Friday, January 17, 2014

Ringing in the New Year

It may be half way through Jan, but better late then never right?  The “Eve” celebration our city put on was a hit!  You buy the wristband and have access for three days of family fun venues downtown, with free commute on Trax to and fro each place.  Even included a Jazz Game, but that filled up fast. 
We started at the Children’s Museum.
It’s been awhile since we’ve been here, forgot how much the girls enjoy it!
A great hands on, educational kids museum.
You can do anything with a sister’s help!
Frigid temperatures outside (really was), just ask these future News Broadcasters…

Off to… somewhere tropical, wishing.
Flying the medic helicopter
Then we visited the Clark Planetarium, heart this picture of them looking at our beautiful earth.
Moonwalk, Trevor teaching Sage all about walking on the moon (left), big brothers rock!
After lunch at Gateway, we hopped on Trax to the Convention Center
“Luke, I am your Father”
The kids enjoyed the Bouncetown, glow in the dark hula hoop room, and the girls favorite, the Ballroom filled with clear balls all over the place, a soccer players dream!  There were live bands and entertainment throughout, Sophie and Sage were head over hills watching the local band “Beyond Five”, what?…  New Years is a busy time at Paul’s work, but he hurried, then joined us for a nice dinner at Olive Garden across from the Convention Center, then back to Ring in the New year, with concert and fireworks.  Thanks SLC for a fun family celebration!  A fun new tradition for us!
Here’s to a GREAT 2014!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Christmas Wrap-Up

Just when I get on a blogging roll, my computer gets a virus, so much for my expensive anti-virus program, Oh well.  Thanks Paul for fixing it!  You computer whiz! 
Our ward Christmas party/ dinner was pleasant.  Sophie and Sage were angels in the nativity, very fitting!  I made a Red Velvet Bundt cake and my favorite sweet potato casserole.
Our girls continue to improve on the piano, they were asked to play piano solos- Hark the Harold Angels Sing & Deck the Halls by Sage, and a beautiful Carol of the Bells/ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen medley by Sophie.  Less then 2 weeks to prepare, it wasn’t easy but they did great, although they were the first to say it wasn’t perfect, they had many compliments!  They’re little hands amaze me. I had to help with something and didn’t get picture of Sophie :(  A nice evening to kick off the Christmas season.
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Trevor’s favorite Christmas tradition is seeing A Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theater, they put on a fabulous show (play)!  This year we took the girls, now that they’re old enough to handle the scary parts.  We all loved it and the kids look forward to the huge cookie and drink we always get at intermission. 
The girls friend was in the play, her older sister played the ghost of Christmas past and Tiny Tim’s brother (left), she was awesome.  With Scrooge on the right, what a great actor!  Trevor wants to audition here sometime soon.
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Our friends had a delicious, fun cookie exchange party.  I’ve never seen so many cookies and Christmas treats in one place, topped off with a chocolate fountain and many fruit options (my favorite), the kids were in heaven.  This is only one of the tables, everyone brought their favorite Christmas treat for a delightful mingling evening!  Thanks for the invite Devon and Crystal!
Sage’s favorite Christmas event is going to “This is the Place” for an old fashioned Christmas evening “A Candlelight Christmas”.  We met Grandma and cousins there this year, had dinner and enjoyed the festivities.  It was such a cold night, I didn’t get pictures, but we enjoyed dancing around the Christmas Tree, seeing the Live Nativity in the barn, making homemade ornaments, and seeing Father Christmas.
Snow queens heading out in the snow.
Well, S & S are smart little 10 year olds and have Santa figured out this year, they questioned it a couple years back but we held on to the Santa belief as long as we could.  Mixed feelings, but I have to admit, it’s kinda nice not having to sneak around and do the Santa thing, and it’s just as special as we focus on His birth and celebrate with our loved ones.  But they are growing up super fast.
Hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!!  So happy for my friend Kelleyn in China right now, just adopted her beautiful daughter Avery!  Follow along here