December 31, 2009


We had a full house this year for Christmas, and I loved every minute of it! My Dad drove up from California and my sister and her 3 kids came down from Washington. (We missed you, Jeff!) It was a bittersweet time as my sister will be moving to Texas in January. Jeff has been accepted to the Police Academy in Dallas. (Congratulations!) Nevertheless, we had a great time together. It was fun for the cousins to get together and play.

I think I gained 20 pounds while my Dad was here. He made the traditional Pork and Knaddles for me and my sister. We then had fried knaddles for breakfast. Yumm! We also had potato pancakes and baklava. It was insanely good, but my pants are rebelling.
Unfortunately, Melanie and the kids had to leave the Wednesday before Christmas. It was sad when they left. I don't know when I will get to see them next.

After our Christmas Eve service we went home for the traditional opening of one present. That present is the same every year. Matching PJ's! This year was a first though. The boys' styles of clothing are so different there wasn't anything I would have been able to get them that they would all wear. So, they got PJ's but all of them different.
The boys were extremely anxious for morning to come. It is traditional to get up at 6am to open presents. Anthony wanted to be sure he woke at 6am so he said he was setting his alarm, to which I replied, that I would wait until he was asleep and then take his clock out of his room. He countered with setting the alarm on his phone. Again, I said I would wait until he was asleep and take his phone too. He then declared that he would hide his phone, which he did. He taped it to his leg! I asked if that hurt to take off and he said, "kinda." Meaning, yes, it did hurt! He didn't need the alarms. He and Tyler woke up around 3am and went down and watched tv with my Dad until they woke us at 6.
The morning was nice. The boys enjoyed their gifts and went right to work playing them. I made Swedish pancakes for breakfast and then the adults went for naps. One of the nice things about having older kids is they don't need help with their toys!

We enjoyed celebrating our Savior's birth this year surrounded by family.

December 29, 2009

It's been a long time!

December has come and gone and I spent a large part of it in bed. For a person who is so neurotic about hand washing, I was sick a lot! It wasn't only me though. Anthony spent a week home sick with strep. We were quite a pair!

Brian was great. He made sure homework was done and the kids were fed and bathed. It was an immense help!

I am healthy again (knock on wood!) and looking forward to the new year!