Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas has come and gone - Rexburg, ID

Christmas at the Sparhawk house was off the hook this year!  The entire family was home - including the newest member of our family - Rachael!  We had an amazing time together and there were no major holiday meltdowns.....although, we did come close to one on Christmas Eve morning.  Everyone woke up in a bad mood but by 11am everyone was happy again.  Phew!

Here is a quick recap....

Christmas Eve:
-Prepped and cooked everything for the next couple days
-Delivered Christmas presents to neighbors and friends
-Ate dinner with the family and a few neighbors (turkey, dressing, rolls, cranberry ice, mashed potatoes, assortment of pies  - yes, we basically recreated Thanksgiving dinner)
-Had our famous Christmas program and sang lots of Christmas songs
-Opened up pajamas (My mom tried to get nix this tradition this year but we all threw a fit and got our way.  Another tradition saved!)
-Drove around the Burg and looked at all of the Christmas lights
-Stayed up until the wee hours of the morning trying to conquer Super Mario on the Wii

Christmas Day:
-Woke up at 7am to open presents (Adam tried with all of his heart to get us to wake up at 5am but of course that was never going to happen.  I lobby every year to wake up at 10am.  One of these days I'm going to win!)
-Ate a delicious breakfast (baked eggs (best eggs ever), sausage, blueberry muffins, orange juice, hot chocolate)
-Played games, watched movies, put together puzzles
-Ate Christmas dinner (crab cocktails, ham, funeral potatoes, peas, rolls, and Helen's Good Stuff)
-Had another Christmas program
-Played games till we couldn't play anymore

My favorite part of the holiday was when the whole family gathered around to play Super Mario on the Wii.  We have never had video games in our house so imagine the craziness as a room full of 25+ year olds tried to master Super Mario in two days.  There was a lot of screaming and laughing coming from our family room at all hours of the day.  It was kind of amazing!