22 February 2017

White Christmas Eve

We went from swimming in an outdoor pool in Vegas to a full-on blizzard when we drove six hours north to Park City, Utah. We woke up to a much different scene on Christmas Eve than we did the previous day. What a difference twenty-four hours can make.
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It had been two years since we'd seen snow and after locating every piece of snow gear necessary, we headed outside first thing in the morning.
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I'm sure Crew didn't even remember what snow looked and felt like since he was only one when we moved.
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His older brothers got him up to speed on the art of snowball fights.
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Finn slept through the first introduction to the snow, but Nash and Blake settled right in.
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We got to work building a snow fort with cousins.
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We found the perfect molds for making round ice cube blocks. We all took on different jobs to construct the fort.
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Crew and his cousin Sterling made the cutest duo, gathering the snow from all over the yard.
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Blake packed the snow into the molds and Nash and I flipped them onto the structure and filled in gaps.
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With all that teamwork we had a fort in no time at all.
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While the fort was being built in the backyard, a snowman was simultaneously being constructed in the front yard. The older boys and their aunt and uncle all pitched in to build the cutest snowman I've ever seen.
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Crew couldn't get enough of that snowman. We went out to visit his new friend a few times throughout the day.
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We were so happy we made the trek from palm trees to pine trees because there's just something magical about a white Christmas.


19 February 2017

Palazzo

We had a travel credit to use up before the end of 2016, so we decided to apply it towards a night at a "fancy" hotel. We stopped at The Palazzo in Las Vegas on our way to Utah for Christmas. The boys had never experienced that kind of luxury before and they were so excited about everything from the grand lobby to the elevators to the winding hallways.

We rolled into the hotel somewhere around 10pm and everyone was too excited to settle down and go to bed. The boys ran back and forth and back and forth once we got to our room. They rotated between jumping on the beds and perching at the windowsill. They loved looking at the all the lights down below. The crib for Finn wasn't delivered until after midnight and then sometime around 1am Nash lost a tooth. Needless to say, we didn't get a lot of sleep. But it was a night the boys won't forget. 

The view in the morning was just as fascinating. The boys were glued to the window. 
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We started out the day by walking through the atrium connecting The Palazzo and The Venetian. We grabbed cinnamon rolls and watched hundreds of visitors take pictures next to the LOVE letters.
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We weren't in a rush to get on the road and we debated about going to Bellagio to see the holiday display. But the boys looked longingly at the pool outside our window and we decided to let them swim off some energy instead. We figured we better take advantage of such a great amenity while we had the opportunity.
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The temperature outside was in the 50s that morning but the pool felt like a hot tub. There was steam coming off the water and the boys dove right in.
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We were the only ones in sight.
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Finn was acting so animated, he was cracking us up.
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How many more sleeps until Christmas?
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It was so liberating to have a break from riding in the car. As an added bonus, we had lunch at Grimaldi's Pizza with some of our best friends that live near Vegas before clocking six more hours on the road. I can't think of a better way to spend Christmas Eve Eve. 


17 February 2017

Christmas Duds

I had the genius idea to capture the boys in their Christmas clothes the Sunday before Christmas while we were still in sunny California and not buried in two feet of snow.

I didn't factor into the equation the fact that we were coming from three hours of church and the last thing they wanted to do was cooperate.

The perfect photo wasn't in the cards, but I liked the bloopers anyway. 
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