When I was in elementary school I was the shyest kid on the block. And I was and even bigger worrier than I am now. Did I have all my homework done? Was my new hairdo I created by plastering a weird little curl to each of my cheeks with a bunch of hairspray going to stay in? Was I going to get picked on to read in front of the classroom again? (I was a horrible reader.)

Each Sunday night I’d get sick. No, not the coughing, sore throat kind of sick. It was more the dark, sick-to-my-stomach feeling inside. I didn’t want to go back to school. I dreaded it.

I’m feeling that exact same feeling tonight. I’m dreading tomorrow. School and schedules have given us freedom for too long…and I really liked it. I’m trying to gear myself up for carpools and practicing and meetings and photoshoots and real life.

We did some really fun stuff while we were off. I’ll write about our two little get-aways tomorrow, but here are some of the other holiday highlights.

Velveteen Rabbit field trip with Claire’s preschool:
Girls’ Night Out to see the Nutcracker with my Mom & Julie:Max & Elle’s Christmas strings recital:Backrub chains:
Girls breakfast:
Piano recital:(Max and Elle played an awesome duet.)Gracie and I played one too:
So at the end Lu and her new little friend decided they’d do a duet too:We got to share it all with my amazing parents:
Elle took this picture I liked:
My brother and his wife came to visit one night en route to their other in-law Christmas plans…serious Boggle and Scrabble games amidst the kids loving being together:
Dave’s sis. and her family were here too and we got to hang with them a little…I wish I had pictures of that. At least I got Ava & Claire.
We hung out quite a bit with Dave’s parents and another sister who were in town.
Max is just about to pass up his Aunt in height.Great friends from BYU were here too. It seems like we were either sleeping somewhere else or had someone extra sleeping here every single night. And as busy as it was, we got some serious family time. I’m just sad it’s all over!

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  1. I can totally relate to this feeling. I’ve been seriously so close to tears all day thinking that this wonderful time — lots of time — with the children is coming to the end. Even though we’ve been dealing with a sick husband/dad the whole time, it has been totally awesome just being together. School really gets in the way of our fun! 🙂 Hang in there with everything. (PS I am sending you a Christmas card. We got majorly delayed with my husband getting sick so it will be more of a New Years card with a Christmas background. Loved your card! You guys are so cute!)

  2. i always go into a little depression when things have to go back to normal…i guess i better make my normal more exciting hahahaha!

    i’m so glad you had such a great time with so much family around.:)

  3. Wow, I’m so glad for this picture of all of us when Jonah and Aja came. I have most of the others but that one I missed. Didn’t we have a great time? Thanks again for all your wonderful love and hospitality. It’s a Christmas we’ll never forget!

  4. Sick to my stomach too because I have to speak at YW fireside for Delaware Stake this Sunday on missionary work. (Yeah, didn’t serve a mission, did I?!) My head’s wrapped around Primary stuff and I need to change gears quick. Can’t wait until NEXT Monday morning. Brandy

  5. haven’t said hi for a while and wanted to wish you a happy new year. looks like a lot of fun over the holidays with lots of family and cousin time. hope you are doing well and survived the craziness the last month. your kids are just too adorable.

  6. Looks like a fabulous Christmas and New Years! It is so fun to have a peek into your world! I miss living in the warm (we were in CA and FL before moving to VA). As always your photos are just beautiful.

  7. sounds like you had a great Christmas! Some breaks I can’t wait for the kids to go back but this break was awesome. We played tons and enjoyed the season. I am sad to get back to schedules and time crunches too….

  8. I thought I might find some traces of those Driggs’ on your blog. We were wondering if they were ever gonna come back up here to the fridgedness of Utah. It looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas break! I’m with ya on this whole reality check thing. I was not ready to jump back into life, but I guess I have no choice. I just love your blog. Your photos are so beautiful!! You are so talented. Happy New Year!!

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