Merry Christmas one and all!!! I hope your Christmas was full of the three good "F's". Good family, good friends and good food.
Wow, this may go down as one of the funnest, most memorable Christmas' for our family ever. With news of the impending blizzard and knowing we had an hours drive to my Mum & Dad's on Christmas day, we did the dumb thing... we stayed Christmas eve at our house. We awoke Christmas morning at 6:25am to the telephone... (Mike's mom forgot we are two hours behind her), but that actually ended up being a blessing since we started opening gifts early and once we were done and opened the blinds, we realized the blizzard had already started. We quickly threw everything in the car (presents, food, overnight bags), said family prayer and trudged out in to the snow to get to the rest of the family for Christmas day without even having taken showers.
To say that visibility was bad would be the understatement of the year. We could barely see two feet in front of the car as we drove VERY slowly along route 111. (7800 had been closed down.) We did comment once or twice about how extremely stupid we were for leaving the house, but we had promised all the family that we would make it up to Mum and Dad's and we were gonna make it even if it took 7 hours to get there. Once we got to Magna however, the roads were absolutely clear and there was no snow. We traveled in peace and at normal speeds until we reached lagoon where once again we held our breath as we crawled all the way to Ogden in treacherous, blizzard like conditions. It ended up taking about 2 1/2 hours which really wasn't too bad considering, but once we got there it was absolutely worth it.
I can barely put in to words how wonderful it was to spend Christmas with Mum & Dad, the Santizo's and the Hansen's. The food was just heavenly. There was a spread of turkey, ham, roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, corn, stuffing, cranberry jelly, pink salad, green salad, bread sauce, homemade apple sauce, gravy and rolls. There were also amazing appetizers... mini quiche, crab dip, artichoke dip, brie, fontaine cheese and crackers. And how about desserts? Chocolate cream pie, razzleberry pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pies, jam tarts, fudge, buck-eyes, peppermint slice... and somehow my mom manages to find about a dozen different kinds of non-alcoholic sparkling juices... do you see now why we braved the blizzard? Who would want to miss this?????
We had our annual Christmas talent show...
the boys built an igloo...
the little ones built a snowman...
...and then Dad hooked up a projector to his computer and we watched Prince Caspian blown up on the basement wall. It was like being at the movies... just on plush seats with plenty of yummy treats and drinks.
The next morning we took a hike up the mountain in a few feet of snow with my Dad. (Which I followed with a 20 min jet-tub bubble bath... pure heaven.)
All in all, it was a most excellent Christmas! :)