Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Our Christmas Holiday 2016

For Christmas this year we packed up our little 96' camry and made the long drive to Glenwood Springs, CO.  We stopped in St. George, UT to stay one night with Luke's grandma Shirley, and then another night in Provo with Cody and Mikayla.  My side of the family (Smiths) get together for Christmas every three years, which is quite the accomplishment with twelve kids + spouses + grandkids.  Usually not everyone can make it.  This year we were missing Kim, Aaron, and Gregg (on his mission in Ogden).

On Christmas morning (Sunday) we attended church services.  It's pretty cool when Christmas falls on the Sabbath.  Once we were back to Juli's home we tried getting photos with the WHOLE family.  A huge success considering everyone 12 and younger was begging to go open presents!  And I gotta say, I don't think we have a whole lot of photos of Lottie without her making some sort of face....See photos above and below for reference.

{Riding her new Radio Flyer scooter}

That evening, most of the adults went on a night time snowshoeing hike.  There ended up being a beaten path already so we ditched the snowshoes.  And the photo below makes everything look kind of weird.  We had to get creative so we placed my dad's mega man flashlight in front of the group to try and get our faces.  Hence why it looks like we are walking on dirt instead of snow.  Despite the poor quality of the photo, it was truly a beautiful night with a clear sky full of stars and huge pines weighed down with snow.

The next day Juli, Jeff, Luke and I hit the slopes.  Well, mainly everyone else.  I'm terrified of heights so I maybe did 2 runs on a snowboard before calling it quits.  I enjoyed watching Luke ski though!

{I was pooped at the end of the day, and poor Lottie was sick along with most of the kids.}

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