On a Friday afternoon, the kids and I bundled up and headed to Thanksgiving Point to visit Santa's Reindeer. Unfortunately Rudolph was on a break but his friends were still pretty cool. We spent some time wandering around, shopping and having lunch. I have so much fun with these little people of mine.
While the little ones were at Thanksgiving Point, Tim went to Ogden to hang out with Erika and Clark. They said it was super cold, but totally worth it for the stunning views.
Tim also spent a little time in downtown Ogden looking at the lights.
Grandpa and Grandma Broadbent have the best tradition - some time during December they take the grandkids to the mall for a Christmas extravaganza. Luke is so happy that he is big enough to be included. This year included lunch, time with Santa, shopping for the giving tree, and carnival type rides and games. We are so lucky that Luke and the other kids get to have this kind of fun with their grandparents and cousins.
Just a little fun at nursery.
And in the bath.
I'm pretty heartbroken over the fact that Jesse is leaving me and going to London for Winter semester. I am also super jealous that she will get to live in and experience such a great city. Between finals, packing, etc. she was super busy before she left. However, she has her priorities straight and made sure that she made time for one last sushi date. After a fantastic dinner, we took advantage of the opportunity and paid a visit to Santa. This is one of my favorites of the season.
I continues to be amazed at Luke's teacher Miss Nikki and all that she does for his pre-school class. They had a Polar Express party and then invited their families for a program where they sang some Christmas favorites. Luckily, grandma was able to rearrange an appointment and come to watch. I know that I am completely biased, but seriously, Luke was about the cutest thing I have ever seen. I love watching him interact with his friends, and try so hard to follow all of the instructions for each song. He has a two week break from school and I think he is really going to miss it.
Luke brought home a present for us that they made in class - the first project present I have ever received. I nearly burst with pride and happiness.
Tim's mom worked hard to make arrangements for us to have a new family picture, and a family Christmas party on the same afternoon. All of the kids, big and small, were great sports and made it easy on the photographer. Hopefully Gayle was able to end up with a great picture - this is the first time that all of the family has been together in several years so she took advantage of the one day when everyone could be there. Of course, while we were waiting for our turn to get placed, there was time for some shenanigans.
Because we don't see some of this family as often, my kids usually start out a little shy. It didn't take Dave very long to win over with a trip to see the horses.
We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening at the Whitesides eating soup, playing games and acting out the nativity. Luke and Ruby were so impressed with their parts, they still talk about being a shepherd and an angel.
The next night we had the Broadbent Hancock Christmas party. Seriously, my kids are starting to expect some type of party every few days. One of the highlights of the evening was the race track that my cousin LeeAnn built. She brought Lego kits for the boys to build their own car, then everyone could race as often as they wanted. They planned several other games that kept everyone laughing and entertained. Most of the adults were content to just watch and visit.
One of the big entertainment events of the month was the release of a new Star Wars movie. We were lucky and got an invitation from my boss to help with some marketing and attend a showing with him. He went all out with a completely creep costume to celebrate the return of the force.
I posted a lot of the photos that Cory took from our annual Riverwoods/Santa trip. I found some more pictures on Tim's phone to add to help remember the occasion.
December, you are definitely treating us right.