Saturday, December 30, 2006

Ok, I think I'm done

Picasa never did post my entries and pictures so I did my best to remember what I had posted. These won't be as witty as the first set, but they are Erika originals so they're still good!

We actually had some sun today (but didn't get above freezing) so even though Denver's pretty much closed, we were able to get to Home Depot and pick up some goodies. The streets were at least passable. Our street was plowed by a real snowplow!

Usually we are just blessed to have our neighbor Greg get out with his 4-wheeler and plow attachment to help us out of our cul-de-sac. We all shovel out our walks and driveways and then Greg makes a big path up our cul-de-sac. Then we all shovel out extensions to our driveways to meet his main path. So I back out of our driveway and into someone else's extension to turn around and get out of the cul-de-sac. Fun, fun, fun!

RC said that Doug got 20" in Albuquerque (that is one funky word to spell) and did quite a bit of shoveling - welcome to our Winter Wonderland!

We wish you all the best for 2007 and hope it's fun of love and family and friends who care about you!

Big hugs,
the ones in Colorado

Ludicrous speed

Remember that line from spaceballs? That's what I felt like while shoveling this. We haven't had "a lot" of snow, not "tons" of snow, we've had a ridiculously ludicrous amount of snow!

First 27", then some melted and I could see the swings on our swingset again, then another 16"! Why? It's just crazy. Most of you haven't had to deal with this, but do you know what the worst part is? There is NOWHERE to put it!!! You try and shovel it, but your existing snowbank is so tall everything just rolls right back down on the pavement you just shoveled.

You can't even play in it! My kids would get lost in the front yard! And it's too cold anyway. You'd freeze. After shoveling it my core was warm but the exposed skin on my face hurt, and because I had just jeans on it was hours before my lower parts weren't chilled through.

I have never before pondered spending $600 so easily (think gas-powered 2-stage snow thrower). BTW - I had no idea that they were snow throwers. I always thought they were snow blowers. I now have my eye on a $263 Toro 1800. You have no idea how tempted I am.

doo, doo, doo lookin' out my backdoor

This was our 27" with blizzard #1

Rick and Erika sittin' in a tree...

I have been meaning to get a pic of this since it happened this fall, but here it is - finally! Apparently if you are lacking romance in your life - buy your man a chain saw.

Road trip

We decided pretty last minute that we would try and head up to Washington after all for Thanksgiving. What a trip! I don't think we'll ever do that again. Sore, sick and tired - yucky. We drove through/to CO, WY, ID, UT, OR and WA. Days long trips are just no fun.

We were able to stay with Denise and Josh, Kim and Curtis, Linda and Allen, my mom, and Keith and JoAnn (we love you all!!!). It's nice to be wanted! :) We went to my mom's for Thanksgiving since we had done Christmas with Rick's family the year before and we went a bit out of the way to stay the afternoon with Rick's family on the way home. We got to meet our newest little nephew Kevin and be there for his blessing. What a cutie! And Ashlyn and Nathan got to have another dose (they saw Denise's and Linda's kids on the way up) of "Cousin Frenzy" and loved every minute!

Making sugar cookies

Well, here is my attempt at creating a family tradition. I made 80-some-odd sugar cookies for the kiddos (minus a dozen + to take to mutual (the youth group activity)). I have since found out that the food coloring I have is out of date. Did you know they now make really cool coloring that actually turns frosting RED???? Not pink, but a real red! I'm so excited!Here is my son smiling for the camera. Anyone have any tips? He really thinks that this is smiling! What have you told your kids to do?

Thanksgiving dinner

I promised mom I'd blog about her Thanksgiving mishap - the pumpkin pie with no sugar!
Eatin' the pie.
Nathan being Nathan (with an actual smile)!

Older than dirt...

Here's Rick with his "Better than Sex" cake. Though he doesn't believe it's correctly named, he sure does like the cake. But enough of that. Here is Rick's cake (we were told not to invite anyone over) and him making a wish. He got lots of his beloved apple cider, Apples to Apples, phone calls from the fam (even Jake - he must be getting old to make his own birthday calls!) and some new Catan games - cities and knights along with the 5-6 player expansion! (Which we now have go and buy the regular game expansion in order to play - ugh). So as soon as the snow melts we'll have a game night!

"Oh the things you can think, if only you try..."
Did you know you can spell other words with your "Happy Birthday" candles?

Lovin' the Cousins

Here we are at Temple Square in SLC. Before you yell at me, Ashlyn REFUSED to put on pants. We all went down to look at the nativities (the lights weren't up yet) and to see the new movie at the visitor's center. I'll have to go see it again without kids!
Here's Gavin, stayin cozy and happy being pushed by lovely Cousin Sally.

Preschool Halloween Party

What a haul, huh? Notice Nathan - he's holding a "camera", with one finger pushing the button to take a picture and making a "click-click" noise.

Flyin' fairy.

Friday, December 29, 2006

My new thing

Here are some (or all, if you want to get picky) of the digital scrapbooking pages that I've done. I have to wait until my computer won't die on me to make any more (these took HOURS b/c the computer was so slow) but I hope to have this replace my feeble efforts to scrapbook and record our lives for posterity.

Remember if you click on the pic, they should open bigger for you!

Yes, Jesus loves me

This is Christus at the Salt Lake Temple Square visitor's center.

Temple Square

We went to Temple Square with Denise and kiddos (and beautiful Cousin Sally) to see the new movie portraying the life of the prophet Joseph Smith released for his 200th birthday. They had gorgeous creches throughout temple square and the cousins enjoyed the time together. (Gavin was in a stroller pushed by Sally, but Tayler was up for pictures).

We love Denise!

She took some very adorable family pics (or she tried - and Nathan thwarted her!). Thanks! (And thanks to Josh for the shirt!)


Sorry - this is the only pic we have of Nathan in his Superman outfit!

And here's pic of Ashlyn and Olivia!
Related Posts with Thumbnails