Other things we did as a family: we went to Galveston to see the lights at Moody Gardens, decorated sugar cookies, lots of family dinners, watched a few movies, spent Christmas eve together and acted out the nativity story.
Last week we spent our week in NH to see my family. We left on Christmas day and got back New Year's Eve. It was the most successful trip we've ever had. What I mean by that is we were able to go over to each of my sibling's homes and spend time together multiple times. Usually we're lucky to go over 2 of their houses. I have 4 siblings and they all live within a half hour of each other. We stayed at my dad's house and were able to spend quite a bit of time with him.
There was one day that Jon and I took a walk around my dad's home. About a mile down the road there is a farm. So, I took Jon over there and we fed the cows and some donkey's too :)
Many of you know that we are sort of cat people... or at least we always say that I (Crystal) married a crazy cat lady :) However, for me, I have always loved cats. My family had cats for as long as I can remember. There is a cat that still lives with my dad and her name is, Pickles. My mom gave her to me when I was in the 4th grade. I'll do the math for you. It was in 1994!! She is 18 years old!! We would've brought her to TX with us when we first moved here, but I am afraid she wouldn't make the trip. After seeing her this time, I can't imagine that she has much time left. She is a special cat and Sookie has a lot to live up to :)
We were also able to spend quite a bit of time with our nieces and nephews too. My oldest nephew, Seth, was getting ready to leave for BYU-I while we were out there and it was special to celebrate that with him. We played Apples to Apples with all the kids and one of my nieces, Serena, loved playing it with Jon. It was really cute :) I apologize for the lack of pictures of Jon... I kept trying to take his picture, but it turned into him taking the camera and taking a picture of me instead... figures.
L-R: Madison (12), Serena (9), Shannon and me
One of the night's we had our family Christmas party at my sister Leah's house. This is a picture from that: