We were able to get free tickets to the Parade of Homes. We took the boys with us our first night and went to check out a few homes for our Family Home Evening. One home we saw with the kids was the house modeled after the home on the movie Up. I was pretty impressed with it. They did a great job replicating the house while also making it livable. Palmer, especially, thought this house was fun.
We drove to another house. While walking out of the first room in it, Brody threw a tantrum and dropped to the ground while I was holding his hand, which pulled his elbow out of socket. This had happened once before, so we instantly knew what was going on. The injury is called nursemaid's elbow, and if it's occurred once, it's common for it to happen again. We quickly left and headed to the nearest Instacare. He was in a lot of pain; it was really sad. The doctor popped his elbow back into socket and showed us how to do it if it happens again. So not the most ideal Family Home Evening.
We did get to go see a couple more houses one night with the boys (including a very fun, family home equipt with a playground inside and out, an indoor halfpipe, a theater, a game room, a play room, a hot tub with an amazing view, and a very large separate building to act as a mancave) and Greg and I checked out the houses in Daybreak (including a fabulously gorgeous 7,000+ square foot, $800,000 house across from a lake) for date night. There sure are a lot of beautiful homes in the valley! And it sure is very easy to get caught up in the materialism of it all, and "covet our neighbor's" house. Perhaps one day we will own our dream home, perhaps not. In the meantime, we are thankful for and happy with the house we do have. It is safe, warm, sufficient for our needs, in a neighborhood amongst people we love, and it is in a word, home.