Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's not everyday you see this at the Bowling Alley!

Britt was really into the holiday spirit and did alot of dancing in between her turns to bowl. I hope this video makes you laugh as much as it makes me laugh. (Warning: there are risky
spanking moves that she gets from her Dad!)

We Had a Holly Jolly Christmas!!

Our Christmas Present from Nathan...and he took our picture!

The Snelders spent another Christmas as nomads across the southeast of Idaho and northern Utah. We would have liked better driving conditions in ALL areas we traveled but we feel very blessed that we reached each destination safely. Scott feels that his "Wayan" driving skills really paid off this year! We spent a few days in Pocatello visiting friends and family. Britt decided to let our friend Cory pull her loose tooth so she could have a visit from the toothfairy before Christmas. Plus Cory told her that if you lose a tooth when your staying at Grandma's house you get an extra dollar! She was more than cooperative to let him go to work and take out that wiggly tooth! (I have a bachelors degree in teeth I have not gotten to pull even ONE of her teeth!Does that seem right to anyone else?) We made a quick overnight trip to Preston so I could get a haircut. I know my husband loves me because he tolerates all my trips home to get my hair done. He has seen the damage when I have gone to someone new and it is not good! I could go on and on about my "lesbian" A-line bob hair cut of 2007! Next we were off to Wayan to spend 2 days. We got to do ALOT of things in the snow. Between all the shoveling and sledding our backs were pretty sore. I got an extra ride this year when my anxious photography obcession found me in the sledding path and before I knew it I was flat on my back in the road!! I don't bounce nearly as well as I used to but I didn't drop my camera and I still got a great shot! After celebrating Christmas Eve with Scott's family we drove to Mountain Green, Utah. We got to spend another few days surrounded by cousins and lots of food. We even got to go to Janelle and Quinns Baskin store and order anything we wanted on the house!!! Britt and I were in HEAVEN! Between sledding, sleeping with kids everynight, my accident, ALOT of guitar hero, and family bowling my body said it was time to come home on Saturday. Thanks to EVERYONE who hosted us and gave us delicious food and a warm bed to sleep in. We are so Thankful to be able to spend the holidays among so much family that we love with all our hearts! The memories we make on these trips are the presents I will cherish for a lifetime!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

So getting ready for Christmas has been a little bit crazy this year. It seems like we have had two or three things we had to juggle every day. From parties, to trips, to shopping, and to fun familiy activities, here are a few pics of our December.
Santa was kind enough to visit our Ward Christmas Breakfast. This was the first year both Brittanie and Nathan were brave enough to sit on his lap. Brittanie was amazed that Santa knew her name and that she likes to dance. Brittanie requested a "Pet Shop Store" from Santa this year. Let's see if she has been good enough.

I was impressed that Nathan sat on Santa's lap. I had to be very close to him, but I convinced him that if he really wanted a present from Santa, he needed to tell him. Nathan got enough courage to say he wanted "Thomas Splash" for Christmas.

Brittanie comes home from school with a craft or artwork almost daily. We really enjoyed the "Rudolph" costume. This could be a picture she regrets when she gets to be 16. I love being the evil parent who plans these things out....

Of course, Christmas time has to include a varitey of treats. These next three photos show how the Snelders enjoy the season... WITH FOOD! Brittanie and Nathan love a good spatula full of brownie mix!

You can't get through the Holidays without making sugar cookies. Mom wanted to make a batch to take to work. We had both Nathan and Brittanie help frost the cookies. After realizing they licked their fingers in between frosting each cookie, we decided to not take the cookes to work to share. Not to worry, we were able to finish them off in a few days.

Mom got really ambitious this year and decided to make ginger bread houses. Of course there are kits you can buy at most stores, but no, Natalie wanted to spend all day making ginger bread from scratch. They turned out pretty awesome, but it was a lot of work.

Grandma Gog asked to see the finished work on the Christmas lights. I didn't really get a good picture, but you get the gist of it. We have a lot of variety and a lot of lights. I guess growing up in Preston where the whole town goes nuts for lights makes you like to see the yard lit up.

We made a quick trip last weekend down to Utah for little Teigen's baby blessing. Brittanie and Nathan got to meet a couple of second cousins they haven't met before. They all had a lot of fun playing together in Adam and Julie's house.

While in Utah, we took the train down to Temple Square to see the lights. All of the kids loved the train rides. I quite enjoyed them as well. It was pretty convenient to ride the train down, hop on the light rail and hop off in front of Temple Square.

Temple Square was beautiful. With a fresh dusting of snow, the lights lit up the night. The kids loved looking at the trees, all of the Nativity Scenes, and seeing the SLC Temple. I think Natalie liked this picture the best out of the ones we took.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Journey of our Christmas Tree

Every year we cut down our Christmas tree in the woods around the Wayan Valley. This year, with so little snow, we got to drive further up the mountain to search for the best little Charlie Brown tree we could find. Here is a little log of our adventure....

Setting out for the hunt. Natalie and I in the forest up Lanes Creek in Wayan Idaho. How sad, we are at about 6500 feet with very little snow.

We found the perfect tree! The tree is pretty thick and tall, but we think it will fit in our house.

After a good 10 minutes of hacking at the tree, I finally got the beast cut.

We had to carry the tree about 200 yards to the road. From there, we took it back to Wayan and had my cousin, Kevan bring it back to Star for us. Thanks Kevan, I don't know if the tree would have made it back strapped to the top of our van.

After I cut the tree and jammed it through our door, Natalie hung the lights and started with the ornaments.

Both Nathan and Brittanie soon got into the action. I think they liked climbing up and down the ladder more than hanging the ornaments, but at least they had fun.

The finished tree. We think the beads kind of look sad, so they will likely be taken down tomorrow. Natalie also thinks she needs to buy more ornamanents. We have a huge tree with little ornaments. What do you think?

A little Thanksgiving Fun Slideshow

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Man's Way to Hang up Lights!

It's good to have a cousin live so close with a bunch of cool man toys. Kevan brought over is man lift to help us put up our Christmas lights this year with some fun. Natalie took a little joy ride above our house to check out the neighborhood (No naked sun bathers today!)

Grandpa gave us this big blow up train last year. Nathan and Brittanie thought it was pretty cool to put up this year

Kids going for a little ride with uncle Kevan

Uhm....does this look right?

Daddy like....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

All I want for Christmas is....

...To know WHO I'm shopping for!
We drew names for Christmas and here is a break down for the kids and adults.
Name: & WHO you have:
John Paul---Hallie
Brynn---John Paul

Here is the breakdown for the Adults:
John & Bonnie---Craig & Julie
John & Heather---Julie & Adam
Scott & Nat---Amy
Craig & Julie---John & Bonnie
Julie & Adam---John & Heather
Amy---Scott & Nat

With our little rotation this is how if worked out this year. If anybody has questions lets us know! Hints for what you want are always welcome in the comments sections! Happy Shopping!!!

P.S. This is not an exciting post if you're not a member of this side of the family but it was the easiest way we could think of to get the list out there. I promise to post something clever soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween BASH!!

I didn't know Lucifer lived in STAR!!!
Trick-or-Treat here we come!!

Yeah, if someone got this picture without a hand, I would really like a copy. Thanks!

Nate doing the Cake walk.

Pre-party smiles. It kills me that Nate won't wear his hat.
Isn't that the essence of the Thomas costume?

Isn't that a sweet spider hat? Another reason
that Britt LOVES kindergarten...Crafts! She also made her

We have found living in Boise to be a great mid-point stop for alot of visitors. This year we had Scott's parents, brother, and 2 sisters + spouses and kids visit us for Halloween. (We know John and Heather would have loved to be with us but that's a pretty spendy trip for some cheap halloween candy! Maybe next year it will be worth the trip.) We began celebrating even before the family got here with an awesome kids party at the club house hosted by my friend Shantel. The only bummer was that Scott sat on my camera. (It would have probably been ok if he didn't have such a rock hard buttocks!) So I hope you will understand that we were a little handicapped in our photo taking abilities on Halloween night. The camera still works but the viewing screen does not. I was pretty happy with the pictures I took once I could see "what" I had taken. I can't remember the last time I looked through the little hole when taking a picture! We had a great Halloween none the less. It was a blast having alot of Scott's family with us for the holiday. I think this was a great warm-up trip for thanksgiving because we ate ALOT and played games! Thanksgiving here we come!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

We can't get enough Halloween!!

Nobody is interested in a nice fall picture...they just want candy!

Isn't that one Pretty Pumpkin?

I know it is still 4 days until Halloween but we have already been busy celebrating...and we still have alot more Celebrating to GO before Friday! We were invited to a halloween party for the kids with some friends from our ward. Brittanie was by far the most interested in the organized activities. They had a table for painting and decorating pumpkins and another table for decorating your own sugar cookies. Britt was torn about where to start! After decorating her pumpkin then she decorated cookies for everyone in our family. Then she went back and added more "embellishments" to her pumpkin....and then she went back and decorated another round of cookies! Her princess costume was splattered with alot of paint and frosting but it all came off in the wash. Nathan had no nap and was a party-pooper for the 1st 30 min but he soon warmed up and put several coats of paint on his pumpkin. The highlight of his night was play vaccum he found and played with all night!! (Note to self: Get Nathan trained on using the REAL dust buster!) Saturday morning brought an event that Scott and I both vowed we would never do again and that was Boise's Boo at the Zoo. We went last year and it was wall-to-wall people/strollers and hardly any candy. Well, this year Albertson's was a sponsor and Scott got FREE tickets...so we all know how he feels about getting Free Stuff! We decided we had nothing better to do so we washed Britt's costume and headed into Boise with the masses! It was still wall-to-wall people but since we got in for Free we didn't feel as pressed to get our money's worth. We loved seeing the new African exhibit with the Lions and Giraffes. Britt showed us how smart she is. She would trick-or-treat to the people handing out candy on BOTH sides of the person that was dressed up!!! Her Dad has taught her all about VALUE! Britt and Nate came away with a bag of loot that made them smile. It was a much better Boo at the Zoo this year.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our new home....

It is our new home, but we are not moving.... at least not yet. We made sort of a sad, but happy decision this summer. We felt it was finaly time to sell our first home. Our little duplex we bought in Pocatello in 1999 was a sweet rental for us since we moved out in 2003. We've debated every year whether or not we should sell it. We finally felt this year was right. The market in Pocatello had remained fairly strong, and we felt like there was opportunity to find a good deal here in Boise. We ended up selling the home in August and rolled the equity over into this home. It took us a while to find something we liked, something we thought would work for us in the future. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The best part about the home is that it has an unfinished basement. We have really missed the wonderful breakthrough builders have discovered in East Idaho called basements. For some reason builders don't build many houses in Boise with basements.

We closed on the house just over a week ago and had renters move in the same day we closed (I love Cragslist). We plan on renting it out for at least a year and then go from there.

I like that the locataion of this home would cut my commute time in half every day. We also like the grade schools in the area it is located. So someday this may be our new home, but for now I hope it is a good investment (anything seems to be better than the stock market this week...)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who Knew: Kindergarten can be stressful!

So I signed up to go with Britt on her 1st field trip. We were walking to the fire station and I thought Nate would love it too, so he came along. It ended up being the coldest morning we've had in a long time with a light rain. Nathan walked about 1 block before he started complaining about his legs hurting. So I carried him nearly 1 mile to the fire station. After a fun visit where we learned STOP-DROP-ROLL and Don't hide-Go outside, the kids got to take turns sitting in the drivers seat of the fire truck. As we were about to leave Nate said he needed to go potty so I quickly found a bathroom and told Britt to stay with her class and we would catch up soon. Well Nate heard me say we were going back to the school so he refused to use the potty at the fire station because now he wants to wait and go at Britt's school. He was pretty cranky at this point and I tried to force him to go at the station--but I was not successful. So we are walking back to school in the cold rain and Nathan made it about 2 blocks before he starts to squirm (I'm still carrying him on my back) and he says "Mommy, I need to go potty. Can I pee on those rocks?" I knew that traveling in a long line of kindergartners that we could not sneak in a quick wilderness potty break. So I'm trying to distract him by talking about other things when suddenly I hear Britt screaming. I turned around and she was face down on the road. While walking with her hands in her jacket pockets she tripped on a rock and couldn't get her arms out to catch herself. She scraped her little nose pretty bad and kept screaming at me to "Get the rock out of my NOSE!" Well, there were no rocks in her nose but it did start to bleed. So now Nate is screaming at me "Mom...Mommy...MOMMY I gotta go Potty!!!" and Britt is crying hysterically that she has a rock in her left nostril and we still had to walk another 5 blocks before I could really help either one of them. Once on the school grounds Nate,who is now riding on my shoulders because Britt needed to hold my hand, is really REALLY squirming and starting to panic that he is not going to make it to a bathroom. So now I'm REALLY, REALLY starting to panic that he is not going to make it to the bathroom either and that he is going to pee down my back and I'm wearing a new shirt! Needless to say, once the teacher opened the door to the classroom, I think I mowed down a few kids to get to the bathroom ASAP. After Nate went potty, and I cleaned up Britt's nose, I felt like I had really earned my honorary fire fighter badge today. Because it was only 11:oo a.m. and I have already put out 2 fairly serious fires!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

This one's for you, Mom!

Pre-cooked. Isn't it beautiful?

Thanks Britt for taking this pretty picture of Mommy!
Post-baking. It smells as good as it looks! No more "veggie tray" assignments for me next Thanksgiving!!!
This beautiful pie and my kids had ice cream instead!

I am really growing up. As a teenager my Mom always wanted me to do 2 things for her. 1.) Wear a nice dress to church with high heels. 2.) Learn to cook. Lucky for me, she is a VERY patient mother! Dressing up on Sunday came alot faster than developing my cooking skills. I have been a late bloomer in the kitchen, but recently I have been cooking up a storm. Today I made my 1st ever --all homemade apple pie. And I have to say it was delicious!!! I made my crust a little too thick and my apples were sliced a little too thin but other than that it was perfect. Brittanie took pictures of me as proof that I really am becoming quite the little homemaker! (Plus, I know my Mom needs to see visual evidence. I bet she will want my recipe for pie crust once she sees this bad boy!)