Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Events

As always our Christmas season is full of lots of different events with Family and Friends. And this year did not disappoint.

We have been able to go to the Temple lights which is a tradition that we absolutely love. This year we went and saw the Christus and also looked at all the international nativities inside the Visitors Center. We wanted to take them to the temple first to ensure that we remembered what Christmas was really all about.

We also were able to go to the Polar Express up in Williams, AZ. This was quite the experience!! Camille and I had never been and we decided that we wanted to take Brayden and Logan up there since they are getting more excited about Santa and the whole Christmas thing. So we got in the car on Wednesday right when Brayden got off from school, luckily it was a half day that day, and headed up to Williams. It was a 3 hour drive and on the drive we had them watch the Polar Express movie to get them ready. So we got there and got on the train. Once we got on the train chef's started serving us hot chocolate and cookies while the train traveled to the north pole. When we got to the north pole Santa was there with his reindeer and he was waiving to all of us. On the way back home Santa went from train car to train car saying hello to the children and passing out Christmas bells. I included a video at the bottom of the pictures where Santa is entering the car. We were singing Christmas carols as loud as we could to get him to come and then we started chanting his name and I got it all on video. Watching the excitement of Brayden and Logan the whole time made the experience completely worth it. Once we got off the train we drove home and finally ended up at our house around 1:30am. A long day of fun!

We have also been able to go to many other Christmas events / parties. We went to my friends and wives white elephant gift exchange, Curtis family puppet shows, Stevens family party, and our Ward party. One of the puppet shows that we went to was in a Southwest Airline hanger and there was a car show. Logan was so excited to see all these cool cars so he had me take pictures of him by some of his favorites.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope you are able to feel the spirit of Christ during this season.

Thanksgiving Events

We had another wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. First it started off with the Turkey Trot with the Curtis Family. Camille's family every year has a breakfast Thanksgiving morning where we eat, play ultimate frisbee, and then ride whatever we have that has wheels around the church. We had a blast once again this year.

Next up was our family hike that we have started doing the last couple of years. We hike up the mountain that I proposed to Camille on :) It was a lot of fun and this year Camille and I were done by the first flat spot and our kids wanted to keep going to the top. I am sure as the years keep coming that will continue to become more and more of what we should expect..... our kids outperforming us and having way more energy.

Lastly, I could not have the Thanksgiving weekend pass without a flag football Turkey Bowl with my close friends. This is a tradition that we have kept every year and is a blast. Each year it seems that we are panting harder and running slower. But nonetheless, it is still a ton of fun.