Well, that's how my little sister with Down's syndrome says it anyways! When I told her, "Riley, it's Feliz Navidad and a Happy New Year, silly girl!" She simply said, "I love New York!" Haha. I love that little girl. After a beautiful Christmas and a quiet welcome to the New Year -
We are back!! 2,000 miles of driving, 14 days of vacationing, 78.4 sweets(/several pounds gained . . .), 5 loads of laundry, and a couple days of recuperation and I'm ready to blog again and to eat from the food pyramid right side up!
Here is our trip recap for you all. We made our way up to Palmdale to visit my Granny Shanks. We made a stop at Eric Schats' Bakery in Bishop, CA for lunch on the way. We heartily recommend it if you are ever in the area.
|My camera was cold and created the fog around the edges. Hehe!|
Visiting Gran was a delight as always. We had a surprise visit of some talented carolers the evening we were there. We talked for hours. She fed us well and gifted Squire with the opportunity to take any tools he liked from my deceased Grandpa Shanks' old workshop home with him. He very happily obliged. I'm pleased to see that some of my Grandpa's old tools will be put to good use in fulfilling my husband's "Honey-Do" list! ;)
We saw some great light shows while we were in Reno. Lincoln's pupils have never been so dilated. This was one of them:
Also, my parents introduced us to this house in Sparks, NV - it features an Orca family to show the nativity story among other sea creatures. They definitely scored originality points . . .
Christmas morning, we went to church and listened to the music of the choir directed by my talented mom. Nothing brings the Spirit of Christ into Christmas more than beautiful heartfelt Christmas music. Can I just say how much I love celebrating Christmas on a Sunday? I really love it.
And how did Lincoln like his first Christmas? Well, he really enjoyed playing with all the boxes and tissue and wrapping paper for sure. He also enjoyed pushing around the little walker he received from Mimi and Grandpa Elsmore:
We didn't even open our gifts until after church around noon! Seeing as how we normally have everything opened by about 5 or 6 am on Christmas morning, this was a new experience for the Elsmore kidlets. But, the later time helped us to appreciate and savor the thoughtfulness of each gift a bit more I think. Even as my family's earliest Christmas riser, I found it very enjoyable.
I vacationed most of my break sans blogging, though I did manage to get this one and this one out during the trip. My dad got a kick out of how I type while at a full height computer desk, but I tell ya, it really is the most comfortable way to blog!:
|The most comfortable way to blog.|
And - one with my brother and his wife Heather who came up the day before we left for Page to see Squire's family:
Our second leg of the trip included a visit to Page. And, because we are lame we completely forgot to take any pictures of it!! But here is the recap anyways. On our way to Page, we stopped in St.George for some Cafe Rio - yum! I needed my fix since leaving Provo. And by the time we arrived in Page, Trace had prepared a beautiful meal of Cornish game hens for us to eat. We visited with all of Squire's family while we were there. And Lincoln frazzled and dazzled them all with his rambunctious nature (which led to a massive plant/soil spill all over the carpet . . .) and his 7 toothed cheesy grin. Squire, of course, spent most of Saturday at Paria. While he was off helping Grandpa Hepworth and the other boys do ranch chores, Lincoln and I rode around on the 4-wheeler, and pet Pokey - which Lincoln wasn't the slightest bit shy to do.
Our New Year's Eve was spent mostly with Grandma and Grandpa Hepworth - just chatting politics and about navigating the world of facebook. And then, we went to sleep around 10:30pm. Yeah, having a baby makes you desperate for sleep - or at least wises you up to the fact that waking babies up in the middle of the night to party is generally never the best use of time, energy or emotional resources. So, we didn't take that chance nor did we regret it. Sunday, we made it to sacrament meeting, finished packing, saw Trace and Derae one more time and were off!
Over the course of the 2,000 mile round trip, the biggest horror story with Lincoln included a bad poopy diaper followed by a baby boy pee episode (you know the kind) that resulted in a wet driver seat and a change of clothes for Lincoln. But with our arsenal of snacks, we were able to keep him pretty content for the majority of the trip.
Today was Squire's first day back at the books. *Sigh* Oh well - the break was beautiful while it lasted. Feliz Navidog and a Happy New York! ;)