Monday, January 14, 2013

Christmas Fun

The Saturday before Christmas we had so much fun.
We started the Day by going to Gardner Village.
Its an adorable little village of shops sitting right in the middle of the city. 
They have an elf hunt every year and the kids had a blast hunting for all the elves.
Aowyn was a bundled up little pea in a pod.

The kids looking for elves. 
We lucked out and got to go with some friends. Each of our kids had their best little buddy with them.

There was a man with an adorable miniature pony and a full size horse.
The kids had a blast seeing and petting the pony. 
That is until the horse trampled a kid, right in front of my face, less then a foot from me. Thankfully it was not one of our kids and the boy was fine but it still scared the crap out of my kids, especially Tayton. He was right next to the boy who got trampled and he cried for a long time.

This is how Aowyn looked for a really long time, I kept having to fix her hat because it was in her eyes.

Tayton and his best buddy, hanging with the elf.

All the big kids with their buddies.

Landon and his best friend Adrian.
(silly boys)

My adorable little man who is growing up too fast.
He finally moved on from 2t clothes to 3t clothes, literally over night. 
Stay little, time is moving too fast.

Some more cutie pie elves and some cutie pie kids too.

It was soooo cold. It might not have been so bad had it not been for the wind. It was bone chilling. 
Me and my baby doll made the best of it. 
Aowyn was such a trooper. She did not fuss the whole time we were there. What a baby angel.

After a pretty spectacular day at Gardner Village and a WONDERFUL gluten free hamburger lunch at the best burger joint in Utah (Astroburger) we went to Temple Square in Salt Lake to see the lights.
Apparently so did every other person within 25 miles because it was so packed. 
Landon at one point said, "Mom this is like Disneyland with out the rides." It was so crazy. Worst day to go I guess. We kept getting lost and separated and then we were not able to see all the lights because it was like herding cattle in that place. We did enjoy what we saw and loved the beautiful peaceful majesty of it all.

The true Beautiful Reason for the Season.

Noah, Braddoc and Tayton with our friends the Snows in front of the temple.

So pretty. 
I did have to laugh though because there were a few trees here and there that had no lights on them.
Poor trees did not get the beautiful lights adoring them. 

Thankfully Braddoc rode on Noahs shoulders for a long time so I could just follow the red bobbing head and not get lost.

The reading of the birth of Christ Christmas story in Luke, with the set up was just breath taking. We could not get close enough and I wish I had thought to put on my zoom lens but this was still wonderful.

The star guiding the wise men to Jesus, like it does for all of us.

So beautiful.

I love this time of year.
I am not ready for it to be over.
May the Spirit of Christmas live on in all of us all year long.

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