Thursday, December 13, 2007
So there is a neighborhood here in Fresno where about 4-5 streets get together and decorate the heck out of their homes. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. There is seriously like a line of cars that drive in and out of the neighborhood all night long. In the past two christmas' that we have been living in Fresno we always do a little drive by when ever we are near. The other night after the Children's with Cancer Christmas Party, we decided to take Mckenzie. One of the homes has their garage made into a little scene with santa, where the kids can get out of the car and run up and see santa and sit on his lap. Mckenzie for as long as I can remember has never like Santa. It makes it easy when we are at the mall because most kids are begging their parents to let them see santa, but Mckenzie just walks right on by and just enjoys waving to him. So anyways, back to my story..Mckenzie decided this time that she wanted to get out of the car and see santa. So i got her out of the car and the second she heard him talk she was mortified. She does not like the voice of santa or his beard is what she told me. So this is what the picture turned out to be. Maybe next year, she won't be afraid of santa. This is one of the houses in the neighborhood that you drive through, this picture does not do it justice. If any
Two weekends ago we were able to go to St. George to meet up with my mom and dad. They had a Lone Peak Basketball Tourney there. We packed up the car and drove the two kids. It was a quick drive because we usually drive all the way to Orem. Our friends from Utah Chris & Erin and their little baby Cher came down to visit as well. We got to stay with them one night in their condo. Thanks again, it was so much fun hanging out and remembering old times. Which that is where Erin & I first kind of met and talked with Skyler and Chris. Kind of funny how things work out. -Skyler and I were able to go and do a session in the St. George temple. We had stake temple impact month for Nov. and the Stake President which is Skyler's uncle (Jon Parker) asked all couples to attend 4 times in the month of November. So we tried being faithful and ended our 4th visit in Utah at the St. George temple. What a great blessing it is to be able to have so many temples all around the world that we can go too. I truly am grateful for the lord and his blessings that he gives to me and my family!
As I was going through my pictures I realized that I had not blogged any of Thanksgiving. It then became very apparent to me that it is the one day out of the year that causes most stress for women, and the one day out of the year that causes most rest and relaxation for the men. As the women slave away in the kitchen. I know this might not be true for all, but hey you have to admit it's pretty true. Just look at these pictures and you will see what I am talking about. We had a great Thanksgiving we went to Jenny & Jon Parkers (Skyler's aunt and Uncle). She is such a great host and is always making everything look wonderful. I was incharge of bringing two pies. Of course I can always count on my homemade apple pie that my mom taught me to make, thanks mom.. and then I tried a new pumpkin recipe with a gingersnap crust (it didn't turn out quite as I had hoped, so I made a spare pumpkin pie just in case). That I ended up getting to take home and we ate it for the next week. There is nothing like pumpkin pie during the holidays. Relaxing... More Relaxing... Sleeping... Back Rubs... Mckenzie, Camilee, & Kaylee
As much work as it is being a mother, I would never want to be doing anything else at this time in my life. I love to see their smiling faces. Each day they interact more and more with each other because Kaylee is getting bigger, I can tell they are going to be great friends.. They look so cute dressed up, that night we went to a Hawaiian Party. This is Mckenzie and her friend Bella. They love to play dress up and sing "Best Of Both Worlds" from Hannah Montana.
...when you let your child go outside to play while daddy is out there and they come back in looking like this, in her brand new shirt. Skyler decided to wash the car and Mckenzie decided to help obviously. Instead of coming in to change out of her good clothes into play clothes: this shirt has now become one of her play shirts after the first time of use. It's funny to think that our car was that dirty, but I believe it..we have been kind of slackers on keeping the car cleaned every week!