Sunday, January 3, 2010


Wow, wow, wow! What a slacker I've been! November and December were such whirlwind months that I feel like I didn't have time to even breathe. I feel like I lost track of friends and what they were doing and going through. I didn't have time to spend with my kids like I wanted. I hope next Holiday season, I can relax and enjoy family and friends a little more! Well I'm going to catch up on everything that's happened in our family in the past few months with a few highlights!! Keep reading :D


December is always such a fun month filled with Christmas traditions. We spend a lot of time with family and friends enjoying eachother and remembering the reason for Christmas. The month started out with the Tabernacle Choir concert on Thursday the 10th. This year we got to take Jarik and Tairee with us. They loved it! It is always fun for the kids to see their Grammy and Papa singing. This was my dad's last Christmas concert. He has to retire in April, he's too old now ;) He is sad and we are sad and so we took Jarik so that he'd be able to see his Papa sing live. It was a great concert with Natalie Cole as a guest. She sangs some fun songs and we really felt the spirit. Sam and Camilla Gowans were able to come with us too.

The next week on Wednesday the 16th, we got to go see Voice Male with my brother and sister and their spouses. This is always such a fun concert! We are going to make sure and save enough money to take all the kids with us next year. They are such great entertainers and they can have fun but also sing beautiful, sacred songs with such great feeling. Voice Male is such a great acapella group! It was fun to spend time with my hubby and have a date night too!

The next night, the 17th, was the school choir's Christmas program. They sang for the school during the day and for parents at night. Jarik and Bree were in the choir and Tiaree had a speaking part. Aunt Emily made the best nightgown ever for her in less than 2 hours! Thanks again Ems! I help direct the choir and I got to be the rag doll to help the Kindergarteners and 1st graders on their song/dance. Ems let me borrow her awesome nightgown and Tracy made me a red yarn wig. It was fun!!

On the 19th we had a progressive dinner with my family. So much fun!! I think it will be a new tradition. We got to see everyone's houses all decorated and we had a little something to eat at each place, ending with dinner at our house. The only house we didn't see was Jared and Em's because they had awful downstairs neighbors who smoked all the time and their apartment was filled with 2nd hand smoke. They were getting ready to move the day we had our dinner, so that was a bummer.

I got to help in Jarik's class for their Christmas party on the 23rd. It was a lot of fun! 2nd graders are all crazy!! LOL!! I'm so glad I get to stay home so I can help with parties and choirs and all that fun stuff. I'm so very lucky! Here's a slide show of December.


November was extremely busy!! I was involved with putting on the New Moon Experience at the South Towne Expo center. It was on November 19 and 20. I was going, going, going right up until we put it all on. It was such a fun experience and I learned a lot and I got to spend time with some of my best friends (miss you all btw!!!) I was in charge of the Twilight Mom store/boutique. It was stressful and hectic but fairly successful. On Thursday Mom came and walked around for a bit with me, then Caitlin came and spent the rest of the night walking around and going to the Mitch Hansen concert. Then we hit the midnight show of New Moon. It was awesome!! Sooo much better than Twilight. I want to see it again, it's been too long :D On Friday Tiaree got to come hang out with me. I accidentally started a Twilight obsession with her. Or I guess I should say, Jacob obsession!! We got our hair done, our nails done and took lots of pictures. On Saturday after the event was all over, I took her and Jazmine (my niece) to see it again. They were so cute about it!!

On Saturday the 21st, the girls had a Christmas dance concert. Tiaree and Bree danced so good, Keighlee cried and refused to go on stage! Oh well, hopefully she will be better in the spring!

On Monday the 23rd, we had dinner at Tucci's for Emily's 30th birthday! It was a lot of fun being with family and surprising her!

Thanksgiving was a blast. We had my extended family over to our house and even though it was crowded with 25 people, it was so nice to see everyone and visit with family we haven't seen for a while. My Granny was able to come and it was good to see her, even though she doesn't know me from Eve. Her alzheimers is really getting bad and it's hard to talk to her knowing she doesn't remember me. It's also not so fun to repeat yourself 20,000 times!! She is going down hill fast and I don't know how much longer she will be here. It makes me sad to think of that, so I'm glad we got to spend some precious time with her on Thanksgiving. Here is a slide show of our awesome November! It's huge!!


October was a fun month. Bree turned 6 and we had a fun party for her. She had friends over and they decorated pumpkins and played games and had cupcakes. I can't believe she is 6. My kids are growing up way too fast!

We had a great Halloween and such cute kiddies! On Halloween Tracy put on stilts with our neighbor and chased trick-or-treaters with chain saws! Too funny! Here's a slide show of October!