We went and picked Jere up from MCC, drove through McDonalds and then hit the light sights. The kids of course LOVED seeing all the bright and beautiful lights. There is nothing cuter than to hear them exclaim "OH MY GOODNESS, see the bright lights." over and over.
This was the pose Maggie decided to throw up.
She was wearing her new sweater for the first time and apparently this was the appropriate look.
Sorry my camera sucks and you can NOT get the true feel for how awesome this neighborhood really is.
Every house has it's own theme and they go all out.
The kids were particularly impressed with this fake snow hill all ablaze.
Next we went to the Arizona Temple
Every year they put up l00's of thousands of lights and it's a huge attraction for the season.
There are nightly concerts and a light overload.
I particularly love the Christus back there.
Maggie knows that Jesus "lives" at the Temple and if we're ever near the grounds she MUST know where Jesus is and see him.
Only 1 of 2 pictures I took of our actual trip to the Temple.
We had a lovely night of seeing lights though and I'm glad we went.
Next up....3rd Sunday with "our" Wright Family. After a delicious dinner the kids all put on costumes (because that's how Gramma Jane roles...a boat load of costumes so ALL can be involved) and acted out the Christmas Story.
My two little cutie Shepherds. Maggie actually willingly got dressed and participated this year. Hooray. Max happily put on the costume, but it lasted about as long as it took to take the pics. Then, he was OVER IT and moved on. The cutest was the heated debate between two of the boys over who got to be Joseph or not. We finally told them there could be TWO Josephs. Luckily the younger of the two forgot, or got over it and all was well.
So, there are narrators reading the story, and as each group arrives then we as the audience all sing songs that go along with that part of the story. It's really quite fabulous.
Joseph & Mary with sweet cabbage patch Jesus.
Maggie was taking her job as a shepherd VERY seriously.
The Angels have arrived.
And apparently some angels totally use binkies.
Learn something new every day!
I love their headgear, it's so cute.
We are so thankful that the Wrights have kindly taken us in and allow us to be part of this fun tradition. Especially because they already have 27 grandkids of their own.
Bright lights big family,