Sunday, December 25, 2016


Christmas this year was a treat. The weather threatened a big snow storm starting on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. We lucked out as the snow didn't start on early as predicted and we still got to go to Grandma and Grandpa Packards for Christmas Eve. It was so much fun! Cheryl had the whole day planned. The kids did a craft and decorated a gingerbread train, we played bingo, did a nativity, ate pizza and opened gifts. It was honestly the best Christmas Eve that we've had in a long time. I love living closer to my in-laws. I really enjoy my time with them. 

The only picture I took. Bingo!! I loved that everyone played together. Even grandma and grandpa great got in on the fun. It was my favorite part. 

Christmas Eve. 

We woke up Christmas morning to a blanket of fresh white snow. We've had good snow for about a week, but the storm the meterologist promised had arrived. Opening gifts inside our warm home while the storm blew outside was nothing short of magical. Not so magical was getting to church. The snow was crazy, but I loved seeing all the men in suits and ties pushing cars out of the parking lot. I loved that so many people sacrificed to get to church and that so many people willingly served others, even in horrible circumstances. We then came home, changed back into our PJ's and hung out the whole rest of the day. 

I love this second picture. Kyle is such a big brother copy cat. They stand, he stands. They kneel, he kneels. 

And because I'm not in enough pictures. I want my kids to remember makeup less mom on Christmas morning. 

The downside to the snow was that it kept my parents from coming for Christmas dinner. But I'd rather be safe than sorry, and after the Idaho Falls Police urged everyone to stay off the roads, I knew it was the right decision. So, we'll wait it out and try again tomorrow. 

The snow almost completely filled the window wells and the drifts look like ocean waves. 

Scott out shoveling the dogs spot. This is were the snow hadn't drifted, some spots were four feet high. 

It was a great Christmas. Spending time with loved ones and attending church. I'm grateful for Christmas and the times it gives us to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. 

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