Monday, December 31, 2012


My mom surprised me and came out for my birthday!
Scott sent me and a friend to get massages in the morning.  
While we were gone, he and the kids went to the airport to pick up my surprise.
Shortly after I got home, Scott came home from "running errands" with my gift.
I was so thrilled!  Lots of planning between Scott and friends to make it happen.

That night we went to our favorite restaurant, Flemings.

Ordered my favorite meal.  A petite filet, oscar style. Delicious.

We then went to Les Miserables.  A true gift from my mom, she isn't much of a movie goer.  
I think that last time we went to the movies I was 8.
Overall I thought the movie was great, I bawled my eyes out.

We've had a bit of cabin fever lately, so the next day we took "Alec" sledding. 

We finished off the weekend with a trip to the temple.  So glad for all the quality time!

Christmas 2012

The kids new ornaments for the year..
 Alec has been slightly obsessed with trains.

And Ava has been nothing short of a princess.

My new Christmas decorations.

My one Christmas craft, homemade snow globes.

Grandma Smith came out for a visit the weekend before Christmas. 
 Alec soaked up all the attention he could get.

My Christmas Eve table. We made a ham and tri-tip dinner.

Ava waiting for her Christmas Eve guests.

We had a few families over for dinner, Christmas stories and singing.

The Polar Express...I guess his two leather recliners (and sherpa chair) weren't doing the job.

We finished the night off with the Nativity story.

Christmas morning Alec's wildest dreams came true!  He got his very own Thomas the Train set.

(notice the starburst jelly beans in hand?  they were his breakfast)

Do you think Ava loved her one gift?  This girl is all teeth lately!

Ava quickly became godzilla to Alec's new pride and joy.

So we spent the afternoon glue gunning his entire track.

Alec's brunch.  He ate pure sugar all day until about 4 in the afternoon.


Life doesn't get much better...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Just to be certain that Santa remembered what we wanted for Christmas, we made another visit.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Family Pictures 2012

I only wanted share my top 5 favorites, but that was just impossible. 
So here are more than a few of my favorite shots.

If every girl could be so lucky...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


There is something truly magical about a Christmas tree.  
Especially when you are two, it is in your room and... 

you get to decorate it however you want!

I remember being tucked in as a child while staring at my little Christmas tree lights as I drifted off to sleep.  I feel better tucking my sweet Alec in knowing that his tree and the spirit of the season will keep him company throughout the night.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This year we hosted Thanksgiving and we loved every crazy second of it!

We kicked off the festivities by shopping for Ava's birthday with Grandma.

Billy Joel Alec played us a song about the "Piano Man"

My Mom and Reed BEAT Scott and I in a grueling game of bowling.  Losers bought Kripsy Kremes.

If you are ever our guests and it is above 50 degrees outside...you will be going on this hike.
We lucked out with 70 degree weather, so we went on a little pre-Thanksgiving hike.

These two were showing off the first half of the hike with all their energy.  
Reed was hiking Gangnam style.

Considering it was almost December, we couldn't believe that this was the only snow we ran into.

Mom & Reed think that they are part Egyptian after their trip to the Holy Land.

The night before Thanksgiving we kept it simple and ate at Costa Vida.

We stayed up late looking at pictures and hearing stories chronicles about Mom and Reed's trip.

My Thanksgiving tables.  I had chocolate truffles inside the place card boxes.

Kids table.  I made little ships and filled them with m&m's for their place cards. 
We lucked out with gorgeous weather and ended up having them eat outside.

Wednesday night this crazy crew came in.

Early Thursday morning Kim and I ran in a Turkey Trot.

Then we rushed back for a birthday bash for the birthday girl.

Then we moved right into the kitchen and cooked our little hearts out.

Reed's son and his family just moved to Fort Collins, so they were able to join us for the day.
I kept the kids busy by sending them on a scavenger hunt in the backyard and having them color.

Scott with his third child of the day.  Go ahead and ask him, he will tell you that he out did himself this year.  I have to agree, look at that beautiful piece of meat...stop looking at Scott! I mean the turkey!

We had everyone anonymously submit things they were thankful for.  I then wrote them down on parchment paper and rolled them up in the dinner rolls.  We then would break open the rolls before eating then and had to guess whose was whose.  

My mom slipped up and called thanksgiving, sexgiving (hmmmmm?) and we wouldn't let it go the entire dinner.

The boys watched football, we played games and chatted the day away.  
I am so thankful for the perfect company that was able to join us!

The next day we took Kim's family to the Wildlife Exhibit.

Poor Cody, he didn't stand a chance with 7 girls around him.

Sidney took it upon herself to put on a skunk hat and spray everyone. (and I was worried about the 12 year old having fun)

Love these two girls!

We were able to sneak off for a night and go to the James Bond movie.  Towards the end we heard a lady screaming in the audience that her brother was having a seizure.  He ended up being fine, but we did sit in the theater for a good 20 minutes and thought how erie it was to be interrupted from a "fantasy" crisis to a real life crisis.

We came home at 11:30 to see 6 kids passed out in the basement.  Grandma allowed them to stay up until 11.  Fun times with Grandma and cousins!

German Pancakes

Two little Monkeys jumping on the bed.  Kim and I have waited so long to see our kids play together.

Artwork from the week.

We had a memorable week with everyone and are grateful to everyone that made the trek out to Denver to share in the holidays with us!
Alec completely passed out from sheer exhaustion all of the next day.  A sign of a good time had by all.