Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas in the Mountains

 Colby & Jayden
 Jayden, Demi & Karen
 My handsome man, Tracen
 That would be me!!! Grandma sledding!!!
 Vance on his super sled!
 Travis...always in the kitchen!
 Kaelynn and beautiful!
 Out hunting for our tree
 Goof offs!
 We found our tree!
 Papa playing with Tanner
 The girls making Christmas Eve dinner
 Jayden decorating the tree
 Best buds...Colby and Braden
 Singing carols & feeding reindeer
 Waiting for the go ahead on Christmas morning

 Jayden made Cameron a cool sword
 Dad's new knife display box
 Christmas dinner
 Game night...highly competitive
 Mom's new it!
 Grandpa and Colby
 Jayden, Dad and Mom
 Papa and his girl...Makenna
Shawnte' and Mom working on ornaments

This year we booked the lodge at Camp Zarahemla near Mt. Rainier. We ended up having a "daughter's Christmas" as the boys were spending the holiday elsewhere. It was a magical time being in the mountains with the snow and the grand kids! Christmas eve we went sledding and hiked in a little to pick out our favorite tree. It was my favorite tree of all time as the girls made the ornaments and it was simply decorated. I think the kids had a blast playing together (although poor Vance was sick nearly the entire time). The girls made a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner ~ pulled pork with tortilla's...yum! After dark, we took the kids outside to sing Christmas carols and spread reindeer food on the snow ~ our tradition with Jayden. Christmas morning we opened gifts. It's always so fun to see creative minds at work. All of our gifts were homemade! I love the dessert plate and apron Shawnte' made for me, and Grandpa got a knife display box from Cameron that is just beautiful! Owen put together a binder of favorite talks and thoughts for Jayden which was so special, especially now that he's preparing for his mission. (They also bought him luggage for his mission...way cool). Travis worked so hard in the kitchen preparing a prime rib dinner that was out of this world! It was just fun being together and living in the moment, although several of us were fighting being sick! Seasonal illnesses can't be controlled~it's so frustrating. Christmas night, after the kids went to bed, the big kids played games and enjoyed our final night together. I'm so grateful we made time to be together. I mustn't forget to mention that we brought Marlee, our Mourning Dove who was in heaven and pretty much stayed connected to Dad the whole time.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bricen's Blessing

We were so blessed to have little Bricen blessed in our ward. We decided to do it this weekend while the family was up for Jayden's Eagle. Good memories!

Jayden's Eagle Scout

It was an amazing weekend as we welcomed family and friends to help celebrate Jayden and his accomplishment in receiving his Eagle Scout!!! It was wonderful to have his best friend Shawn Stallings being recognized with him. The boys worked tirelessly to finish before their 18th birthdays...ha!
Grandma & Grandpa drove up and shared some quality time with us. It was so moving to have them share in this with Jayden. It's a cherished memory. We asked Kevin Olsen to MC the event as we felt he's been such a friend over the years; never missing the Priesthood Session with our boys! Dad was surprised when Shawn gave him the Mentor pin. What an honor!