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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gifts from Santa

Santa was VERY generous this year. Aside from the sweater, hat, and mittens Savannah is wearing (courtesy of a loving Grandma and aunt), and the new king size bed she is sitting on, he also brought me the camera I have been eyeing for months now. I have been giddy with the awesomeness of my new camera, and although these pictures probably don't look any different to you, just humor me and tell me they look great. :-)

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December 25

My living room is not very big, but that is where the tree is, and so that is where Santa left his stash. There were presents everywhere! Savannah and Logan's piles were blocking the front door because there was no other place to put them, but luckily no one was planning on going anywhere. :-)

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Christmas was so fun this year. Our kids are at such a great age to get into the spirit and anticipation of the holiday. They each got a video letter from Santa a few weeks ago and ever since Logan has not stopped talking about Santa and what he said to him. All he wanted for Christmas was a "helihopter," and Santa made sure to fill his request. Savannah was so much fun to watch as she unwrapped gift after gift. She "oohed" and "wow-ed" over everything. Her big gift this year was a kitchen, and it has already been such a hit with both her and Logan. I am sad to see Christmas end, but it was such a good Christmas that I can look back with fond memories and look forward to doing it all again next year.

(My) Home for the holidays

Instead of packing up the car and heading to my hometown for the holidays, all my family came to us! For a solid week we had 10 adults and 5 kids (all under 4-years-old) living under our roof. Everyone was there minus my brother who is serving a mission in India, although his Christmas Eve phone call brought us all together in spirit. Some of the week's highlights included:

1. the Lights at Temple Square and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building,

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my cute dad
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my brother and his beautiful wife
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Logan trying out uncle Byron's glasses
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2. the Discovery Gateway Museum,

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3. sledding at Soldier Hollow,

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my brother with his daredevil son
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such a beautiful day
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4. and our Christmas Eve program.

the traditional Christmas Eve PJ picture
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Somewhere in the middle of it all, we managed to get a family picture. As our family grows exponentially, it becomes increasingly difficult to get us all together for a picture. As I mentioned, we are missing my youngest brother, but aside from that, this is us!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A builder in our midst

"Reindeer"
An original creation by Logan Pendleton

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Monday, December 14, 2009

A night in Bethlehem

Our ward hosted "A Night in Bethlehem" this year in place of a ward Christmas party. Everyone dressed up in Biblical attire and the cultural hall was transformed into a Bethlehem marketplace. We were taxed two cans of food as we came in, but then we were free to enjoy some period-appropriate crafts, games and food as we watched the annual butchered-but-endearing pageant. The kids thought it was great, and as Logan and his friends chased each other around and under the feet of the adults, it felt eerily similar to the New Testament movies we watched in seminary. If nothing else, I sure had fun designing our getup!

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(Picture courtesy of Logan.)