Thursday, January 5, 2012

christmas tree 2011

every year we seem to go bigger and better when it comes to the ol' christmas tree. while i do NOT like the watering and the pine needles everywhere for several weeks, a real tree is kind of fun and seems to be our thing. we've gone to the same lot for the past 3 or 4 years. this year's tree was about as big as the corner it goes in... not much room to spare. we got it up and pretty much done the day after christmas. i also had my christmas decor out before thanksgiving even happened. clearly i need to invest in more pilgrim and turkey decor so as to not skip from pumpkins and skulls to ornaments and lights. i've kept a tradition my mom had with our girls which is getting a new ornament for each of them every year. i have almost all of mine from when i was younger until college that my mom gave me. so, that's what the pictures are of above. olivia with her yarn angel and violet with her yarn santa. blurry of course because this is just before i got my shiny, new camera!

thanksgiving 2011

we did thanksgiving with adam's family this year along with a few extra friends. it was a great group and the kids had a great time acting crazy together at papa joel and gigi's house, as usual. i didn't take very many pictures so fortunately a friend  in attendance captured a few.... :) the layout is all weird in this post but i'm too lazy to fix it. i'm on a mission to get caught up on blogging!

turkey trot that morning with my mom and sister. the early time was not agreeing with me, apparently. yikes.

 done! time to eat!

 the mac and cheese was my duty this year

 too many cooks in the kitchen!

 the kiddies

 my pie i took home and finished off in an embarrassingly short amount of time.












wedding in utah

in november adam and i went to his cousin kristen's (also a childhood friend of mine) wedding in UT. adam only came out for a few days of the trip (i went out a little early and stayed a little longer with adam's sisters), which was also a surprise for his sister courtney and niece reagan who was getting baptized the same weekend. i wish i had the video of when reagan answered the door to find funny/cute. anyway, it was great to have a kid-free break and eat at all our favorite UT spots... oink! the wedding was tons of fun (especially since we didn't have to worry about getting home to pay a babysitter! the girls stayed with my parents the whole time we were gone and had a great time.) i also caught up with a few old friends. we rounded out the weekend with brunch at sundance and before we all busted out of our clothes from eating so much, we called it good and headed home!

 old roomies at goodwood bbq. this was the day i flew in which hopefully explains why i look like death.

 some deliciousness at sweet tooth fairy...

 the old stomping grounds...where we felt ancient compared to all the young, hip students on campus. is this really happening? am i getting old?

 at the wedding...

 adam's whole family minus garrett and scott! (and + aunt kelley)

 my camera was on some really weird setting...we look like cartoons.

 this pic cracks me up because i always feel like i'm smiling pretty big in my pictures and then they turn out like this. i look like i'm barely smiling and like i'm about to kill someone. cute. 

 went to the BYU game where we thankfully had indoor seats because it was faaaa-reeezing!

 cougar tail. gross.

 alex, abbie, ashley. one of them does not look like the others. 

 there's adam!



halloween 2011

kicking things off at the methodist school fall festival 

 candy corn sugar cookies! (thanks to pinterest)

 the girls were both hippies for the church party...

 with cousin mckinley as a hula girl...

 olivia switched it up to a flapper girl on the actual night of halloween... it was an old dress up of mine when i was little that my mom dug out of the attic!

on halloween night we kicked off the night with a stop at papa joel and gigi's house, stopped by a friends neighborhood for a party and a little trick or treating, then ended the night at my parents for homemade donuts and charlie brown's halloween outside on the big screen. good times!