Colorado Christmas (with a little Utah thrown in!)

We spent our first Christmas at home this year. It was so nice not to have to pack up all the presents, and the kids loved having the day just to relax and play with their toys. Santa brought Halle an Easy Bake Oven, and Josh a Geo Tracks Airplane. On Christmas Eve we had a yummy dinner with the Yates Family, played Christmas Bingo, and attempted to act out the nativity.
On the 26th we packed up for our drive to Utah. The weather in Wyoming was a little hairy, but we made it safe and sound. The kids had a blast spending time with the Grandmas and Grandpas and and Aunts and Uncles. Halle even told Michael that he was her favorite Aunt. We all got a kick out of that.
All 8 of the Banks cousins got to spend time together and we had a rockin New Year’s Eve. Things get a little crazy with 8 kids 5 and under running around, but all the kids love to play together. And we finally got to meet Cory and Lindsey’s baby, cute little Cohen–he is so adorable!
On our drive home we decided to split the trip and spend the night in Rawlins, WY. Sleeping in one room with our whole family is quite the adventure. Josh refused to get in the port-a-crib, so he slept with Rusty and I slept with Halle. Josh fell off the bed in the middle of the night, and I swear he didn’t even wake up. Rusty hurried and picked him up, he whined for 2 seconds, then was fast asleep again. And Halle grinds her teeth SO BAD. It sounds like she is chewing boulders. I am surprised that she has any teeth left at all. So, no one really got a great night’s sleep. But the kids had fun the next morning in the swimming pool (or more accurately, the hot tub) and then they slept almost all the way home. Thanks to both our families for a fun filled trip!




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