I hope everyone had a delightful Christmas. We enjoyed hanging out and playing games. On Christmas Eve we spent some time at my mom's. The kids insisted that we watch Home Alone 2 because it is tradition. We also decorated cookies. Austin got way into it and is considering changing his major to cookie art!!
I needed to post something so I took a picture of our tree, my fabulous Christmas gift from my parents (my dad is superman--and James loves the gift too!!), and what the next twelve days may look like!
We had 21 people at our house for dinner. James' sisters and their families, Faith from Oklahoma, Justen and Sherry Sink (James' cousin) and their family, James' parents, and my parents. James made a fantastic turkey and mashed potatoes! It was fun to have everyone here. This is a shot of the kids pretending about the first Thanksgiving or playing some game. And a shot of James making orange rolls earlier in the day. James is a fantastic but messy cook! I am grateful for him and for my awesome family!
I was trying to think of something I could blog about because I haven't posted anything since Halloween! Nothing too exciting has been going on that is blog worthy. I would post some pictures of James and my little Vegas getaway but I didn't take any. I could post pictures of Kenzie's fabulous, long play but I didn't take any! I guess I am just a slacker about taking pictures of late. I guess I will need to repent and take some pictures this week or next!
Robbie and I had to dress up for school today. He was the Grim Reaper and well, I was a trailer park mama but I couldn't tell my students that! All my coworkers thought it was hilarious but my second graders didn't get it! My nylons kept getting lower and lower and it was awesome.
I love our yard with all the trees until the leaves fall. Today we spent a few hours raking some off. We only did our front yard and we filled the truck with leaves. While we were finishing a nice little storm blew in. We will be raking leaves until the snow flies and then we will have to rake them in the spring too. Oh well I still love my yard!
Many of you know that Robbie won't let me cut his hair. He wants it long. So we made a deal that as long as it is combed everyday, he can keep it long. Today was crazy hair day at school. I guess the long hair is worth it for crazy hair day! Check him out!
My sister's recommended an awesome book, The Last Lecture and I read it recently. I loved it and recommend it as well. I checked it out at the library and read it and then bought a copy for us. McKenzie has been begging me to let her paint a wall in her room. I wasn't going to let her because we just painted and remodeled down there. After I read The Last Lecture I decided to let her do it. It is only paint and a wall and she is far more important then that! Her idea was crazy but it turned out to be very fun and I love to go in and just look at it.
We spent this weekend enjoying the beauty of Payson Canyon. We live so close to so many spectacular places. I am glad we get to take advantage of that. Jamie and David joined us on Sunday for a little hike to the Grotto. I loved the scenery, the smells of fall and the company!
My friend Nicole teased me one day about my cedar wardrobe full of sweaters, some that dated back to high school! I told her I was keeping them for a reason. Well today they were used for bad sweater and hat day at Payson High. McKenzie and her friends sure had fun choosing from my selection of sweaters. I was a little amazed that I actually wore some of them! Anyway maybe now I could get rid of them. Maybe not!
We spent a few glorious days at Bear Lake with a whole group of people. The Penrod's, Kirby's, Manwarings, Whitney's, Warren's, Cluff's, Jamie, David, and many more. We have a ton of fun! We played games, ate, sat at the beach, ate, played in the water, ate, told ghost stories, ate, rode in the boat, had marshmallow wars and ate! It was a nearly perfect weekend!
Robbie decided to play soccer this season and so far he likes it. He is getting to play a lot. He played goalie for a while tonight and made a fantastic save! Too bad I wasn't camera ready for it but here are a few shots I did get!