We have done Christmas at our house for a long time. We try to go visit family sometime in the season, because we love them, but it usually isn't on Christmas Day. Instead, Grandma Cazier often makes it down here to Utah on Christmas Day some time. That was also her plan for this year.
Instead, she slipped on the ice and broke her ankle in quite a nasty way. No traveling for her. (Yes, if you have been following this blog, she has been in the emergency room at least three times in the past year and a half. The good news is that she knows all the doctors now.)
Tyler had time off from work, sort of. Meaning, he should have had the time, but with other designers gone, he was slated to remain here in town and be the guy who was in the office. With not a lot of wiggle room, we decided that we would go up to Idaho for Christmas and come back to be here the following week. The weather told us that we would be wise to travel on Friday before a BIG storm hit for Christmas.
And so we did. Roads were fine up to Idaho and the snow started to fall as we arrived. And it didn't stop until Monday morning. There was already a fair amount of snow in Idaho, and with the added storm, it was a super white Christmas.
Because of Grandma's condition, there were some new toys around the house, namely crutches. Grandma didn't like the crutches as well as the walker, so she allowed the kids to go to town with them. (Not literally, don't worry.) Ivory found some more crutches in the attic, so all three littles were hobbling around. Good times.
Robyn had the important job of dog manager. She takes these things very seriously. (Although most of the time, Pip was snuggled with Grandma.)
Grandma spent most of her time in a chair with her leg up. (That is exactly where she was supposed to be.)
Christmas Eve was a lovely day. In the morning it wasn't really snowing yet. (So I guess I lied before.) The kids went out and played. They made up a fun game where everyone made snowballs. Then June and Robyn built mini snowmen and hid them around the yard. I believe there were ten total. Then Pearl and Ivory went searching for them. The kids took pictures of the event. (Yeah, I didn't go outside. It was cold!)
In the afternoon/evening, everyone came over and we all exchanged and opened gifts. Grandma usually celebrates with the 'K' Cazier's on Christmas Eve, so it made sense to do it all together. That included Christmas Eve pjs, which were the only gifts I brought from Utah. The rest were waiting for us at home. It was great to get together. I took some pictures and got some from Kathryn. Enjoy little snippets from our lovely Christmas Eve together.
Looks like we are all tuckered out.
Sunday was a very blustery day. The storm was going full force. Both J.R.'s and Grandma's church was canceled. Kolby's ward was too righteous and didn't get the message. They met anyway, and we went out in the weather to join them. It was a great meeting. Even Grandma came, walker and all. (It is no small task to move a walker through a storm.) It was really neat because Hinckley blessed the sacrament for the first time since his diagnosis. He is such an amazing example to all of us.
Our Christmas day didn't involve any gifts, but we surely enjoyed our time with family. It was a great day. In the evening, the kids talked me into making some fudge. Grandma had almost everything on hand. We did have to scavenge for some chocolate chips, but the neighbors were accommodating. It looked delicious when it was finished and there were some very sad girls who learned they couldn't eat it until the next day.
But fudge was happily devoured (and shared with generous neighbors) in the morning. We spent a good part of Monday making sure that Grandma's house was livable and clean. (I will be the first to admit that we bring noise, love, company, and disorder when we visit, all of which are graciously accepted.) Since Grandma wasn't going to be getting up to vacuum or do dishes any time soon, we tried to pitch in. Luckily, she has great sons and daughters that stop by often to help out. We were on our way in the afternoon, back to Utah and with perfect timing. The storm was officially over and the roads had been cleared. We didn't have any trouble on the way back. There was quite a bit of fog hovering in places. I took a picture of the sun through the cloud cover.
And some of my passengers. (Not through cloud cover.)
During the last 20 minutes of our drive, we sang Christmas carols as we got closer to our abode. The girls were super excited. They knew they still had presents waiting for them, including stockings and gifts from Santa.
But you will all have to wait another day for our other Christmas capers. (No fun to wait huh? I was impressed with how well the kids did.)