This news is slightly delayed, but we are back in France and recovering from our travels and our magnificent Christmas vacation back at home. I don't have many photos from our trip home, but it's worth documenting it all. (AKA, you can skip this post if you want.)
We left on the 22nd bright and early to hurry up and wait at the airport. Things were a bit delayed at the airport and we were worried we were going to miss our connections, but thankfully, we sped-walked fast enough and had the right passports ("Americans, to the front of the line!" Woot woot!) and eventually we made our way all the way home without any problems. One thing worth noting, Air France had incredible food. I'm serious, people!
The next few days were full of Christmas festivities, but we started with celebrating my brother's birthday on the 23rd with Zeponie's pizza from the "Centerville region" as my brother proudly declared while we got our fill of baby giggles and hugs from our nephew. He's eight months old which is my personal favorite age of a child. Once they get any older, things just go downhill.
On Christmas Eve, I got together with a bunch of my girlfriends from high school for breakfast. I had a great time catching up with them and hearing about their lives and just being in the presence of my smart, driven and compassionate friends. I have a few select girlfriends from high school that have been a great source of inspiration for me as we've all gone down our different paths, but I've mostly appreciated how kind they are and how they are always embracing me with loving arms, even when I'm not as good of a friend as I should be. I'm so grateful for that. Also, I'm grateful to finally have an audience for my Mormon jokes. #iknowthesefriendsaretrue
Afterwards, I went with my in-laws to Saving Mr. Banks for their annual Christmas Eve movie. Great film, great tradition. And then the preparations for our Christmas Eve feast began. My one and only mother-in-law cooked prime rib and it was delicious. She's a master. We had a gift exchange with the cousins from Ian's side and I spent the night defending myself after Ian spilled all of my ridiculous interests as of late...puppies, nail polish, Katy Perry. I promise I'm not dumb.
As the Eve winded down, I participated in my first Thorley sleepover with all the siblings smashed into one room playing rock band until the wee hours of the morning and watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I didn't last long. Sleep was my Christmas wish.
I groggily woke up early in the morning only to find Ian wide awake playing Temple Run on his phone under a blanket. He'd been up for hours. We still get excited for Santa around here. Eventually we scrambled up the stairs to see a smorgasbord of presents all for us! I couldn't stop grinning the whole morning because even though we're grown adults, our Christmas morning was the perfect excuse to act like a kid. It was juvenile, sure, but so much fun. I got Ian some beard shampoo to help him maintain his manly face-mane and a sweatshirt from his favorite band and he surprised me with my very own Instax camera. I went through two packs in a week and a half. I was excited about it, to say the least.
Later that day, we ventured with my family up to Preston and to Logan to visit my relatives. It was an interesting and fun adventure into the beautiful farm lands of Idaho.
After Christmas day, the days started to blend together, but here are the highlights:
My best friend Ali got engaged on Christmas Eve to her fiance, Adam. I couldn't be more thrilled and excited for her. They are getting married in March, and luckily for me (SO LUCKY FOR ME), Ali is flying me out to shoot her wedding!!! As it turns out, too, Adam happens to be the younger brother of one of my dear friends...To say I'm excited for this wedding is quite an understatement. I could cry. I probably will cry. Anywho, I took a few engagement photos for them while I was home and they were winter-y and precious. More photos from this soon!
I visited my friends Brissa and Cory and their brand new baby, Jude! I spent some good quality time snuggling and squeezing her little hands and feet and chatting with Cory and Brissa. Those two are a good pair and are going to be wonderful parents. Again, more photos for another post coming soon!