It was a Claybaugh Christmas this year and we were so excited to get out of the heat and feel the cold again...... wait, usually that is said the other way around! We have definitely acclimated to Arizona weather. It was going to be a short and sweet trip since Tim only had a few days off so we headed for Kanab (midway) right after work on Thursday. Which worked out perfectly for us to see Ashleigh's family, who were on their way to California, to exchange gifts with them. So Thursday at 9:30p.m. we had our first taste of Christmas presents. Friday morning we arose ever so early to finish the rest of the drive to Orem, where we would freshen up and head straight to the Hale Center Theater for A Christmas Carol. This was Hudson's first time attending. He loved it! Then after the show we quickly made bean burro's and met the rest of the Claybaugh clan at Grandma and Grandpa Claybaugh's for dinner. So glad we could squeeze them in! That evening found us at the mall exchanging last minute gifts without the children, where we ran into friends and chatted longer then planned.
Saturday morning Tim and I met Kim at her lovely gym to work out real quick, then it was off to the mall and other errands before the Christmas Eve dinner and program held at the Hansen's home. Dinner was delightful and the entertainment was fantastic! On our drive back to the Claybaugh's, Tim and I felt a rush to go visit our dear friends the Bishops and Beardalls. When we got back to the house we opened our traditional Christmas Eve pjs and put the boys to bed! Santa had to finish up wrapping and stuffing stockings! Then finally we settled down for a movie. (insert breath here)
Christmas morning was wonderful! I wish Christmas day was always on a Sunday. We got up, let the boys open their stockings and then got dressed for church. Sacrament meeting was beautiful, spiritual, and just lovely. I didn't want the program to end. The messages were so insightful and brought you to the true meaning of Christmas. Once we arrived back home the boys quickly changed, and opening presents commenced. Let's just say Hudson and Lex were spoiled! We ended the day with dinner at the church where the children could try out all their new toys and we could visit with family. My parents spent the holiday up North and joined us for dinner. We loved it!
Monday Tim had to leave for home :( Seriously it was so sad for him to leave. Our time was so short with everyone but it was still worth the drive. The weekend was packed full of family and fun. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful parents who make the holidays so special. We miss everyone terribly and looking through these pictures we want to relive it. Here is our weekend in review
Lex went around to everyone saying "hands up" while shooting his new gun from Grandma Kanab!
Hudson and his date, Juju, for Scrooge!
I only have a few pictures of the many talents that were shared on Christmas eve. I'm still waiting for the whole thing to to come out on video....
This little lady is the sweetest thing. She sang the cutest songs for us. I could eat her up!
Indian love song on the wii. The best Just Dance song ever!
For our family skit we had papa play a few songs on the guitar while we dressed up as Arizonans. Complete with stashes for Feliz Navidad!
Hansen boys.... hmmm bop!
Sisters, Sisters.... These lovely ladies lip synced an ol' classic. I could not get over the get up. Seriously who owns those types of dresses anymore?
We made the mistake of having Hudson open up a book for one of his first presents. He immediately had papa start reading to him. When asked to open up another present Hudson responded with "No thanks" Seriously a book over toys? Where does this kid come from?
I love baby Gavin in this picture!
An original Nintendo, need I say more?
We saved the rest of the books from Santa for last! Also Hudson is the type to put on everything he gets, hence the Dino shoes and batman t-shirt!