The week leading up to Christmas through Christmas morning, we got to spend at a beautiful resort in Palm Desert with my family. It was chaos and it was fun and we got to all be together for an entire week. I have three brothers, two of which are married with two kids each. They are all under the age of 5. Jack absolutely LOVED having his cousins around and even cried when it was time for them to go home. Everyday from 7:30am til 8 pm we just played and laughed and kept ourselves busy. Three of the days were warm enough to go poolside, but the others were a bit to chilly so we kept busy doing other things. I have an overload of pictures, but this turns into my scrapbook so I don't want to leave anything out.
Playing in the hotel
Listening to a story by Mrs. Clause and going for a boat ride around the JW (the same hotel that Saved By The Bell episode where Jessie's dad gets married)
Making Gingerbread Houses
We went to the playground a few times to feed the ducks and get the wiggles out, and each time it was a giant rompfest (for kids and adults)
The Living Desert Zoo
Christmas Eve Talent Show and Program
The kids re-enacted the Nativity with scriptures and songs (Jack's attention didn't last- and neither did his shepherd's hat). Oliver helped recite his favorite storybook, Sophia (and I) did a Nutcracker dance, and Jack was supposed to ride a skateboard but that talent came later b/c we forgot to bring it
Santa comes for Christmas morning
After we checked out of the hotel, we got to go to San Clemente and have Christmas dinne and more gift exhange at Derek's parents house. Two of his brothers were in town and it was great to all hang out, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy the company. It's been nice being able to 'share' the Christmas experience with both families. (I didn't get any photos!)
My family then stayed in San Diego for a few more days and one day we went for a ski boat drive downtown. It was cold, but a great excuse to bundle up and snuggle!! (pics to come)
Sadly everyone had to go home (Dallin stayed with us a few more days) but we loved being able to hang out so much and enjoy the company of family. I can only imagine next year's holidays when there are 2 more babies added to the Bills' side of the family....more mayhem and more to love and snuggle!