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Christmas in Utah

Welp, Christmas is officially over and I'm a little bummed about it. There is so much anticipation leading up to it and then it's over, just like that! It was so nice having both of our families out here. My only regret is not taking off at all last week, it made the week go by too quick and I didn't get to spend as much time with family. Lesson learned. We were still able to start new family traditions and make memories.

Last Saturday Chris and I were able to go to the temple with his family. It was really special for us all to go to the temple together, since we have not had the opportunity to do so. Being in the temple helped me to focus on what's really important -- The Savior and my family.  It's so easy to get distracted by everything that's going on during this busy time of year so I'm thankful we took the time to go.

Monday night we went to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights. It's so beautiful during this time of year and despite it being cold, we really enjoyed it. We picked up my mom and gram that night at the airport. The rest of the week I worked and also ended up getting sick, a huge bummer. I was feeling better by Friday and we went to the movies to see Star Wars. I'm not a big fan of Star Wars but it was nice to go as a family. Later that night we went to Chris's grandmas and made a ton of cookies and decorated them. We got a little into it...
Saturday, Christmas Eve, was a relaxing day. My mom and Emerson watched Mickey (I've seriously seen this movie so many times this year I have most of it memorized -- Emmy loves it). For dinner we made pizza at grandma's house for everyone. 
We came back to our house and did our sibling exchange with Chris's family; every year we draw names at the beginning of December and then do a Secret Santa -- but by the time our exchange rolls around we all know who has who. Then we ended the night with a Christmas movie. 
Christmas day we woke up and went to church! It was nice to start the day off thinking about Christ. We came back, changed into our matching PJ's and opened gifts with my mom and gram. My gift to them was paying for part of their plane ticket but I had another gift for them I was excited about. I found a beautiful frame for my grandma and put our family pictures in there. She was super excited about it. And for my mom I created a photobook that took forever, but was well worth the final product. She loved it and it had so many pictures that she hadn't seen yet. 
Emmy doesn't really understand Christmas but it was still so much fun watching her. She liked her stocking best because she was able to just pull everything out of it. I love watching the wonder in her eyes and how fascinated she is with new things. Her favorite thing was playing with the box that my headphones came in, HA!
Chris's parents came over afterwards so we could exchange with them. It was fun to have the whole family here and to spend some time together. We went to Chris's grandmas for dinner and it was SO good. At 9 we were able to talk to Matthew, Chris's younger brother who is serving a mission in Guam, Micronesia. He is currently in Chuk and to say the culture is different would be an understatement. He is doing well, though, and seems to have adjusted quickly. 
We had a great day just enjoying time with each other and I couldn't ask for anything else. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!







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