We had our yearly rendition of the Christmas pageant at Mom and Dad's again this year. Dad filled his role nicely by painting mustaches and beards on all the kids. Mom directed, and played the piano. It's always nice to get time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Ty was thrilled to get to play the part of the King (a.k.a. one of the wise men)
Tristyn was able to play Mary this year. I'm not sure Mary had braces, but I thought Trist did a wonderful job.
The entire manger scene. I thought Rob made an excellent donkey. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! May the spirit of Christ fill your lives and your homes during this season and througout the year.
The other day Ty asked if he could go ask the neighbor girl if she could play. "Sure", I said. A few minutes later he came rolling back down the side walk with her on the back of his little electric 4-wheeler. I got a good kick out of it. He's our little ladies man. How could you resist this?
We had the chance to go to Lake Powell with Tracey's family for one last summer fling. We had a blast as always and hated coming back. Thanks again Keith and Fawna. Here's a few pictures from some of the fun we had.
The kids could have spent all day going down the slide on the houseboat and been perfectly happy.
Trying to learn how to surf behind the boat. That was a lot of fun. Once you get it down you let go of the rope and can just follow behind the boat, surfing in the wake. I never got quite that far.
Tristyn cliff jumping
Ty learning how to knee board. I think he cried the whole time because he was scared, but he did awesome!
We were asking Ty how kindergarten was going and we got this story from him. He was going to the bathroom in the urinal (he hasn't learned how to do it yet without pulling his pants down to his ankles) and some bigger boys came in and starting making fun of him because they could see his bum. When he finished he went over to them and said, "Oh yea, well my dog is better than your dog." (That'll show 'em Ty) Then he stomped on their toes and walked out of the bathroom. ......I hope he survives kindergarten!
In primary yesterday the kids were given this paper with the heading "I am thankful for:". The kids were asked to draw pictures of what they were thankful for. The picture below is what Ty wrote. Pay attention to the right side of the picture. That's what he told the teacher his picture was. I'm just wondering if I should be worried?
Kyle stopped by on his way to Chicago just to say see ya later and wish me well. I know it will be hard for many of you ladies, but I hope you can still find it in your hearts to cheer on the Jazz next season. Kyle expressed the same sentiments. He gave me a chest bump followed by a high five, then headed out the door. Good luck in Chicago!
Last week we had our annual Associated Food Stores food show. It was highlighted by the Oakridge Boys concert. Thats right, you know the boys. Elvira was in the house. Enjoying a nice dinner on one of the nights.
We had our sixth annual Customer appreciation breakfast Saturday at the store. We figured we fed somewhere between 500-600 people. It was a lot of fun even though we had to brave a little cool weather and a few raindrops. Thanks to the Valley for all of your support. Also thanks to friends and family for all your help putting it on.
We were at the mall the other night for Tracey's birthday (Happy birthday babe) and Ali Vincent from the biggest loser was there with her mom. She's the one that won it a couple of seasons ago. That is Tracey's favorite show, and when we were walking by they were just getting ready to finish so there was only a couple of people in line. We decided to stop and meet her. Ty and Tristyn thought it was pretty cool to meet somebody that was "famous". Ty hung on to her autographed picture all night.
Ty and I had the following conversation the other night: Ty: Dad can I bring my dinosaur in the bathtub? Me: No, the dinosaur has batteries, it would ruin it. Ty: Well I'm going to ask Mom then. Me: You don't need to ask Mom, I already told you no. Ty: Yea but Mom's the boss. Me: I'm your boss too. Ty: Well she's the boss 'er 'er. Me: Laughter... It's pretty bad when even your 5-year old son recognizes that Mom is THE boss.
So we have this little thing at our house that when the kids are fighting they have to go sit in the corner together and hug. It's quite humorous really. Tristyn hates it and Ty loves it. So while they are hugging Ty will antagonize Tristyn even more so that more time gets added on. Tristyn wouldn't even look at me because she was crying, while Ty couldn't stop grinning. This little hug session lasted around 11 minutes from the original 5 because of the extra antagonizing. I had to walk into the other room because I couldn't stop laughing at the difference in the two attitudes. Now if only this would work for Tracey and I.
I'm grateful to have made it through this one. I knew it wasn't a good sign when the second song that came on my i-pod after I started was Shania Twains "man, I feel like a woman". I really need to work on my play-list. Anyway here's a few pictures that My Mom took along the way. Thanks for being there to cheer me on Mom and Dad. Also thanks to all those who cheered along the way, it's always a big lift.