But What About Second Christmas?

Coming right up, courtesy of Grandma Kathryn and Grandpa Randy!

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All of our kids were cute opening their presents in Provo, but Katie kinda stole the show, cuteness-wise.  That happens a lot when you’re two.

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Brian’s mom gave Katie this little stuffed pegasus.  She dubbed it a “unicorn!” and refused to let anyone tell her otherwise.  Little Unicorn! spent its first ten minutes as Katie’s pet being rubbed on a cheek, then cuddled:

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Our days spent in Provo were marvelous.  Uncle Jake’s mom was visiting, too, and she is a pie-making whiz.  I thought I was on top of my game when I arrived in the kitchen at 8:30 a.m. showered and dressed, but no:

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Eleanor and Laurie were just putting the finishing touches on these apple pies.  There were already pumpkin pies in the oven.  And a german chocolate cake from Uncle Jake’s birthday.  And did I mention that my pants are feeling snug?

Grandma Kathryn had the very good idea of taking us to the Carl Bloch exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art.  The exhibit was gorgeous, and very fun — the museum had iPads for patrons to borrow, and a bunch of digital exhibit information, including activities for kids to do that taught them about the art.  I was impressed.

Also, we took time to play The Cones of Dunshire:

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Plus another round of sledding at the reservoir (little did we know this would be our only sledding for weeks!)

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It was difficult to pack up and drive back to Shoreline House, but I can’t think of a more lovely Christmas.  Visiting Utah was my present this year.

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