Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It brought back so many memories of when my mom used to take my friends and I on girl outings! We had such a wonderful time, making pizza, drinking hot chocolate, having a movie marathon, playing games, playing in the snow, and eating continuous goodies! We always eat tons at Nana's cabin, it's tradition!!! We all love the kettle corn that Nana makes! Nana's cabin is always inviting and she is always the perfect hostess, making sure everyone's every needs are met! Her motto when she brings teens is, "What happens or is said at the cabin stays at the cabin!" I think that is why my kids love going to the cabin so much---who wouldn't!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
One of my very favorite things (Okay I know I have a lot of favorite things) about the holidays is playing games with family and friends! I thought I would share a fun game that our family got for Christmas from the Youngs! It is a game the whole family will enjoy---all ages! And it only takes 1 second to learn and it begs you to keep playing, or should I say I keep begging my family to keep playing. I do have a tendency to burn my family out because I LOVE TO PLAY GAMES!!! My friend is in a game club, maybe I should join and then I wouldn't burn my family out but actually the part I love the most is spending time with my family playing games! Thanks Youngs for a super fun Christmas present!!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Four Generations of Women! We are so blessed to have Great Nana for Christmas! She radiates love!
We were spoiled with the perfect ski conditions! TONS OF SNOW!!! I have never skied in so much powder! It was amazing! It spoiled us for any other kind of conditions! We all loved skiing in powder to our knees! It was truly a beautiful winter wonderland! We had such a wonderful vacation together! My family said I was the most quotable, but I can't remember any of my wise quotes right now! I'm sure they'll remember them forever! We enjoyed every night coming back to our warm cottage getting into our new Christmas pajamas(that we opened early), drinking hot chocolate, watching Christmas movies and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of Durango Colorado! It brought back a flood of memories skiing there with my family growing up! I'm so thankful for my CrAzY, FUN, Spontaneous family that talks me into doing things that create wonderful memories for years to come! Also thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Whiting and Nana and Paul for the money for the lift tickets! It was the best Christmas present EVER!!! We are also thankful for Wades platinum reward points for free Marriott stays! It was truly the perfect vacation and got us in the Christmas spirit!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I am so blessed to have 19 of the sweetest beehives! Wednesday night we made four different kinds of goodies; drizzled chocolate covered pretzels, white chocolate dipped nutter butter cookies made into snowman, oreos dipped in white chocolate with crushed peppermint candy canes, and Christmas mice cookies made out of a chocolate kiss and a marchino cherry dipped in chocolate. It was like a chocolate factory in my kitchen! These girls amaze me with their creativity! After, we had a present exchange, exchanged family traditions and listened to my favorite Christmas story "The Christmas Candle"! They are so much fun to be around. They are examples to me in so many ways---they really know how to live in the moment and they get so excited to try new things! I love being around them! I love my Beehives!!! Thanks for bringing the Christmas spirit in my home!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
My neighbor gifts turned out so cute this year! They are hot chocolate boxes (that I bought at Costco) with a homemade candy cane (bought at Costco) and a bag of the homemade pretzel and oreo goodies all tied up in a bow!
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Buy pretzels that are already dipped in Yogurt or Chocolate. You can get them at Sprouts in their bulk bins for 2.99 a lb.
- melt green and red chocolate melts in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until fully melted. Directions are on the back of the bag.
- cut a very tiny hole in zip lock bag, spoon in chocolate and squeeze on to pretzels.
- melt white chocolate melts same as above.
- dip in crushed candy cane
We did these both for family night! They are so easy and taste so yummy. The Candy Cane sprinkled oreos are a family favorite. This is also a fun idea for Young Women's. We are going to do them this Wednesday at my house after having a gift exchange.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We love Rockefeller Center! Christmas is definitely in the air!
Wade and I spent 5 days in New York at the Waldorf Astoria! It felt like the life of the rich and famous for a few days any way. We had a day at the Waldorf spa, shopping, dining at the U.N., Broadway musicals, sight seeing, and of course our favorite... New York pizza! There is nothing that compares to New York at Christmas time! The whole city is lit up with the most beautiful window decorations! It is quite a sight to see! Wade and I didn't want to sleep because we didn't want to miss a minute of it! We have so many traditions and things we love to do in New York, this year we started some new ones but kept the old so we were continually on the run! I came home ready for the festivities of Christmas to begin!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tonight I found out that they changed the dinner to one of my best friends house instead of the restaurant they were planning on going to. So I called her to ask her if she needed any help...of course she said no, but said just come over and visit! I am so glad that I went over because feeding 22 teens is not an easy task! Her brother is a gourmet chef. It was the fanciest meal I've ever seen! I came home stuffed because he kept asking me to taste everything! It was all amazing! I'm so grateful for good friends and mothers that go all out in behalf of my children! Thanks Rochelle for all your hard work you did tonight!
I came home and my husband had finished all the wash and had everything all folded in the closet, the suitcases out and an itinerary and packing list of what I needed for our trip to New York tomorrow! He never ceases to amaze me! I don't know what I would do with out him! If I was half as organized as he is our home would run so much smoother, I guess that is why we make such a great team... he makes up the difference where I lack! Thanks Wade I don't know what I would do without you!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Here is some of the pictures we took on my camera in between the professional ones!
I can't believe these pictures turned out so well! We took them after being up at 4:00 am and shopping all day! My mom and Paul had scheduled these pictures since all of the family was in town for Thanksgiving! It was such a fun photo shoot because it was done on a whim! We got ready so quickly and with hardly any thought! I decided this is the way to go for all the family pictures to come, it took all the stress out of it! Of course Janelle is such a talented photographer and can make anyone look amazing! I love family pictures because it makes you love and appreciate your family all the more!
Family and Friends with Due West
Thursday, December 4, 2008
One of our favorite traditions is for the the girls and I to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving(black Friday). It has become one of our favorite days together! We wake up at 4:00 (which is an amazing feat for me) and we shop all day until we are exhausted, to try to get all the great deals! One of the best deals that I have ever found was last year, my laptop that I am using right now to blog! I paid $300 for a $800 dollar computer. Anyone that knows me knows I love a good deal! It is definitely an adrenaline rush! We have such fun memories from years past that we always laugh at through the day! This year Joslyn spent the night so she could wake up and go with us! It was such a treat to have her back home with us! We started off by going to Kohls to get a GPS for $50--no wonder the check out line wrapped around the store! Then headed for Chandler Mall! We were able to get all of our Christmas shopping done!
When we came home, Wade had put the Christmas tree up, cleaned the house and taken all Jakes friends to the bowling alley for his birthday party! We hurried and changed for family pictures with my side of the family, then Mom and Paul treated us to our favorite restaurant Tia Rosas. It was a fun but exhausting day! Wade and I both dropped by 9:00 that night but got woken up by our kids coming home with all their friends asking if they can hang out at our house! No rest for the weary!