We spent Christmas with the Nethercotts. We got a lot of presents! My parents sent us some, my Aunt Juli sent us some, My brother and sister-in-law Bear and Lisa sent us some, Aaron and I gave each other a few and Aaron's parents gave us some. We were pretty well off this year. It was nice to be thought of by so many people. We got some fun gifts this year, nerf guns, iPod touch (ok ok, so that was our Christmas present to us from us ... using some of our Christmas money), a new HD webcam, chocolates mmm, oh yeah, and we found out I'm expecting!
Needless to say, it was an eventful Christmas.
I found out on Wednesday that I was expecting. Aaron had no idea but was already on his way to pick me up with his parents. He had been in Star Valley since Monday morning and I was supposed to go down to SV with a friend Christmas eve. Yeah, I caved in and cried and begged Aaron to come pick me up. So he came down Wednesday afternoon with his parents. I had gotten home from the doctors about 2 hours earlier and told him while I was still in shock. We celebrated with a temple trip and later that week: dinner at a local SV restaurant.
We kept it a secret from everyone till Christmas day. We had Aaron's mom read a statement that read: "Aaron and Brittany have ordered a custom-made gift. It's mostly for themselves, but they've decided to share with the family as well. Obviously, it didn't make it in time for Christmas, but it will be DELIVERED in 9 MONTHS." There were a chorus of "Oh! I get it" from his sisters, but his oldest sister and his parents got it right away.
Then we opened some more presents and I skyped my family. I read them the same statement and mom screamed! She then yelled the news to everyone in that house. We called other family members and told them the good news.
Christmas day was my first Christmas away from my family. I learned some fun, new traditions. They have a Christmas Eve candle-lit dinner, then we read Luke account of Christ's birth and sang some carols in between verses. Then, he Nethercotts open a gift Christmas eve. Before Christmas, they pick out a family member's name and give them a gift. That's the gift they open Christmas Eve. Then Christmas morning, the stockings are all filled and laid out on the kitchen table and there are presents from Santa at the front door. We opened our stockings and had fun with the things inside then we all opened Santa's gift: Nerf guns! Then we took turns opening presents. I missed a few of my families traditions, but it was still fun to learn new ones and be with the Nethercott family.
Here is Tiffany opening our gift to her. We made an elephant out of towels and gave it sunglasses and a matching earring and necklace set. She opened it up and said "It's Johnny Bravo!" ha ha ha. Oh well, it's the thought that counts right?
Here is a picture of Aaron ready to cross-country ski while his sisters went snowshoeing. How fun! Sadly, I didn't get to go because I wasn't feeling too hot but it did look loads of fun!
mmm mmm, what a HANDSOME man!! (In my bejeweled sunglasses!)
We're excited for our new baby and taking care of it as best we can! It is our own little Christmas miracle =)
Happy holidays everyone!