We have successfully packed up and moved to STG. After MUCH help from Nate's family (babysitting and cleaning) and a few girls in the ward (babysitting), we finally got the car miraculously loaded. Miracle of 2009 we're calling it. We left only about 4 hours off schedule on monday the 21, made the 8 hour car ride with a baby, a puppy to deliver, and junk piled to the ceiling. I've said it before and I'll probably say it a lot more, Bolt is my best friend. Rachael watched it nearly 5 times on the way down (I'm such a good mother, teaching my child such good habits). It doesn't really feel like we LIVE here, just that we're here for Christmas and we'll be going back next week. Not such is the case. We're down south, for the winter at least. Nate had a job interview at an accounting firm on the 22 and he got the job!! That must be why you're told to get a college education, because he had only been graduated for about three days. When the whole country is scrambling for a job, and Nate finds one on his first try, that is pretty sweet. They have to work out the details (pay, hours, etc...) on the 5th, but for now its just nice to know that we've got something lined up.
Christmas was fantastic. Christmas Eve always consists of a rousing game of white elephant (this years prizes, a cozy blanket, a mini slinkee, and a round brush. There have been worse years....), beautiful serenades by those who are musically inclined, and a word or two of the true reason for the season. My sister Lindsey and I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing a scrapbook for my parents (pictures from this summer up at their property in southern Alberta, mom teared up, so we were victorious!), then Rachael woke up at about 9, loved opening presents (she got an adorable little chair which is just her size, a mini tent with a tunnel, lots of books, among lots of other things...). Nate was SO sneaky and got me a KitchenAid, a beautiful pink coat, a new CTR ring, a necklace and earrings, and some amazing stocking stuffers. I was too spoiled. I got him a fancy shmancy waffle maker (because we don't have enough kitchen appliances, we thought we'd find some more), a guiness book of world records, and some other stuff. So exciting!! I love Christmas, and I promise to get more pictures up soon! We also got to talk to Nate's little brother, Jordan, who is on his mission in Leon, Mexico which was really fun. I hope you all had a great Christmas and have a fantastic New Year!!
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