Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christmas

I thought I should write about Christmas this year so I have it saved for posterity. ;) (There's a lot of LDS references, etc.... used in this post, so I've included links for my non-LDS readers.) Christmas was great, I thought. My parents and little sister, Ali, arrived on Friday and we got ready to PAR-TAY!!! Sei was working that nite, so we just kinda hung out eating pizza. My parents have a time share and used up some of their overflow of points on a nice hotel near my home. Isabel spent the nite with them that nite and the next. Early the next morning I got up to do last minute shopping at Wal*Mart so I didn't have to fight the crowds. Then my parents took Tristan, Alec, Izzy and Taj to the mall!! Woo hoo! I met up with them later after Livie's nap. My mom went into The Childrens Place and I saw that it would be necessary for me to take the kids and my dad back to my house and leave Livie with him so I could return to shop the sale!! Cute clothes galore!! The next day was church and Christmas eve. In my family we've always opened presents under the tree on Christmas eve and then played with them and the Santa gifts on Christmas morning. So, we finished our scripture advent calendars I found in the 2004 and 2005 Friend magazine and then we watched "The Nativity." Except I muted it and played Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven" while we watched. That song fits perfectly because it is Mary's story told in the song, her thoughts and feelings. It was also exactly 5 minutes long, as was the film. I was very touched. After that, we opened presents. We don't all open at the same time. We watch each other, thank each other, get excited as someone opens the gift from us... It's nice. Anyway... I raked it in. :) Seiuli gave me a Willow Tree figurine named "Together" picture here:












He also gave me a MP3 player, gift certificate for tanning, pj pants, a sweatshirt and a book to teach me a new way to mark my scriptures!! My parents gave me a new quad and some moola$$!! I gave Sei a CTR ring, a heated back massager, the new U2 cd, a portable radio and Santa brought him some See's Candy. The kids got a ton of things and seemed to be happy with what they received. Santa came that nite and Taj was in heaven with his new train!! My little sister was funny because she knows the truth about Santa and she could not figure out how my parents got her "Santa" stuff up to Utah when she helped load the car!! (My mom had it mailed to my home!!) I cooked Christmas dinner- kinda. A lot of it my mom put together while I was on the phone with my little missionary brother!!! He talked my ear off as usual and I thanked him for making me the most scripturally-retarded sibling. The turkey turned out great as did the corn, green beans and rolls. The dressing was yummy and if I had been able to cook the southern candied yams in the oven instead of the microwave they would have cooked more evenly and turned out better. **BTW- Southern candied yams are not mashed up sweet potatoes. Those are gross and taste nothing like southern candied yams. Just thought I'd clarify.** That evening my parents took the kids to see the lites at Temple Square and then that nite Sei and I went to the late show of "Rocky Balboa." LOVED IT!! Highly recommend it!! Milo Ventimiglia from "Heroes" played his son. I love Milo!! I loved him on "American Dreams" as the bad boy, Chris. Anyway... getting off the subject. Kelsea and KArlea (my step-daughters) arrived from Canada on Tuesday. So, now we have 7 kids in the home ages 11.5, 10, 8, 8, 7.5, 3 and 11 months. My parents and Ali ended up leaving Thursday morning in attempt o beat a storm. They ended up stuck in Albuquerque for 24 hours and then decided to take a different, longer route home. It was either that or be stuck in Albuquerque for at least 36 more hours while they waited for I-40 to reopen. They are driving now and I pray they are safe.
Sei's sister and her family (4 kids and a hubby) came thru on Thursday on their way to St. George. We went to Chuck E. Cheeses and played, ate, etc... I ended up taking Liv to an Insta-care center at 8pm that nite because I could tell something wasn't right. She has an ear infection and is now on antibiotics. The dr. was so surprised that this was the 1st time Liv has been sick- ever- in her 11 month old life. She has never been to the dr. other than for well-baby check ups and immunizations. She weighed in at a runty 18 pounds. I am hoping she hits 20 by her 1 year check up so we can turn her carseat around. I don't see that happening... Anyway... she has had 4 doses of her meds and is acting more like herself. But even when she felt bad she was so sweet.
Sei is working today and then we are going swimming at the rec. center indoor pool. He's off on Sunday and Monday. Woo hoo!! Then K and K go home on Tuesday. Short but good visit.
Well- that's the jist of my Christmas. I would write more, but I don't really feel like blogging right now. I don't know why. Maybe because I have 7 kids in the house at this moment making a lot of noise or because I have a lesson to prepare for Sunday, or because I'm stressed about my parents traveling in yucky weather... I don't know. I'm sure I'll be back to "normal" (whatever that is) soon.

12 comments:

tara said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas! I love watching the Luke 2 video to the Amy Grant song! Did you read that on my blog? (I think I blogged about that... I know I blogged about her Home for Christmas album...) Now when my 4 year old Hannah hears that song she says "that's to the baby Jesus video"... so cute.

Tori :) said...

I didn't see it on your blog... We did in when I was in the YW presidency a few years ago. I LOVE watching it that way. And it seemed to hold the kid's attentions more too.

Mel said...

Tori- You are an amazing woman! I don't know how you did it with such a large group. I've never heard that Amy Grant song. I need to file this idea away for next Christmas.

I hope your parents are okay! Have a Happy New Year!

Abbie said...

I love that willow tree figurine.

Suzanne said...

That figurine that Sei got you is so beautiful! Good luck with all the kiddies in your house right now and Happy New Year! :)

~j. said...

You are so blessed. How fun to have a house FILLED with loved ones.

I also love Milo. And I wish I had an MP3 player. Luckeeeeee...

I hope your family makes it home safely.

Gina said...

Wow, you got some great gifts! I love that you watched that video before opening gifts as a family. Very nice tradition.

Ian and his brother went to see Rocky on Christmas day and loved it also. I went to see The Holiday by myself later that night and loved it too.

Robin said...

Sounds like you had a fun and tasty Christmas! Charlotte weighed in at 18# 8 oz at her 1 year check up, so she will be rear facing a little longer too!

Stephanie said...

Maybe today blogger will let me comment. For the record, I have been trying for a month!

Your Christmas sounds so perfect. I love how you topped it off with a date with DH. Lucky you!!! Did your parents make it home safely?

Stephanie said...

Maybe today blogger will let me comment. For the record, I have been trying for a month!

Your Christmas sounds so perfect. I love how you topped it off with a date with DH. Lucky you!!! Did your parents make it home safely?

itybtyfrog said...

Sounds like a fun Christmas. I will have to watch the Nativity and listen to that song. It sounds like it would be fun. How fun that you got to talk to your missionary brother!

Anonymous said...

Hey, while searching for widgets for my blog, I stumbled upon www.widgetmate.com and wow! I found what I wanted. A cool news widget. My blog is now showing latest news with title, description and images. Took just few minutes to add. Awesome!