Before school let out for Christmas, both Craig and Calista had concerts. Calista sang a song with her kindergarten class called "Invierno," all about winter (en español). She actually sang it all by herself at the Rasmussen Family Christmas program, which was awesome. There are no pictures of her singing either time, though, because... there aren't. Mommy fail.
Craig had a concert at his preschool. I was expecting him to just stand with his class, not singing, because while he knows the songs (I've heard him singing them at home), he doesn't usually perform on command. I was mistaken, however. He totally did sing!
Santa came to Craig's preschool, too, and Craig loved standing next to him.
I did get pictures of Calista playing Mary at the ward Christmas party, though.
After school let out, we started preparing to head down to Raymond for Christmas. Amidst these preparations, Calista's friend and neighbor came to our door, telling me Calista had hit her head on his front step and there was blood everywhere and I had to come now! So, I quickly put on my boots and headed a few houses down... Calista has sitting in their kitchen, screaming and holding paper towels to her head, with blood on her jacket and more blood-soaked paper towels on the table. After a quick glance at her wound, I picked her up and carried her home.
The next day, stitches and all, we left to spend time with Kyler's family. While we were in town, we got to see lots of family, watch movies, eat yummy food, and do a quick temple session with sister-in-law Rachel and niece Ivory.
We also did some more picture-filled things. One of the days, we took a walk to go out the lunch at the burger place.
Christmas, the whole reason we went down, was lovely as well. Christmas Eve we headed to Karina's, and nearly everyone performed in the program. Calista sang "Invierno," as I mentioned before, telling everyone, "I'm singing a song called 'Winter,' but in Spanish, but no one here speaks Spanish except Grandma Maria, so..." and then she got really nervous and forgot the words and asked me what comes next. Uh, something about a cold nose? Thankfully, my shoddy English translation jogged her memory of the Spanish words and she sang her song successfully.
Many people sang, played piano, a little violin... and Kyler and I played a saxophone/piano duet! It went well, and most happily is over.
Christmas morning, the kiddos got to get into their stockings as soon as they woke up, but had to wait until after church to open presents.
The last thing we did before coming home (literally, right before we drove home) was go to a trampoline place and then out to dinner with the whole Rasmussen gang.
All in all, a happy and successful Christmas!