Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mini Golf day

This is reverse order, it was New Year's Eve Eve, the night ended with Brady and Jordan and their friends going to Scandia for a youth dance, but first they met at the church to ride together where they took this picture that I stole from Josh's Instagram and then In 'N Out and then mini golf and rides at the "dance."  Earlier that day we also went miniature golfing.  When your friend says they have free passes that are expiring the next day, you can't turn that down and Tucker was too young to even remember the last time we miniature golfed so it was like a first to him, I think he had fun.  Everyone had friends so that's always nice!

The boys took off on a different course than us and managed to go through two different courses in the time it took us to do one with the younger kids and of course there were 6 of us to their 4.  We didn't keep score, just had fun trying and Eden nailed 3 or 4 holes in one!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kory and Crystal

As soon as we finished opening presents on Christmas morning, had breakfast and cleaned up we headed off to Arizona.  The kids were a little disappointed to not get to play with their new toys, even though Eden took half of hers in the car with her, but it gave them something to look forward to when we got home.  We headed to AZ for Sam's cousin's wedding.  There was an open house that night before at his aunt and uncle's house for the family and friends to get to meet Crystal and they had a hot chocolate bar and gelato.  The kids loved the gelato, but I stuck to the hot chocolate and the fire because it was freezing outside but it was fun to get to visit with everyone and also to spend some extra time with Sam's sisters and their family and his parents!  The next day we went to a candy store, lunch and then their wedding at the Gilbert temple and it was so neat to be a part of it.  That evening we headed to a very fancy, formal reception that was beautiful and got to know her family a little better and we feel like they are family all ready!  It was a great dinner and I got to dance with Sam and Eli and visit with his aunts and uncles.  They had these Macaroons and other little treats that looked amazing and were all made by the bride's father.  Her family was from Brazil and her cute grandfather gave a speech that made us all feel welcome.  I loved all the appetizers and getting to dress up too and especially her beautiful dress for the reception that was made by her mom and hand beaded with tons of Swarovski crystals.   I've stolen most of these pictures from other people mostly so you can see the dress!

Of course the kids were back with the cousins and they had a great time together, these two were excited to see that they got the exact same pajamas for Christmas.

There were a lot of new blankets to go around for Christmas so these kids made up a blanket sliding game on the Kitchen's new floor along with other games!

Now back to wedding pictures, open house pictures and random pictures from Sam's phone

Sam probably shouldn't hand the phone to his sister to take pictures after he has been teasing her or this is what you'll get, but of course she did get some good ones as well.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Eve

We spent most of Christmas Eve cleaning and getting ready because we thought we had some friends coming over that evening.  We planned a bunch of our traditional foods and each kid was responsible for a couple of items and we were ready!  We also finished up our Star Wars movie marathon for the week so we would be ready to see the new Star Wars movie that day.  Sam heard about this theater out near his office that had these fancy recliner chairs and it was even cheaper than the regular theater near us so we had to go and it was nice!  We enjoyed the movie and the whole experience and then we hurried home to meet our friends.

There must have been some confusion in the communication because they didn't end up coming so we had a ton of extra food but we just ate and then jumped right into our Christmas Even traditions.  First the ornaments....
Tucker has a football ornament for obvious reasons,

Eden has a fancy cake for her love of baking this year, especially cakes!

Kolby has a BYU football because of is new found love of watching football this year, plus attending the BYU game and for me especially, the memory of him jumping up and hugging Porter while he watched the BYU game with the amazing play at the end.

Jordan has a pair of jeans for his new found love of clothes which is probably more of a symbolic of teenagehood!
Brady has his car, obviously for getting his driver's licence this year.
Sam got two ornaments, he actually got the RISE one when they were moving offices, it was from last year by I figured it was fitting as one of his ornaments this year for his new job but I also got him the peach because he was practically addicted to peaches this summer, eating probably 10 a day for a few months!

We got the family ornament in Nauvoo, it is the stained glass window from the Nauvoo temple.

Sam did get up early and ran a 10k Santa Run, while the rest of us slept soundly in our beds!

Sam got this picture of some of our food, we had deviled eggs, pickle dip, Italian sausage sandwiches, sfinci's, vegie platter, shrimp and cocktail sauce, ham roll-ups, hot chocolate, little smokies, and candy! We barely scratched the surface of all this food and then we left the next day so we didn't even get to use all of it as leftovers!

Of course we had to get several pajama shots!