar cookies for Santa Claus!
(I was busy making dinner and taking pictures, so Jeffrey helped Wyatt with this one...and it was sooooo cute.)


(Wellllll...I guess Santa couldn't eat all of them, haha)


Looking back, Christmas Eve was our most eventful day, besides Christmas itself.
That night we dressed up in our jammies and headed to the Polar Express!!


Keep in mind now, it had snowed all day and so everything was covered in a powdery white...
...including our car and the roads.
(and being the smarty that I am...I was the only one to forget a jacket. I was FREEZING. Thankfully, it was only until we got into the train car, which was heated!)



The whole experience of riding the Polar Express was amazing.
It was so much fun for the kids and the adults had a pretty good time too.
When we first sat down in our spring-action seats (it had shocks or something, and was very bouncy and fun), and after the train had started moving, the "chefs" of our train-car handed out hot chocolate (at the perfect temperature) and cookies from Mrs. Claus. For extra cookies and hot chocolate we were able to answer trivia questions about the Polar Express...Christmas music was constantly playing, the conductor came by and punched tickets, and the boys had fun looking out the window. Once we reached the "North Pole" the train stopped in the little light village that had been created and we all looked out our windows to see Santa Claus and his reindeer-pulled-sleigh. We weren't able leave the train, but as soon as Santa was on-board, we started back towards home. Santa Claus walked down the isle and handed Christmas bells to every single person. Wyatt was so excited to see him. As soon as he left, the chefs initiated singing Christmas tunes and the whole train-car burst into song until we arrived back at the train station.



It was definitely memorable :)

When we got home, the kids left out cookies and milk for Santa, and spread reindeer food on the back porch...
...once they were in bed, Santa's helpers came out to set up stockings and such ;)

...and then...
CHRISTMAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!
It was still dark out when the kids woke up...
...but they were all so excited!

We opened up our stockings first, and then moved on to what Santa had brought.


The house was so full of presents and squeals and giggles.
We spent the rest of the day spending time with each other, opening gifts, sharing toys, and loving the Christmas season.


We enjoyed the time we spent with our family and were glad that we all could make it. 
We truly had a wonderful time. Our families are such a blessing in our lives and we thank them for the love and happiness they bring to us. I hope your Christmas this year was one of joy and peace, and that you were able to spend it with the ones you love.
Merry Chirstmas!

2 comments:

Andrea said...

how fun and lovely! can i just say that its a little unfair how beautiful you are!! seriously woman.

jace keeps wanting to have a white christmas (he grew up doing christmas in utah)and i just cant bring myself to say okay!

love you lady.

Merkley Jiating said...

I love bundled babies! Too bad I hate the snow and cold. Your kids are so cute! And I agree with Andrea, you are so good looking.