December 18, 2015

Before Christmas Vacation

We returned from our trip yesterday and the suitcases are unpacked, the fridge is stocked, and the laundry is sort of done (it's at least sitting in the washer now instead of the floor) so that means it's time to start catching up on the blog!

On Monday morning, mid-December, we woke up to snow! About 6 inches had fallen overnight and it just kept coming down. Sophie and I waited for the plows to come through before we left for Orem, which turned out to be a good decision.  Dave had to administer the final for his class and his 30 minute drive to campus ended up taking over 3 hours. He arrived a few minutes late, but was able to give his exam and wrap up his semester.

Sophie loves snow so I gave her a cup of super light, fluffy snow to have with her breakfast

That afternoon I had planned to take Sophie to the city candy cane hunt at a local park. I thought that the snow would have canceled the event, but it was still on so as soon as I got home from work we bundled up and went out to look for candy canes! The crowds were light (only about 80 kids instead of the usual 500) so every kid got to take home a big haul. Sophie had a great time and I let her eat two candy canes before I threw the rest in the garbage.

Pretty easy pickings, but perfect for a 2 year old

Enjoying the special "rainbow" candy cane she found

That evening we had a mini Christmas because Sophie and Dave were leaving the next morning for Texas and we weren't going to take our gifts with us. I took them to the airport in the morning (while it was still snowing!) and then enjoyed a few days to myself because I needed to finish up work and wouldn't fly out to join them until Friday. It was nice to have some time to do last minute shopping/returns, take down Christmas, and clean the house. 

One fun thing I did while they were gone was go downtown with my mom for the Tabernacle Christmas Concert!! My grandma was able to get two tickets, so my mom flew in for just two days and we went to the concert together. The middle had some opera parts that I didn't enjoy as much, but overall it was great!

We walked around Temple Square to see the lights, but it was a really cold, icy evening so it was a short adventure

Waiting for the concert to start

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