Friday, December 6, 2013

Tis' the Season!

Christmas is right around the corner + the holiday season is in full swing!
We always start of the month with tasty hors d'oeuvres whilst listening to Christmas music whilst trimming the tree!  
{due to construction in our home, we only have room for our mini-tree this year.  the boys still managed to make it look spectacular though!}

Another fun tradition is the Festival of Trees!  We took Great-Grandma along for the fun this year.  We enjoyed all the fancy, creative trees, wreaths, quilts and gingerbread houses.  {Grandma couldn't believe she was "old enough" to be pushed around in a wheelchair.  But I insisted if anyone deserved a free-ride it's this classy, spunky lady!}
The boys got a kick out of "Yoda Claus"
and COUGS!
We had a lovely time listening to Jarom sing in his school Christmas choir concert.  "Mistletoe" and "We Need a Little Christmas" were my faves and of course, "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" was a big hit.  Well done!
Last of all, Jer + I went to our first holiday party!  We met up with the finest informatisists representing the University of Utah, Veteran's Administration, and Intermountain Healthcare, through Jer's Master's program.  We enjoyed dinner + live music at Fort Douglas's Officers Club!!  The U is home of the nation's first electronic health record-- thanks to IHC's own Homer Warner (who recently passed away).  Jer's already brushing shoulders with his future cohorts :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Ezra made his own card game.  So clever, so cute :)

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving!
The holiday started off right with the neighborhood football game.  Jeremy, Jarom + Wyatt all played this year and boy, o boy, did they represent!!  Awesome game!
 Meanwhile, I cooked up the feast.  Well, part of it.  You can only imagine how yummy these rolls turned out-- I've never had my yeast rise so well-- delish!!  
And that about sums our holiday ;)
At lease in pictures.  We ate, played games, and visited with my fam.  Lots to be grateful for!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Football consumes this family of 4 guys from late July through the end of November, and we wouldn't have it any other way!  [well, the lone female would, but she doesn't seem to count!]

This year Jarom played his final year of Varsity high school football.  He played the offensive line (guard and tackle) and defensive end.  I personally enjoyed watching him play defense + hearing his name over the loud speaker every time he made a tackle :)  He had a fantastic season, finishing with a winning record, and making it to the state playoffs!  It's been an awesome 10 years and we're all sad to see it his Friday Night Lights come to an end.

Our Senior Stallions:

Here's "Chopper 5" delivering the game ball to start off the season right!
Wyatt played in the PeeWee division of tackle football this year.  He played line backer + tight end.  His coaches were fantastic and went above + beyond having parties + taking the team to all the high school games.  Great team spirit.  It's gonna be fun to see them continue all the way through high school together!  His team made it to the state championship game, where they lost by one lousy point.   Spectacular season!

Ezra played in the Gremlin division, his first year of tackle football.  He scored having Dad as his coach!!  Although he's not very big, he played center!  He was also a linebacker.  He LOVES this sport and hunkers down with Dad every Saturday + Sunday to watch game after game...

[unfortunately Dad missed the team photo!]

 With all the boys playing now, there has to be some family action, right?

And finally, here's Wyatt at Utah's final win of the season against Colorado!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Celebration

Jeremy was invited by our neighbor, Colten,  to attend his school's Veteran's Day Celebration.  Such an honor :)
The Vet's were individually presented, then they enjoyed lunch while listening to the singing/ speaking program.  It was awesome!  I wish more schools/ churches would make a bigger deal out of the holiday.  We wouldn't be here without our Armed Forces!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Egg drOp!

The 5th graders at Wyatt's school hold an Egg drOp contest each year.  They design a container [which is supposed to meet specific requirements] to hold their egg, then it gets chucked off the top of the building + they see how good their engineering skills are!  Super fun activity.  Especially watching the ones that don't survive ;)
Unfortunately, Wyatt's didn't survive the landing.  But I'll take the blame for this one.  We'll make a come-back with Ezra in a couple years.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Citizen of the Month

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Haunting Halloween!

We started off the Halloween season by going out to "BOO!" our neighbors.  We start this in the neighborhood every year, but rarely does it make it back to us.  That's ok though, cuz the boys love the incognito giving part :)
We had fun carving pumpkins.  But I only managed to get a pic of my own:
For Mom's Halloween Birthday we had our traditional costume party.  Always a blast!

The boys had fun trick-or-treating with their buddies.

Now that's what I call a HAPPY Halloween!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Jer + I treated ourselves to this fun concert.  
It was spectacular!
It was probably the best show I've ever been to.
LOVED Thrift Shop, Ceiling Can't Hold Us, Wing$, White Walls, etc, etc, etc.  Every last performance was entertaining, right down to the costumes, fire, confetti, balloons, videos, specical guests, etc, etc, etc!  

Megan + I couldn't pass a photo op with these Thrift Shop boys!  Next time we'll know to come in character!
Pre-concert we enjoyed a delicious dinner at our favorite sushi joint, Sapa with Megan, Brett, work/Ragnar/Timp buddy Kim + friend.  Love me some flaming food!!