I have to apologize up front: we didn't take our camera so we hardly have any "people" pictures...sorry!
This year for Christmas my WHOLE family went to Moab, Utah! We've never had everyone together on Christmas and it was so much fun! Chris and I flew out to Utah and of course had a delay (what's new?). Anyways, the festivities began right off the bat with my sisters and mom greeting me at the airport telling me how "big" I was, but assurred me it was a cute pregnant belly! We had a traditional Christmas Eve dinner (we always do a big Christmas Eve dinner, not a big Christmas Day dinner), sang "Silent Night" in honor of my Grandpa Garrett, opened presents from friends and presents required for Christmas Day, and finished off the night with our family tradition of poker (Mom won and Natalie was runner-up!).
Christmas Day began bright and early since church was at 9am. We opened presents from Santa and looked in our stockings. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas program and then zipped on home so we could finish opening presents. Chris and I were very blessed this year and are excitedly using our Christmas gifts!
My BIL Corey was in Moab for the first time and wanted to see as much as possible so Monday was an all-day hiking day. He had his heart set on hiking up to Delicate Arch but Krystle (his wife) warned him it was no jaunt in the park. Corey was determined so most of us piled into the van with our water bottles and granola bars (which were definitely NOT enough to eat) and made our way to Delicate Arch. I opted for the upper view point--a 1 mile round-trip hike--while Corey, Chris, David, Dad, Gordon, Natalie, and Rachel took the 3 mile round-trip hike up to the arch. After returning, Corey said he would never hike to Delicate Arch again. I'm sure "I told you so" was in order from Krystle :)
However, our day was not over. Dead Horse Point in Canyonlands National Park wasn't too far up the road from Delicate Arch in Arches National Park so we made our way there next. I've only been to Dead Horse Point once and Chris had never been so it was good that we went. It is a beautiful, expansive canyon from which you can see the Colorado River and just glimpse a mountain peak in Colorado. We had lots of fun and were grateful that Corey was so persistent in making us go!
The rest of the break in Moab was spent telling scary stories (thanks Annabelle), playing Just Dance 3, lots and LOTS of Modern Warfare 3, some Super Mario Brothers, eating, playing with Jude, watching Rylie cry and sometimes playing with her :), eating, exploring, playing air soft (to see an awesome video go here), laughing, celebrating Chris's 27th birthday with dinner and ice cream :), teasing and enjoying each other's company.
I've probably left out so many details and experiences but it really was tons of fun and I can't wait until we can all get together again!