Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Funny story!

I just had to tell this cute little story that my friend Jennie's little boy said. (Sorry no picture, but the story is worth it.) Jennie told Harrison that they were going to eat at Godfathers for dinner. He asked, "Oh, will Heavenly Father be there?" When she told him no, he said, "Oh, just Jesus then?" He'll be 2 the end of December. He's my little buddy. Jennie and I go walking in the mornings and Harrison always wants me to button his coat or give him his snack or whatever it is that he needs. It's so funny.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving weekend

It was such a nice holiday weekend for me. Great food (which I never got a picture of), family and friends, shopping, BYU football (which was such a good game that even I found myself screaming and hurting my voice!), and much needed rest all contributed to a wonderful time.

After a nice dinner everyone sat around an played Millennium Monopoly. My how the prices have changed! We enjoyed the company of Jon and Larissa's family, my Aunt Gale, Quin and Natalie, my folks, my grandma, and my sister-in-law Natalie's folks.

What's Thanksgiving weekend without power shopping at 5AM? My sister and I went. I took this picture to show all the men at home what kind of lines we are talking about. I know you can't see it very well, but you get the idea of just how far from the entrance we were. It was okay though, we got everything we needed.

Building gingerbread houses. What a mess and so much fun. I think I enjoy it more than the kids do.

My dear friends from high school. We try to get together every year around Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is a great reunion! Left side of table back to front: Jarom, Me, David, Shellie. Right side back to front: Kirt, Holly, Angela, Lou. We were missing Doug and Mary, she is due in 3 weeks with their 5th daughter, and Jed and Janelle who live in far away Florida.

Old high school buddies! Angela, Troy, and me. We had a great time catching up over milkshakes at Perkins. It has been about 10 years since I have seen Troy. It was really fun to get together again.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Party Time! Kate is 1!

Well, the Birthday Fairy found our house once again! Baby Kate turned one on November 18, (we celebrated yesterday the 19th because Daddy was off enjoying the Cougars big win on her actual birthday. I didn't mind much though, it was actually nice to have one more day in between having to blow up balloons again.) Its hard to believe that it has already been a year since I had her. She has grown up in the blink of an eye!
She loved opening her presents, but her siblings enjoyed it almost more. I had to fight them off the entire time. ( "We're just helping her mom!" "Leave her alone! Back-off! Sit down! Let her do it by herself!") At first she would get so mad at us when we would take away one opened gift and hand her another unopened one, but she figured out that there was something good inside all the wrapping by the end. She got a few little toys, some cute clothes, and a little purse (Vera Bradley from Grandma, stuffed with fruit snacks. She loved unpacking the purse.) She scored!

Happy Birthday to Kate

She didn't mind being sung to, but the fun went right out the window after she grabbed her candle.

Kate eating cake

Kate was afraid that her cake would burn her. No amount of coaxing could entice her to dig in!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Look who's ONE!!!

After we gave her a spoon she got a little braver and started to

enjoy eating the cake a little bit. Mmmm...Mmmmm...Messy!
It all ended with a dunk in the sink! What a fun party!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Mountain West Conference Champs!!

Here stand our BELOVED BYU freaks with Cosmo the Cougar. After BYU dismantled New Mexico (42-17) Brandon, Jarom, Alex, Justin, and Chris stormed the field. BYU is the official Mountain West Conference Champion and have been invited to the Las Vegas Bowl! WOO-HOO! ("Utah Sucks!" as quoted by Jarom.)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Party Time! Halle is 6!

Well, my little Halle Loo-Hoo turned 6 years old today. She had a great time with several friends from school, Alyssa & Bailey (Alyssa's best friend), and Liberty. Any of you who know Halle know how particular she can be. This year she wanted a "snowflake" party. It actually turned out really cute. We played several snow themed games (pin the button on the snowman, snowball scoop, hide the snowflake, pictionary, and freeze dance), wore snowflake hats, and ate a snowflake cake. What a great party for Halle!

The Birthday-Fairy found us and left the house decorated and presents on the table!

New outfit. (Halle called it "Eskimo clothes", she got the sweater and furry little boots.)

Halle, wearing a snowflake party hat, with her cake. She insisted on snowflake hats. (No comments...I did my best and she loved it!)

All the party girls, (and Carter). Back to front, left to right: Bailey, Alyssa, Arianna, Emily, Lauren, Carter, Kaylee, Liberty, Halle, Laurel

Make a wish!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Christmas Spirit

Last night Kevin and Becky dropped by for a visit. When it was time for them to leave, we looked outside and it was snowing like crazy. So they decided to stay the night. The snow was so pretty, (big, heavy flakes coming straight down) and it felt like Christmas. So we pulled out the Christmas tree, turned on the fire, and put in Christmas music. It was so much fun!! (No, I am not leaving the tree up quite yet. Back to the basement it goes, but it was really nice to get it out for a day.)

My camera didn't do the snow justice, but you get the idea.

Carter and Owen enjoying the Christmas lights.

Wish you could see this better, little Owen was mezmorized by the fire and the lights. It was so cute.

It always seems like it either snows before or after Christmas and I feel the Christmas Spirit too soon or too late. I always feel guilty if I feel it too soon, but this year I am going to let myself enjoy it whenever and as often as it comes!

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Guilty Party

So the other night after Alyssa's baptism the adults decided to get some babysitters and go to dinner. We enjoyed a nice evening at The Outback. When we returned to my house, we were greeted by a bunch of scratching little kids. Apparently they had gone into the unfinished basement and pulled out a TON of insulation from the walls. (Some in the party were more guilty than others.) They were miserable from the itching and I think they all learned their lesson about insulation the hard way. We had to throw them in the tub, which I think they all quite enjoyed. Jarom, Justin, and Brandon cleaned up two large garbage bags of insulation. The big question is...Where were the babysitters during all this???? (In their defense they were watching 3 babies and all these older kids, but still...)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Singing "When I Am Baptized"

Alyssa, Halle, Carter and their cousins singing a musical number at Alyssa's baptismal service.

Alyssa's Baptism

Well, it happened, Alyssa was baptized! It was a great day with such a nice program. My mom spoke on baptism and Jarom's mom spoke on the Holy Ghost. All the little cousins and Alyssa sang a musical number (which I will post as soon as I can) and it all just turned out beautiful. Alyssa was really excited and promptly came home and wrote in her journal about it. She is such a sweet girl and I am so proud of her.

Aunt Mimi did Alyssa's hair so pretty. She looked so grown up!

Alyssa in her whites before the baptism.

Jarom and Alyssa getting ready for the BIG moment!

Afterwards with her cousins. I realized I never got a full shot of her in her new dress, so I thought I would put this one in so you could see how cute it was.

Jarom, Alyssa, and me. I had just poked Alyssa in the eye trying to scoot her bangs out of the way. Way to ruin the moment!