Monday, December 22, 2008

New Nephew!

This morning we got a new addition to our family. He was 9 pounds and 9 ounces. He the cutest, chubby baby with a head full of hair. They haven't officially named him yet, but they are leaning towards Nathan.

I feel so blessed to have him here with us. During the busy holiday season, it was nice to just take a minute look at my blessings and remember what the holiday really means. He is our new Christmas baby! Aunt Katie took lots of pics!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

What have we been up to??

Lindsay performed her Christmas dance!
Carter was quite impressed.
Ashley made some birthday wishes.
The family helped with the dishes.

Tuesday night a birthday wish came true.
The following day, there would be no school!

But work must continue for the Omni employees.

On my drive this is what I got to see.

Two snowmen were waiting for me on my break!

Made with love, by Emma, Ashley and Jake.
I hope everyone is having a wonder holiday season! :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy 17th Birthday Ashley!

Today is Ashley's 17th birthday. I can't believe how old she is getting. It does not seem that long ago that she was obsessed with Winnie the Pooh, and her favorite show to watch was Barney.

At a very early age she was given trials that others don't deal with until their older, and she has handled them the best that she can. I admire her strength and her love for her faith.

Here are some of my favorite memories of my little sister:

*I remember when she was in 2nd grade, she kept telling me that she could not see the chalk board in class, and I did not believe her and told her she just wanted glasses because her friend had them. Then I received a call from the school nurse confirming her bad eye site. I knew then that she was to be taken seriously :)

*Last year for her 16th birthday, she had been wanting to just go to Vegas and go shopping with friends. But when she heard that a family in our ward were going through the same struggles as she did when she was younger. She wanted to do something for them. She took the money for her birthday and bought the kids presents. She had a friend over for a sleep over they wrapped the presents and left them on the front door step. I was so proud of her.

*She was able to write her name at 3 years old. I still have the paper she gave to me.

*She use to go to work with me on Saturdays when I worked at the library. She would read to any kids that came in. She loves books!

*She went sliding down our stairs in a sleeping bag, and sprained her ankle!

*She played with Barbies until she was in 6th grade. She would always call me at work and ask if she can play Barbies. And she knew I hated it, because of the mess.

*The night we played hide and seek in the dark, and she tipped a mattress on Paola.

*Ice skating in Reno, need I saw more?

*Making music video's with Vanessa.

Obviously I could write for hours on this girl. I am so happy to have you as a sister and I will always be there for you. I hope you have a great day!

I love you Ashley!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Tag!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real, I love the smell. There have been years when I was about to get fake though.

3. When do you put up the tree? The first Saturday of December.

4. When do you take the tree down? I like to wait until the day after New Years

5. Do you like eggnog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child? There were these dolls call "My Child" and they stood up, I got one and she had black pig tails. I loved it.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My brothers

8. Easiest person to buy for? Ashley

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No :(

10. Best Christmas gift you ever received? Not sure, I have seen a lot of Christmases

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Ugly clothes

12. Favorite Christmas Movie (s)? Right now, Prancer

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually black Friday

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Orange sticks, and white fudge covered oreos!

16. Lights on the tree? White!

17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh wow, I have a lot of favorites. Right now, I really like Little Drummer Boy by Ashley Simpson - Wentz (lol), and Jessica Simpson

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes I can, look at my header :)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither, just ribbon

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? I thought we were the only ones that did this, but Christmas Pj's on Christmas Eve, and the rest Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? How busy the stores are.

23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Like my prima Vanessa, I wanted a new digital camera and a GPS, there both were on sale the day after Thanksgiving so I was able to get both ;)

I tag: Mandy, Bethany, & Ashley

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

I had four days off for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I was so excited. It went by really fast because we kept pretty busy. This year we spent Thanksgiving with Mandy and her family, Doz and his friends were there too. The dinner was so good as always, and I was very stuffed. It was fun spending time with each other. After dinner the girls made plans for black Friday shopping, and the boys played xbox, of course! This is the best picture of the bunch, Doz our pie baker.

I caught Ashley and Doz playing Barbies with Lindsay.

Doz and Carter

Doz and Parker

And Parker getting to know Doz's friend Steve. They taught Parker to say "PLAYA" its too cute.
Lindsay Kate and Parker

That night Paola and Bubba came to stay the night with us because Paola was going shopping with us the next day. Now we knew we had to get up at 4am to hit the stores, but we couldn't go to sleep. We finally went to sleep at 2am, and got 2 hours of sleep. It was pretty crazy, but we got everything we wanted. Mandy, Paola, and Ashley hit Wal Mart at 5am, while I saved us a spot at Target. Good thing I did, the line for Target by the time they got there was all the way past Lowe's, and as always it was an adventure. Ashley recorded a video the whole time she shopped. It's 7 minutes long, but she will post it on her blog.

Then on Saturday Ashley, Allan, and Bubba went up to Beaver Mountain to cut down some Christmas trees. We are going to try to sale them this year. We will see how it works out, those three worked very hard and brought back 33 trees. We are selling them at Paola's mom's house. Down in Overton you don't need a permit to sale them. It was fun for us all to get together. Here is Mandy and Carter checking out the trees.

More trees
Maddi showing us some dance moves
We picked our tree from the bunch we were selling. This is the before picture, and I will post the ones of it decorated. That was a chore in itself.