We left an unusual but beautiful amount of snow in North Carolina.
First stop: Rick's parents new home. What a beautiful house! Here, Jeanel puts together a gingerbread house in the kitchen.
Carson loved many things about the house, one being Jack, the guard dog. He dragged Jack all over to "show him" different things.
Carson and Everett riding Jack's girlfriend, a pink rocking dog. (I realized that the quality of our pictures taken on this vacation stinks. No pictures of our kids with their grandparents, but plenty of them with large stuffed animals. We'll do better next time.)
Jana and Jaclyn helped Carson decorate another gingerbread house. Despite all their loving care to the boys, when I asked Carson who his favorite cousin was he said, "Justin. And... Jace." Two of his cousins that he probably spent the least time with. Oh well!
Landon and Rick help our boys play the piano. (Everett, by the way, is in love with pianos. He just sits there and plays his little heart out.)
We spent a few nights at the Greer household. They were so kind to watch our boys one night while we went to a Jazz game with my family. Their kids could not get enough of our babies. Here, Wilson does "how big is a baby?" with Everett.
Cute, cute Santa!! He wore this on one flight to get to Utah. He didn't even need to earn cute points, though; he was SO good on the airplanes!!
Carson loved all the snow, the "big mountains!" and the cows and horses that we frequently saw in Payson. He imitates me all the time while talking to Rick, as if Rick were a little boy. In the car he would say sweetly, "Daddy, look out the window! You might see some horses!"
My sister Mackenzie took us to her barn to see the horses that she takes care of. Now whenever we mention her, Carson says she must be "turning out the horses."
This was a huge surprise. Carson has always had a love affair with animals in books and pictures, but an intense fear of them in person. This one-eyed cat showed up in the barn, and Carson was all over it, petting and hugging it. Where did that come from???
Christmas Eve at Tyler and Reagan's with their girly bunch was a blast! Ring-around-the rosy is always a favorite.
So we definitely didn't take pictures of most things we did while in Utah, but some of our favorite moments included Carson getting to know his "Grandma GJ and Grandpa Sam," seeing the lights at temple square, the Otto family adults only party featuring the "Newlywed Game,"