It's been over a week since I've written, and that seems like an awfully long time for me to go without an entry. I have been MIA this past week because Marcos and I hopped on a plane to Utah, and we had to keep the adventure hush-hush because we were planning to surprise people.
So far, our trip has been really, really fun. We have spent quality time with Marcos' family, driven through a blizzard to attend our niece's second birthday party, showed up caroling on the front door step of our close family friends in Provo (that was the surprise), groaned during the BYU/Arizona game at a Vegas Bowl party, made buckets and buckets of wassail, and we have gone sledding, as well as a lot of other little activities that have filled the in-between time. Last night we went to Temple Square to see the lights, and it was the perfect way to kick off the few days prior to Christmas by getting away from the buying and traffic and stress in order to enjoy the beauty of holy places.
It is sooo beautiful here. Standing outside in the cold gets old after a few minutes, but there is just something great about a white Christmas... This is the home of my very close family friends, the Fetzers.
Enough snow. The rest of the photos were taken at our niece Kaitlyn's second birthday party! I made a Dora cake for the occasion, and that was eventful! Kaitlyn has some dietary restrictions (she has PKU, to whomever that has meaning for) and can't eat eggs, so I tried the non-egg suggestion from Marie and Danny, and added a can of sprite instead. Well, let's just say that eggs serve the very important role of holding together a cake, and so decorating it was a bit like trying to frost a pile of flour. Here are Marie, Kaitlyn and Danny with the Dora fiasco.
Belle, Marcos' gorgeous sister, at the drawing board during party games!
Marcos' brother Danny, his wife Marie, dad Pai, and sister Belle.
Marie's mom and Kaitlyn (granddaughter and maternal grandma).
Marcos' parents are here from Sao Paulo, and it is wonderful to have the whole family here to celebrate the holidays.