With all of the travel we did over Thanksgiving and the weeks that followed, we decided to stay home for Christmas this year. And we were very lucky that James, Kristen, Logan and Dominic were able to join us. They arrived on Wednesday the 21st and stayed until the following Friday.
The night they arrived, it snowed a couple of inches, so Logan and Kristen played in the backyard that afternoon.
We spent the week hanging around, controlled by nap time schedules. We tried to bring them to all of the favorite restaurants that we’ve found in the Salt Lake area so far. We also spent a day visiting the outlet mall in Park City. We left for Tommy’s nap time while the Yeom’s headed up the mountain to visit the St Regis Hotel.
While Tommy was napping on Friday, Logan and I made some yummy candies. They are simply pretzels, Hershey’s Hugs and M&Ms. You place the Hugs on the pretzels and bake them for a few minutes at 350 degrees. Once the chocolate is beginning to melt, press an M&M into each one. Then store in the fridge until the chocolate hardens again. The combination of the salty pretzel and the sweet chocolate is really yummy.
Later that evening, Logan got to help Bill make his famous chocolate chip cookies:
On Friday evening, Bill and I babysat all of the kids so James and Kristen went out to dinner. We tried to snap a few photos of all three kiddies.
Tommy is trying to smile here.
Christmas morning was relaxed and fun as Logan and Tommy enjoyed opening their gifts. Thankfully, Kristen had sent an email to Santa letting him know that Logan would be in Utah this Christmas. So he was able to bring a few items for his stocking. Tommy still doesn’t get the whole Christmas thing, but we actually made a small effort this year and put some fun stuff in his stocking.
Checking out his new fire truck from the film Cars 2.
Logan and his new Transformers.
Dominic wasn’t sure what to make of all the excitement.
Checking out his Cards 2 DVD that Bill’s mom got for him. Now he asks to watch the “MAY-ner” movie.
Logan was really excited to get some nifty Harry Potter items.
Bill is checking out what Santa left in his stocking.
Bacon flavored salt!
Kristen with her new iPad accompanied by the “aw James” look.
Showing Tommy how to use his new digital camera, a gift from Manami. Someone got smart and created a toddler-friendly digital camera. It even has a pivoting lens so he can take photos of himself.
Tommy got a train whistle in his stocking and everyone had a go with it… which is probably why Dominic caught a cold late in the week and Bill and I are both still coughing.
Logan checking out his Harry Potter Lego sticker book and Tommy checking out the books he got from Emily and Ava.
For dinner that night Bill and James made two roasted chickens following Thomas Keller’s recipe (we make this a lot and it’s really good). They also made some veggies that roasted with the chicken and a cornbread dressing that had Italian sausage in it. It was really delicious. For dessert we had some of the candies that Logan and I made. It was a fun and low-key Christmas. Perfect for us.
Tommy and Logan in their matching PJs. This was just a happy coincidence, not planned… I promise.
Logan says that Tommy is his bestest friend.
I don’t think Tommy disagrees.