Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!
(very belated!!)

Well, we had a wonderful Christmas in good old Sactown! We made the drive last Saturday, leaving SLC at 7:00 am, and got into Sac around 5:30pm-ish. The drive was ok, Asher was kind of a pill at the beginning, but turned his attitude around and was pretty good for most of the trip, considering he only slept for an hour total the entire time. Then coming over the Donnor Summit, our tire blew out, and he was pretty much an angel the whole time we were stopped on the side of the road, and the rest of the way to our house. So he had lots of toys and books to keep him occupied, but the thing that kept him the happiest was Nate's Newsweek Magazine. He would sit back, cross his legs and look at it like he was really concerned with the world of politics right now. It was pretty dang cute!

Our Holiday festivities consisted of Sunday dinner/party at Grammy B's (with all the cousins and Aunts and Uncles on dad's side), Christmas Eve dinner/party at Uncle Jeff's (with all of mom's side of the fam), followed by the traditional party at Aunt Jeanie's (mom's aunt). After that, we came home, read the Christmas story, and got to work helping Santa set everything up in an aesthetically pleasing manner! (one of my favorite things to do!).

On Christmas morning, Asher woke up at 8:30ish, and Joel and Kadin followed suit shortly after. Here are some pics and video of them coming out in the morning. Asher was so funny, first he tried to swim into the pile of presents, then he saw the camera and proceeded to pose and make faces for us, then he heard Kadin and Joel and went out to beckon them to "come out and see all the cool stuff" (in the words of a 16 month old).

I think it was all a little overwhelming for Asher.
We ended up putting him in his bed after awhile, he didn't sleep, but I think he enjoyed the alone time. We spent the whole day at home with just our family, which was nice. Ashley did a lot of people's hair, including mine, which was very nice of her. My Grandma Lenie and Uncle Jeff joined us for dinner. I made a delicious beverage for Christmas dinner, and a double chocolate cheesecake for dessert (which didn't set enough by the time we ate it, so it tasted way better the next morning!!) After dinner, we all gathered around and recited our memorized poems for dad (a cool new tradition that dad started 2 years ago) It really is so cool to hear all the different poems that people chose, and to hear why they chose it and what it meant to them.

Part of the fam at dinner

(Whit, Ben, Lexi, Ash and Jill)

Me and Nate by the tree, with me looking more and more pregnant everyday!

All in all, it was a very successful Christmas. Nate loved his James Christensen picture (The Bassoonist) that I gave him...or so he says! I have chosen to believe him as he was quite convincing! As well as his many gift cards and enormous vat o' jelly bellies! I love my new Christmas dishes and juicer (which I used to make this beverage), and am so excited for my two prenatal massages that Nate got me! Asher loves all his new books and toys and clothes. (I think his favorite gift was actually the Thomas the train that I bought for him the day after Christmas!) We also scored some other sweet stuff, such as the Planet Earth dvds, Ticket to Ride, the Ocean's trilogy set, as well as the complete works of Jane Austen!! (Nate was really excited about that one!) Nate's parents gave each of their married children an original watercolor painting of the temple that we got married in. They have a very close friend who is an artist, and she put a lot of time, research and effort into each one to make it special. I LOVE it, as I have been wanting a really nice picture of the Oakland temple, and love that this is our very own, unique painting. Thanks mom and dad O!!

We just got home from Sacramento last night, well this morning at 3:00am. I have to say, that leaving at 3:00pm is pretty much the only way to travel with a child. Asher took a nap for an hour and a half at the beginning, we stopped for dinner, then he went to bed. He did actually wake up for awhile at the end, but just sat there in his seat, silent, staring out the window and chillin'! What an angel!

It really was such a good Christmas season for me, as I really tried hard to think about our Savior, and the reason that we have this wonderful time of year. I truly feel that my testimony of the birth of our Savior and the plan of salvation have grown in the last month, and I am so grateful for that. We feel so blessed to have our own little family with Asher. He brings us so much joy, and just gets cuter and cuter everyday! We are so excited to see what joys life will bring with two little kiddos running around!!

We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas as well, and hope you have a Happy New Year!

Here are a few more pictures that I just couldn't resist sharing...

Here is Jillian looking hot in her new under armour running gear, along with Whit's new brown boots!

Here is dad, stylin' in his new American Eagle jeans that Hailey, Lexi and Jill got him. I think that they were trying to tell him something about the style of his previous jeans!! :)

Asher helping with the laundry in Grandma and Grandpa's room!

Asher finds it is best to do the laundry wearing only his diaper, preferably after he has gotten all his clothes wet from playing in the dog's water!


Melanie and Will said...

Glad you guys had a great Christmas! I'm kinda sad to see it go! And I'm glad we got to see you guys for at least 2 seconds! lol Asher sure is a cutie!

Ash & Ry said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! You look very cute pregnant... I feel like my stomach is out of control this time around... what's up with that? Glad you had fun, and survived the tire blow out!!

April said...

Sounds and looks like you all had an awesome christmas!!! I love the arrangement of presents under the tree... I have never seen so many in my life! heehee! :)

I must be so out of it because I didn't remember that you are pregnant! When are you due?... you look great!!

whitney said...

it cracks me up to see the pictures of all those presents... um, can you say ridiculous? :) i'm glad we got to hang for christmas! it was totally awesome busath family times!

Josh and Michelle said...

Holy Presents! It was so good to see you while we were both there. I just wish I could see you guys more often!

Summer Adams said...

Okay, what fun pictures you take! Your fam is so funny. And to echo the previous comment....HOLY PRESENTS!!!!!! I guess there have to be that many with so many kids and grandkids and inlaws now in your fam. Sooo fun!

Nate, Morgan and Asher said...

i know i know, holy presents! let me just re-emphasize that there were a lot of people there, my parents, all my sisters (6 of us) , and then me and whit's families' stuff, and let me tell you, all 3 of those grandkids got spoiled. i think from now on though, we are just going to open our presents with our own little family, it was all too overwhelming for asher, and i feel bad that he didn't get to enjoy his presents more due to all the comotion!

april, yes i am expecting again, due in the middle of march with another boy. you are too sweet to say i look great. just the other day, a girl at work thought i was due any day. i try to make myself feel better by reminding myself that she has not been around a lot of pregnant women, so she has no concept of what "big" is!!