Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Tacos!

When we lived in California we had a tradition of having Shannon and Pablo come for Christmas dinner, which was always Tacos and sometimes ribs. We decided that even without them we would keep up the Christmas taco tradition. But since we are living in Idaho we have to make a few adjustments. First it started snowing Christmas Eve, we woke up to about two more feet of snow. But nothing is going to stop us! So we had to shovel out the front walk so we could get in and out of the house. There's was so much snow in our driveway we had a three foot drift in front of the garage. But there is no stopping tacos. We pulled the grill out and cooked the meat. It was all worth the effort the Taco's where great! The neighbors even asked what that great smell was that came from our yard on Christmas day! Notice Michael wearing his Harley Davidson Christmas "Chef" hat.

Of course Pablo had to rub it in that it was warm and they where wearing shorts waiting for us to show up!

Christmas Day!

This year for Christmas we had all of us together except Trevor and his family. We really missed having them here with us. Christmas morning we woke up around 7 am to open gifts, maybe closer to 8 am. It's nice having older children who don't wake up as early! I had given Marissa a Tomagotchi (an electronic pet) and told the other children that I had extra, all of them wanted one except Tyler. It was pretty funny watching them all playing with their little pets. Danielle even told Jason that this was a test for being a father, if he couldn't keep his pet alive he probably wouldn't be a good father. Jason said, "You are kidding, right?"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve with the Williams

This year for Christmas Eve Michael's family came to our home. We enjoyed a nice dinner, the children performed the nativity and then we opend gifts from the Williams side of the family. Michael was asked to narrate the Christmas story. We decided after watching the 1st Presidency Christmas special that our story needed Samuel the Lamanite. So Michael asked Jason, Danielle's husband, to be Samuel. He had no idea what he was getting into, but the children had a great time trying to knock him off the wall with their sling shots, by the way, Tyler is a great shot! We did have one sad moment in the story, the camel was missing, apparently he wanted to be the donkey and refused to perform!

Danielle and Jason brought mustaches to make the kings more manly!

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's finally snowing!!!

Marissa and I have been wondering if we would get as much snow as we did last year. I don't know the answer to that but I am grateful I put up the last of my Christmas lights outside on Saturday. This is what we woke up to this morning. I figure if it's going to be cold outside we should at least have snow to play in!

When I went out to shovel the snow off of our very large driveway ( you can put like 20 cars in it) I'm sure with all the snow and my little red shovel it appears even larger, it usually takes me 3 hours to do most of it. Anyway, Harley our dog just loves snow and was outside helping me this morning. But this year we have kittens who haven't seen snow before. These kittens have funny personalities...Dixie for instance is the whinier, she is always crying about something and she has the most pathetic meow. So this morning when she saw the snow she sat inside the garage and just looked confused and refused to come out except once and she ran under the car where there was no snow. On the other hand we have this cat named Ginger. Ginger thinks she is a dog, anyway that's who she hangs out with the most. At first she was very cautious, then she was attacking it, batting at it and running around and sliding in it. It was pretty funny. I just feel sorry for Marissa the first real snow day and she comes home from school sick.