A few days after we had made the decision to make the trip, my daughter Amy called and said that there were great airfares on round-trip between Denver and Salt Lake City on Frontier if we were willing to fly on Christmas Day. Then, she went on to tell me she did not want us driving. She said driving was foolish, expensive, and dangerous this time of year. She said we needed to fly. Of course, she was right. Jim immediately went on line and booked our flights and rented a car to use while we were there. Deep down inside, I was relieved. Flying would be so much easier than driving.
The change in trip plans meant I had to get all the gifts wrapped and ready to ship. I did not want to carry them on the plane with me. This also meant that we celebrated Christmas about four times. First, we celebrated with the family in Colorado. Then, Jim and I exchanged gifts on the night of the 23rd. Then on Christmas Eve, we left early in the afternoon to drive to Amy's near Boulder, Colorado to spend Christmas Eve with her and her two children. We exchanged our gifts with them that evening and then went out for a special dinner. Jim and I then drove to DIA (Denver International Airport), which is only about twenty minutes from Amy's house, and spent the night at a hotel. The next morning, Christmas Day, we flew to Salt Lake. We were surprised how busy both airports were. I guess more and more people travel on Christmas Day. I do think the lower rates make it more attractive to do so.
Immediately upon landing in Salt Lake City, about 3:00 in the afternoon, we drove the twenty minute drive to the home of my soon to be daughter-in-law's parents' home. I had never met Sheridan's large family, nor had I met her parents. We literally crashed into the middle of their huge Christmas party. Sheridan is one of six children, and nearly every child has a large family. Being a part of this family gathering was an awesome experience. They are a wonderful family. I felt blessed knowing that my son in marrying into such a beautiful and gracious family.
|The Happy Couple|
Ryan and Sheridan
|Gillian & Regan|
I like to pick out gifts for the grandchildren for Christmas, but I worry that they won't really like my selections. If they ask for gift cards, or money, that works too. I was so excited about Bridger's gift. I don't know why, but I hoped he would really like them. I had so much fun picking out these red Van's. I see a small smile on his face as he opens the gift.
Yep, he likes it, and I think he looks very good in it. Ok, I am a grandmother, and I brag about my grandkids, but, isn't he one handsome boy?
The girls unwrapped their matching pajamas and matching scarves along with other gifts from me. Hannah also got matching p.j.s. I wish she could have been here with her cousins for the Utah celebration.
Soon, the gifts were all opened and Ryan and Sheridan resumed the preparation for our scrumptious Christmas dinner. The girls got into their new p.j.s. (I notice that Parker made an appearance in the photo in what is called a "photobomb." Note his flexed muscle on the left of the photo. I didn't notice it until I published the photo. Kids these days! LOL)
I also caught a photo of Bridger warming up in front of the fire. I think this spot,
Only one thing would have made the entire Christmas celebration better: having son Jonathan and his family with us. They did not come to either Colorado or Utah for the holidays this year. We missed them greatly. Maybe next year…
* There is still more to come. I will share our "vacation" part of the trip to Utah next.