Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Christmas #1 Denver

As soon as Colby was done with finals we hopped on a plane to Denver.  Unfortunately, because of weather we had several delays and Eden didn't get to bed until MIDNIGHT!!!!  But she was such a trooper through the entire flight.  She wasn't ornery or upset.  I just love this little angel!

When we got to Denver she was more than thrilled to have all kinds of new room to explore.  She also discovered stairs and made it all on her own from the basement all the way up to the top floor!  She is a champ!!!  Still working on the walking thing, but it will happen when she is ready.

She was completely fascinated by Trigger and he wouldn't stop licking her either.

We ate so much while we were there.  Colby's parents always spoil us with amazing meals!

Riley was a great uncle, always wanting to help feed Eden and kiss her all the time.  But as you can see I think Eden was growing a little impatient with the feeding
"Mom.....honestly... this guy is a newb."

And Aunt Kelsey... Ha!    I could barely pry Eden out of her arms.  
So badly she wanted to take her off to college.

And of Course there were plenty of treats to go around.  Susan was a busy baker!

But always had time to snuggle with Eden

And of course there is no visit at the Johnson's without hours and endless evenings of games!

On Christmas Eve we loaded up in the car and drove around looking at Christmas lights.

By far this one was our favorite.  The street was crowded and the owners of the home were so nice.  They were out walking around offering candy canes and hot chocolate.  They also had a donation on the side walk and all the money went to research for Cerebral palsy.

We were determined, or rather I was, to have Eden's picture taken with Santa, but instead of waiting in ridiculous lines, Colby's dad was a trooper and dressed up us Santa!

At first Eden wasn't too sure but she didn't really have a problem with Santa.

Jim (Santa) also went to a few families in the ward that night to surprise them.

  He was really hesitant at first and did not want to do it, but then he started to really get into it.  Did you know you can google how to act like santa and they even have videos on youtube???
By the end of it, Jim said he would dress up as Santa every year for Eden.

Well, Christmas morning came.  And needless to say, Eden was a little confused 
and had no idea what was going on.

  But she loved all the attention.

 Colby did her hair just for the occasion.  Here she is with all her stocking stuffers.

Colby received a gift from his brother and the boxed was filled with Toilet paper.  He dumped it all on Eden and she was not having it.

I must mentioned and say that we owe a huge THANK YOU to Colby's parents.  At this point in his schooling Colby has to buy medical supplies for clinic.  As many of you know, it isn't cheap.  So all Colby wanted this year for Christmas was money to help pay for his supplies.  Throughout many of the gifts they gave us we always found a little green stash somewhere.  Even in the kitchen gadgets that Jim got me there was some!  We are so grateful to them for their help.  It made such a big difference and we are soooooooooooo grateful!!!!

Susan also made me a beautiful frame with pictures of Eden in it!  I love personalized gifts!  Kelsy also made us a beautiful tile plaque with picture of the Savior with children.  I just love it!

Eden was spoiled too!!!  But, as expected, she really didn't get the whole "unwrapping present" thing.  She mainly just swatted at everything.

 The living room turned into a mess and boy did she love playing with all it.  She didn't quite make it through the entire morning so we held off on her big present till after her nap.

After a good long nap and some lunch, we finally busted into her big present.

Boy did Grandma and Grandpa spoil her!  She loves that little train and we were able to get it on the plane and home with us.  It is a little advanced for her but she still loves the music and playing with her train.

I was a little disappointed in Denver.  I was really wanting a White Christmas and the entire time we were there is was between 40-50 degrees.  Don't get me wrong it was beautiful, but I was really hoping for snow.  
So Christmas day we went on a little hike in the bluffs but Colby's parents house.  It was a nice little walk and we came up around the corner right at sunset.  It was beautiful!

I think that all the Christmas celebrations really tired Eden out.  

 We had a wonderful time and it ended way to soon.  But after we left Denver we had one day at home and then we were off for another Christmas celebration with my family in..... of course....Nauvoo!!


The Halls said...

Your lil' girl is such a DOLL. Where did you find those HUGE cards? Those are crazy!!

Sarah said...

What a fun Christmas! I have to laugh every time I see you surrounded by Colby's family. You are so tiny compared to them. :) Also, I loved Eden's Christmas hairdo. Well done Colby. Can't wait to see Christmas #2.

Jessica :) said...

What a fun time! I love Eden's hairdo. And the fact that it seemed to have lasted all day is pretty good, too!
Liv loved watching your little clip of the lit up house and music. She about jumped out of my arms she was so excited!

Brianne said...

I love the detailed account! I am jealous I missed a riveting game of Nerts with the large cards! Jim makes a dang good Santa...I could barely tell it was him! I can't believe Eden will be one this month! She is growing so fast and already looks so much bigger than when I saw you guys in September.

Emily said...

isn't christmas the best? glad you guys had a good trip!

Amy and Troy said...

I love all the hair Eden is getting and the faux hawk Colby did on her. Haha! She is too cute!

The SaSSeR's said...

yes you shoudl come to Denver, is that where Colby is from??

Team Gecko's Triumphs said...

looks like you had a wonderful time with the fam! love the jumping picture! little Eden is adorable...