Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christmas and our time in Utah

Sammy and Jakie had a great Christmas. Here they are showing off their new Christmas "Thomas the Tank Engine" jammies. They must have been good this year because they got a ton of stuff from Santa and our families. Some highlights were new tricycles, a wooden train set, new homemade comforters, new clothes, books, music, etc. We enjoyed Christmas Eve here in Waco with our little family and friends we have made here, it was a great time. Christmas day we spent in Waco as well, that is, until we realized that we might have hit a storm if we left for Utah when we planned. So, we left at six o'clock in the evening Christmas Day. We drove all night and missed some of the storm but still hit it a little before Gallup New Mexico. After more than 23 hours we surprised Alan's family by showing up unannouced. It was fun to surprise them. We then headed to Minda's parents house where we surprised them as well.

We had a great time visiting family, here are the boys bowling with Minda's family. We were able to see three of the four of Minda's brothers and their families.

We were able to visit all of Alan's family before his sister left for her first semester at BYU-I. Here are the boys with their cousin Gavin.
The boys with Grandpa Boppus.
Playing games!

Alan's Mom wanted to take the boys to the Monte. L Bean Science museum, they loved seeing the animals, as long as they didn't move.
Unfortunately we all got sick while we were in Utah. Alan mended pretty quickly, but the rest of us were sick most of our time there. Minda got three different sicknesses so she was down and out for a lot of the time. But, after being cooped up for days and days the boys were done being in the house. So, we took them to the Kangaroo Zoo, a place with a lot of bouncy toys. They loved it, especially the slides. They quickly learned to climb the ladders and slide down, they were quite agile.

We wanted to thank our families for taking such good care of us during our stays with them, and we were sorry we didn't get to see everyone we wanted to. We are finally mostly over the sickness and are happy to be home and sleeping in our own beds after sleeping very little on our car ride.


Lyndon said...

Your boys are good travelers to make it so far. Ps we got your new #s

Audrey said...

I loved being able to hold Sammy and Jacky, and talking to Alan and Minda person to person. There is nothing like it. I hope you had a safe trip home. Love you all!!!!!!!

K said...

I can't believe that you traveled in a car that far! That deserves some type of medal!!! It looks like the trip was a lot of fun, and BTW you were very smart to do Christmas Eve/Day at your house given the gifts that they got like a tricycle. How on earth would those fit in a car? Smart thinking there. Anyway, hope you are feeling better and getting back into the swing of things. Miss ya.

Andrew & Naoko said...

Bummer that we couldn't catch you guys while you were here. Hope you had fun.

Reid Family said...

Cute Cute Cute! It was so great to see you guys! We miss you already! Hoep you are feeling 100% again its no fun to be sick.

Rob and Elizabeth said...

Cool bowling trip! That looks fun!!