Monday, May 23, 2011

Christmas Eve

Brad and I were able to sneak out of town for a few days before Christmas. Our babysitter and the girls spent an evening decorating the kitchen with the most beautiful snowflakes. When we got home, it looked like a wonderland. I was so happy to have the kitchen decorated for Christmas Eve dinner. We had my parents and both my brothers and their families over for the festivities.
Kiley and Hannah at the adults' table.
The wildly excited kids' table.
My brother and his wife have two boys. Dallin's birthday is on Christmas day, and Zachary's birthday is on Christmas Eve. Tawnie, my sister-in-law, started a tradition of having the kids decorate train car cakes to celebrate their birthdays. The kids had a blast and were so proud of their creations.

After everyone left, the girls opened their new Christmas pj's and we watched Luke 2 and Mr. Krueger's Christmas. Then it was off to bed to dream about Christmas morning.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


This year Kerrie was the angel in my preschool Christmas program. She is such a good performer. She is confident and cute.
This is one of my favorite things about teaching preschool. I love being able to work with this age group.

Gingerbread House

I love the excitement at the elementary school during the month of December. Our second graders always come home with a very elaborate gingerbread house. This was Lizzie's offering this year before pieces mysteriously started to disappear.

Snow Day

On December 1 we were blessed with a snow day. If we have a day with a lot of snowfall, the kids have some ritual (sleeping with your pillowcase inside out or something) that will bring a day off from school the next day.
It worked! We got a ton of snow.
Kiley and a couple of her friends played out in the backyard with the three little girls for longer than I think my kids have ever played in the snow.

I think an unscheduled day off every once in a while is good for the soul.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

We spent Thanksgiving day at the Hotel Del Cornado.
We took our family Christmas card picture by the incredible tree in the lobby.
We had our best weather day on Thanksgiving. It was absolutely beautiful.

The hotel had set up an ice skating rink near the beach.
The five older girls and dad all gave it a try. Susanna was a lot like Bambi on ice at first. She kept at it though, and was doing pretty well by the end.

This is how Kerrie spent the ice skating portion of the day.
We had our dinner in the Grand Ballroom overlooking the ocean.
We had a delicious dinner in a beautiful setting. This was a family vacation we will never forget. We are so thankful for all the great experiences we have together as a family.