We took a trip to Las Vegas to see Grandma and Grandpa Hill this Christmas (as well as half my siblings). It was a great trip, and this post will have a LOT of pictures.
We saw a lot of pretty scenery on the drive down
went through tunnels
Passed No Name, Colorado
and the kids slept a lot
When we finally got to Vegas (after 13 hours of driving), they were so glad to get out of the car
Grandma and Grandpa were so glad to see them
We arrived just in time to celebrate Uncle Nano's birthday, and Erin was so excited about a "burfday cake!"
and hung out with Grandpa
Christmas Eve we went to Honeybaked Ham to get a ham, and the kids were cute in the car
and Patrick played Peekaboo
And Patrick learned to put things on his head
Luckily Mesh just laid back most of the time and let the kids abuse him.
Patrick loved the nutcrackers. Erin was scared of them at first but warmed up over time.
Christmas morning we opened stockings first. It was fun to watch Patrick tear at the paper. Erin got so excited about opening things that she wanted to help everyone.
Matt hid my present and my reaction was "should I be opening this in front of my family????"
But it turns out he'd walked into Victoria's Secret just to get a bag to put this in
And Patrick practiced his "put in/take out" skills with the bag.
We went in with siblings on a gift for each of my parents. Dad's was a 50 gallon aquarium and stand
And mom's was for an appointment to get a pair of glasses. She was on the phone with Adrienne when she opened the letter, and her reaction was so great.
Erin finally got over her fear of nutcrackers when she realized that she could open and shut their mouths. She would say "Ahhh!" when she opened their mouths, it was so cute.
Abby got a desk, and the girls played with Erin's color wonder finger paints together.
And the girls loved the new aquarium.
A couple pictures of Erin in her outfit for Aunt Adrienne (thank you!!)
Patrick was cuddling with Grandpa and Erin got jealous.
Family picture minus Abby
It was sad when we had to leave. Matt got a picture of the Las Vegas temple from the road.
The Virgin River Gorge
Mom, are these the hoodoos you meant?
Yay for Cheezits, they were a hit
And these are from this morning, playing with Christmas toys. The table was Erin's "big" present, but we didn't take it to Vegas with us. We put it together last night.