Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The End of Another Year...

Wow it is hard to believe that 2008 is almost over. One more day and we can say good bye to 2008. The Christmas decorations are put away, and Justin is going back to work and I will be next week...all signs that the end of the Holiday season is here! This time of year kind of makes me sad. I love Christmas and it always seems to go by so quickly. I don't know about you but it seems like the years just fly by anymore. I remember when I was little and in school it seemed like my senior year was never going to get here and now its been almost 10 years since I graduated. How is it possible?? None the less it is over and a new year will begin. If we are blessed with just half as much as we've been in the past year we will be lucky for sure.
We had an awesome Christmas. We were all very spoiled by everyone we know and love. Justin went overboard with me and got me way too much but I sure do love it :) The kids were spoiled once again by Santa and all our family and friends. Jyllian absolutely loved Christmas and opening all of her gifts. Cohl wasn't really sure what it was all about, but did enjoy getting to play with his toys once they were unwrapped. He wasn't really into the whole unwrapping thing but Jyllian was right there to help him out. Cohl even took a nap in the middle of unwrapping presents. Too funny. We were lucky to have my mom and brother spend the night with us on Christmas eve so that they could be here bright and early in the morning to open up the gifts. It took well over an hour for the kids to open theirs and then it was our turn. Fun times. We got my dad a webcam for Christmas this year and although it was a pain for him to get it set up (he has really bad internet connection where he lives) it was well worth it for him to be able to watch the kids open their presents. It was the next best thing to having him here with us. We look forward to the day when we can all be together for the holidays.
After Christmas we headed up to the ranch for Justin's familys Christmas. This is the 3rd year that we have all be able to get together for Christmas at the ranch. It was so nice to see everyone and spend some time together. Jyllian loved being with her cousin Kellan who she doesn't get to see that often. They had a ball running around and chasing each other. Cohl had major stranger anxiety and wouldn't go to anyone except Justin/I. He finally warmed up to some people by the time we left. It was pretty cute though he would wrap his little arms around our necks and burry his face into us. Too cute! Opening presents was a highlight of the trip. Jyllian got lots of clothes as did Cohl and various toys. Her favorite was a book from her Auntie Karyn. After presents Jyllian and Kellan wanted to go outside and play and go sledding so Grandpa Ed pulled them in the sled. After we ate we headed home. We were glad to be back home. We put stuff away, ate some dinner and then played with our new gifts. Justin got me a Wii for Christmas and so we had to play a couple of games of bowling/golf before we went to bed.
All in all we could not have asked for a better Christmas. We have no plans for New Years as Justin has to work both New Years Eve and Day so it will just be me and kids. We will probably go out to dinner and just hang out at the house. Nothing too exciting!
I have enjoyed my Christmas vacation. I am somewhat ready to go back to work...mainly because I miss my kids and partly because the sooner it gets started the sooner it will be over :) I'm already looking forward to my next break--Spring Break in March and then the end of the year. I truly LOVE my job but I also truly LOVE my time home with my kids. Jyllian is anxiously awaiting the start of her school again. We are also thinking of putting her into dance this spring. Cohl has enjoyed being home with his mommy and daddy, but I think he will enjoy being back at daycare and getting the attention he gets from Andie.
Looking back on this past year we have had so many blessing, we can only hope 2009 will be just as good. We hope you all have a very blessed and wonderful 2009!
We love you!!!
Kylea, Justin, Jyllian and Cohl