SO THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS we hurried and packed a family of 5 to head down to PHOENIX for a SORENSEN FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT.
This was Dawnsters Christmas Plea...I am always a BIG fan of GREAT PICTURES!
(Luckily, Russ Married a professional SELENA!)
so I was willing to make the sacrifice of packing and gathering our entire clan during the holiday chaos to get down to the valley
We used all our holiday vacation days for him to have surgery and post-op healing.
The sexy gown and stockings!
Dan's pre-surgery shaved and pretty knee
I was so ready for a traumatic recovery with me taking on allot of responsibility. BUT Dan was so BRAVE. I think he took 2 pain pills the whole recovery and was walking on it the very day.
He now faithfully attends the gym daily and rehabs it. The swelling did cause him to lose allot of muscle, but it feels much better then it did!
SOOO while we stayed down there we made a holiday of it!
Colton played the guitar
The girl cousins did a whirling, swirling, twirling dance dressed as princesses.
Sterling played the piano
I showed the picture video I had made of Sterling's life for his baptism earlier that month
People SURVIVE Phoenix Summers for their winters
we got quite a few days of happy weather (before a serious cold front swept in)
so we played at the neighborhood park before Dan became a "gimp".
Rhett was out of sorts on and off the entire vacation. I thought it might be because of sleeping arrangements...BUT we returned to Cottonwood with 5 NEW TEETH!
Colton got plenty of play time on his new Santa remote control car.
We made the classic graham cracker gingerbread houses.Sterling's gingerbread house
Ryland's "HI" house (check out the fence)
Mom's patriotic masterpiece-with a fire in the frontLola's Lovely
(we don't have a picture of Colton's house because he promptly ATE IT!)
(can you tell who did not like the LOUD firecrackers?)
IT WAS a GREAT DESERT RETREAT!
....now back to the daily grind!