So like I said we went to Herriman to visit family for Christmas. It was SO relaxing! We spent Friday evening at Temple Square in SLC. Alysha loved all the lights! And I loved showing her all around one of my favorite places. It was FREEZING, but so worth walking the 4 blocks to get there. :)
Saturday was spent with most of Loren's siblings. It was a crazy house. There were children EVERYWHERE!! Alysha had a great time. She loved following the big kids around. She must have learned something from them all cuz she's been into a lot more things since! She's gotten a lot more rowdy and bold!
Loren's brother's house is up on a mountain. There were deer all over! It was so fun to stand on the back porch and feed them old apples. There were 3 bucks that wandered around and a few times we caught them fighting with each other.
Christmas eve was great. We opened our Christmas pjs and read some scriptures from the Book of Mormon about when Christ was born. Alysha was so overstimulated from the day that she had a mini melt-down and needed a bath and bedtime a little bit early :). Loren spent the evening bonding with his brothers :). They watched a man movie and I went to bed. haha
While we were sleeping, Santa Claus *magically* filled the living room with presents. I mean filled. There was 13 of us sleeping there so naturally there was a lot of presents. :)
Loren spoiled me thoroughly. He is so amazing and always makes me feel so special. This year he got me all sorts of things to help me feel prettier. I've been struggling with that a lot lately. He got me a new dress and shoes, earrings, a gift certificate for a new set of nails, and a great new body pillow! It was so fun to watch Alysha discover all her toys. She's still discovering them now a week later :). She got some blocks, paints, books, a keyboard, and some other little things. Another great part of the day was that it was 50 degrees! We barbequed fish and steaks for dinner! What a great day!
Monday we woke up and found that Santa had come again. Loren and I woke up to find an electric keyboard under the tree for us from his brother and sister-in-law. I was so happy I cried! I couldn't believe that they'd gotten that for us! It meant so much to me to be able to have a small piano in our home. We decided that since I'd never been to IKEA we'd make a trip over and wander around there. Wow that's a fantastic store!! It's a very good thing we don't have one in Idaho Falls. I'd be addicted!!! I found many things in there that I wanted :)
Tuesday we left to go home and got to meet up with another sister of Loren's in IF for ice cream. It's good to see family around the holidays.