Saturday, January 10, 2009

What we did for our Christmas Vacation...

Well, I know. This is mucho late and I feel almost like I'm typing up some English project, but I wanted to share the fun we were able to have out in Utah for Christmas this year and hurray! I took pictures! So here is our Christmas highlights!

Relaxation was our goal this trip.
While Larry enjoyed the parents cable

Edana learned how to play Hide and Seek with Aunt Abby.

Jen's relaxation? Eating Momma Jones cookies. Seriously. I would drive to Utah and back for these babies!
Where there is Utah, there is....


Edana could not get enough of it.

Neither could Larry.

We were so lucky to tag along with Abby and see her friends Heather and Cody's baby boy Tatem.
Edana LOVED baby Tatem. On to traditions! We went on the Jones/Eyring tradition of floating down the Provo River gazing at the lights,

where Santa canoed up to the boat and handed out candy. Edana hid from "scarwy" Santa, and wouldn't pop her head out of Larry's coat til he was gone.
Oh, and that's Mike in the ski mask. :)

On Christmas Eve we combined family traditions and celebrated it Jones/Eyring/Scanlon style
We ate yummy food,

played white elephant gifts,

read a Christmas book and the Birth of Jesus, and sang karaoke.

It's times like these when I realize why people must get drunk to enjoy karaoke. ;) It actually was alot of fun singing karaoke mormon style and the highlight of the night was watching Laura look embarrassed by all of our strange American traditions.
Christmas morning was spent with the Jones family.
The night before we opened our new Christmas pj's.

Edana was totally enthralled by opening these cool wrapped boxes

Our little Princess FINALLY got her own princess attire

Momma and Mike got a giant moving spider-from us, I might add

Maggie FINALLY got THE Christmas! Laura didn't seem to let down that she was with us and not in GermanyOh, and multiple games of Harry Potter Scene It. I love that game. ( I had to add this picture, which should have been my first clue that Abby was going to take me down at Scene It)

On to our Scanlon Christmas!
The girls had a blast in their new tent.
Kyra was more into unwrapping presents than anyone else!

Edana enjoyed playing with her cousins.

And we actually had Christmas where all of us kids were there!

To end our fun holiday celebration, not only did we get the flu and THEN give it to EVERYONE else (how nice of us) but we celebrated my birthday Murder Mystery Style.
The characters:

Addler the gambler and Silky the *ehem* "hotel" owner.

Mr. "S" the easily payed off district attorney and "Torchy" the sexy club singer

"Socks" the golfer/club owner and Molly the wealthy mobster

And Billy "The Kid" the pitcher for a pro baseball team and "Scoop" the "tell it like it is" news reporter

We all waz called cuz Eddie da Mobster waz missin. We met at da Speak eazy down town and tried to figgur out who wooda wanttid Eddie ded.Who dunnit?

Play it yourself and find out! It was way fun and even cute little Lizzy got into it. :)

I even got a yummy lava cupcake with a twisty candle! It totally made my day, especially after being sick the night before.

And that's what we did for our Christmas Vacation! WHeW!


The Eliason Family said...

How cool! I loved the mystery murder dinner! It looked like fun! We should do one here and all dress up as well. We missed you guys during the break, but glad you had fun in UT - except for the sickness. :)

Janice said...

How fun! You guys must have had a blast! Sorry about the flu... and GREAT looking pretzels sticks you guys got there!!

Abby O! said...

We're so glad ya'll got to come out for Christmas! It sucks that New Years and your b-day ice skating fell through but it was still an uber great time and we love seeing you! I tried to call you the other day to hang out and then I thought, "What? Are you going to drive to Colorado?" Yeah...I miss you. I'm praying that we'll be able to make it out this summer for sure (or sooner!). Loves!

Ruth Worthington said...

Looks like an awesome vacation! Your family has some amazing ideas for a fun time...I loved the pictures. Its great to have you back :)

Susan Jones said...

Jen, The recipe for those cookies is in the Nana's ABC cookbook. Under U- Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. I added crushed peppermint candy canes to make them more Christmas-y. Glad you liked them.