Hoover gives a dam? or Christmas Eve in the car

 Christmas Eve found us making the drive from Cedar City, UT to Tucson, AZ. We stopped off at the Hoover Dam. The kids were most intrigued by the number of people who fell to their death while building the dam.

Morbid.
It’s a really interesting place to stop as you drive those long hours through the desert. It has beautiful views and is a great place for photography.
You can pay $10 to park near the main area of the dam or just follow the road up and you’ll find ample free parking and then enjoy the short walk down.
Our car was packed to the gills. Ana Maria gave us a mini Christmas tree that lit up and we put it on our dashboard to help feel the season as we traveled.
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 We got to Brent’s parents home in the late evening. It was great to be together for the holiday. The Biddulphs and Jennifer were able to be there as well. We missed Danny and Michelle who were with the Jacobs clan in California. The kids really enjoyed time with their Texan cousins.
All of the kids dragged there beds into Nana and Grandpa Dave’s walk-in closet for a sleepover. It was so cute.(It’s a BIG closet.)
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Kids opening the traditional Christmas Eve PJs.
I got strangely and violently ill on Christmas Eve.
Ho, Ho, Horrific.
Violent in the way that a stomach bug would hit you but it wasn’t a stomach bug. I was lethargic, had a screaming headache and felt really hot; though I don’t know that I had a fever. I’ve NEVER been sick like that before. I went and crashed in bed at the same time the kids did.
I woke up at midnight and realized how out of it I was.
I was worried.
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I was thinking, “this is what it’s like to ingest Anthrax.” Or something equally dramatic.I completely understand how people die from the flu now.
Brent got me some medicine and gave me a blessing. I was able to sleep through the night but I also slept through all of the Christmas Eve preparation.
Luckily Brent was up to the task of getting things ready for Christmas morning. He even slept on the floor next to the bed so he wouldn’t disturb me.
So grateful for him.

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