A Night in Bethlehem

Our church always has a fun Christmas party and this year was no exception. Or maybe it was an exception because this year was the best one yet! It wasn’t the people or the food, it was the theme. We were to arrive in attire that would’ve been worn when the Savior was born and we “travelled to Bethlehem” to pay our taxes. While there, we ate pretty authentic food and sat on blankets we had brought while we enjoyed our fare.

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After we sang some hymns of Jesus’ birth, a live nativity was performed.

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Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

 

Getting Ready for Christmas

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We spent a day running errands together and doing some Christmas shopping. Annika was pretty excited about her Rudolph pancake from Denny’s!

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Our favorite little town, Ouray is about 20 min away and is really the reason we moved here. We’ve been here for 5 winters and had no idea that each year they hold a cute little festival called “Light up Ouray”. It’s nothing fancy…the local shops are open late and they have caroling around the tree, with goodies and hot chocolate and cider. It was just the kids and I and it was FREEZING, but we had a super fun time browsing the shops and eating too much sugar =)

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Oh boy…after spending 75 minutes getting the tree up and lit, the poor, patient children finally got to decorate it! They were such good sports with a very frustrated Mommy. I’ve wanted to buy pretty ornaments that have a coordinated color scheme for years, but haven’t done it and every year I put up the tree, I remember why I haven’t. As I looked at the tree, I saw all the ornaments the kids had made, Ammon and I had made when we were kids and others that family members had made for us. There are so many memories on this tree. Even when I do eventually do a “pretty” tree, I’ll have to always have a kid tree to preserve the wonderful memories!

 

November

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This is Delilah our resident fawn. The kids named her, her Mother Mary, the other doe that is always with them is Auntie. Oh, we always have Prancer, Cupid and Comet that like to come around…all boys of course.

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Cute kid snuggles! Its not often that they like each other this much 😉

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Those are some glasses Tasha and Daddy!

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But THESE are the best!

 

Happy Birthday, Ammon!!!!

Ammon was lucky and had both his parents here for his birthday, which I’m pretty sure hasn’t happened in about 8 years! They treated us all to dinner at a yummy Mexican restaurant in celebration.

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It was a great day and so much fun to have “the parents” (as Ammon calls them) with us!

Happy Halloween!

So, in hindsight, Tasha’s costume was not that easy or inexpensive and I wouldn’t do it again! But still, everyone looked great =)

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Harry Potter and the Wicked Witch of the West

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Yikes!

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He’s got the posing down

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Pretty Dorothy

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Candy overload!!!!!!

Father/Son Scouting Trip

Ammon decided last minute that he should go hunting this year since we’re almost out of meat. So, early October, he and Kevin took a few days to go scouting for a good area to hunt. Kevin had never done this before, AND he got to take two days off of school to spend quality time with Dad, so he was pretty excited!

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Is this not the biggest marshmallow ever?

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We live here!!!!!

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Looking for Elk/deer

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Super snuggles!

Fall Fun!

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Daddy and the kids had a super-fun, sleepless sleepover on the trampoline. Mom? She likes her bed! And, her sleep!

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Someone learned to ride her bike! Annika showed so much perseverance and determination this summer/fall. She was going to learn to ride her bike no matter what! And…she did! She laughed herself silly when she finally got it. She was so pleased with herself and can’t wait to get faster so she can keep up with her brother and sister!