Friday was spent doing last minute shopping, and Jason and I met up with the Gruber clan to welcome Grandpa Banks and Uncle Alan to Utah. They flew in from California to spend Christmas with George, Nancy, and Karl. We met them for lunch on their way back from the airport at The Little America cafe in Salt Lake. We also got a chance to spill the beans to them about the little bean growing inside of me. They were so excited and thrilled, as any family member would be. Of course, Uncle Alan has a way of taking the volume to the next level.
Thanks to Bryan’s “efficient” chore chart, Jason and I prepared dinner that night for the family. Delicious french bread pizzas! We ended the night watching a PG-13 movie (now that Bryan is officially 13). We watched Forrest Gump...I had never seen it all the way through. Loved it! But quite a movie to see as your first PG-13, ha!
Bryan's chore charts
Playing Ticket To Ride after dinner...love that game! Thanks to the Spencer Family for their great Christmas gift!
Saturday, aka Christmas Eve. Wake up to a wonderful breakfast and head to the Riverton hospital to deliver our “Christmas Blanket”. We tie a blanket each year to give to someone who could use a little Christmas cheer (typically we visit someone in the hospital or rest home). My favorite quote from the 75 year old woman in the hospital bed, “Inside, I feel like I’m 16. Every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror I think it must be Halloween!” She was hilarious. Such a cute old lady with an amazing attitude.
Next on the Christmas Eve agenda is movie time at The District! This year we saw Arthur Christmas...a cute holiday film.
Next stop: Grandma and Grandpa Arbon’s house. As tradition, we have a fun family get together Christmas Eve, including a dinner, some sort of musical program, and the nativity story. As everyone has gotten older, no nativity play is performed anymore. The reading of Luke 2 seems to suffice. No chimes this year, thank goodness! Instead we did infamous white-elephant exchange. Always eventful. I ended off with who knows what, but I exchanged for some fluffy socks! Just my kind of prize!
Once we get home, it is really time to get excited! Pajama Time baby! Every Christmas Eve we get to open our new Christmas pajamas, take loads and loads of pictures, drink egg nog, and sing Christmas carols. This year was especially exciting because Jason and I announced to my siblings that we were expecting a baby. We gave each of them a cute card (made through the website of my new job, Pixingo...which is awesome, by the way!). Everyone was so excited and shocked (or at least acted surprised). It was so exciting to be able to finally share it with my whole family. We also sent the same cards to Jason’s brothers and sisters to open that weekend. It was very difficult to keep it a secret, so we were relieved when the day finally came.
Christmas came at 6:00 AM, as it does each year. After the traditional Jesus Box opening and reading, we rushed down the stairs to find that Santa had wrapped his gifts this year. An Arbon first! Not sure how I feel about it long-term, but it was a fun switch up. One thing is for sure, I got to know a lot more about everyone else’s gifts than I ever have in the past.
Mine and Jason's Santa Pile
Bryan's Santa Pile
Tyson's Santa Pile
Kimberly's Santa Pile
Camry's Santa Pile
And all the gifts under the tree
Waking up Mom and Dad
Long day of presents
Didn't think it was possible, but we finished the Christmas puzzle the day after Christmas...we had a lot of work to do!
Another Arbon Christmas has come and gone! I'm already looking forward to the next one!
After returning to the Grubers, we still got to spend some time with Grandpa Banks and Uncle Alan. Alan was given a Shocker Game that he was very anxious to show us. Hilarious! The purpose of the game: Don't be the last one to press the button when the music stops, or else you'll get shocked!
The Englands visit the Grubers
So great to see them!
Ah! Isn't Christmas just the best time of year! Presents, food, family...nothing better!