Sunday, December 30, 2012
Then it was off to Grandma and Grandpa's to open gifts with everyone on Noreen's side of the family. Everyone gives such thoughtful gifts, it's always a highlight. It was especially fun to have everyone in the family there.
Then it was off to Christmas dinner at our other Grandma and Grandpa's. We had a fun time eating, visiting, playing games, opening gifts and eating some more. We missed those who were sick or too far away to come. All around, it was a wonderful day.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
To avoid some of the busy and rushed feelings that the holiday season can bring, we took the week before Christmas off and enjoyed some time at my parents' Park City condo. The first night just Steve and I went up to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! We had an amazing (that's an understatement) dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Park City. The next day we brought the kids up for the rest of the week. Jesse got to join us on Wednesday for some cross country skiing. We also went swimming, watched lots of Christmas movies, did more cross country skiing, played games, and generally relaxed. I feel a new tradition coming on!
Daniel read the Hobbit this semester and as a reward he got to go to the Midnight premiere of the movie with Dad and Steve L. He was so excited to go and created his own dwarf costume for the event. People even wanted to take their picture with him because he looked so cool.
One of my (Noreen) favorite things I get to do is be the School Board President for our high school. I work with amazing people, both on the board and in the administration. Because of budget cuts this year we decided not to do our traditional Christmas party at a nice restaurant. I volunteered to host, although I've never thrown a nice sit down dinner party before. Luckily, my mom came to the rescue with all her nice dishes, linens, and decorations. She helped me set up too! The party for 29 was a big success and so much fun.
Steve is in his 5th year as the scout master for 12-13 year-olds. Good thing he loves it! Our boys have been so fortunate to have their Dad be so involved in their scouting years. They camp year round, and their December camp was at the Harry Potter fort. Ironically there was no snow to be found this time around.
Daniel worked so hard this semester in all his classes. He has grown leaps and bounds and is doing great things. As a reward for completing all his assignments in history class he earned a trip with all his classmates to Boondocks for unlimited lazer tag, slick track, and video games. He had a well earned blast! Way to go Daniel, we are proud of you.
I cant' believe our baby just got baptized. Ellie was so excited and looked so beautiful in her white dress.
Ellie chose her brother Steve to baptize her and her Dad to confirm her. It was so special to see Steve confidently baptize her and think that he'll be a missionary in a couple short years. Brought tears to mom's eyes to see them both in the font together.
I asked my dear friend Denise to make a gluten free cake to celebrate Ellie's baptism. She outdid herself with this beautiful creation that was enjoyed by all who came.
The Elders came to dinner and were impressed with the duct tape backpack that Ellie had created. They asked her to create some missionary backpacks for them. They loved them so much that they came back for three more for their missionary buddies. Ellie can create anything with cardboard from the recycle bin and colored duct tape!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Dad attended private school when he was growing up and had a mentor that inspired him to love bird watching. I've heard about Mr. Bromley for he last 20 years! Steve reconnected with him via email, and recently we took the kids to meet him. He had a room full of biology wonders and the kids loved hearing his stories. It was wonderful to finally meet this legend of a man. We have many years of birding fun to thank him for!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I can't believe our baby is 8 years old! She started off her special day with breakfast in bed. Chocolate chip pancakes (gluten free of course) with strawberries and whip cream was her menu of choice. The day seemed to take forever to pass for her, while we did our Saturday chores, but finally it was time to party! Whitney came home from BYU for the weekend and we invited Jessie (her not boyfriend, boyfriend) to dinner. Pizza and pumpkin cake to go with the presents and ice cream. Ellie received many craft supplies to do what she does best, create! The other day I commented to her what a good artist she was. She answered, "When I was younger I wasn't very good at art, but know that I'm older, I'm better. I'm creative and smart!" Yes Ellie, you are creative and smart and friendly and spunky and curious and loving and about to get baptised!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The scouts headed out for a rainy adventure on Antelope Island. They lucked out with a pavillion, so they used our 12 man tent as a wind screen and stayed as dry as possible. The next morning they attacked a 10 mile bike ride including a 23% grade hill. Scouts can do hard things!