Friday, February 8, 2013

Christmas 2012

Christmas was with the Larson side this year and with us living in Las Vegas, it made it possible for everyone to come down here for Christmas.  Brooke and her family were not able to come up because Mark had to be on call that week.  We missed them!  Ashley and her family stayed at Ned & Julianne's along with Erin and her family.  And we were excited to have Paul and Andrea stay with us!  It was actually really nice not to have to travel for once.  The kids had a blast going to Grandma and Grandpa's everyday to play with their cousins!  We did some fun activities here and there, but spent a lot of time just hanging out and enjoying each other's company, too.  On Christmas Eve we let the kids sleep at Grandmas'.  Sawyer was excited to sleep in the 'bunkbed room' room with his cousins and Violet was used to napping in Grandma's closet anyways so she was happy as a clam.  By the time the adults finished getting everything ready for Christmas, it was after midnight when Nate and I finally went home and went to sleep!  And we were up early so that we could be back before our kids woke up over there!  Not much sleep...but fun nonetheless!  Here are some pictures from Christmas Eve...

Poor Ashley got cut out of the picture!  We were all so anxious to eat no one bothered to check the camera and make sure the picture turned out!

Love Violet's huge Doggie!

And Christmas morning...

Violet and her usual 'stink-eye'

She was more interested in Beckham's toys than her own!

As you can imagine, this stroller got a lot of use over the next few days.  And Nathan became the proud new owner of a 'Polar Express' Train!  

Nathan also built a workbench 'just like daddys' for cute!

When Sawyer opened his workbench, he was so cute!  He looked at it in shock and amazement and ran straight over to his daddy to give him a hug!
These two had a good time together with this stroller
We got to be 'secret elves' one night and provide a few things for some families in need...this was picking out a Christmas tree for one of them!
We went down to Henderson and visited the Chocolate Factory.  They had a fantastic lights display surrounding the area.  Since we don't have temple lights here in Vegas, this was almost as great! :)
And of course we made sure to visit a breakfast buffet.  Unfortunately Ashley got sick this day and Ned was sick later that night.  Always seems to happen on family vacations.  Needless to say it cut our time together a couple days short but we were glad we had already had a good solid week of fun together!


Sabine Schindler said...

Wow!! GREAT pictures! I'm glad almost everyone could come to Las Vegas for Christmas this year and you all had such a good time. You're never forget those memories! I wonder where you'll be next year for Christmas?!?

The Thelins said...

I am so glad Violet has such a stinky stink-eye! It makes me like I'm normal for having a "feisty" daughter. I love Nathan's workbench. That was so sweet. And I love that you went to Ethel M! Good Christmas memories there for me.