Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After Christmas















The day after Christmas Troy took the kids to Idaho to visit family. Carlin was to go on a trip that didn't work out so she went to a show and flying with a friend and then went to St. George with her mother to meet with people about the house they are buying down there.





Here are some pictures that Troys mom took of them while they were in Idaho. I'll also see what I can upload.




Here is my mom and I in St. George, yes wore our coats. It was cold, not as cold as SLC, but cold. And much warmer than the day Jen took me flying in this little plane! We had a high of 17 degrees that day. But it was fun... maybe a new hobby? Pottery out flying in?

Christmas Day




Christmas morning on the stairs. What did Santa bring.


























































































































































































Christmas Eve


Brady's family was over for Christmas Eve. We ate a lot of food and the kids played. We decided last minute to try the nativity. Troy sent them off to find a constume while we found a shorten version (instead of reading it straight from the bible). Grant was the inn keeper, Tanya came back as a donkey (yes blue socks on ears are her donkey ears), Victor was the shepherds/wisemen, Morgan was the narrator, Whitney was Mary, Anna was the angel, Ethan was Joseph, Alyssa played a sheep, Aaron was our back ground man and Roger the cabage patch doll was baby Jesus
Santa then dropped PJs by and we said our goodbyes. We then opened our presents from Grandma and Grandpa Keller (I like to do our grandparent gifts on different nights so the kids know who gave them what for Christmas, it's a little too much to do it all on Christmas day and expect the kids to remember who gave them what. It has really worked well these last few years). This year everyone received an outfit and a magazine subscription from Grandma and Papa K. Thanks! We'll love them all year long. Then off to bed to see if Santa could find our house...




Thursday, December 24, 2009

sledding

Troy took the kids, all outfitted in goggles, up to the golf course for some sledding today. (So I could catch up on the blog even though I should be getting ready to have Brady's family over for dinner and Christmas Eve tonight).
They have returned nice and sweaty, but in good spirits. Tanya ran into a tree and is limping a bit so I put a horse movie on for her and Morgan and that seemed to remedy things.

Family Christmas Party


Last night was my families Christmas Party. We missed having Mike's family there, we really out number everyone with our six now. We started off with some appetizers, mmm this is when we get shrimp and slush.


The presents for the grand kids.

Mason performing jingle bells
Grayce singing the Menorah song
Grant playing Banana pancakes
Mason mesmerized by the train
Kathryn and Scott singing
Cute picture of Morgan and Troy
The boys got goggles for skiing from Grandma and Papa
Our girls got horses and Grayce got a crayon maker

Dad got some bibs for snowblowing and more western movies

Then with desert comes the free shot of whip cream straight up from the can... I'll never understand

Family Chirstmas Party Video clips

Ethan played the piano and Victor sang Jolly Old St. Nicholas. They only practiced together that morning and did a wonderful job. Grayce played a piano piece. Ana sang jingle bells and Ka played piano. Morgan played her viola and we sang a long (she's only been playing with a bow for a month, I've been so impressed with how well she is doing). We have Grant on guitar playing banana pancakes by Jack Jonson.

Snowflakes


Our first craft activity this week without school. The kids made around 60 snowflakes. They also made a Popsicle stick Christmas tree ornament. Very exciting stuff.

Piano Recitals



Monday Morgan and Ethan had piano recitals at the library. They both did really well. It was Ethans first recital as he just started piano this year.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tanya and Morgan Performances



Last Tuesday, Tanya had her gymnastics performance and did really well for only taking since the first of November. Here is her trampoline routine. And then we ran to see Morgan in her readers theater. This was the shortest clip I had of her, the others were to big to post.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Work Christmas Party

Yes here we are in a parking garage, but I thought I had better grab a picture while I was thinking about it. And I had to document Victors hair cut and the fohawk that he wanted to wear.

Troy's work had a family christmas party this year so we all did our hair and headed out Monday night to the dinner/party. Ana asked 100 times if she could eat a lot of Keek! We realized she was expecting there to be cake at the party and that is what she really wanted to eat. I think she believes all parties have cake. She was not disappointed for there was many different types of keek.

Ana has been dying to meet Santa Clause and she could hardly hold herself together when she saw that Santa was in the building. Tanya who doesn't believe in Santa was first in line and wouldn't let Ana go in front of her. We have had so many firsts this year and here are a few more.
First Christmas tree, first time putting up ornaments, first time shopping for Christmas gifts and wrapping gifts, first time seeing Santa and this will be our 2nd Christmas party.
Tanya asked for a field of horses that she saw. Whenever we try to talk to her about her emotions she just tells us she wants a horse or asks why we don't have a horse. We've tried to explain city ordinances... just doesn't' cut it.
Morgan asked for an Ipod.
Victor asked for an airplane.
Ana asked for everything Hannah Montana.

Ethan asked for . Grant wasn't there due to basket ball practice, but he's been asking for a new camera or an I-home.

Santa left presents for all the kids and this is the unwrapping of those presents. This is the excitement that Ana shows almost everyday about Christmas! It is precious! She has played with this barbie since Monday night.



Victor got this huge lego set and had it completely put together the next day.
Morgan received a barbie also, not quiet excited as Ana, but Tanya has played with Morgan and her barbie since she brought it home. HUGE STUFF. It's the first time Tanya has played dolls with Morgan or Ana. She will play next to them and copy them, but has never played with them. So this barbie is special in that she is helping Tanya learn how to play. Plus all three girls love to wash and color her hair.
Tanya got a gift card and still doesn't totally understand what it does, but I'm sure she will love it when we take her shopping.
Ethan got this awesome army tank. He had it out of it's box before we got home. When he's not playing with it it's up on the highest shelf so no one will touch it.

Thank you Huntsman for a Merry Pre Chirstmas and keek.