Monday, December 10, 2007

We've moved!

Oh yes, that was another thing that kept us busy through the month of November! The first week of November, our landlord called us to let us know that he had sold his house & wanted to move into the house we were living in. So, Matt & I quickly went to work trying to find another house to rent...fortunately, we didn't have to look to long or hard...we found a house in the same subdivision, same ward, same schools & that even had the same floor plan, for rent...we were excited!! So, as soon as we got back from our Thanksgiving trip we went crazy packing boxes for the big day! I don't have many pictures because the camera got packed up too...but, here's one of Park's playing on the couch cushions as I was packing up boxes one day...apparently that was loads of fun!

Here's the front room of our "new house" after I had spent the morning unpacking boxes...I mostly had to take the picture just to feel validated that I had gotten a lot done... :)

I'll try to get some pictures posted of the house & the rooms after we get the pictures hung up (hopefully tomorrow!). Until then, here is what we did on Saturday....we (mostly Matt) set up the Christmas lights outside while the kids & I worked on the Christmas tree & decorations inside. Here's some pictures of what the house looks like at night!!

Didn't Matt do a great job?....I'll let him tell the story of how he talked me into climbing up on the roof with him to get more lights hung!....

Thanksgiving Fun with the Christensen's!!

Even though it's always crazy trying to see both families, since they live only 20 minutes apart, when we visit Utah...we always have a ton of fun too!!

After we finished at the "Christmas Tree Farm" we headed down to the Christensen's Thankgiving celebration (yep, it was on just seemed to work better that way)! Marta was busy setting the tables when we's the final product!

While we were helping in the kitchen, Parker & cousin Maddie decided to hang out together on Grandma's bench! Aren't they adorable?!!?

Aunt Nan was playing with the little ones...I thought this was an adorable picture of her with Alivia (although Alivia's expression is kinda funny!)!!

Part of getting together with the Christensen's means that Uncle Kyle gives bronco's one of Abbie & Connor taking a ride...

On Friday night, we all bundled up good & loaded up for a hayride to Salem Pond, where they have their annual pond lighting cermony. We sang Christmas songs while we Grandpa drove us down. We showed up right in time for them to switch all the Christmas lights was so pretty & loads of fun!! (please excuse Kyle's cheesy grin...LOL!)

Saturday with the Christensen's brought everybody together for the BYU v. Utah football game!! We've had a blast watching the game with them the last couple years & the game has always been a nail-biter!! I couldn't resist getting a picture of Annie & Millie with Aunt Christy (who was 38 wks. pregnant)...apparently Annie & Millie were going to have babies too!! ;)

Then we have a Christmas party, which includes gift exchanging & a visit from Santa himself!! Since Connor was the youngest at the party...he got to open his present from cousin Maddie first! He got a Little People toy that he has had so much fun driving around!!

There was a lot of hesitation before Santa showed up...last year Millie & Annie got scared to death when Santa stormed in the house and took them off guard. This year we did a little prepping before hand, so ALL the kids would know he was coming & be excited for his visit! I was still worried if Annie would sit on his lap at all, but she was the first one of the kids to get to sit on his lap...she climbed right up & told him that she has been really good this year & that she wants a pink radio & a barbie car for Christmas!

Parker has been SO thrilled to see "Christmas stuff" (ANYTHING to do with Christmas) and was even more excited to sit on Santa's lap! Parker smiled the whole time & rattled off a few things that he wanted for Christmas. Chelle, notice his cape...he kept it on the rest of the evening!! He loves it!!

Thanks to both families for such a fantastic Thanksgiving...we love you all & are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanksgiving Fun with the Hunter's!

So...I've had blogger's much has happened in the last month, since I've blogged that I haven't known where to start to catch up on everything. Having said that...this will be totally random, but I'll try & share some of the fun things we did at Thankgiving, while we were in Utah! First things first, we made a countdown for the kids to keep track of when we got to leave to "Grandma & Grandpa's house"!!! Abbie & Annie were so cute thinking of all the fun things to color on our countdown poster!

While the girls & I were coloring the countdown, Parker did his own coloring....he was pretty proud of his artwork!!

While waiting for everybody to show up for dinner at Grandma Judy's house, Parker took the liberty to jump all over Uncle's Parker's favorite thing ever! Nate is Parker's buddy & they are pretty much inseperable whenever we see them!!

I tried to snap pictures of as many of my family as I could...but I got side-tracked 'cause this is one of the few.... here's my sister, Elaina (on the left) holding her 2 month old baby boy, Brock. Brooke (my sister-in-law) is on the right, holding her son, Shaun, who is 9 months old! Aren't the beautiful?!!?

Of course, I had to snap a picture of Shaun & Connor....they are only 4 days apart in's fun to see them they are watching Grandpa put up Christmas lights outside the front window!

On the Friday after Thankgiving, my family always goes to the "Christmas Tree Farm" (I'm sure it has an official name, but that's what we've always called it) to cut down their Christmas tree. This is a tradition that my family has done as long as I can remember, and I love taking my kids along so they can enjoy it too! Here's Grandpa Bill, Uncle Nate, & Parker waiting for the tree choppers on 4 wheelers to come & get us!

Here's Annie patiently waiting as they tie the tree down to the trailer to drive it back to Grandma's van....

Abbie & Sharyn think they own the 4 wheeler....

Abbie, Sharyn & Annie all holding on as they haul the tree back to the van....

I wanted a cute picture with Parker, by all the trees!....

Finally, here's everybody working together to get the tree tied down to the van to take back home....Annie posing in front...LOL!

Grandpa & Grandma headed back to their house to decorate the tree....and we headed down to Grandpa & Grandma Christensen's for their celebrations!....