Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Merry (late) Christmas!

Okay, I am slowly getting caught up. I can't wait until we are in our own space and I have unlimited access to a computer. But in the meantime, thanks for your patience and sticking around with all of the slacking!

This Christmas was like any other we've had before. 
This year, we were able to spend it with both sides of the family. 
Most of Conryd's family lives here in Provo, and has for years. And my parents just moved to Utah on Thanksgiving. So we now have both families within a short driving distance from each other. How great is that?

We spent the first half of the day with Conryd's side, opening presents and eating lunch together. Evan loved being the center of attention and all of his cousins were sweet enough to let him open up their presents for them. Evan didn't care if they were for him or not, he just really enjoyed tearing up that wrapping paper. After the gifting festivities were over, we had a delicious lunch prepared by my sister and mother-in-law. I think it was safe to say that everyone over ate and felt fully satisfied by the end. 

The second half of the day we headed up to my parent's to open a few more presents and to have dinner with them. It was a quite, quaint, night and was the perfect way to end a crazy day. 
I can't wait to spend all of our Christmas' with family.

Here are just a few pictures from Christmas Day.

There was zero snow on the ground until the night we flew in. That night, it snowed, and snowed, and snowed. It was a Christmas miracle.

 I've said it before and I will probably keep on saying it, but we are seriously so good at taking family pictures...

At this point, Evan was still convinced that he didn't need to wear a jacket.

Does anyone else family do Christmas crackers? I know it's a South African thing and I am fully embracing it. I mean, they come with these adorable gold crowns. Win.
We went and saw the "tree of life" in Draper. We didn't get very close because it was so- cold and we didn't feel like treading trough the cold, snow to get any closer. This was also the first time I've ever seen Evan shiver and tell me, "Mom, I'm so cold!" Welcome to Utah!
This was technically the day after Christmas but it had a giant tree in the picture, so I had to post it.

I am quite sad to see this season go. I feel like I didn't get to fully embrace it because of all of the craziness.
I guess that just means I will just have to go all out next Christmas. Oh darn.
Until next year...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I'm Back!!

Holy cow. That was the longest blog break ever! 
 To start off, we have finally moved back to Utah! And we couldn't be any happier about it.
Our current living situation is a bit off at the moment, hence why I've been slacking on the updating. We're at my in-laws in 1 bedroom, with no computer or TV.
 I only have my husband's laptop to use and when he's not using it during the day, we're using it at night to catch up on our shows. 
But I finally have a few minutes to catch up. 

We ended up moving from our tiny Miami apartment on Christmas Eve. Yes, ON CHRISTMAS EVE! At the time, I was stressed out of my mind and super bummed that we wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the holiday season because of all the packing. 
And taking down our decor early was just sad. 
But after a few crazy days of packing, we finally made it to the airport. And shockingly, being at the airport on Chrstimas Eve was the least stressful part of our whole ordeal. 
There were hardly any cars on the freeway, which never happens.
 There was no one in the security line, which NEVER happens. 
And we ended up being 2 hours early, which never happens. 
I don't think I've ever been so calm and relieved to be in an airport or even so calm while flying. 
It was actually amazing. 
And after 2 planes and 10 hours later, we finally landed in sweet Salt Lake City. 

Here's what our lovely Christmas Eve looked like.
Our last time driving in Miami. I can't say that I'll miss all.
 You can tell that they really wanted to talk and hold a conversation.
 Christmas Eve from 34,000 ft. up.
 At least we had "The Grinch" to help get us through the first 4 1/2 hrs.
 So we look tired and worn out, but wouldn't you after 10 hrs of traveling plus moving?
This kid could hardly wait to open the presents his grandma (Nans) had for him. She let him open so many presents the night we arrived. It never ended. I don't know who enjoyed it more, Evan or Nans.