oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree

(Oops, I thought I published this post about a week ago … And I apologize for some of the weird formatting; my blog has ideas of its own.)

Some of my favorite things about Christmas this year (basically our Christmas in a nutshell):

  • Seeing a lot of Matt’s family in southern California; his sister and her family, his parents, his grandparents, and his aunt and uncle were all there in person. We were able to video chat with the other families, so we pretty much got to see and talk to everyone (thank you modern technology). It was seriously so much fun, and David was overloaded with spoilage and attention.
  • Watching David perform for his cousins and other admirers; this kid is such a ham!
  • THE WEATHER: We left Rexburg at a brisk 12 degrees and spent a week in the 70s. No coats! No hats! No gloves! David played on green grass in the warm sunshine.
  • Visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and walking through Air Force One.
  • Taking an exclusive tour of the Disney Studios backlot and learning about the behind-the-scenes and going-ons of Disney. Rob, our brother-in-law, is an attorney for a division of Disney and could therefore take us on an employee-only tour of the Disney backlot; we walked through some of the buildings, saw some original sketches and illustrations from several Disney-favorites, saw a few costumes worn by the actors in their live-action movies (like Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, for example), and so many other really neat things. David unfortunately hated the tour and was pretty much a pill the whole time (until we found the Lady and the Tramp plush dog display at the on-site store which David walked around and squealed at for 10 minutes at which time Papa picked him up and took him), but Matt and I are glad we went. Papa bought David one of the plush puppies from the display, he’s cuddling with it in his crib as I type.
  • Visiting my great-aunt Lillian (Aunt Lil as she calls herself). I don’t even know how to describe this woman. She’s old, but full of fire. She’s hil-arious; all comedy in my genes came from her. When I was a child, she and my great-grandmother traveled the world and would send us knick knacks and sweaters and dolls from their adventures. Whenever we’d see her she’d take us out to Pizza Hut and then get us cherry-dipped Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen, every single time. I have so many wonderful memories of her and I am so happy that we got to take an afternoon to see her and show off David.
  • Oh, and getting a SEWING MACHINE. Almost forgot that one. Almost. The sewing machine was my big gift and because most everyone knew that’s what I was getting (thanks to a not-so-sneaky elf), almost all of my other presents were sewing related. I now have pretty much everything I need to start sewing; 26 spools of thread, fancy scissors, cutting mat and ruler, pins, pin cushion, and on and on. I couldn’t be happier. My domesticity is going to a whole new level. Prepare yourselves for all of the sewing posts in your future.

Our trip home deserves a post all its own, I’ll save that for later.