2.05.2016

Happiest Holidays

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The major push in bringing us from Colorado to Idaho was the potential to be closer to family. We are now 6 hours from Northern Nevada where I grew up and my parents still live and 5 hours from SLC where Eric's parents live. We also have a lot of siblings that are much closer. 

It's so nice being able to see them all more often. And we have already! 

For Thanksgiving we went down to Utah and spent the weekend with my family at my brother's house in Lehi. 

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All of our kids are getting so much bigger! I am in awe of how my little nieces that I used to babysit have turned into full grown teenagers!!! 

We had a great low-key potluck turkey dinner and sat around laughing and playing games together. My favorite. 

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My brother is the Assistant Athletic Director and Wrestling Coach at AF High School so we had the gym there to ourselves for the day and absolutely loved it. The kids wrestled, and we played volleyball, basketball, and had a handful of all-ages dodgeball games. 

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These little ones just loved pretending that whole place was their stage.

A few weeks later we headed down again for Christmas. I'm not a big fan of having Christmas anywhere but in our own home these days, but E's sister was stateside and rented a nice historic home for us all to be together in. There was also plenty of snow in Ogden for us all to play in.

Just getting there was the hard part. E had packed up all the girls and gifts and driven down before me so he could spend a day snowboarding with his brothers. The girls hung out with grandparents and aunts and I...well I had I to work. :(

After my shift on the 23rd I slept a bit then headed to the airport since driving wasn't the best idea on 3 hours of sleep. Well my plane was delayed not once but 3 times actually so I sat in the Boise airport crying for a few hours completely broken that I was not with my dear husband and children. I was a mess as I had worked 5 of the last 6 nights and we had plans to see Star Wars that night as a family. It doesn't seem like a big deal now, but that night I was completely devastated.

The snow continued to fall as I watched and wished that I could just drive to Utah. I went home alone and slept away my sorrow to wake early the next morning to drive and join them on Christmas Eve. 

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And what a happy reunion it was. I could not get enough of my cute crew!

Christmas was filled with yummy food, SNOW, lots of babies, happy girls, games, and cozy nights chatting around the fire. It was perfect.

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