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Happy New Year! My mom and dad were so nice to let us plan a party at their house. We had a nerd theme, but everyone was a little too shy to dress up except Steve, Mom, and me. Oh well, I realized a little too late that it probably wasn’t the best theme. You live and learn. It was a fun night, though, with delicious food, games, quizzes, and karaoke.
Here’s Anthony, Karen, Italia, Mom, Dad, and Mario (with Caden in the background).
Sing it, Davin!
Here’s Steve working hard on the quiz.
Here’s a little Christmas re-cap.
This is my peanut “brittle” I made. Those of you who have cooked it before could see easily that I didn’t cook it long enough. It still tasted good, but we lovingly called it peanut “gummy”. I think it might catch on.
I know you’re all jealous of our cool snowpants. They kept us nice and toasty for our second annual sleeding-on-Christmas-Eve with the Greene’s.
I have to say, Steve is a great gift buyer for kids. He did most of the shopping for the kid gifts we gave this year and they were all a hit. This sled is one of them he picked out. It took awhile to blow up, but it was a lot of fun (even for the adults).
Here we are ready to go.
Christmas Eve we went to Amy and Alan’s for dinner and entertainment. Here are our lovely hosts. They are so good at throwing parties. Everything always looks so nice, and tastes so yummy.
Here’re some of the clan. Mario, Nelson, and Anthony (aka Elvis).
Ah! so cute! Nelson Leland and Scott.
Autumn and Karen showing off the beautiful set-up. I like to call them Betsy’s Beauties.
In England they have a tradition to open poppers. Since Alan is from England they gave us each one. Each popper came with a crown, a joke, and a little present. Steve and I got a bottle opener and a tiny set of cards. Here are Mom, Scott, and Dad being royalty for the evening.
Mom and Dad set up a fun nativity with costumes. They are such fun grandparents!
Here are the adults watching the nativity. :)
Here’s my creativity for Christmas. It is a cheeseball in the shape of a pinecone. I know if it’s done well you don’t have to explain it, but I just want to be sure you know what it is.
Christmas morning! We spent it with the Greene’s. Such cute kids and so much fun.
“Here’s lookin’ at you kid!”
We have been looking forward to Rachelle and Aaron’s wedding for so long (at least 4 months…maybe longer). While we were there we had an early Christmas with Steve’s family. Santa even came to share in the festivities. What lucky people are we! Also, since we were only an hour and a half from one of the great wonders of the world, we decided to go see it. Actually, I was the only one who hadn’t been to Niagara Falls, so I’m glad everyone didn’t mind going again.
This is in the Minnesota airport. I thought these big ‘ol statues were pretty cool. I get phone calls at work from people who say things like “lozenge-r” and “Minnesot-er”. I don’t know if these people actually live in Minnesota, but I kept saying that while I was in the airport b/c I think it’s funny. When someone walking past gave me a dirty look, I decided I should probably stop.
Here we are with Santa.
The happy couple. They got married in the Toronto LDS temple.
Steve and Tessa. All of the little girls looked so cute in their dresses.
The reception was beautiful! And there was a lot of fun. My goal the entire weekend was to get at least one dance with Steve. Even though he was busy being MC and updating/making the slideshow, he took time out for not just one, but three dances. What a good hubby.
Here we are matchy-matchy.
And the Canada-side. Pretty awesome!
Here’s a picture of the kids dressed up all cute. (thanks, Tami!)
This weekend we went to a live Nativity put on by a church group in our area. It was done in the Provo Tabernacle. Outside they had some real live animals you could pet. I know there are too many pictures of the camel, but it was really cool.
Here is a miniature donkey.
Here are the kids with the camel.
The adults and Tessa with the camel.
Does anyone else think he’s smiling, almost smirking?
We also went to Paula’s to make gingerbread houses.
Shanna and Brad
Heather, Chris, Beau, and Brayden
Elise and Jeffrey
Steve and Betsy
Most of the crew with all of the houses. Yum! We also had a gift exchange and a white elephant exchange. I got a silver spoon rest. I love it! For the white elephant we got a cookie mix. Talk about a great white elephant.
Here we are waiting for the kernels of corn. It’s a tradition that everyone receives 5 kernels of corn and we go around the room and say 5 things for which we are grateful. This is probably my favorite tradition.