Christmas In Review

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     So we got back from Las Vegas yesterday.  We had SUCH a great time.  It was bitter sweet to be returning home.  I’ll try to give a little run down of our trip.    

     Megan cut 4 teeth the first 3 nights we were in Vegas.  She was beyond irritable; she whined constantly, cried often, and WOULD NOT leave my side.  It wasn’t until about a week and a half into our trip that she finally started acting more like herself.  On top of the teething, she had a hard time adjusting to the time difference, and was exhausted – again until about a week and a half into the trip.  Unfortunately, most of my family left so they didn’t have a chance to see how fun she really is, but Adam’s family got to watch her warm up and be silly.          

     On New Year’s Eve I got REALLY sick with a killer cold complete with chills/fever, headache, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing and sore throat.   I STILL have a cough, but it seems to be fading.   We think Megan got a little bit of a cold, but she got over it pretty quickly.  Adam also got a bad bit of it, but he also got over it pretty quickly.    

     I was so sad to discover a few days before Christmas that I forgot my mom’s Christmas present in Iowa.  I made her a Christmas Scrapbook complete with ALL the pictures from ALL past Marshall Christmases.  I spent hours on it and was so excited to give it to her so I was pretty upset when I realized I forgot it (yes, Mom, I really did cry myself to sleep…mostly because Megan had exhausted me, but also because I was sooooo sad!) I figured I would start with the negative aspects and get that out of the way first.      

     On the upside…     

     Adam and I were able to go to the temple while we were there.  The nearest temple is about 3 hours from here, so we don’t get to go as often as we would like.  It was hard transition when we moved here from Provo where we went to the temple weekly.  It was a nice escape from the busy holiday season.       

     We had such a fun time with family and we were ALL spoiled rotten with great Christmas presents.  You can tell that people really care about you when they give you that much needed/wanted item that you would never have been able to buy for yourself.  For example, Mom and Dad Johanson gave me a new digital camera, and Adam a MUCH needed new printer.  They also gave Megan the GREATEST little sling bookcase that I can not wait to set up (but I have to since it had to be shipped here).  My sister Ann hooked me up with the Kitchen Aide mixer I have wanted FOR YEARS, and to top it off, she got Megan the CUTEST little cooking accessories so she can spend time with me while I am baking up a storm.  Another awesome surprise was that my mom gave me the Willow Tree nativity that I have had my eye on for years.  Kari and Tyson ensured that Megan can see and talk to her cousins over long distances with the XBOX camera, and they also gave Adam his two new favorite shirts.  On top of it all, they added us to their phone plan so we have another MUCH NEEDED cell phone.  I could go on and on with all the fun gifts we received.  It was like Christmas all over again coming home and unloading our suitcases to rediscover all our treasures.  I am looking forward to the end of the week when the gifts that we had to ship home will arrive.  It feels like a never ending Christmas!      

     So I wanted to write and say how I wasn’t going to write about the “stuff” we got because Christmas isn’t about “getting things”  but the truth is, the gifts that were given we SO THOUGHTFUL that it was impossible to not feel the LOVE behind them.  So I hope it’s clear that the best part about receiving these things was that the people who gave them put some genuine thoughtfulness and care into their choice of gift.  It showed that they really do love us and weren’t just getting us “stuff” because they “had to”.  That goes for ALL the things we received – not just the ones I mentioned.  We tried to do the same for others – it was such a happy Christmas watching our families faces light up with the gifts we gave.      

     So we are home now…Megan was SOOOOO happy to walk through our front door.  She ran around the kitchen laughing her little head off.  She obviously missed her home – but she had such a good time in Vegas.  She especially loved her cousins Bradley and Coulson, and I know she misses them.  She also warmed up a lot to her Grandma and Grandpa Jo (sorry mom) so I think she’ll be excited when she sees them again.  I am going to post some pictures from Christmas on Picasa, so check them out.       

     We had such a great holiday season.  Thank you to all who made it great for us.  You know who you are 🙂

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