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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Christmas Day 2021
Christmas Eve - Doggy Picnics and Caroling
In the evening, Bryson decided he wanted to go caroling and Paige agreed to go along, somewhat reluctantly. They put on their Christmas PJ's and Paige put Millie's Christmas sweater on as well. I didn't think it would last long so I sent them on their way, but Andrea was a bit worried about them roaming around in the dark so I jumped on my bike and followed them. They did pretty well and sang "Jingle Bells" at a few houses. I took a few videos, but it's a bit hard to hear them as I'm in the street on my bike. I uploaded the video of them singing at our house.
Once the caroling was finished and Bryson was home, we watched another Christmas movie. This year we didn't watch Home Alone as we've seen it so many times now, and we watched a few that we looked up online. In the days leading up to Christmas, we watched "Elf", "Christmas Chronicles", and "Christmas Chronicles 2".
Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Vernon Christmas 2021 with Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick
Paige's Flag Football - First Practice
Paige had her first flag football practice yesterday afternoon. She never had much interest in football, but in gym class she formed a very strong team and they made it to her period's championship game. Her friend Saylor's put together an all-girl's team and Paige joined it with a little trepidation. Originally they were going to be in an all-girl league, however it looks like there weren't enough girls signed up so they may end up playing against some boy teams. Paige enjoyed the practice and I'm hopeful she'll have a lot of fun with her friends.
PVIC Employee Appreciation Christmas Mixer
Christmas Party with Friends
Our friends Liz and Mike had a Christmas party on Friday night and Andrea and I had a nice time chatting with friends.
A few people took pics, but unfortunately we haven't gotten them yet, so I only have a couple candid shots I took on my phone.
Gobles Visit - Amanda, Ryan and Graydon
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Magic Kingdom - Christmas Visit 2021
This past weekend we decided to take a quick trip to Orlando on Saturday and went to the Magic Kingdom. We went to Disney World earlier in the year but went to all the parks except for Magic Kingdom. We like to go to the park when it's decorated for Halloween and Christmas and we were excited to go on a weekend that was supposed to be nice and cool. We drove in on Saturday morning and stopped at Uno's for lunch before heading to the park. We had to go to a different one that normal since the one closest to Disney is permanently closed as there's a new road going right through where it used to be.
At the park, we tried to make sense of the new phone app and the Genie system. It was confusing and buggy, also cost $15 extra per person for the Genie plus option. After our first ride, somehow Connor's account didn't get checked in right and we had to wait in a line with a customer service person to figure it out. On our next ride they wouldn't let us through and contradicted what the customer service person told us. We stood our ground and eventually it worked out, but super painful process especially after paying extra for it.
Overall it was a great day at the park. We got a little hot and it was most crowded in the early afternoon hours but it eventually cooled off and was pleasant. We pretty much rode everything we'd hoped to, except for Space Mountain which appeared to be closed for maintenance. We stayed pretty late, almost to closing time, before heading to the hotel. Sunday morning we slept in and drove home, nice short visit!
On the way home I had everyone list off three of their favorite parts from our visit, in no particular order. Connor wrote them down so I could put them on the blog.
- Cinnamon roll
- Splash Mountain with Paige
- Family time
- Snow White
- Thunder mountain
- Splash mountain with dad
- Family time
- Turkey leg
- Cinnamon roll