Hooray for another Sledding day! And on New Years Eve no less. We invited a bunch of our friends to meet us up on the mountain for sledding, chili, hot chocolate and fun! We had planned on having a nice little set up with an awning, chairs, heaters, the works. That plan was literally blown away by the gusty wind. It was so strong we didn't have a hope of setting up. But other than the wind the day was bright and warm enough to be pleasant.
Annalyn taking her first run of the day. When she got up from her sled she said,"oh momma that was cool! That was cool momma I liked that!" then up the mountain she ran to do it again.
Heather hiding in her coat, Sherman and Ben.
The snow was pretty hard which made it fast so the kids where having a blast. Morgan though a little nervous at first, in the green on the left, was going down more and more as the day went on.
Even the big kids. Here are Lynett and Heather coming back up to go again.
The boys where really good about helping Annalyn get back up the hill. Shermie is reaching down to get her here:
Tristan, Tuffer and Shermie get ready to go down together.
Annalyn taking a break on Ben's lap.
left to right: Morgan, Tristan, Matthew, Nic, Shermie and Tuffer on the hill.
Annalyn getting a little help form Lynett.
There she goes. It was funny to see the four year old boy who was too scared to go down even with his parents and yet here is my two year old daughter that is all by herself (with the boys ready at the bottom). I wanted to say,"yea, she did this last year too" but I didn't. That's my girl!
We spent the whole day going up an down the hill and it was a blast! The chilis were great and even though the hot chocolate may not have been exactly hot it was still good. Thanks to every one who came you made it a really great day!
Here some video fun. I will post more pictures when I get them form Lynett.
Christmas morning was a busy one. Since we planned on going to church at 9:00 we invited Grandpa and Grandma over at 6:30 to watch the kids open their presents. It is a little bit of a shock to be woken up with the sound, "Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas" when you are dead to the world! After getting no answer at the door Grandpa, Grandma and Stevie let themselves in through the garage. For some reason the kids didn't want to wake us up and had been sitting at the top of the stairs waiting. Of all the days to let us sleep in. It was a nice thought though.
They all raced down the stairs to find the new bikes(their old ones had been out grown and very heavily used) that Santa had left.
Annalyn was making herself right at home on hers
They mowed through the presents even though we tried to keep it organized.
Annalyn had a hard time leaving her bike.
Until she found she got clothes for Christmas too!
Santa brought a very special gift this year for Shermie.
After we did present at our house we got ready and went to church with Mande and Tim in there ward. Mande had a solo in the program which surprised Tim who she didn't tell. She did beautiful.
After a quick stop home and a return to PJ's we then went to Gramie and Pop Pops for more presents and a yummy breakfast.
Cutie little Girlies!
We open presents with Uncle Mike then after Gramies we went back to Grandma and Grandpa's for a nice Christmas dinner. It was a fun packed day and it was so nice to be with so much of our family (Though we really missed the ones that couldn't make it this year and they better come next!). It was good to see Spencer, Sarah, Ronda and Stevie (Annalyn's "STEVEN" she was stuck to him like glue and fell asleep on him to night in a row). I am glad they could be here. It made it that much better.
Setting up the tree usually goes pretty smoothly. Usually. This year as we wrestled to keep the tree up in it's stand it look like usually was not going to happen but then we got it to work.
So up went the star who's lights were all out so down came the star...
...but up went the rest of the lights, the ornaments and the garland. We were all but done putting on the last ornaments.
Dad was tired (thanks to the NyQuil) because he wasn't feeling well so he went to ahead to bed.
I came up stairs for a minute and then I heard a big crash and then the kids yelling that the tree had fallen over. SO MUCH, FOR USUALLY! I was Thankful that Grandma came over to help me clean up the glass and mess form the tree. We got it propped up against the wall and left it till we could get a better stand.
With the new stand secured the tree is finally finished and it only took a week. Matthew and Nic got a hold of my camera and decided to take their pictures with the finished tree.
If they had not we might not have had a finished picture because I was done with that tree. Looking at it now I think it turned out pretty good. Even still after Christmas I am watching the sales for a fake tree!
Nicholas and Annalyn where invited to Morgan's house for her Santa party.
Her wonderfully ambitious mom invited about 15 or so kids over to
decorate giant rice crispy treat trees, play games, and have a special
visit form Santa.She asked me to come help and she did a great organizing the party. It was so cute and all the kids love it! She asked me if I knew anyone to help in the "Santa" department and of course I did. :) I knew just the right person to talk to.
Santa was easily convinced (with a little persuasion from Mrs. Claus) to come to the party but on the night of his arrival both my husband and I got calls asking how to get where he was going. Although Santa was a little put out at the idea at first he immediately warmed up to the room full of kids that where enthusiastically cheering as he entered.
I doubt that any of the kids noticed that he had two particular favorites as he handed out toys to all the kids...
...and all the kids gave him hugs...and thank yous...and love you Santa(s).
He was definitely a hit with them all. He did a great job and I think he may even have liked it (because he sure did talk a lot about it later). I find it the funniest that those two particular favorites never picked up on it either.
It was a great party. Heather did a fabulous job with everything.What a cute idea and a fun time!
My husband and I had ourselves a good laugh today!
We told the boys we were going to go find and cut our Christmas tree today. They were so excited running around finding hats, gloves, coats, etc. Talking about their game plan for trudging through the snow and searching the woods for the perfect tree.
I few weeks before we promised my dad that we would take out some trees they wanted to get rid of at their house. So naturally Sherman and I thought it was a perfect way to get a free tree. ;)
With the kids loaded in the truck we drove the 3 miles to my parents house and told the kids to pick out their tree. Their reactions were priceless! I don't think any of them were happy.
Matthew was the least impressed. The others laughed at it as they decided that we were serious...Matthew did not! I just kept saying, "no...No...NOOO!" in disbelief.
In the end I think we ended up with a good tree...
Analyn for a month had been asking persistently for a puppy. I have a veggie tale to thank for that. She was very determined so to pacify her we would look at puppies on the computer. Neither her dad or I were very set against it (her daddy is ready to give her what she wants as soon as she asks) but we needed to take into consideration Matthew's asthma. We had to give Duke up because he had a huge affect on the asthma(Duke is now a service dog for those who need him). After some looking and research we found a Chinese Crested Powder Puff puppy named Chimera.
Annalyn & I were in love!!!
She would ask to see the puppy everyday all the time.
After talking to daddy it was settled and we sent Aunt NaNa to but the deposit down on our puppy. We quickly decided to name her Lucy Liu. What a doll!
We planned to go get her at the same time as a Bronco game as to give daddy a reason to come along.
(We had a great time! It was an awesome game with even better company.)
Lucy Lui very quickly entered not just our home but all of our hearts. She was a perfect fit. We all loved her very much. Even Jake like her though she was ready to let him know who was boss. She had one little hissy fit at Jake who just stood there looking at her like "I don't even know what you where trying to do... but I like ya". Then they were good.
How could you not love those sweet eyes!!!!
A little over a week after getting her she got sick. We took her to the vet but there just wasn't anything to be done. So we said good bye to our sweet little Lucy. The vet was awesome. It was so very hard but I know we did everything we could do which is a great peace to my mind and my heart. I bawled and bawled, the boy were upset, Annalyn kept asking for her. She has a 2 year old understanding that her puppy died and is with Heavenly Father which she has excepted. My hope is that just like our family can be together forever we can have those other special spirits with us too.
Though Lucy Liu is er-replaceable the breeder has been awesome and has offered to let us pick another puppy in the spring. We shall see if my heart can handle it. It took me forever to write this. I am such a baby.(yes I was crying, shut up sherman and quit laughing)