Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve...

 Can hardly believe that another year has come and gone.  I swear I blinked and 2013 was over.  2013 was a GOOD year to us...We had 4 of our handsome boys get baptized, Tristen turned 16, Michael turned 12, Brandon started school, we have all been healthy, and the list goes on.  We truly are blessed!!  

To ring in the new year we had some friends over(Porters, Reidheads, and Bryces), ate some good food, and played some fun games. 
 Parker and Caden

 Heidi & Brandon 

 Maron and Miles

 Grizzly Adams...hes such a good dad

Boston and my favorite kid ever, Canon:)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  It was one of the most relaxed and enjoyable Christmas Days we've ever had.  Not sure if it's because we didn't have any upset kids this year or because we stayed home most of the day and just played with our kids.  2 of the highlights were getting to talk to Sister Rachel Hunt and Elder Macky Slade!!!

 Before the bomb went off:)

 Kids lined up waiting
 Maron got the pink hat she has been asking for!
 Caden and his new bike
 Morgon got a DS

 The after math...and yes even our dog Rolo enjoyed Christmas

We headed out to the ranch around 4:00 to help prepare Christmas Dinner.  It is always good to spend Christmas with those you love!!
 The adorable Maddelyn
 Trey and Paul
 Aunt Ta, Michael, and Madde
 Ciara & Wesley
 Amanda and Ryker
 Maryssa and I
 My beautiful mother and I...in the aprons that Gay and Tara made us out of my dad's old shirts!
 All of us girls modeling our awesone aprons
In honor of my Dad we had to make one of his famous funny faces!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve...

 This year we had kind of a quiet Christmas Eve.  We usually have Randy and Cynthia here with us and do a big dinner, but this year it was just our family and we had yummy sandwiches for dinner.  The kids all loved their PJ's!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Our FaVoRiTe Santa...

 Our Christmas wouldn't be complete without a visit from our FAVORITE Santa.  He is one of a kind...Has the biggest heart of anyone I know...and has spread Christmas cheer for YEARS!  Can't thank him enough for always making my kids' dreams come true.   WE LOVE YOU SANTA!!!

You're NEVER too old to sit on Santa's lap!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

School Christmas Program and awards...

 The kids put on a great school program this year.  With kids in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd we were pretty entertained.  The special part about the night was that once the program was over they honored my late Aunt Val by giving each child a book in honor of her.  

The last day of school before Christmas break they had an awards ceremony out at the primary school.  
 Morgon got 3 awards...honor roll, reading, and perfect attendance

 Morgon and his good friend, Brian
Morgon receiving one of his awards

 Miles got 2 awards...perfect attendance and honor roll

Paul got 1 award...for awesome work and good behavior(which is huge for him!!!)


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Bunco Party...

 Have I ever said how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas??  Cause I do!  I love the lights, I love the music, I love the feeling, and I love the parties.  I love that it gives us an excuse to get together and have some fun!!  We have had this bunco group for many years now.  Some have come and gone, but the majority of us are still here and play every month.  I think we would all agree that the Christmas Bunco party, where our husbands get to join us, is the best bunco party of the year.  I always love hosting it!!

 LeAnna opening a gift(top left), Ginger with a HUGE fly swatter(top right)
Ross with his Sex Bell(bottom Left) and Jed with his ugly sweater(bottom right)

Emma and Kelli(top left...Kelli started a new tradition of ugly sweater wearing), and Brian and Christin with their suit and dress made of undies(top right)
Bruce, Shawna, Marcie & Daniel(bottom Left) and Heidi, Brandon, Ross, and Tiffani(bottom right)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Nativity...

 Tho small in numbers this year...the kids still put on an amazing Christmas Pageant.  Big thanks to my mom who keeps our family traditions going!!

 Sweet Angel Maron
 Two of our crazy shepherds...Kayleb and Miles
 Angel Mallori
 Goofy Shepherds...Quinn, Rudger, and Morgon
 Tristen(the Jackass) and Payton(Mary)

 Mary and Maron
 Amelia and Mallori
 Our three wiseguys
At the end of the pageant Porter had his head down crying...I asked him what was wrong and he said, 'I really miss Grandpa!'

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Tree Cutting...

 One of my favorite traditions every year is cutting Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving.  This year we had a few of the extended Slade family with  us and that was a lot of fun!!  Brandon ended up having to work so I braved it and took all the kids.  Thanks to help from siblings and my mom we were successful in finding a tree and not losing any of the kids!!

 Maryssa and Maron(top left), Byrlee and Tessa(top Right)
Mallori(bottom left) and our family with our tree(bottom right)
These two crack me up...they are BFF's.  Carly was telling em what faces to make.  The first pic was their silly faces, and the bottom one is their mad faces!!

Ron Tenney Family(top left), Jami, mom, and I(top Right)
Mallory Family(bottom Left) and Slade Fam(bottom Right)