Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve this year has proven to be an exciting and unpredictable time!

Tonight we made our trek to the annual Hendriksen Christmas party in Salt Lake. Unfortunately the weather didn't want to cooperate with us. We ended up in a blizzard and had awful conditions nearly the whole way up. The snow was coming down so fast that the plows couldn't keep up, which made for scary driving conditions! We went around 30mph the entire way up, on the freeway, and it took us much longer than we had anticipated. We were lucky and made it there safely, but my parents and sisters were not so lucky. They hit a slippery patch of road, mostly due to the amount of slush on the road I think, and this resulted in their car skidding across four lanes of traffic and hitting the cement barricade on the opposite side of the road. Their car spun all the way around and hit the barricade again before it stopped. We are so grateful that everyone is OK!! Somehow, even though there were many cars on the road, no one hit them as they slid across the entire freeway. Mom's car is not in great shape right now though, it has quite a bit of damage. I hope they will be able to get it fixed quickly, at not a huge expense to them. Mom and Melodie had bumped their heads and everyone was very shaken up, but they all seem to be fine luckily!

We did enjoy the Christmas party, though the accident kind of put a damper on things.

Here we are having our Christmas Eve dinner. (Actually everyone had finished except for Julia.)

This is the kids' gift exchange. Ethan and Julia both really liked their gifts.

Here they're holding their new toys.

In their matching Christmas pajamas before we left to go home.

Here's the plate of cookies and milk they left for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer. Ethan's note in the picture says "Dear Santa, These carrots are for your reindeer. Love, Ethan" How cute is that?!

They are very excited for Christmas tomorrow, and haven't been able to fall asleep. Hopefully Santa can come soon! :)

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