The weather here in Utah has been so cold, but the beauty that surrounds it completely makes up for it. When we sold our house and moved off of the hill for a year I missed the sunsets so much. I couldn’t believe that was the one thing I missed and longed to see. When deciding on where we would build or buy our next house one of the biggest factors was the view to the west where I could see the sunset. I think I hit the jackpot with this view! And the view we’ve experienced every night since living here has just been incredible. I’ve always told Mac that I could live in a house of all windows just so I could always look at the gorgeous state that we live in.
This photo was taken from my deck on Christmas Day. It had been snowing and cloudy and right around 4:30 in the afternoon the clouds broke and the sun made its appearance. The trees were freshly covered with snow and this sight just completed my Christmas Day. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Christmas Eve is always such a fun day spent with the family. The boys woke up and went over to the church to play some basketball while I stayed home and got everything ready for the day of baking. We made sugar cookies, chex mix, muddy buddies, pretzel rolos, oreo balls and fudge. The sad thing was that it was disappearing faster than we were making it. We had a house full of boys with hungry tummys.
The most popular treat was the pretzel rolos. They are so yummy and simple to eat. You just get a bag of square pretzels, oreos and m&m’s. Put the pretzels on a cookies sheet and add a rolo on top of the pretzel. Put in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 minutes. Take out of oven and push a m&m into the rolo, or just add another pretzel to the top.
After the baking was done we all opened our traditional Christmas jammies from Grandma Taryn. Us girls had a fun little photo shoot in our pj’s, then we headed up to Perry to get lunch from the Maddox take-out cabin.
Baby Titan wanted to be part of the photo shoot too. Isn’t he the cutest? He loved the Christmas lights.
When bedtime came around the kids were so excited they could barely even standard it, but lucky for us parents they went to bed at a reasonable time. Cam and Cy are at such a fun stage for Christmas. They left Santa a note and some cookies and milk.
Gosh! I just spent the last hour on my old blog. The blog I started way back when, that I haven’t updated or visited since 2012. It made me sad. I use to take so many pictures and document everything. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I sure wish that I hadn’t. I think maybe because of Instagram, which I love I just don’t feel like it is the same looking back.
The picture below is the main pic on my old blog. All of my boys are looking at the camera and smiling. This was 2013. They are all so cute and little!
So, with the holidays here and a new year just around the corner, I’m making it a goal to start documenting the daily adventures that happen in this crazy house of mine. I just can’t believe how much has changed in four years. It was fun to relive it and read the funny and sad stories.
Here is the link to my old blog if you want to check it out: http://theerickson8.blogspot.com/
And come back here tomorrow for a look at how our Christmas Eve was spent.