Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Utah for Christmas!

It's time for a blog post! About our trip to Utah for Christmas! And what a trip it was.

We began by taking an evening flight - leaving Indianapolis at 8pm. I was hoping this meant the kids would sleep all the way there. (We usually take morning flights.) It did not mean this. I enjoy morning flights much more! 

One of the first things we did when we got to Utah was go to Temple Square to look at the lights. Temple Square is a thing that you take for granted when you live in Utah, I think. I care about it a lot more now that I'm far away! It's just so festive! We usually see someone we know from Indiana when we go, but this time we did not! However, after posting these pictures on Instagram I found out that my friend Kristen and her husband and baby were at Temple Square the same night. Small world!

Mia's snow suit!!!!!!!

The next night was my company's Christmas party at The Roof in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. We have missed this party the past few years, so I was happy to be able to go this time! It's always fun to get fancy and eat good food.

One night Abi and I went to give Mia a bath. The water was warm, and I think Mia was cold, so she immediately jumped out of the bathtub because she felt hot, and clung to Abi with this face like she was extra traumatized. I felt bad. She is very suspicious of baths now.

Nathan still enjoys throwing pinecones into the creek even when it's freezing outside!

Mia discovered the true joy that is Aunt Abi. She was her little shadow, taking after Nathan. We can't decide if it's because she genuinely loves Abi the most or if she just wants what Nathan has. Either way.

We helped my mom package up the Christmas gifts for the company my uncle owns, and of course had to take a team picture of all the work we did.

Many mornings eating breakfast together. Nathan was sick the first few days we were there, so he was extra clingy and sleepy. He got better in time for Christmas though, so that was a relief!

My grandma's annual Christmas party was fun! It is always good to spend time with the extended family and catch up.

This next picture is a picture of me ~definitely~ winning a wrestling match with Alex.

Mia and I saw a huge deer in the yard! She was entertained for about 10 minutes!

Nathan was fussing, so Alex took Mia sledding in the backyard! She was a cautious fan.

But seriously, Mia's snow suit!!!!!!

We interrupt this blog post about Christmas happenings to share a picture of Nathan wearing a wig and his little sister Amelia. Except it's really me and Abi. Can you even STAND IT?!

Christmas is exhausting.

Christmas it also full of dreams you didn't know you had. Like an elephant hat and mittens. (She wouldn't stop clapping!)

My parents are building a new house, and in the basement they have the cutest little under the stairs house for the kids. Already getting some use!

Amelia has an awesome "rich old lady" coat, and she was in rare form in church on Sunday.

We visited the life size gingerbread house at the Grand America Hotel! It was fancy!

I got together with some blogging friends - we never would have met without this here internet! I like them a lot. I feel very lucky to have met good people in all my days doing this blogging thing!

I also got together with my freshman roommates (we missed you, Amy!) and met Stacia and Lyndsay's sweet newborn babies! Now we all have kids!!

Mia is getting real good at this eating thing.

Second Christmas! My siblings were off with their significant others on actual Christmas, so we opened a few presents on the 25th and then saved the rest for when they came back! It was a hoot!

My great grandma Gubler gave us an antique Mother Goose book, and I am so excited to have it! Such a fun keepsake!

Nathan helped Grandma Clark take down Christmas and was very careful with this tree especially. It was sweet to hear them working together.

I took Alex on a weekend getaway for my Christmas present to him! Gotta take advantage of the babysitters, right? We went to the Zermatt Resort in Midway, took advantage of their steak house and pool, and watched a movie!

A couple years ago Alex lost his wedding ring, (It's a hilarious and terribly sad story) so I surprised him and proposed with a new one!

But the real news is, my sister Olivia got engaged for real! She is going to marry this cute guy named Landon and they seem really happy together, so we're all very happy about it. Can't wait to go back in March and celebrate them!

A couple days after New Years we went tubing at Soldier's Hollow and it was really super fun. I think it will be a tradition for years to come!

Nathan had his first day of sunbeams in Utah! It was awesome because my mom is the sunbeams teacher in her ward, so he got to go with her. He was thrilled!

And just like that, it was over. We were sad and ready to go home at the same time. 3.5 weeks in Utah is no small feat with kids! But I had the best time relaxing and shopping and enjoying family. I really hope we can be close to family permanently someday, because it is really special! My kids love being there so much.

Until then, Indiana is home, and we're happy to be here.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas time has come to the Casey household! We got our tree and decorations up and the kids are loving it! We are also doing the 25 Days of Christ advent calendar and I am so excited for this to be a tradition for years to come! 

I gave Nathan my old stuffed Santa and Elf and he was appropriately thrilled.

I also set up my old American Girl doll Christmas tree in his room! Both kids were happy, and neither will let the ornaments stay on the tree.

Luckily, both kids are a bit more respectful of the big tree, although Mia does sneak over from time to time to cause mischief.

We took the kids to our ward Christmas party, and they got to see Santa! Nathan at least didn't cry this year, but this was as close as he would get, and he refused to utter a word.

Mia was mostly disinterested.

To be fair to both kids, he wasn't very believable.

We did a "December First Party" (on December 2nd...) and the kids opened their Christmas Jammies and a Christmas book! I wanted to take a super adorable picture of the two of them in their matching jammies with their books, but they had other ideas. First, Nathan refused to pose with his sister.

And then his sister was more hoping I would be putting her to bed instead of photographing her, and Nathan wanted to show the inside of his book instead, and then would rather read literally any other book, thank you very much.

We went to McCord's Candies for one of my favorite holiday traditions specific to Indiana for their Candy Cane Tour! They show us how they make candy canes using all the original equipment from 100 years ago, and then we get to bend our own candy canes and take them home! Nathan was worried about his breaking, in this photo.

Another fun Indiana tradition is that the Faith church here puts on a huge live Nativity. We have loved going every year! It's really well done and a lot of fun. It's also always very cold, but the drive line is usually an hour long, so we brave the cold to get through quicker for the children.

I have loved being able to snuggle up in the glow of the Christmas tree, and the other night both babies fresh from the bath came to join me!

It's the hap-happiest season of all!
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