Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Christmas 2016.

The Christmas season for us always starts immediately after Thanksgiving ends. We kicked off the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year by attending Christmas in the Night Sky. It's a charity event at the fairgrounds with hot chocolate and fireworks. The following Sunday, my parents did their Christmas Kickoff that they do each year. It is always full of food, family, fun, and presents! We are so thankful for my parents endless love and generosity. It is always my favorite way to get into the Christmas spirit.







This Christmas was extra special for our little family. We decided to participate in the 'Light the World' campaign through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 'Light the World' is an initiative that encourages individuals to share the light of Christ each day of December leading up to Christmas. Every day there was a different act of service idea that correlated with the life and example of Jesus Christ. It was such an uplifting activity to do with our family as we looked forward to Christmas day. We shoveled snow, visited the sick, delivered treats, donated glasses, sent mail to loved ones, and so many other Christ inspired activities. It was such a great experience for me to be able to teach Ellisyn more about our Savior through our own actions. It really put into perspective the true meaning of Christmas.







December was also filled with so many fun traditions. The annual Sargent Christmas Light Tour is one tradition that's always followed by dinner at McDonald's. My parents rented a 13 passenger van to tour the lights of Pocatello and Chubbuck. It, of course, resulted in several memories that will last a lifetime. 

Another tradition is the Sargent adult only Christmas party. This is such a fun time without the noise and distraction of kids to be with my siblings, parents, and grandpa. We did a gift card exchange, ate plenty of food, and played some hilarious games. 

Every December, my parents take each grandchild on a Christmas date. This year they took Ellisyn to dinner and built the most adorable reindeer with her. I'm so thankful for the relationship she has with her grandparents. 

We weren't able to be with Daniel's parents on Christmas this year, so we were lucky enough to get to celebrate with them early. We are always so grateful for everything they do for us not only on Christmas, but throughout the whole year! 

I remember going to Salt Lake City almost every year to see the lights at Temple Square as a kid. This year we decided to take our own little family. We went down for a quick weekend trip to ski and show Ellisyn the beautiful lights. She loved it as much as we do! 

Of course, last but not least, we did the usual visits to see Santa. Ellisyn's only request this year was a toy vacuum. She knows how to make a mama proud!











Christmas Eve and Christmas Day arrived with so much anticipation! There is nothing more exciting than being a parent on Christmas. Ellisyn makes everything so much fun! We welcomed tons of snow on Christmas Day which led to church being cancelled and the day being spent playing with all of Santas gifts, the snow, and family. We went to my parents house for dinner and more Christmas celebrations that evening. I absolutely love Christmas and the whole Christmas season. I could attribute my love for the holiday to the traditions, the food, the presents, or the lights, but I truly love Christmas because it helps me focus more on what is most important to me; the ones I love and trying to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. 











Thanksgiving 2016.

I often overlook Thanksgiving each year. I don't do it purposefully, but I think I become anxious and overwhelmed for Christmas and all the preparations that accompany it. However, every year when Thanksgiving arrives, I am quickly reminded of how much I love and enjoy the holiday.

This year was no different. We were set to spend Thanksgiving with the Sargent side of the family, and it was such a memorable and enjoyable time spent with friends and family. We had the most delicious dinner full of turkey, homemade rolls, and mashed potatoes (my personal favorite)! I was in charge of the games, and they definitely did not disappoint! We played a series of Thanksgiving themed "Minute to Win It" games that supplied plenty of laughter. 

This Thanksgiving I am most thankful to have my entire family living in Pocatello. It is such a blessing to have them all nearby to feel of their love and support in everything. We get to see each other often, but it's holidays like this Thanksgiving that remind me how lucky we are to have each other so close! I'm so thankful for my family, my friends, and my Savior. We have a beautiful life!














Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Disneyland.

The first week of November 2016 had been anxiously awaited for over a year. It was planned to be a week long reunion with all of our Spicer family in California. We were so looking forward to escaping the upcoming winter in Idaho and enjoying the warm weather and fun that would be awaiting us. We loaded up the car on a Thursday morning and made our way to my grandpa's home in St. George. He greeted us with dinner and stories. We spent the night at his house and the majority of the following day with him before hitting the road again to reach our final destination, Anaheim, California!

Daniel's parents rented a nice house for all of us to stay that was within walking distance of Disneyland. Each couple had their own bedroom and bathroom, but we were still able to be all together in one place. The cousins had endless fun playing together all around the house, while the adults got to visit and play the usual boys vs. girls Catch Phrase game. All of us are spread throughout the country, so time that we can all be together is so cherished and this vacation was no exception!





Two days were spent at Universal Studios, and it was a blast. Ellisyn was too short to ride really anything, but she still had the time of her life seeing the characters from Despicable Me, Shrek, Transformers, and Jurassic Park. Daniel and I were able to enjoy all the rides, several shows, Harry Potter World, and the back lot Studio Tour. We spent two whole days exploring the park, and it was so worth it!






We were in California for one Sunday, so we found a church nearby and attended Sacrament Meeting. After church, we went to Newport Beach and spent the remainder of the day enjoying the sand between our toes and watching the kids play in the water. The weather, the ocean, and the company was absolutely perfect!





We spent three days within the week at Disneyland! We were up bright and early each day in order to arrive right when the gates opened. The men ran around collecting all the fast passes to ensure a jam packed day of rides. We bounced back and forth between Disneyland and California Adventure trying to soak in all the magic one can only find at the happiest place on earth.  We enjoyed Dole Whip and the famous Monte Cristo sandwich. We admired all our favorite princesses and characters. We watched the parade down Main Street. We marveled at all the Christmas decorations. We stayed until it closed every night. We had so. much. fun. Disneyland left us completely exhausted and completely wishing for more! 























The day before each of us headed back to reality, we had one more day at Newport Beach. Everyone loved having a relaxing day after so many days spent at Universal and Disney. The evening ended with s'mores right there on the beach. It was such a nice way to end our unbelievable Spicer reunion. This vacation will always be a favorite. Now that it is all over and the norms of life have returned, I would drop everything to do it all over again!