Thursday, December 14, 2006


A tradition that started long before we had kids, has no evolved. We have always enjoyed getting together to make gingerbread houses. Although every year comes with the disappointment that we are not professionals at it, we have a good time anyway. As kids have joined us, they get their own little house to decorate. Courtney had such a good time doing hers this year, although she didn't know why she had to put the candy on the house and not eat it. She definitely takes after her dad, artistically speaking. She is much better at decorating than a two year old should be. Unlike my other family members, who put their houses out on display the whole Christmas season, ours don't last nearly that long. With two in the house that never pass up sugar, it didn't take long for Courtney's to be completely eaten, glue and all. And you can see what is left of my poor house. I guess it's better for them to get eaten than to go to waste.

Ok, so I'm a little late with this one. I still wanted everyone to see our thanksgiving day. It was a lot of fun because all of my family was in attendance except for one brother and sister-in-law. They had a good excuse. My sister-in-law, Kristen ,had a baby on November 19. Congratulations to them! While it is fun to get together, there are way too many kids running around under foot. We had seven there, 3 of them being 2 year olds. As you can see, Courtney and her cousin, Abbie, got very worn out. Amazingly, they both feel asleep together.

While the kids were sleeping we had the opportunity to play games together, which is tradition. We love it and have a great time. We have much to be thankful for and are always happy to have this day to reflect on the blessings that have been given to us by our Father in Heaven.