Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Holidays Part I

​For the holidays this year, it was arranged to let me pick up the girls to let them spend the holidays with us. I was excited. Not only Christmas, but luckily they release the new Star Wars movies every 2 years instead of 3 (like the first 6), and so we got to go see that.

December 21
Amanda and I traveled down and spent the night in Mesquite. Yes, we brought our dog Destiny. We did our usual gambling and relaxing. We couldn't go hot tubing because there was a crowd of people in there.

December 22
The next day, we picked up the girls and headed back to Salt Lake. Today was my moms birthday, and we planned to do our annual gingerbread house decorating as a family. We first had to drop Destiny off at the house, then backtrack to my moms house. Once everyone was there, we first opened and saw what our yearly Christmas tree ornaments were from my mom.

Being my moms birthday, we let her open her gift from us.

Then we all gathered in the kitchen to decorate our gingerbread houses. We always have fun doing this.

After decorating, it was getting late, so we headed home. We purchased a few items to decorate the girls room to make feel like home, and let them check it out. Plus, Amanda put Christmas lights up to festive up the room.

December 23
I had to work that night, so we took it easy that morning and then Amanda watched the twins while I was at work.

While I was away at work, Amanda’s friend Annie came over with her daughter, and everyone helped bake and then decorate holiday shaped cookies.

December 24
Luckily, with Dan’s closing at 3pm on a Sunday because of Christmas Eve, and me working until 1:30, I wouldn’t be of much help for less than 90 minutes. Before I arrived home from work at Home Depot, my mom and grandma came over so they could give Amanda a gift to give to Zoey that evening. After clocking out at Home Depot, I came home and we waited a few minutes until we were to go to Amanda’s family party.

We drove over to the church next to her moms house, and had. The twins hadn’t seen Zoey in a year, so they had fun playing together and decorating cookies. We all sat around talking while eating our dinner, then we played a game with White Elephant gifts. Her family has a tradition to make an exquisite dessert, then they vote on it in different categories, and the best one wins a prize.

We didn’t stay the whole time because we had to head over to my grandmas house to celebrate Christmas Eve with my family. Made it to her house when it just started snowing, walked in when when they were eating dinner. Even though I had dinner prior, there is no way I’m going to passed up a chance to eat the families spaghetti recipe. So we ate, then cleaned up so we could play Christmas Bingo.

I won a game to win a Chick Fil A gift card. After a few games, we did our traditional games of LRC. My grandma won the first game, then Nick won the second game.

Earlier, while I was eating, I ran out to take a pill to help with my migraine that I felt coming on. I wasn’t thinking because I didn’t think it would do what it did, but I should have taken half of it because I felt a great stiffness in my neck combined with nausea and exhaustion. With the party pretty much over, so we left so I could drive home while I still could, just in case my symptoms grew any worse (they didn’t). With how I felt, we had to skip out on driving through Christmas Street in the Sugar House. We headed home and then had the girls get ready for bed. After they crashed, we waited for Santa...

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