Christmas break

1:02 PM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

Craig had two weeks off for Christmas, so we took off and spent our holidays in Utah. I was so grateful I got to spend a few days with my parents before they left for Virginia and Texas. Why is it so nice to be home for the holidays?

I was particularly grateful that my mom humored me and let us make all of my favorite Christmas foods, even though it was way too much for the four of us, and we had to give 90 percent of it away. One thing I love about my family is that we have so many traditions. Sure, most of them revolve around food, but they somehow bring us closer together. A few of my favorite Christmas foods, ebilskivers and fry cakes, are Danish traditions passed down from my grandma (or really, my great-great-grandma)!

I have always loved hearing my mom tell stories of her family making these treats together because it helped me feel my grandma's presence in my life. She passed away when I was three, and even though I don't remember her, my mom made sure I knew her. and I really feel like I do. I have always felt her love. I get so excited about carrying on these traditions and sharing them with our kids! I hope it makes them feel connected to their family like it does for me.

Being with my parents is just absolutely wonderful. I think a big part of why I feel so connected to them is because I was the youngest, and with five years between my brother and me, I had them all to myself for five years. We went through some hard things together, like moving across the country and only having each other. They're my friends. So when I get to see them, it's so nice to just be together, cook, watch movies, and play games.

I think Max is starting to understand how great they are too. While we were in St. George, he went through this super serious phase, which was unusual for our super-happy child, but he would always crack up whenever he played with grandma. At first I was feeling jealous -- like what does she have that I don't?? -- but honestly it made my heart so happy. I love that he recognizes how truly wonderful she is.

After we had our own Prince Christmas on Christmas Eve, all five of us headed up to Cedar City for a Christmas Eve dinner with the Parsons. I am so glad that our parents are friends. They are SO different (pretty funny to think about actually), but I love that we can all get together and be buddies. It was fun to spend Christmas Eve together.

We stayed in Cedar for another week after my parents left. The Parsons had everyone (!!!) in town for a few days for family pictures. The house was overflowing with crazy children, but it was a pretty fun. I was super happy with how our family pictures turned out! We took them in their backyard because it was less than 20 degrees outside and snowy, and we shuttled families in and out of the basement to keep warm. Craig "shook his hands" and his wedding ring FLEW OFF INTO THE SNOW! I was panicked and livid at the same time, and everyone told me to wait until spring to find it, but I miraculously found it in a tiny hole in the snow. And I briefly considered not giving it back to Craig... just kidding. Anyways, family pictures were a big success.

One thing I love about Craig's family is that they love games. Well, they mostly only love scum. But luckily I love it too, and I even win a few hands every once in a while. We played a lot of scum, watched a lot of football, and went out to eat a few times. I humored Craig and saw Star Wars even though I told him 1239874586239847 times I wouldn't like it, and surprise! I didn't like it. We bundled up and took a walk up the canyon in the freezing cold, and we all agreed that Max was probably the warmest of us all (see below).

We had a great time in Utah but are happy to be back in warm, sunshiny Phoenix. Sure, I've never loved the cold, but on this trip, we both agreed that we have officially become Arizonans because we have never felt so cold. It was SO COLD! In fact, the day we left Cedar, it was 10 degrees, and the following day in Arizona was 70!!! We celebrated by hiking Camelback with Rach before she went back to Provo.

(Max is squinty, not grumpy. He loves his carrier and loves hiking!)

We have been so incredibly blessed this year. We are so grateful for all we have - family, friends, health, our happy little Max, our marriage, etc. I get weepy reflecting on our many blessings. Above all, I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and his plan for me. It is a wonderful feeling to look back at the end of the year and see how far you have come, and an even better feeling to know you have a clean slate and a possibility for change in the new year. I pray I will continue to grow and become a better person in 2016.

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so impressed Max was smiling even outside in those crazy cold temperatures! Love the family photos :)