My sister and her family were going to Hawaii for Christmas this year. So we had a family Christmas party at her house where we had dinner, and the cousin gift exchange, along with grandma's tradition of new pj's for the grandkids and a Christmas book for each family. We also started a new tradition this year, which was an adult white elephant gift exchange, which was hilarious! I also had made a DVD of our California trip back in October that we watched. It was a lot of fun! My sister always does a great job of entertaining. Thanks Kristen for a fun memorable night! Have fun in Hawaii...a little jealous.
Monday, December 21, 2009
A few weekends ago we decided to take the girls downtown to see the lights. We thought it would be fun to ride Trax...not such a good idea. We got to the station at 7pm and barely missed the train. So we waited for the next train to come 15 minutes later. We got all bundled in our snow gear and sat there for 10 minutes, sweating because the heaters on the train were turned up really high. We slowly made our way downtown with 2 already tired children. At about 3300 So. the train conductor got on the speaker and announced that there had been a Trax accident and we were holding for a bit until we could get through. We sat there for about 30 minutes. Then finally were dropped off at the Courthouse station and told we had to get out and walk. After a potty stop in a dark downtown basement bathroom, and a 5 block walk, we made it to temple square at 9 pm, 2 hours later. Now everyone was hot and wanted a drink, so we found a drinking fountain and then walked around the lights for an hour, which the girls enjoyed. Who doesn't enjoy the beautiful lights and scenery this time of year? We headed back down Main Street once again for our 5 block walk to the Courthouse station, with 2 tired kids, now cold and screaming. When we got there the train was full and we again had to wait for another train. By the time we got on that train, our kids had lost it. They cried and whined the entire 30 minute ride home with everyone staring at us, irritated. We didn't make it home to put them to bed until midnight. Let's just say we won't be riding Trax downtown again for a long time. Funny enough, the next morning Madelyn asks, "Hey can we ride the train downtown again to the see the lights?" Both Ty and I in unison said, "No!"
The next afternoon Madelyn and I went to see Princess and the Frog. She loved it! It was a really cute show. She was happy to sit there with her giant popcorn and watch the show. It was fun to go just the two of us. She can't stop talking about the movie.
Overall, a little crazy, but fun! Tis' the season.
We went to the live nativity in Draper a few weeks ago. Again, it was amazing! We waited in line for 2 hours, but it was worth the wait. It really helps bring the true meaning of Christmas to life. It was especially neat to take Madelyn and watch her get so excited to see the baby Jesus in the manger.