Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"So Grateful"

I am so grateful for my wonderful family! We were able to spend all last week up in Utah for Thanksgiving with them, and it made me realize how lucky I am to have such a great family. Because we don't live by family, and haven't for quite a few years, I cherish every moment we get to spend with them.
My Mom planned every little detail out and made the week perfect for all us. She is wonderful! We ate, played games, laughed, saw Twilight (with my Mom and sister-in-laws), found out my brother and his wife Ashley are having another boy ! (Yey!) , some played in a Turkey bowl, shopped, etc. It was a crazy, but perfect week.

My Mom, Haley, and I preparing the food

The Fam enjoying all of the food. It was so good and we all ate way too much!

Then it was on to the Thanksgiving story and sharing what we are all grateful for. I just love these moments!

This year my parents are only going to have 2 kids home for Christmas. The 3 married kids are with in-laws and Chris is on a mission. So, my Mom wanted to end of the week celebrating Christmas together. We exchanged gifts, had a gingerbread house contest, and even had a surprise visit from Santa!

All of the houses, but the winner was...
Rich and Kristen! They definitely took the most time! Love these 2!

Haley with Santa. She was a little scared at first, but warmed up to him in the end!

Finally, my sweet Sister-in-Law Ashley helped me take some 6 month pictures of little Kate. Kate is so sweet and adorable. I absolutely LOVE the stage she is at right now. She sits up, loves to cluck her tongue, is so happy and smiley, and really, just makes us so happy. I just want her to freeze right now and not get any older.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving!