We spent a fantastic week with the Nielsons for Christmas! We started the week in Pocatello for Christmas Eve and Christmas and then we headed to their cabin in Sun Valley for a few days afterward (more on Sun Valley in another post--I'm trying to break up the overload of photos!).
Highlights of Christmas week included:
-Visiting Santa at the Pocatello mall. I must say, my kids were thoroughly unimpressed--which kind of made the photo all the more awesome.
And can we please take a moment to flashback to this insane cuteness from two years ago? (Still the worst mall Santa I've ever seen. That beard.)
-Christmas Eve, all dressed up in our finest for Grandma's amazing feast.
|Little Sally Lou Who|
(Outrageous outfit is compliment of Aunt Sarah, of course)
|Dapper Dude in front of the tree|
|Lily and Kate in their Christmas tutus...cutest ever|
|And speaking of cutest ever: Noah and Great Grandpa Nip are twinners!|
|His first look at what Santa brought him. :)|
It occurred to me as I watched him playing so happily that most children in the world never even get one toy so nice. It made me feel a little sad--and also grateful and determined to give more and to do more for others. We are blessed beyond measure, and I hope that we can teach Noah to be generous throughout his life.
-Baby's first Christmas. We were blessed this Christmas to have a true angel in our midst. Sister Sally is one-of-a-kind and brings us all so much joy. If she catches your eye, she will grin, as is evidenced by these photos that my brother-in-law snapped while we were opening presents.
|First she catches his eye...|
|Then rewards him with that mega-watt smile!|
Sal was spoiled with a a killer-cute bunny from Grandma and a Sophie giraffe and some teether/rattles from Bapa (among other things). Lucky baby.
She had so much fun snuggling with her aunts and cousins throughout the day. I can't speak for her, but I'd say she had a pretty perfect First Christmas.
|One of her two beautiful Aunt Sara's (this one spells her name without an h)|
|Sally and Lucy...six week apart in age and already besties...the most darling besties in town!|
|Sweet Tate in an uncharacteristic calm moment (he's a mover and a climber)|
|Smiley Lily by the tree|
And she is just as sweet as she is pretty!
|Cutest Kate--love her.|
|This is going well.|
And what is Noah looking at?
|Love how Gordon is laughing|
|Yeah this isn't chaotic or anything.|
|They may not all be looking at the camera, but, hey, no one is crying.|
|All ready for church|