This Christmas was so much fun! We were lucky enough to have Aunt Jenna and Uncle Dmitri at our house to celebrate Christmas. They drove from Virginia to be with us. Since we couldn't go home for Christmas, having them here made the holiday more memorable and filled with love.
On Christmas Eve we went to see Aurthur's Christmas and then came home to play some Just Dance!
While Dad cleaned up from a delicious dinner made by ME, we got the actors ready for the reenactment of the First Christmas.
Men are so sexy when they are doing the dishes!!! Well at lest mine is xoxoMary and Joseph and one of the Three Kings holding baby Jesus. The two other kings presenting their gifts to the Christ Child. Ending the night with the right spirit and the memory of our Savior's birth was perfect.
Brooklyn has been begging me to let her cut her hair. We tried to wait and grow it out to donate to locks of love, but after measuring every month and only at 6 inches we couldn't wait for another 4 inches!
A little shorter than we wanted but that is OK, hair grows...
Now here is to less shampoo, easier hair-do's in the morning and less static hair in the winter.
The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame was close to Kirtland and on our way home so we stopped there to get our "ROCK" on!
As you can see Landon was a little embarrassed by his crazy family.
There we saw everything from Michael Jackson's glove to Elvis's Car. So many outfits of famous singers and bands, the only downside was you couldn't take pictures of any exhibits. So, you will just have to use your imagination when I say Christian wanted to look at Rihanna's outfit a bit longer..."close your eyes Landon"
After that we had to say goodbye to the Summer's and promise to not make it so long between visits this time.
After our fun in Erie, Pa we took the short drive to Kirtland, Ohio to the Church History site. There we were able to see where the early pioneers lived and built the first Temple. Even though the Community of Christ owns the Temple now, it was great to go inside and hear all the history about the first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints.
Claire and Lyv walking around the saw mill.
The Newel K. Whitney Store served as the home of Joseph and Emma Smith between September 1832 and February 1834. Joseph Smith III was born here on November 6, 1832. The store served as the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the time that the Smith family lived here. Many significant events occurred here including the organization of the School of the Prophets, the First Presidency receiving the keys of the kingdom, and receiving of the Word of Wisdom, Doctrine and Covenants Section 89.
It was wonderful to feel the spirit there and get an idea of what the early pioneers sacrificed for us.
In the store there were fun things for the kids to look and and learn about the Prophet.
After a great day in Kirtland we ate at the BEST Mexican restaurant and rolled ourselves out the door and into our nice comfortable beds at the hotel. Another perfect day on our Thanksgiving weekend trip.
This year for Thanksgiving we had the pleasure of spending the holiday with our friends from Medical school, the Summers. They are doing their residency in NY and so we met half way in Erie, Pa at an indoor water park. The kids played great together and us adults had a blast reminiscing!
Landon and Jack
Brooklyn and Sam were big kids now and disappeared the whole time riding the slides like a pro! Us adults each had our turn to catch some thrills from the water slides. Feeling like a teenager again !!!
Happy Thanksgiving from all the kids Jack, Claire, Brooklyn, Sam, Lyv and Landon
Claire and Lyv were so sweet together. Claire liked watching over Lyv and being her little Mommy.
Our little cuties peeking over the wall on the bunk beds.
Claire and Lyv tired from a day full of swimming.
We had a great trip and loved spending it with "Family." We might have to make this a tradition.