Well we've had this blog for over a year and have never actually posted anything. So I decided it was a good idea to tell everyone about our Christmas.
After finals, Paul spent time relaxing since it had been a very busy semester. Amy had the 18th through the 27th off work and so we were able to do some fun things. On the 23rd we went to the Cleveland Metroparks Farm out in Kirtland for a sleigh ride through their Christmas lights. They had several thousand set up and it was very pretty. The Farm had also set up a "Santa's Workshop" with elves and toys to make. Luke made a little green and red train using a drill, nails and a hammer. With help from Momma and Daddy he had a lot of fun.Christmas Eve was also fun. We went to Kirtland again and went to see the Stake Nativity display. Our stake asks members to lend them nativities and they display them throughout the entire month of December. There were over 200 of them, everything from pictures to large ornate ones to Christmas ornaments. It was extremely enjoyable.
Luke had an interesting experience with one of the Christmas trees. The ornaments happened to be made from dried flowers and fruit and so Paul and I asked him not to touch it. He tried really hard not to but as he was turning around he tripped and fell right into the tree, knocking off and breaking several of the decorations... Luckily the missionaries and mom and dad just thought it was funny so Luke didn't get into trouble.
After Kirtland we had dinner at home, Sausage stuffed Chicken and rice - yummy! After dinner we all went over to a family in our ward's home, the Ogilvie's, where we read the Christmas story, sang hymns and drank Wassail. It was a great evening and we enjoyed the spirit that was there. We came home, put Luke to bed and watched "Elf" while wrapping all the presents, over all a great day.
Christmas Day - Paul gave Amy a wonderful program that lets you create Cross Stitch patterns from pictures, clip-art or anything you want. I love it. I spent most of the day playing with it and planning how to decorate the house with cross stitches. Amy got Paul a Belgian Waffle Maker which is is extremely happy about, we had waffles Christmas morning.
Luke enjoyed opening his presents and after opening the first one (a car) proceeded to call all of the presents cars. It was cute. We spent the rest of the day at home, ate yummy food and played with our toys :)
Boxing day was more of the same, except we went shopping with the money we received from family and then had a family over to eat our leftover turkey with chips (French fries). Again, another great day.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and we know we did. We're grateful to be a family and get to spent so much time together. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Amy, Paul and Luke