Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Memories of 2011

It's been a fun month of Christmas parties, cards from friends & family as well, & way too much candy.  Here's a few of our highlights.
 Josh looking like a stud as a "Wise Man" in the Ward Party.
 Jessi has got to be the "Star" of the show 2 years in a row.  If you can't tell - Halle is an angel.
 Janice Worton created an awesome Christmas party this year with a hilarious "12 Days of Christmas" song that helped us all get involved.  My personal favorite was "5 old high priests!"  (One of them was Grampa Dennis)  
 Dana & I took our girls to David Archuleta's Christmas concert.  We were in row 5!  Close enough that Jessi was just sure he looked right at her!
 I got to go with Jessi on "The Nutcracker" ballet field trip.  I just loved it, big shocker.  Even Jessi was impressed with the costumes & dancing.  Yahoo!

What do you do when it's too cold to ride the motorcycle?  Go to Napa!  All we have to say is, "Motorcycle" and Halle comes running.  Great . . .
 Quinn played her first hymn, "Away in a Manger" at her Christmas concert.  She was amazing.
 That same night Jessi had her first flute concert with the 5th Graders.  She was wonderful too.
Shelby with her Kindergarten Program.
 Josh is in the middle, I promise.
 My kids (like everyone's) just love making sugar cookies.  We even broke out the aprons - WOW!
 Not sure how to flip this pix but Shelby begged to help mop the floor.  So they jumped into their swimsuits, we poured some warm water on the floor, & they had a blast.  My Mom use to let us do this when I was little & I still remember thinking she was just so cool!
On Monday most of the family went skiing at Pebble Canyon.  It was Shelby's first time skiing & she just rocked.  Her new name is "Turbo" because she beat Josh down the hill.  As you can tell Halle really wants to be included next time.
 Electronics are still a hit with my men.
 Jessi got a color yourself bag that she's already finished.  She can't wait to use it for school.
 Quinn got a nice set of drawing pencils - her teammates teased her that she was the only 13yr old that still loved to color.
 Shelby got a fun play dough cake maker - Halle loves it too.
 Josh got a bow & arrow from Santa that he just loves.
All week we've used the crafts, games, & toys to keep busy.  We've visited the library, Napa, & Pebble a few times since the kids don't have school.  Ahh, I love vacation with no schedules.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Halle's 2nd Birthday

So I'm a little behind in my postings, that's normal right?!?  Just thought I'd throw some cute pix out there of Halle's Birthday Bash on Dec. 8.
 Play Dough has got to be Halle's all time favorite toy.  Babies are sweet, stuffed animals are cute, but give this girl play dough & she's happy for at least an hour - that's impressive for a 2 year old.
 I laid out a few pictures of cakes & she picked the puppy - so cute.
 Who's the dweeb in the background?  Has to be Uncle Kade always trying to make himself look more attractive.
 Jessi learned "Happy Birthday" on her flute for Halle.
 We had quite a group gathered again - what can I say, we love birthdays!
Jessi has such a special connection to our Halle.  Halle's face just lights up when she comes home from school.  Awww . . .