Tuesday, December 30, 2008
spanking moves that she gets from her Dad!)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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....
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
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.
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?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We drew names for Christmas and here is a break down for the kids and adults.
Name: & WHO you have:
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
Trick-or-Treat here we come!!
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
Nobody is interested in a nice fall picture...they just want candy!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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!)