Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 by Allison (Family/Friends, Photography, Travel)

Christmas morning with Marie and EmilySanta delivered me to Salt Lake on his sleigh this year.

At least I think that’s what happened – I went to bed in Seattle and woke up Christmas morning in Salt Lake.

A bow on the door led Emily and Marie to open it and see what Santa had brought. It made for a fun surprise.

The camera is not my friend first thing in the morning.

Jennifer prepared a fabulous meal (I have no idea how she keeps the kitchen totally clean the entire time she prepares the meal… I’m thinking it must be magic.)

Brandon expressed his anticipation for his move to Costa Rica by donning a tropical shirt. They are becoming ‘Location Independent‘ and moving there in less than a week – you can read about why and how they are doing it on his blog.

jen-meal Brandon is ready to go to Costa Rica

Ashley and family joined us for dinner and visiting for the rest of the day (and I didn’t take any pics!). But the girls had a blast together. And I got nauseous when I attempted to play Mario Cart with them.

Kennedy on Christmas DayI joined Ashley and family for the next couple of days. Kennedy opened her gifts from me on Christmas night. Justin had to work a graveyard shift at the hospital, so after Kennedy went to bed, Ashley and I stayed up for hours and played on their new Wii. I suck at Super Mario Brothers, but at least I didn’t get nauseous. And I bowled pretty good…. Wii is fun.

Oh – did I mention that it’s been FREEZING here? Not as cold as forecast (3 degrees at night) but still pretty damn cold. These are the frost crystals that form on Ashley’s kitchen window. Cool, huh?

A frosty window

Cool Frost CrystalsIt snowed a bit and I slid all over the road – even in a 4 wheel drive Tahoe. OK, not all over the road – just down the hill, but even so I did NOT enjoy it. But I had to venture out to have a meal at Cafe Rio

And the Salt Lake Valley inversion has been horrible. I am finally seeing a little sunshine today! I hope it lasts…

But the frost crystals – very cool.

And to finish up, a few more pics of the granddaughters….
Marie the snow angelEmily hugs her snowman


Tonight, I’ll be helping out with Ashley and Justin’s New Years Eve party.

How was your Christmas? What are you doing for New years?

(7) Comments   


Brandon Pearce on December 31st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

It was so fun to spend some time with you this Christmas! I’m glad you could come down. The girls sure loved seeing you, too – and what a fun surprise that was. 🙂 I love all the great pictures you took on here, too. Thanks for the great time! Cafe Rio was yummy.

Jennifer Pearce on December 31st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Such fun photos you take. You are amazing with that camera. 🙂 We loved having you here and we will miss seeing you as often as we have become accustomed to. Thank you so much for making our Christmas so fun and special this year. We love you so much!!

Melissa on December 31st, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Your gkids are so cute. My first one is coming within the next 2 weeks! I agree the inversion is SLC is awful. Head to the ski slopes! That’s where they hide the sun . . .

Ashley Rae on January 1st, 2010 at 10:20 am

Those frost pictures turned out so cool!! And I of course love all the pics of the girls. They are so sweet. I’m really glad you’ve been able to play with us this week! We’ve had so much fun. And thanks again for your help with the party. It would not have been as successful without you 🙂

Michelle on January 1st, 2010 at 7:03 pm

What fun, except for the slippery driving and the Mario dizziness. Your granddaughters are so beautiful. We all went to caca’s for New Years Eve. I managed to stay awake until midnight, gave Tim a kiss and went to bed.

I love your camera, those window crystals are amazing.

Robert on January 2nd, 2010 at 12:03 pm

We stayed home watching the Shining (and fast forwarding through the scary parts for Javiercito). At midnight he kissed my faced 181 times.. LOL.. He is the most loving little boy. I’ve had him 24/7 since December 23rd, so I am so very thankful that school starts again Monday for him.

Chris on January 4th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That’s the best xmas present ever. Your grandkids are more beautiful every time you post their pictures! I love the pictures of the ice crystals–I can see you making them into one of your famous cards. 🙂

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