Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas in Idaho

We went to Idaho two days after Christmas to see my family. We traveled Tuesday night before the storm hit. We woke up and spent Wednesday together and then Wednesday night we ate dinner as a family and then opened family exchange presents. The kids had fun seeing what their cousins and grandparents had gotten them. Thanks everyone for such a nice night! I love my family and I'm grateful that we have this tradition of coming home to spend a little bit of christmas together.

Thanks Camden!

Thanks Tahlia!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Thanks Wyatt!

Thanks Bailey!

Thanks Bailey!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Thanks Dane!

Thanks Reagan!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Friday, December 31, 2010


We started off our christmas season by making a gingerbread house. This is something that has quickly become a tradition in our house. The kids really look forward to this. We buy a gingerbread house kit, but this year the house came pre-assembled so the gingerbread house was finished much quicker.

On Dec. 23 we decorated cookies with Michael. I had bought some food coloring so hopefully get some good red and green frosting. The kids had a good time and didn't make too much of a mess.

For christmas eve we decided to have turkey and funeral potatoes. Alan wanted to try something new for cooking the turkey, so he got on line and figured it out. I let him because that meant less work for me. He did a really good job. The turkey turned out great! We had Megan over for christmas eve dinner and had a great time. We eat dinner and after cleaning up we watch some christmas shows with the kids and then we open new pajamas. I look forward to this every year and the kids love opening a present on christmas eve. After opening pajamas, we set out cookies and chocolate milk (cause Santa loves chocolate milk!) and got the kids to bed. They went to sleep pretty quickly.

The kids woke up around 6:15 Christmas morning. Alan jumped up to start making his christmas breakfast that needs to cook for 90 min. Then we let the kids start opening presents. They had a really good time. I love watching their faces as they open their gifts... their looks are priceless!

Alan thought it would be fun to buy nerf air guns for the whole family! I was a little nervous but they have been a hit.

After we opened presents, we ate Alan's breakfast casserole, which turned out really good. We then played with our toys for a little while and then it was time to get ready and go see family. We went to Great Grandma and Grandpa Doty's around noon. We exchanged gifts and then ate some really good food made by Alan's Uncle Donald. We played with our new toys and played games until about four. Then, it was time to go to Great Grandma and Grandpa Jensen's. We were the first to arrive. Michael got Nerf air guns and decided to show them to us... well he unloaded the one whole gun on me and the war was on! We had a good time chasing and shooting each other! We then played a few more games and had snacks before we headed home for the day. We were all tired, but it was a good day. !

Kairi's Christmas Dane Recital

Kairi had her Christmas dance recital on Dec 13 and did so well!! Kairi has a good presence on the stage. We get complements all the time. She loves music and dance. Thanks to the family and friends who came and supported her.

Family Pictures

When we came to Idaho for Christmas I asked Leslie if she would use our camera and try and take some pictures of our family to use in our Christmas card. She did a great job, but I was so busy that I never got the Christmas cards out! Thanks Leslie for being willing to help us.