Since we would be spending Christmas in Arizona with Taber's family this year, we sent a note to Santa and he kindly agreed to come to our house a few days early to drop off some of the gifts he wouldn't be able to bring to Arizona.
So on December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve, we woke up to presents under our tree!
The girls both asked Santa to bring them a bell from his sleigh and he delivered!! They were thrilled!
Cam got a new dinosaur towel
And a new Thomas the train set!
And the girls opened their gifts from Mom and Dad.
I made Taber a blog book for the last half of 2011, which means now I just need to do 2012 and 2013 and then I'll be all caught up! (someday…)
Taber and the kids love the blog books though, so that's my main motivation to keep blogging.
The big surprise was an indoor trampoline that Santa had set up in our basement!
With polar vortexes coming through Chicago, this gift has kept us sane while we're cooped up inside.
Brinley also asked Santa for an elf costume. She looked so adorable in it!
After opening presents this little elf helped me make cinnamon rolls.
They were yummy to our tummies!
Daddy got Cam's trains all set up and the two of them had some good father/son train table time.
Then it was time to pack up and head to the airport! Monty wanted to stow away in our suitcases, but sadly we had to leave him behind.
The airport was busy with holiday travelers, but these 3 were all smiles and good attitudes.
The TSA guys let us cut to the front of the line, probably because we had one of Santa's elves with us ;)
The pilots also let the girls come check out the cock pit. "We've never had an elf in our cock pit!" they said. There are definite perks to traveling with an elf! :) The girls did great on the flight, Cam…well that's another story that I'd rather forget. Either way, we made it safely to Arizona and had an awesome Christmas vacation! (AZ blog posts to follow soon…)