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December 2015

I volunteered to go on a filed trip with Corbin’s class to Natural Bridges Beach where they were able to see lots of Monarch butterflies.  It was pretty awesome to hang out with 2nd graders at the beach and look at tons of butterflies.

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After playing on the beach for a little while (which let me tell you was hard for those kids NOT to go in the water even thought it was freezing) we got to have a presentation by the rangers.  They asked for adult helpers and since no one was volunteering, i did.  Then some others stepped up too.

It turns out we were to dress up as insects.  I was a butterfuly.

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Then we got to see some monarchs.

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On the bus ride home with my boy!

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Connor and I went to his work Holiday party!

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We had a good time!

How cute is this note Corbin wrote to Kinsley at church?

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Watching the 1st Presidecny Christmas Devotional!

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The next day we went to the Christmas Creche!

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Then we got ice cream!

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Doing Christmas nails!

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Corbin had his 2nd grade winter performance!

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On Friday, we went to see Fantasy of Lights.  We had our usual pizza dinner!

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Then we walked to the candy store to get treats for the ride!

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This year they gave us 3D glasses to see some of the lights.  It was pretty cool!

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Unfortunately, while we were there, I got a call that my Grandma had passed away.  As soon as we were done, I rushed over to her home to be with family.  Here is the last picture I took with her.

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My grandma had a tough last few years, losing her son and then her husband all while dealing with MS.  She was moved closer to me which was great for me being able to see her but she went from living alone in her own house into a senior center in a matter of months  I do know that she is in a better place and pain free.  Also, I admit to feeling slightly jealous that she gets to see my dad again! We had her memorial and it was a nice remembrence of her!

We still went on with our Christmas festivities!  GOing to see Santa!

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Kinsley had been tealking about seeing Santa for weeks and was seo excited as we were getting closer and closer.  She could hardly contain her exctiement.

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But then as we got up to him……


Poor Santa!  Loved or feared by kids for centuries!

Another tradition for FHE was Bethlehem!

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Such a good experience!

One night we were having the missionaries over for dinner, both the sisters and elders.  Cason made Legos into missionaies.  The Elders had bikes and Sisters had food? I don’t know who taught him that.

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Sunday Christmas pictures!!

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That night we celebrated Holly’s birthday!

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My kids being super cute!

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A rare snuggle from Corbin!

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Holly and Jona offered to have the kids over for a sleepover one night and we went ice skating before Connor and I left on our date!

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Getting ready for Christmas!

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One of my favorite things is all the Christmas cards we get.  This year I tried something different and made it into sort of a Christmas tree shape!

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Christmas Eve at my mom’s house.

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Christmas Eve getting pj’s and putting out of cookies for Santa!

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Christmas morning!!

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A few days after Christmas we headed down to Southern California to go to Disneyladn!  We were a little bit worried about how crowded it would be but we were getting to spend time with family so we decided to take the chance.  

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Kinsley needed my sunglasses on the drive down because the sun was right in her eyes.

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We finally got there and waited by the fire pit at the hotel as we waited for our room to be ready.

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And we finally got to see cousins!

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The next day we made it to Disneyland.  (I’m not even going to talk about how crazy busy it was!)

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We made it to day 2, this time at California Adventure.

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Next day back at Disneyland.  This was by far the better day at Disneyland!

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We drove home on New Years Eve and got home jsut in time to have our traditional New Years Eve celebration!

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Connor any my top 9 Instagram pics of 2015!

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December and 2015 was a great year!  Can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! (I just wish I could slow down time!)

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