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Sunday, December 31, 2017

the Holidays

It seems like my posts get further and further apart!  Jeremy had two trips this November.  One to a convention in Arizona to take photos.  They had a holiday get together and I was able to meet all the people that he has been enjoying traveling and taking photos with.  

Another trip was for a guys trip with my side of the family to Lake Tahoe.  With Spencer in the middle of college classes he sadly wasn't able to join them for the guys trip this year.  They ate, hiked and talked and enjoyed their time together.  I was grateful Jeremy got to get away and for the relationship the men in my family have.  If anything this year has taught me to value the relationships we have.

Of course these trips also coincided with Jeremy switching jobs.  So the pressure and time commitments have gone up.  He is excited for the adventure and new opportunities of it as well.

For Thanksgiving, Spencer came down and we all got to drive to Denver to spend the weekend with Daniel's family.  We ate, we played, we hiked and ran, watched movies, did crafts and just had an amazing time hanging out.  When we said what our favorite parts were, Spencer said just being able to eat and be around family, Jeremy said to just be able to sit around and relax, Allison said doing Black Friday shopping with Mimi and Robyn said playing.  I think my favorite part was just having nothing to do but enjoy being together.  We did some family photos.  This one made me laugh as Taylor looks like he is smirking.

Robyn and I put together a Bob Ross art project which impressed me with what they were capable of doing:

It was a wonderful much needed time with family and we had amazing hosts who handled sick kiddos and extra guests with always love and warmth.  None of us wanted to leave - especially as we took the long way home to drop Spencer back off at college on the way!

We had a sad event this holiday season with Jeremy's uncle passing away.  This is the last sibling of his mom to die.  Robyn accompanied him up to Idaho along with Jason and his kids for the funeral.  Jeremy had actually been able to go up a few weeks earlier and spend a day with Ron to say good-bye which he was grateful he had been given that opportunity.

We celebrated Jeremy's birthday with an early spin class and then out to breakfast.  He wanted to work an event that night as a photographer and eggs right now are his indulgence not cake so it worked out for all of us.  And Spencer and Robyn decided chicken and waffles are amazing.

I actually was there!

Spencer came down a week before Christmas just a few hours before the girls showcase for their theater company.  I am sure he planned it!  Allison even had her friend Kaori surprise her by being there.

December was full of choir concerts, club parties, field trips and all the other wonderful craziness that goes along with the season.  We got to do some fun date nights and catch up with old and new friends.

Jeremy treated all of us girls to new dresses for Christmas:

I loved having Christmas Eve on a Sunday.  On Christmas Adam (sat) we met with the rest of the Hall's to see a very, very different version of the Nutcracker.  Then we went back to Jason's house for nachos, truffles and Elf.  Robyn was very insistent this year that all the traditions happen and we realized that these traditions started right before she was born so she has never known anything different!

Then on Christmas Eve after an amazing sacrament meeting the Hall's joined us for dinner, presents and games.  Christmas Day was just an easy, fun time together.  We set up a double shot in our basement and have been having some fierce competitions ever since.  No one has been able to beat Jeremy.

We drove Allison up to the airport as she flew out to spend a week with my parents and then went and wondered through Temple Square to see the lights.  I love seeing the lights at Christmas time, remembering going there with Jeremy when dating and throwing my penny in to make a wish that we would get married someday and being grateful that we were sealed together in the temple.  Nothing like cancer to remind you that this life is temporary and being grateful for what is eternal.

Other big news is that Robyn got braces right after Christmas.

We have done the necessary evils of being off of school.  All the kids and myself visited the dentist.  Kids all got their physicals and shots.  Spencer did all his missionary medical stuff and we cleaned out rooms.  But we tried to fit in fun stuff like ice skating and trampoline parks, puzzles and lots of old psych episodes and movies, date nights and treats.