Archive for December 2008

Snow Day

We had a ton of snow over Christmas and as luck would have it the kids got a new sled/saucer on Christmas morning. It was freezing cold outside the day after Christmas so the older girls weren’t interested in playing with the saucer but Sam and Texas were game so we bundled them up and sent them over to the neighborhood field. They were there for over an hour while Nancy and I worked on clearing the driveway and walks. After an hour Texas came home to go to the bathroom and Nancy and I decided to go check on Sam. Just as we turned the corner we saw Sam trudging home with the saucer in tow. He was ice cold but had been having so much fun that he ended up with a big frozen grin on his face.

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Nancy and Sam coming back from the playground

After a bathroom break and time to get warm the kids wanted to slide some more but the realized that our driveway has a longer hill than the little slope at the neighborhood field so they spent time sliding down the slick driveway even though we had already cleared the snow.

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Of course, the ice mounds left over from the snowplow at the bottom of the drive make for a bumpy landing but that’s just all part of the fun when you’re trying out your new toys the day after Christmas.

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Christmas 2008

I was in Hawaii the first week of December on business. Being in Hawaii was nice but missing the first week of December seemed to just put everything else in the month behind schedule. We didn’t get a chance to do our annual trip downtown to see the lights. We were behind in our Christmas shopping. We didn’t get around to doing presents for all the neighbors or people at work. By the time Christmas rolled around I was just grateful for a couple of days off and a chance to catch my breath because everything else during the month had seemed so rushed.

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For Christmas Eve we went to Lori’s house and had a spectacular dinner of Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese food. I ate way more than my fair share but it was so good! We had a fun program of piano recital, poems, and manger scene reenactment. It was fun to see Nate and even more fun as he carried the laptop around the house filming everything for Grandma Connie and Grandpa Kent to watch live in Hong Kong over Skype.

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Christmas morning was our usual fare of presents, candy, playing with toys, picking up messes, phone calls to relatives, and relaxing. The older kids are adjusting to the fact that Santa doesn’t always bring big ticket items like iPods, cell phones, and laptops. I can’t believe that kids in 6th and 7th grade even asking for laptops but apparently having a laptop is what it takes to be cool at “South Jordan” Middle School.

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Trimming the tree

This year(2008) right after Thanksgiving, BYUFan left for Hawaii on a business trip, so the kids and I put the lights and ornaments on the tree all by ourselves. The kids had fun finding all the little ornaments they had made at school in previous years. They also loved getting out all the nativity scenes and setting them up on the mantle. I think the kids did a good job.