We weren't able to get back to Utah for a lack of funds. Airfare is way overpriced (even at a senior discount) and Roland didn't have the same amount of time to take off work as Jenna currently has for school.
It snowed in several parts of Salt Lake. My sister and one of my sons both reported that there had been an endless snowfall and probably three feet of snow - though one had reported that the streets had been clear. How awesome that there are those who give up pieces of their Christmas to make things safer for others.
We woke up to find snow on the ground the morning of Christmas Eve. The sun shone itself out. It was really a beautiful day. Not too hot. Not too cold. The air was an invite and in turn invited us to go be a part of it.
Mostly wet yesterday. The snow was gone. All that was left was cold air and soggy earth. Today is definitely foggier than I have ever seen in Oregon. Unlike Salt Lake fog, the air is still breathable - and probably good for my sinuses actually.
Several gifts placed under the tree - many of them were total surprises for Jenna. They would have all been surprises if I had had Roland move the box from Jeanie and Biff into our room and just put the gifts out for Christmas morning. Jenna also knew about the gifts that Rochelle and Tony had sent - but she didn't know about the packages from a former neighbor or my sister and her family.
I filmed Christmas in order to document everything that Jenna might have overlooked. Fortunately nothing did. She showed excitement for each gift that was opened. I was quite pleased with her positive attitude.
At 5:00 we started dinner. We were expecting the missionaries to come at 6:00. We weren't expecting them to stay and play games with us. That was really awesome! I have missed playing games with my family members. Jenna and I do our best, and sometimes Roland joins us - but for the most part the majority of games we have require at least four people. Some of the games I hadn't even brought with us because I didn't think we could play them.
It was a great Christmas gift to play games with the Elders. Jenna thoroughly enjoyed herself. We each made this the best Christmas possible. I am quite happy with the results.