Amanda's not too excited...
Note to self...Bring warmer jackets next time. The kids got cold walking around Temple Square so we went across the street to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Where we could see many of the lights from the top floor.
Mike shows his baby girl, Kamryn, the sights of Salt Lake City.
The kids quickly tired of the downtown life soooooo back on the train to the hotel we went!
Where we found their favorite activity of all...
Thank heavens for the pool!
Amanda, Ileah and Jeff
The quads...Carson, Jaxon, Mason, and Amanda enjoying the heated indoor/outdoor pool.
My nieces Kamryn and Kelley
Amanda was excited to learn how to swim on her back!
Amanda and Jaxon took a dip in the hot tub...
Brad & Cathy spoiled us with homemade goodies of every kind. You would want to join us just for the snacks if you knew how good they were! (hmmmm, maybe that should be kept our secret.)
After getting dried off and dressed, Mason decided to ask Uncle Tim where his hair went. Tim tried to explain. Later that night, Sandy came up with the best explanation...She said Tim was "hairing impaired"...Which got a big laugh especially given the fact that we have 3 members of the family who are deaf ;o)
We went up to our rooms and spent time chatting, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. The kids ran from room to room, visiting cousins that they don't see nearly enough. My apologies to anyone who was put in a room on the same floor. Next year, we'll be adamant that we get the entire floor all to our noisy selves!
Then off to bed to wait for Santa...
WaHoooo! Santa found us at Little America! How smart is that jolly old elf?
Amanda is now a Pet Vet!
Carson got Lego's and Mazin' Hamsters. Sweet little Carson got a hamster that he already has (Santa has a tough time keeping all the kid's toys straight.) I told him that we could exchange it for one he didn't have and he said "No, Amanda doesn't have this hamster so I want to give it to her." Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
More Lego's Jaxon????
Amanda is happy about something!
Soon all the gifts were opened and the kids were hungry. Fortunately for us, the hotel serves a terrific Christmas Brunch. I wish I would have taken pictures of the food. They had everything. Fruits of all kinds, cheese, bagels, cereals, oatmeal, grits, eggs (scrambled, fried, Benedict, and even an omelet station), waffles, pancakes, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage and smoked salmon. It was fabulous!
They even had a room set up just for us!! It was so awesome to have everyone (minus one brother, two nephews and their families) all in one place for breakfast. I could never have fit them all in my home!
Kourtni and Audrey need food!!
Ummm, Tyler, what's with the finger?
All these people are family. Aren't we lucky?
Londyn, Kelley, Allie, Brennon and Jennifer.
When breakfast was over, my kids wanted to go home. Some families stayed and played in the pool, others played with toys and chatted. We said good-bye and went home, where the kids found...
And MORE Lego's...Santa needs his head examined!
The kids played with their new toys all day...
And a tired Mommy....