Wednesday, December 31, 2008

T'was the Season...and we were Jolly!

I get soo sad when Christmas is over with! It's just constant fun for 2 weeks straight!! There was a lot that happened so instead of writing novels under each picture, I'll just write a brief description before each event!

You can't start the season without going to see the Temple Square lights, and since we live right down the street from them, it was a must!

Ok, this next event was one of my favorite of ALL TIME! This year the Elder's decided to help out some families in need instead of drawing names for each other. It was the most humbling experience. Me, Brad, Jeff, Lisa, Brads aunt, Sandy, and Brads cousin, Lauren all went and delivered the presents the Saturday before Christmas. We had 2 families that we bought presents for and me and Brad were in charge of buying for a 5 year old little girl name Melissa. Gosh, it was such an incredible thing that we were able to do and help out these families! I got a quick picture of the little girl we bought for, but couldn't get much of the rest of the family. They didn't speak a lick of English and didn't know we were coming, but you didn't really need words to see how grateful the mother was. After all of us hit up this little restaurant that was in the area called Family Tree....ummm there scones were INSANE!! Loved them.......absolutely recommend the place to anyone, anywhere.

Another thing me and Brad did together was go to the Spoken Word the Sunday before Christmas. For anyone who hasn't gone, you have to go at least once in your life time. The Tabernacle Choir sings every Sunday morning for about half an hour to an hour. It got us right in the Christmas mood.
These next pics are of Christmas Eve with my family and our Oma (grandma). We were so lucky to have her come down to spend Christmas with us for the first time. Promise nothing in this world competes with Christmas Eve with the Weidner family. Also a little taste of Christmas morn and what our house looks like after 5 seconds of opening gifts....that's pretty much how long our Christmas mornings last.

Next bunch of pictures are of Christmas day with the Elders! Lisa always gets the girls the same PJ's, but this years look like she spent about 10,000 dollars on them....they are, by far, the nicest pj's I've ever owned!
This next picture is the cutest of them all-right when we got to the Elders, Brad, no lie, immediately got into his snow stuff, grabbed a shovel and went outside without saying a word to anyone. He was out there for about 2 hours. He comes inside so excited wanting to show me what he built. I go out to see, and the whole time he was making a snow igloo for little Bree, his niece. She LOVED it! I'm sure no one else loves this picture as much as I do, but it really was so cute how excited Brad was to built it for her.
These next pictures were from our annual Cousins Dodge Ball Game!! By far the BEST PART OF CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! All of our cousins that live in Utah get together at a church for a huge meal and an awesome game of dodge ball! Everyone gets into it so much. Promise before every game each year I literally get nervous gut for how intense the games are. But man, they are well worth the year long wait..

Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas!! Thanks for enduring the long post:) and have a HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!!