Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

We hosted Christmas Eve with the Jones' this year. We had a yummy prime rib dinner and lots of goodies for dessert. Trevor and Meredith got to be Joseph and Mary in the Nativity Story. Meredith was so nuturing to Baby Jesus the entire time and took her role as May very serious.

Here is the whole gang. Dallin was the tallest angel I have ever seen!
Renay was even able to join us. It was nice to see her again as her schedule is so busy we do not get to see her often. Since Keith has moved up to Northern California he, unfortunately, was not able to celebrate with us. We sure did miss having him and Rodney here. Maybe next year....

Ryan, Renay and Randy

Christmas Day 2009

This year we were lucky and Trevor slept in until 6:00 a.m. We told his he had to go back to his bed until 7:00 a.m. then we would wake up his sisters to go down and see if Santa came. He gets the most excited about Christmas- it is fun to see the magic through his eyes!

Here is our traditional Christmas morning pictures on the stairs:Meredith got a red Nintendo DS
Trevor got Pokemon Platinum on the DS. Funny thing about this is later in the day he says "Mom I keep thinking I must be dreaming because I have dreamed about getting the game for so long that it is hard to believe that I really have it!"

Mackenzie got Band Hero and has been playing ever since!
Madalyn got an itouch. She was so surprised by this because she was our only child who did not ask Santa for something. She says that "Santa did good"!

Here is Ryan with a handmade ornament from Meredith:
Trevor loves his new batting gloves! He wears them to play video games too :o)!
Later that day we headed out to my mom's house for more presents and a delicious Christmas dinner. Grandma and me:
Trevor and Meredith wanted "Pop the Pig" so they were excited to open this!

Our family had a wonderful Christmas this year. The kids all got along and were geniunly happy with everything they got and for the time they were able to spend with family.

Christmas Concerts 2009

December is always a month of Christmas performances. I love to watch the kids perform as they just love to sing! We started with Meredith's Singer's Company performance. She had a solo "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night..." We thought she should of had the "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" since she lost both of her upper front teeth just before the performance!
Grandma and Meredith:
Here is Meredith at her Kindergarten Holiday Concert.

Trevor's 2nd grade Holiday Concert was merged with Ancestor day. First the kids sang with Mr. Healy (the music teacher) then the parents and kids went back to the classroom for a feast from around the world!

Trevor at his desk waiting to be excused to go eat!

Madalyn's middle school performance was wonderful! The concert began with the kids in their black dresses/ tuxedo's. They sang some beautiful songs.

Then at intermission the kids all changed into their holiday attire and sang some super fun songs! Here is Madalyn with one of her good friends Haylie:

Madalyn was selected to sing a song with her girlfriends. She is so lucky to have such wonderful peers who are all great examples to her! They did a great job!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thanksgiving in Orlando, Florida

I am FINALLY posting about our trip to Florida. There are about seven new post so scroll down and read them all!
We flew to Orlando, Florida with my parents and Scooter for the Thanksgiving week. We visited lots of Disney parks, swam at the resort and saw "A Christmas Carol". The weather was beautiful and we all had a wonderful time! We stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Villages timeshare. It was a beautful location with lots of waterfall and hammocks and it was only 5-10 minutes from the Disney Parks.
Thanksgiving dinner:

Here are some photos of us hanging out at the resort.


Our first day there we went to Disneyworld. It is very similar to Disneyland except the streets are wider and the Castle is bigger. The Castle is absolutely beautiful at night during the Christmas Season!! It is lit up and changes colors constantly- I could watch it for hours! This car was parked infront of us :o):
The ferry ride over to the park:


Epcot Center was lots of fun. We enjoyed the different countries and also the test track. This squirrel decided he wanted the peanuts we were eating with our lunch. He came rite up to us and just sat with us and ate. What a spoiled squirrel!


Scooter was pulled out of the audience in Italy to be the "joker" in the play who did "absolutely nothing"!! It was so funny!
United States:

Great Brittain:

Cousin love:

There was a Coca Cola store there that let us sample coke from all around the world. Most of them had a "fruity" taste and were not too bad. However the one from Italy left the most disgusting aftertaste in our mouth- it was gross!!
Here are all the different flavors we tried:

Trevor got to be part of a game show in Innoventions: