1.18.2010

Traditions

It is finally time to blog about our Christmas break. Do you even still want to read about Christmas? I hope so, because ours was eventful.

First it was off to the Layton home in Oklahoma!

We started out with a trip to the Amish bakery where they serve the MOST amazing homemade meal. I can't even explain how delicious this food is. Sliced roast beef and turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, stuffing, pudding, and probably 4 other things. Dessert you ask? Banana cream pie, apple pie, and chocolate cream pie. Ya. Ridiculous.


The next night, we went to a fun outdoor village with a Christmas train:


Isaac 5 years old

Me - acting 5 years old

Alex 3 years old






Christmas eve was spent honoring Layton family traditions and starting new ones:

The meat, cheese, and pickle tray...a must on Christmas eve!




We started a new tradition, eating soup by candlelight. It was really fun.

Watching home movies and laughing at our awkward 7 year old selves. ( I am the one looking at my hands like a true ballerina).


And then crying at our cute 8 month old little sister with the adorable brown eyes.


Admiring my mother's beautiful Christmas tree.


Opening the Christmas eve PJs




reenacting the nativity (complete with shepherds in Japanese robes)

And then we looked outside to find...




snow angels


Only the 2nd time Owasso has had snow on Christmas eve and Christmas day in 20 years.


We ended the night with TimTams. This is an Australian favorite, you bite off the corners of this rich chocolate cookie called a TimTam, and then you slurp hot chocolate through it like a straw. The hot chocolate melts the inside chocolate of the cookie and then you eat the cookie. It was probably the best chocolate experience of my life!

Christmas morning was wonderful. Not to mention Christmas lunch...(why is everying about food?)



The boys even let me take pictures of them in their Christmas suits:






And the day before we left, we meet up with two of my best friends from high school (Bryce and Cory) and their wives for some lunch at Mazzios.


Then it was off to Utah for a few days! We spent New Years in Provo with Dave's family. It was so much fun to be with them!
And we got to meet up with a good friend of mine from my BYU days, Emma and her family. It was so good to see her!


Shumway family minus Jonathan and Bryan (Dave's twin brothers) who are on missions. They get home in April!

And to leave you with something to make you jealous...the Shumway family at the best burger joint in town...Burger Supreme!

No seriously, the owner knows Dave and I by name...and we don't even live there.

6 comments:

Jennah said...

Jess~
You are such an amazing blogger and I want you to teach me how to be more like you!! You look so beautiful in every one of these pictures and your hair is getting so long. I miss you soo soo much!! Love you Boo! :)

Jennah said...

oh...and I laughed at your Burger Supreme comment. You sure do love that joint!

Kirsten said...

I can't believe we never introduced you to the TimTam Slam (that's what Joe calls it). Oh man, so delicious.

Looks like a truly delightful holiday.

P.S. You guys are too hot for words.

Lauren Bingham said...

1) You guys take awesome pictures.
2) Your hair look super shampoo commercial in all these pictures.
3) I love your nephews.
4) Tell your folks the counter tops look awesome : )
5) I think it's time we find another street festival or road trip or something.

Laura said...

YUM! That post made me hungry! You look GORGEOUS Jess! Miss you guys tons!

Julie Allen said...

Adorable!!