Holiday Re-cap

Sorry for the 2 month hiatus, but I promise it will all be explained shortly. In the meantime I thought I'd better do a quick holiday re-cap before I forget everything. Tyler and I hosted his older sister, Kelly, for Thanksgiving. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and had a pretty quiet meal at home. Kelly was our first visitor to Austin, so we also checked out a few local places we hadn't been throughout the weekend. Those included Lady Bird Lake (very pretty to walk around) and Walton Fancy & Staple (owned by Sandra Bullock). On Saturday we headed down to San Antonio to see the Alamo and Riverwalk--a first for both Tyler and Kelly.

For Christmas this year we flew up to Utah and spent some time with my family as well as with Tyler's mom at her Midway cabin. While we were there Winston got to play in the snow for the first time. He mostly liked walking through it and hearing it crunch beneath his boots, but he also liked throwing a few snowballs. Tyler fit in a day of skiing with some friends, we went to the Timpanogos temple, had lots of good food and sweets, we went sledding twice, and of course celebrated the birth of our Savior. I think Winston's highlight was seeing his Uncle Ben (my 16-year old brother). Winston has been pointing at Ben's picturing and saying his name for a long time, so his was pretty excited to see him and play with him for real. Every morning he woke up and started wandering around the house calling for Ben :) And since we've been home he asks for Ben several times a day.

First day in the snow- we didn't have boots for him yet, so we just tied plastic bags over his shoes.
Winston's first bubble bath
Ready to fly! Winston was a great traveler on both flights :)

When we came home from Utah we did another mini Christmas here because we hadn't taken a bunch of gifts with us. Winston got a little scooter from Santa and rides it all around the house all the time. He also really likes the blocks, books, and tools he got. Tyler got some new tools as well and he also got a new bike so he can ride to and from work which he is excited about. Tyler gave me some shoes and a necklace, but I mostly got gift cards because it was one of those Christmas' when I just couldn't think of anything I wanted :)

 Santa came!
He was so excited about daddy's tools that we got him his own set a few days later.
 New bibs & a cheesy smile
 New dump truck and blocks
 Winston modeling mama's new necklace :)

For New Year's our good friends the Killpack's drove down from Dallas. They brought their dog, Prez, with them and Winston loved playing with the dog... eventually :) It was a quick trip, but we managed to go out for a dinner & a lunch, watch a fireworks show (which Winston did NOT love), play lots of games, and eat Amy's Ice Cream twice. At midnight we all jumped into the new year and popped some poppers, followed by a sparkling cider toast! It was quite the party :) We loved having the Killpack's visit though- there is always lots of god conversation and lots of laughing!

It was a great holiday season and we hope everyone's was just as good!

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