Monday, June 17, 2013

Christmas in the South

Though this was my second year being married, it was the first since my mission that I wasn't with my family, and honestly, it was a bit weird.

The in-laws were great, they really are. But I'm a little biased towards Carbiener Christmases. So we did the best we could to make sure it felt as Christmasy as possible.  We did a little decorating inside.  We wrapped the palm trees with lights again (much to the chagrin of Jeffrey who had to deal with a rather brightly lit room). We made our yearly trip to Starbucks for some spiced apple cider and to the best tree lot ever (the only one I will ever go to as long as I'm in Arizona).  We watched Christmas movies and of course read the Polar Express.

Tree Shopping
They said we could bring Shelby, I told you it was the best tree lot.
I think I helped with the lights, but Brea did most, if not all of the decorating of it.  And a wonderful job she did.
Though one of my bosses tried to guilt me into taking a six a.m. shift I managed to keep the day off.  And it really was pretty good.  We opened up some presents ourselves, we Skyped with Idaho Falls for a bit, and we made our way over to the in-laws to check in.

Though I'm glad we'll be back up in the snow this coming year, sometimes it's good to try new things.  At least that's what my dad always told me.

This is what I wanted my gingerbread house to look like.  It didn't.
Christmas lights at the temple.
Starbucks' cups at the temple are funny.
She's really a very tolerable dog.
Wax got Shelby a rawhide Christmas card.  And then tried to steal it.

"Please just let me open one of them early!"
I wish we had any extra money, cause this was awesome.  Sometimes Walgreens surprises you.
Presents around our tree.
Maybe a bit more than she could handle.
The smaller box of toys.  She loves that squeaky penguin.

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