Christmas Recap

Technically, Christmas just ended yesterday with the 6th being the 12th day of Christmas and the Epiphany, so I figure I can eek out a quick Christmas recap post still. Right? Sure.
We started the festivities by meeting my brother’s family, my parents and my aunt at the zoo for Zoo Lights (my mom and dad delivered our gift for B and me – our Zoo Membership – early so we got everyone in on my membership with only having to buy one guest pass, which was awesome). Our zoo closes at five to get ready for Zoo Lights and reopens at 5:30, but we knew that the kids would get too cold and lines were crazy, so we went at 3:30 and planned to spend an hour and a half at the zoo. They started to tur the lights on around 4:30, and at 5 they started to tell us to make our way to the exits, but as we left, the music was playing, it was dark, and all the lights were on. It was the best zoo trip ever – animals and lights! A new tradition was born.
On Sunday the 23rd, I wanted to take Tom and Emma ice skating at the rink by our house while my brother and my dad were at the Broncos game. B came with us because I knew I couldn’t handle two toddlers on ice skates by myself on skates, and we had a blast. I skated with Emma, B skated with Thomas, and unfortunately for our future sports budget, T was a natural on skates and refused to get off the ice. Our oldest nephew plays hockey, and Thomas is obsessed because of Zack, but I just figured he’d have my coordination on ice and that would be the end of hockey. Oh well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Christmas Eve was perfect, but I still haven’t gone through all the photos. My great Aunt and great Uncle, as well as their daughter (my second cousin? cousin? I call her Aunt Debbie) were in town and my mom’s entire Colorado side of the family plus the guests of honor had a big, Scandinavian Christmas Eve dinner at my mom and dad’s house. It was perfect.
Christmas morning, we woke up at our house and the kids played with their Santa gifts before we all opened presents, then we headed to Mr. B’s mom and dad’s for brunch and games. It was a perfectly balanced Christmas – lots of play, lots of family, and lots of fun. 
And now, Christmas season is over. I took the tree down on the 26th, but left the outdoor wreaths and lights up until the season was truly over on the 6th of January. On to the new year!  Happy 2013!


  1. What a great trip! I wish our zoo did a Christmas lights thing!

  2. I can’t believe he’s so good on ice skates! That is amazing. Looks like ya’ll had a fun holiday 🙂

  3. Looks like such a wonderful holiday with your family. And what a gorgeous family you have. Love the picture at the ice skating rink. Happy holidays, friend.

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