While we were at Aunt Jan's for Christmas we celebrated Uncle Bob and Rachel's birthdays!! Bob took this hilarious picture so then we all had to try and make a face to go with his!! Happy Birthday Bob and Rachel! We love you!!
Pa, Jeff, Malachi and me went skiing at Loveland on Monday! Malachi did very well once he went down the bunny hill a few times. We went up to the top and skied a green all the way down and Malachi did very well!! Then we stopped for lunch in the lodge. After lunch we went up to the top again and skied the green down to the bottom again. Then we went back to the top and Malachi suggested we take a blue down. Well, needless to say, this was our final run. Malachi cried the whole way down and I think it took us an hour to get down that one run. He's a good skier, but when he's tired DON'T MESS WITH HIM. All in all, we will more than likely go skiing again!!
Aunt Jan, Doug, Aunt Nancy, Papa, Mema, Uncle Bob, Aunt Lori, Patrick, Douglas, Auntie J, Rachel, Jeff, me, Malachi, Makaelyn and LuAnn celebrated Christmas 2008 together! We had a fabulous time!! It's such a joy to spend time with family!!! That's what I LOVE about Christmas!!!! While we were together LuAnn was kind enough to take our family picture! Thanks LuAnn!! LOVE to all our people!!
We went to "Christmas at the Ranch" to start the Christmas season off this year! This event was down in Highlands Ranch at Cherry Hills Community Church. Lots of Christmas music and funny skits! We had dinner with Jan, Doug, Michael, Teri and LuAnn before the performance at Aunt Jan's house. Bob and Lori met us at the church. The kids actually did very well and enjoyed the music very much!!
We were blessed to spend Thanksgiving with family. We drove to Albuquerque, NM my grandparents house. We met Jeff's parents (Papa and Mema), my parents (Nana and Pa) and Nandy at Grandaddy and Grandma's house. It was a joy to spend time with family even though it was a short time. We truly missed our Auntie J and cousin Rachel as well as Uncle J, Aunt Nett and baby cousin Rhian Grace. :( TO OUR FAMILY: We love you all and are thankful for the blessings you bring to our lives!! Here are a few pics of Makaelyn playing hair stylist with Mema and Grandaddy. (Check out the comb over on Grandaddy...she could have put a side ponytail on his head.) While we were there we went to a restaurant called El Pinto. The green chile was very yummy but very hot. I had a picture of Mema getting very emotional about her food but it was too blurry to see her crying. Everyone enjoyed the food enough to go back again!! We had a great Thanksgiving and can't wait until Christmas for some more family time!!!!
Makaelyn went to Texas right before Thanksgiving to spend time with Pa, Nana, Papa and Mema! She also got to help babysit her baby cousin Rhian Grace!! While she was in Texas, Jeff and I spent some quality time with Malachi. We played Sequence one night for about two hours. I believe Malachi won the first four games, I won three but daddy (mr. competitive) could not lose against us. He turned around and won SEVEN games to prove to us that he will do whatever it takes to win. In all fairness, we all had a blast and have started playing games on Sunday nights as a family!!