How we spent our Christmas break

Well this is a long time coming but I wanted to document our Christmas of 2008. We celebrated a little early because on the actual day of Christmas we were in PA.

Here is Emma on the plane to PA on Dec 24, 2008. Both the kids did great on the plane ride. Better than expected.
Spencer slept most of the way.Steve enjoyed that!
Then we spent Christmas morning with family. Opening more presents.
So cute to see cosuins loving each other.Ross eating candy and the wrapper.Spencer wearing Uncle Rich's hat.Dad took Emma sledding. Dad & Emma walking back up the hill (their backyard) to go again & again & again!Then we begun our drive down to DC for the wedding. We got to see all this beautiful Pennsalvania country as we drove. It is so gorgous!If you can see the sign it says "Baltimore"!So peaceful!You can see this from the HIGHWAY! It is the DC temple.Got to visit my cousin KristyAfter the Temple sealing we drove back to PA. Then more snow & sledding!This time the cousins joined in! Spencer and Clayton.Steve with Spencer & ClaytonSteve is such a trooper! Emma & Spencer are so blessed to have such a wonderful dad!I hung out in the hottub with Ali & JL.Then we drove up to Scranton, PA (Office fans know where I am talking about!) for the reception. It was about an hour & 10 min drive.More sleeping on the way. In about 10 yrs Emma is going to kill me for this picture!At the reception we had so much fun dancing and eating yummy food. We Partied Hard! Jessica holding her son Ross.
I think Tina looked so pretty. She handled the stress well. The happy couple.Steve was the photographer "as always"The next few days the snow began to melt & we headed out to have a little family bonding time.So we drove down to Hershey, PA. And went to the Hershey Chocolate factory.Here we are as a family on the fun & "free" ride that we rode like 3 times. It tells how they make all the yummy chocolate!The kids got to be a part of the fun factory experience. The loved it!When we got back from our mini trip, Grandpa took Emma for a ride on the Vespa. She loved it & looked so funny with that big thing on her small head!Then, you have to have the BATHTUB picture!And last but not least, Our trip home. We had a blast & are glad we did not get sick while we were there (like we did 2 yrs ago-when we went) but we were so ready to get home!

The day after we got home I did not really have a chance to rest much. I had a Primary Presidency mtg and then a day with my sister Kelly & sister in law Lavonda, scrapbooking all day! (sorry - no picture). It was so fun, but I was so beat!
Then the next day went to the stake's child of record baptism. Then sunday we were so greatful that our church started at 1:30pm, but Emma threw up the night before and so Steve stayed at home with her. I spend all of Monday doing absolutly nothing. I sure needed that day to be a bum. Glad we are back to normalcy!


Allyson 11:45 AM  

Looks like you had a fun trip. Thanks for posting a picture of Kristy since SHE never posts anymore. Did you hear me Kristy?

Glad you got to go and spend time with your family. And no getting sick! We got sick in MO.

Natalie 4:03 PM  

What a wonderful vacation you had. I love all the pictures. We are having freezing weather and that hot tub sure looks good to me.:)
By the way Kathy, you are looking soooooo pretty.
Love n' hugs.

nikko 6:58 PM  

I'm thinking I need a hot tub. LOL.

Looks like a great vacation!

Cierra Rafajko 7:33 PM  

I am glad to hear that you had a good Christmas and a good vacation! It's always fun to take a trip to see family especially around the holidays.

txmommy 8:16 PM  

sounds like so much fun!!

Jenn 9:34 PM  

Looks like fun. Though there's something not quite right with the hot tub pic with the snow in the background. How is that possible??

Smith Family 9:41 AM  

Thanks for the fun pictures Kathy! I remember the hot tub in the snow experience from when we used to live in Boise - so awesome! Sounds like you had a great trip. I'll post pics of ours soon.

Jeni 8:37 PM  

Emma with the helmet is HILARIOUS! You guys are some serious travelers.

Farrah 2:01 PM  

How fun! Thanks for sharing all the pictures. That countryside looks beautiful!

Stacy Hutchinson 11:06 AM  

I'm exhausted just from reading about your vacation! It looks like y'all had a great time. I hope you're settled back into your routine by now!

Amilyn -N- Brandon 9:40 AM  

That's a pretty awesome vacation! I don't know if you noticed, but in the picture of you in the hot tub, Emma looks very jealous off in the corner! It's too cute! If you haven't noticed, you should check it out!

Amber 9:39 AM  

So I know I'm a little behind in the commenting, but I'm trying to do better! I didn't know you had family in PA. Brandon (boyfriend, not brother; ) went there on his mission. He wants to go back really bad! I would love to go back East too! I spent a summer in NH and loved it!!