Michael planned our anniversary getaway this year and it was so fun! We celebrated 22 years on the 27th. We stayed at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix. It was such a nice hotel, and we used our free night from Hotels.com. If you ever go, the fried green tomatoes at the Blue Hound Kitchen in the hotel are amazing! Dinner at The Arrogant Butcher
Fancy "living room" at the hotel
City Skate--right next door!
Herberger Theater--we saw A Christmas Carol and it was very good!
We had a wonderful Christmas! On Christmas Eve, we did our usual traditions: Singing Christmas carols while Emily played piano Read Luke 2 and other scriptures from the Book of Mormon about the birth of Jesus Opening one gift--pajamas! Here are the kids in their new pajamas
Ready for morning (thanks for your help with the wrapping, Dad!)
I was so excited about Michael's gift. I bought him an Xtreme Experience to drive a Lamborghini Huracan around a racetrack! It won't happen until February, but he loved it! He was a little shocked at first, lol!
We had family over for dinner--steak and chicken on the grill! Michael did a great job grilling and we had a very nice dinner. We had fun opening presents and spending time together.
We had a great visit with Papa! It was a great Christmas present for me!
On Wednesday we had our ward party.
Andrew and Jonathan both played piano in the talent show. I was so proud of them! There was a minute there where Jonathan
looked so scared and he said, “Mom, I don’t want to do it anymore.” I said it was too late to change his mind now
because he was next, and he got up and did it.
He played so well, and so did Andrew.
Shortly after they were done, I left to pick up Dad at the airport.
Thursday, we ran a bunch of errands and went to lunch at Tia Rosa's.
On Friday we stayed home most of the day and
I did chores around the house. We went to lunch at Panera. We went
to the movie theater to get tickets for the 5pm showing of Star Wars.We intended to go on Saturday morning, but
Dad really wanted to have Nathaniel go to dinner with us so we thought we’d try
to make it work to go to the movie on Friday.It went pretty smoothly!We got
good seats, but Nathaniel and his friend Cole McClure (they had plans to see
the movie on Friday anyway since Nathaniel had to work on Saturday) had to sit
a few rows ahead of us.After the movie
we went to dinner at Olive Garden.It
was wonderful, but I ate way too much!
Saturday, we just hung out in the morning and waited for Emily to get some
homework done. Dad gave the kids a lesson on checking the oil.
Then Dad, Emily, and I went shopping. We went to Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW, Panda
Express, DownEast, and Walmart. We went to the Walmart where Nathaniel works. We were
gone for almost four hours! We ordered
Papa Johns for dinner and watched Spiderman Homecoming.
On Sunday, we went to church, came home and took a nap, and baked and decorated Christmas
cookies. Nathaniel left early to go to
dinner at his mission prep class. The
kids went to the park with Dad and Michael.
On Monday, Dad helped me wrap gifts. We got done what
we needed to before the kids got home, thankfully. It was such a relief to get it done! That night we watched Home Alone 2. It was funnier than I remembered. On Tuesday, Dad was going to go to work with
me but Daniel woke up vomiting so we had to change our plans. I had some returns to do at the mall and I
had already ordered the Sweet Tooth Fairy cookies to hand out at work, so Dad stayed home with
Daniel while I did all of that and then I came home. I stopped at Costa Vida for some tacos on the
way home and we just hung out until the boys got home. Everyone but Daniel had piano lessons, and in
the evening Dad, Andrew, Jonathan, and I played Monopoly. Nathaniel
had to work, Emily studied for her history final, and Daniel rested. Michael snuck off to run errands (aka buy my
presents) and came home with groceries from Walmart and Sam’s Club.
On Wednesday we stayed home and did
chores. I got the chicken noodle soup in
the crockpot (Dad cut up the vegetables for me) and did laundry. Emily and
Nathaniel had early release. Nathaniel
had to work, and Dad and I took Emily to Subway for lunch. She was so relieved to be done with her
finals!! So was Nathaniel!! That afternoon I had Cub Scouts and Dad came with us. We had the soup for dinner and Dad made the
Hershey gingerbread house with the kids.
Nathaniel and Emily stayed home because they were done with finals and it was
just a makeup day. I was so proud of my
three big kids—they all had straight As!
We went to Jonathan’s Jingle Jog.
He didn’t seem too excited to see us, but he posed for a picture with Papa
and then went off with his teacher.
we went to Daniel’s school for the science showcase and saw his project about
blood and blood cells.
After that, we went shopping at Walmart so I could get
all of the stuff for Christmas dinner. We
got home and the kids helped put everything away, then they went with Dad to
see Jumanji. Andrew, Daniel, and
Jonathan came home and were excited to start Christmas break. They did their chores quickly so they could
go on media. We left at about 4:15pm for
the party at Main Event. The Tour of Italy dinner
was really good, and we all had a great time!
Right after dinner, the kids headed off to laser tag with Papa. Michael and I bowled and walked around with
the kids. The boys all went on the ropes course. Jonathan didn't like it and turned back. I got gelato with Dad. We bowled again and then we all played laser tag while Dad watched our stuff. Nathaniel really wanted to play air hockey with
me and he beat me easily. I walked
around and tried to get pictures of everyone. It was a really fun night.
Michael took the day off and some of us slept in. Dad and Nathaniel went to the
parts store to get transmission fluid. When
they had checked it on Saturday, Dad realized it was low. Dad also gave the kids a lesson on changing a
tire. We went to a late lunch at
Jogoya. Nathaniel had to go to
work. We came home to hang out and rest
a bit before going to see the lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park. We were not quite to the 202 when Daniel said
he was feeling sick. So, we changed our
plans again and came home and watched Moana and had leftovers for dinner. It was just as well, because Jonathan was feeling
sick, too. Daniel put himself to bed,
before 8pm and Jonathan fell asleep on my lap while watching the movie.
On Saturday morning, Nathaniel,
Emily, Andrew, Daniel, and I all went to breakfast with Dad and then took him
to the airport (Nathaniel didn’t come to the airport because he had to go to
work). Jonathan was still sick at home
so Michael stayed with him. It was so
hard to say goodbye. He made it home safely.
We love you, Papa!!!!! Thank you for everything!!!!
We were given two tickets to the Cardinals/Seahawks game on Thursday, so Michael and Andrew went because Andrew loves the Seahawks.
Then, on Friday, Michael, Nathaniel, Emily, and Andrew left for Las Vegas to watch the BYU vs. UNLV game. BYU won!!!
They were on TV!!!!!! Michael and Nathaniel are covered by the score, lol!
Daniel, Jonathan, and I had fun at home by ourselves. The boys spent time with their cousins at Peter Piper Pizza.
On Friday night, the boys and I went to dinner at Olive Garden. Michael and the three older kids stayed the night in Las Vegas and drove home on Saturday. I was able to get caught up on the photo albums, and Daniel and Jonathan enjoyed having the TVs to themselves. It was a great weekend!