More of December

Jan 4, 2018
Paul's parents came a few days before the kids got out for school, they got to enjoy all the Christmas Break Craziness with us. 

We started out break with decorating sugar cookies. 



 Opa was just as talented as the kids.

I thought about doing a more involved gingerbread house, but glad I stuck with the preassembled one from costco.  Not a single complaint about one house for the whole family to decorate. 


And check out Crew's tongue. True concentration mode. 



A trip to see Santa.



Target.




Thanksgiving Point. 



Christmas Eve.



After church we had to trek up the canyon to find some snow.  






Still wasn't very much and not the most ideal sledding conditions, but we had a blast and it got out some of that Christmas Eve energy.  


matching bucky shirts!


I did not get a picture of the kids in their pj's before bed Christmas Eve, but there was plenty of time Christmas morning, since Miles woke up the entire house at 5:30 am. 



We tried to stay pretty simple with Christmas this year and for the first time I think we actually did it.  And the kids did not seem to mind one bit.  


I loved watching them open their presents from Santa.  Part of me always wishes I could have a 3 and 5 year old at Christmas time. 



Video games for Miles, Batman tank for Crew, Princesses for Ruby, and it was all Ravenclaw stuff this year for Macey.


Crew played non-stop with his batman tank and loved shooting everyone with the batwings.  So, glad Santa didn't bring him what he asked for. :) 

Snow!!



We have had NO snow this season, but Utah was extra kind to us this year and it snowed Christmas Eve.


It wasn't tons, but it was perfect for making Frosty.


Ruby might of made us all hold hands with the snowman and sing "Frosty the Snowman". :)  

Then it was off to our favorite Utah Family's house for Christmas Dinner.



We were pretty depressed about the lack of snow, as our snowshoes have been mocking us just hanging in the garage. 



We had to get out, so we went for a winter hike to Stewart Falls instead.  No snowshoes needed.  



Paul packed our ultra light chairs, so we enjoyed some relaxing time sipping some hot cocoa and enjoying the view.  

The weather was even nice enough for a family bike ride to the park.  Crew was the cutest, and slowest, bike rider around.  I think it's time for him to move up bike sizes.  

New Years Eve. 

We invited the rensinks over for fried food and yummy appetizers.



We even pulled out the disco ball, the sign of a true party around here. 

 

The highlight was Soda Pong.  We each bought 3 gross and 3 good sodas.  The kids were obsessed and want to play it all parties now. :)  



Then at 9:30 we had our count down and kids were asleep by 10:00.  It was the best kind of New Year's Eve.


Love these party animals.  


Can't believe 2017 is behind us!! But, happy to be onto new adventures and trying to gain some control over my crazy bunch.  



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nana
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Can't believe it is 2018! So happy you had a fun visit with Gipsy and Nancy. Love your crazy bunch!!
angie
If I ever move back to Utah, I want you to take me hiking all the time. You make it look so fun, even in the snow! Ruby's bed looks like my kids'. They all pretty much pick up their junk off the floor and "display" it on the end of their bed instead of putting it away, and then they all have to sleep all curled up because there's not enough room for their feet. I love that Macey is all into Ravenclaw. I'm like, of course everyone will read the books and all love Griffyndor the best, but not so. Hazel is insistent she'd be in Hufflepuff and love it. Weird. Hey, as long as it's not Slytherin, right?

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Christmas Breakin

Jan 13, 2016
We started off Christmas Break with attending Domo's swanky Christmas Party.



I love getting to dress up all fancy once a year.  

I tried to get the kids fancy looking for the Sunday before Christmas and they were adorable.  


They of course didn't cooperate for pictures, but believe me they were the cutest kids around.  


We did lots of playing, which is pretty much what you should do over any break from school.  




We took them to Nickel City for the first time and they fell in love.  

And since Paul was off the whole break too, we made sure to get out and enjoy the snow too.  

We tried taking the kids snowshoeing again.  


This time Crew was awesome and Miles cried the entire time.  


We tried to enjoy the scenery amidst the whining and crying.  


We got a babysitter and finally got to go snow shoeing without the kids.  


We let Alex come with us, only because he promised not to cry.  


It was breathtaking.  


And thanks to the decent down to the water fall I got a lot of laughing in too.  


And who can resist making snow angles in untouched mountain snow?!


I always love New Years Eve.




It's a good excuse to eat good food, play games, laugh, and stay up late.  


We played Mt. Dew Pong and Flip Cup (with Mt. Dew). :)  


The boys also played egg roulette.  Hilarious.  

It was a great end to a pretty great year.  








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Party Like a Rock Star!

Jan 1, 2009

We had a great New Years Party rocking out to Guitar Hero with a few of our friends. We put up a disco ball, built a riser (decked out with lights) for the drums, bought lots of bottled root beer, provided temporary tattoos, and of course dressed up like the rock stars that we are!!

Here is the evite that we made:


Counter Clockwise: Jenni, Don, Mandi, Kelsey, Trina, Jeff, Paul, and Vanessa

Here you can kinda see the lighting that we had.


We hope every one else had a great New Years too!

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Rach
are you kidding me??? I am beyond jealous.
trina
oh my gosh, i look terrible and fat in that first picture! of course, it's the one that paul blows up on the website. :)
Theresa
Kels! You Rock!
Meredith
That is amazing!

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