December has came and went at this Tolman home and we have been busy little bees!
To start it off I had great intentions of making our Christmas season awesome with our own Christmas event calendar! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say we maybe completed 25% of these events and that is probably stretching it. We started it out though and did make it to the temple to see their mini version of the Salt Lake lights. It was really pretty, and it just so happens we picked one of the coldest nights in St. George to go!
I am not quite sure what is going on in this picture, Breks eye is half shut and I'm sure I will be in trouble for posting it when he looks at this post, but then I can tell him that I don't look any better since I look like I haven't plucked my eyebrows in months! We tried to get a pic for evidence that we were doing our Christmas countdown list.... Not our best pic!
It was a fun night though. In the visitors center there were nativity sets from all over the world and it was really neat to see them all. Then we ended going to Starbucks and getting some really delicious white hot chocolate!
Next on the list I got to go by myself. We honestly drove out there twice and both times had no luck getting in to see the show, and I had to go for an assignment for school. Brek had dinner plans with a friend from work so I set off by myself. Thank goodness for cell phones because I don't know what I would do without them! I talked to Kinzie the whole way out there so I wouldn't get to creeped out driving on the scary mountain road, we laughed at how pathetically out of shape I was as I walked up to buy my ticket and was out of breath, and then the show lasted seriously 15 minutes. So I watched took a few pics, and then was out of there to drive home. This is when the cell phones are my greatest blessing I got lost 3 times people!! I was so scared and my stupid navigation wouldn't work! I called Brek basically crying saying I was on some type of Highway and didn't know if I could turn around! I'm sure he laughs at me all the time because I manage to do this every time I try to do things on my own! Sure enough he knew right where I was and he told me how to get home. Bless that man of mine I don't know where I would be without him literally!
The show was neat though they used all real animals even camels!
Next up I put on our countdown because there was no way around it but on Dec. 13 I got a new hip! This is very exciting, but I have to say I get tired of hearing I am to young for this every time a new nurse comes in. I am well aware that most 22 year olds do not get hip replacements! haha but they are all very nice! The surgery went really good, the Dr. was wonderful, and hopefully now I can do normal things like going grocery shopping without being in major pain! I just went to my 2 week follow up apt today and the PA proceeded to tell me all that goes down in the surgery room, and why I am so sore. I am pretty much amazed I am not in more pain! It is crazy the stuff they can do, but a little gross! Husband was a great nurse and got me everything I needed! Then on the day I got to come home he comes walkin in limping! Of course we have great luck, and he tore something in his knee and actually just saw my Dr about it. He is probably going to have to have surgery too. We are lucky people let me tell ya!
Every person I talked to in the hospital all says I was so tired on the phone. I honestly can't remember talking to people that much, but I do know that I was so tired I couldn't even do my therapy without falling asleep! The nurses all laughed at me because I was so out of it the whole time!
I did get spoiled though, my fam sent me some pretty flowers to brighten up my room, and Pat, Debbie, and Lori sent me a cute care package!
Finally Christmas time!
Brek had Friday off so he took me to Target so I could get him something for Christmas, and then that night I wanted ice cream so so bad so we went and got some, and he had heard about a house at work that had crazy Christmas lights! I wish I had a better picture this house was soooooo decked out! It really put us in the Christmas mood!
Brek had to work Christmas Eve, and the day after so we had our own little Christmas! It was very merry and very low key. The one request Brek had was Prime Rib he was so depressed we weren't going to get it up at Washington this year so we bought a teeny one for us. He worked very hard on it because I had no clue what to do! I took care of the treats! We went to Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, the meat took forever to cook so we ended up eating dinner at 9:30 that night. It was so late that our stomachs had shrunk so we barely ate anything! Then we watched the Testaments and read the Christmas story. Christmas morning was not the typical one because I was a little drugged from my pain pill and we slept in until 8:30 and we made it to church by 9:00... Yes we are pretty impressive! HA! So after church we came back opened presents, got completely spoiled, and then had a nice relaxing Christmas day! It was nice to just be together and realize the important parts of Christmas!
We sure missed our families though and are so so so grateful for skype! We were able to feel like we were part of everyones Christmas that way!