On the road to Utah.
Mmm... Perkins... Good road trip food, a little messy though. (Blueberry, lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip)
Wow! The top photo was taken in Colorado on HWY 287 and the bottom photo was taken only 10 minutes later after having crossed the Wyoming border... Mother Nature is aware of state borderlines too.
On the drive we got the news that Brad and Amber had their baby! Welcome Evelyn Mae!
Cousins! Jonas was excited to be reunited with his brother, but extatic to be reunited with his cousin Lincoln!
Christmas Eve Eve. Beautiful sunset in the snowy Utah mountains.
Welp... Let the packing and moving begin. Two years in a row my parents moved at Christmas time. Hopefully they'll stay in this new house and long, long time ;)
A little packing tape for too much whining. It worked!
The beautiful new babe and her proud daddy.
My dad and I tried to take the boys to the Midway Ice Castles, but sadly when we arrived the sign said they didn't open til the 27th. Boo!
My family has always had a big get together on Christmas Eve. It was fun to spend the evening with the whole family!
Lots of presents!
Me and my favorite boys!
The usual Christmas Eve feast! Deli sandwiches, fruit, holiday punch (7-up and cranberry juice)
and most important, Chick-fil-a nuggets! Unfortunately, because of the current move in progress we didn't make chocolate mousse.
Diggin in! Yes, our family polished off a 200 nugget tray like it was nothing!
All the Simons cousins!
Stella, Elliott, Jonas Presley, Evelyn, Bodie, Lincoln, Ender, Truman
We are super excited for a new boy cousin coming soon too! (Keep up the good work, Camille!).
Presents! This year each of the cousins drew names and bought a present for one cousin. Christmas is so much fun with little people!
Grandma finally got her own blow-up tree, we didn't have to bring ours :) These boys were so excited for Santa this year. Love it!
All is calm.
Christmas morning excitement! These boys couldn't wait to see what Santa brought them.
The Christmas loot.
Gigi & Papa gave the boys Strider bikes! The boys were giddy as daddy put them together.
They also completely fell in love with the Hot Wheels wall tracks they got from their cousins.
Woohoo! I was feeling the gift love too! Can't wait to go shopping!
Immediately after the gift opening was over, the box moving began! The plan was to move all the boxes and "stuff" to Mom & Dad's new house Christmas day and the movers would move the furniture the 26th & 27th (they were to be out midnight on the 27th).
Pot roast for Christmas dinner.
BIG moving day! We're thankful Kim took the boys so Matt and I could help more fully.
I mostly helped at the new house helping Mom get organized. This is her new pantry...
After picking up the boys from Kim's we grabbed dinner at In'n'Out. Yum!
After the big furniture move we got kicked out and went to stay at Gregg & Camille's house. Their new house is amazing and absolutely perfect for little boys! Gregg got the flooring done and basketball hoop up in their sports court for Christmas. Seriously SO awesome!!!
Bath time in Aunt Millie's huge tub! (Truman, preferred a shower...).
Later, I got to photograph my amazingly beautiful new niece! She was SO good and totally flawless!
Elliott zonked out in the love sac after a huge day of fun with Truman & Bodie!
More time helping Mom clean and get organized in the new house.
I put together her new dining room chandelier. So pretty!
More time snuggling this pretty little thing.
Jonas holding Evelyn for the first time. He was so good and soft with her. Too cute!
Evening view from the new house.
Jonas & I crashed out on the couch. Moving and holidays are exhausting...
Time to say good-bye. Jonas, Presley, Elliott, Stella.
One quick shot of Mom & Dad's living room to show friends. It totally looks just right for them, huh? (Yes, it's the same fireplace as their old Midway house...).
The drive home was less yucky than the drive to Utah, so that was nice.
Not too late for a Christmas Tree shoot with the boys??? With all the goings on before Christmas, we just didn't get it in. But, better late than never, right? I LOVED the bowties!
Split pea soup and home-made sour dough bread is our little New Year's Eve tradition. Yum.
Waiting for the new year to come. Just kidding... they went to bed on time (ish...). Matt and I did stay up til midnight though, kinda weird for us.
Hello 2014! (please be kind...)