Monday, December 27, 2010

* 2010 Christmas *

Our Christmas Eve started with enjoying some delicious paninis and sipping some bubbly sparkling cider) next to the fire...which Adam just got working that day! That was a Christmas present in and of itself :)

We then packed up little Brooks & headed to see the lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake.
Adam and I loved it, and we think we want to make that a tradition with our little family every year. I love the Christmas spirit that radiates with all of the Christmas lights...but especially from the glow of the the temple.
I should have snapped more pictures of the lights!...that place is COVERED with twinkling lights...I love it. But I was too busy hold Adam's hand in his coat pocket :)
{a beautiful nativity in the middle of the reflection pool}

Being on those grounds always brings back sweet memories of being married in the Salt Lake temple not too long ago. Isn't it stunning?

We headed home to make sure that we put cookies and milk out for Santa.
...it ended up being cookies, hot chocolate & peppermint candy icecream.
aaaaaaaaannd, we may or may not have taken a few bites & sips ourselves ;)
And just for journaling sake...you know that picture of that soft, glowing fire in the first photo? Well, it breaks my heart...but our little B burnt his fingers on the glass covering :( I had left the room to grab something real quick...and it happened...I felt SO bad!!
He was such a little trooper though, and enjoyed putting his hands in the cool water. He was pretty fussy the rest of the night, and we finally got him to go to sleep, snuggled up next to his Daddy in bed :)
I had to grab a pic of the tree, all lit up, with presents placed under...most of which are from sweet family & friends. We went with "less is more" this year :)
CHRISTMAS MORNING!!!

Du-nu-nu-nu Du-nu-nu-nu BATMAN!
Our plan was to have superhero themed Christmas PJs for out little family...I bought my and Adam's shirts to put hand-made logos for Iron Man and Wonderwoman...maybe we'll make them for New Years :)
We had fun helping Brooks open his presents :) He's still working on the unwrapping/ripping concept...he was more content with eating the paper. haha But it was so fun to see him play with his toys and read a few of his "new" books.
(Kid to Kid was pretty much Santa's workshop this year:)
The shirt in the upper-right is from our cruise! It was fun picking it out for him :)
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{Santa gave our little man this fun Tonka truck and push-toy...can't wait to see him really learn how to play with it!}

{goodness I love that man's smile!}

{The linky toys were Brooks' favorite gift from Grandma and Grandpa Stum}

{Brooks is a little animal for sure! A couple of Brooks' little friends got him that shirt...TOO perfect}

{checking out the goods in his stocking}

Our main Christmas gift this year was the cruise...but Adam and I got a few fun gifts from each other, and from Santa :)
{the pic on the upper-right is actually a gift from our sis-in-law Lena...it has a charm w/ a picture of Adam & Brooks on one side, and a pic of the temple on the other..so sweet}
{that picture is for Adam's office at work...a favorite of ours}

Later Christmas day we headed to the Kjars for a Christmas feast!
We exchanged presents...and this little fabric Noah's Ark for Brooks, from Grandma & Grandpa Kjar, is pretty much the cutest thing on the face of the planet
{Brooks loves his Aunt Katie (upper-left)}

LATE that night my family came into town!! (Dad, Mom, Corrie, & Celeste) It was SO GOOD to enjoy a wonderful Sunday with them. They live in Washington, and it had been about 5 months since we had seen my Dad or Celeste...they loved seeing how much Brooks has grown and how much more he plays and interacts with you! Oh I love how the holidays bring families together :)
{upper left: Corrie
upper right: Mom & Dad
bottom: Adam, Haley, Celeste}

I adore my parents...such adorable little love birds :)
After our BIG lunch, snuggling and naps quickly followed...
Then came the introduction of the Tim-Tam slam.
Remember when I wrote about them here?? Go and see how it's done :)
{Corrie = new Tim-Tam model don't you think?}
{And this time we had them with hot-cocoa...OH MY.}

Then we played a fun game of Pictionary-Telephone!
Kind of hard to explain...but everyone starts with their own pile of papers equal to the number of people playing...they write a word or phrase...everyone passes their pile to next person on their right reads the word/phrase, moves it to the back of the pile, then draws their what they read...everyone passes their piles again, and they write down on the next sheet what they think the drawing is...and repeat...until everyone has their own piles.
It turns out pretty hilarious! I love to see the creativity of people, and the way we interpret the phrases and drawings :)
Here are a few fun examples:
{top: Hansel & Gretel
bottom: animal shaped pancakes}
{top: Avatar
bottom: T-rex --> Trogdor the Burninator}
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And I just had to share these sweet photos of Brooks with his Grandpa Stum...my Dad is SO great with his grandkids. I have a pretty feeling they'll be good buddies as little B gets older.
{lower-left picture Grandpa is showing Brooks his watch..."And this is the barometric pressure." heehee You're too cute Dad}

What a FANTASTIC holiday weekend :)
How lucky are we that we could spend time with the Kjars AND the Stums?? :) We 're so blessed to have such wonderful families.

And even though Christmas is over...I'm going to do my best to keep the spirit alive through the year...the spirit of giving...the spirit of Christ.

PS - Brooks and I, along with my parents, Corrie & Celeste are heading down to St. George for a few days to spend time with my brother and his family. I'm SO excited!!! Just sad that my other half wont' be joining us. (Adam has to work...boo. But I am grateful for his job, and how hard he works for our family!) So, I'm signing off for a few days. Chao! :)

13 comments:

bird brains said...

most adorable baby EVER.
the photos of the three of you laying head by head..

aaah! i'm a puddle on the floor.


hope you have a beautiful new year!

Nicole Jeannette said...

I love that noah's ark toy set!! What a cute blog! Happy New Year!

Eva Marie said...

love the pictures, it looks like you had an amazing christmas all together..

little B is just too darn cute!

Shalyn said...

So glad you had a good Christmas with your family girl. They are so special! Little B hurting his finger makes me so sad, I can't imagine how bad you must have felt (even though it wasnt your fault, of course!) Thanks, as always, for your sweet comment on my blog. And the one on my guest post made my day;-) Love you lady!

Ashley said...

So much wonderfulness ( I think I just made up that word) in one post!! I love all your pics...especially the ones of sweet baby in his Batman gear! So sad he burned his little fingers, awww. :(

Looks like your Christmas was truly beautiful! You 3 are the most gorgeous little family ever!

Kylie said...

so much fun, as always! looks like your holiday was MERRY FUN! :)

lindsay said...

oh my lady...you have brightened up my day. i just adore every single picture! those christmas lights are breathtaking...i can't even imagine what it must have been like to see this in person.

and don't even get me started on those batman pj's...that is the cutest thing i have ever seen. :)

it looks like you had a fabulous christmas miss...so happy that you shared a piece of it with us.

xoxo

Emma said...

what a beautiful christmas! your baby boy is so dang cute.

Michelle said...

Love these photos! The Batman outfit is so darn cute!

And Temple Square is gorgeous. I was born in Salt Lake City, so I've spent tons of time there. Temple Square is always my favorite place to visit when we go back.

Tunes & Spoons said...

oh my gracious! your chirstmas looked amazing! i wish i had the chance to fly out to salt lake city and see those magical lights on temple square!!! your little bat man is so so cute!!

Tara and Ricky said...

So cute Haley!! I should probably post my own pics from Christmas instead of checking out everyone else's blogs, but that requires more effort:) I absolutely love Brooks' jammies! What a little super hero stud he is turning out to be. I am going to miss seeing him in church every week, but we will have to stay in touch and do some play dates. I'm glad your Christmas was so much fun!

Penny said...

Are you the most amazing person EVER!!??!! I think so! I adore you and so does everyone who knows you! I'm so glad you had a WONDERFUL holiday! I miss our little Buba! He is so dang cute! Love your cute family! :)

Shauna said...

So glad you had such a great Christmas :) And those pj's are to die for. I love how it shows off his muscles. And those Christmas morning pictures are so sweet...you guys are too cute. Also, love that your family was able to come visit! They're the best.

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