Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Boise Christmas Tree Lighting

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has turned into a very fun tradition for us! Boise has a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony downtown every year that we really enjoy going to. Everyone holds a red or green candle, and the sight among the crowd after the sun goes down is amazing!

There's just something wonderful about the people of the city you live in and love coming together and celebrating Christmas together by singing Frosty the Snowman and Silent Night - loud and proud! It really starts off the season right. I love Boise!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thankful for Thanksgiving!

Aaaaahhhh... Thanksgiving. I LOVE this holiday! Always filled with the Macy's Parade, a 1,000 piece puzzle to be done before Christmas, home videos, and cooking all day. And believe it or not, that part is actually fun for me, since I save all my cooking and baking for one day of the year!

And please allow myself to pat myself on the back for a minute.... it actually all turns out pretty darn delicious! The family really appreciates the meal when the the rest of the year is hamburger helper, grilled cheese, and spaghetti! (from a jar even)

Mashed potatoes that didn't come from a box are a rare treat around here... once a year rare!

I actually love that I don't cook these kinds of meals often... (at all)... we would never enjoy it as much as we do on Thanksgiving! And I am ever so grateful for a wonderful family who all happily agree!

Unexpected Look-a-Likes!

My sister Kelley was looking at the baby pictures of the kids on our refrigerator and found a pretty striking resemblance of little Eleni in baby Jack!

He thought that was pretty neat.

I think they'll be pretty good buds. Jackson will be a great protector of her, I'm sure!

Buried In Leaves!

This was the last raking job before winter set in..... the kids definitely took advantage of the leaves first and had a blast!

This is one of my favorites!

Almost to the end of the year now - whew!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Veteran's Day Parade and BSU Game 2009

I am very behind here, but also have a very good excuse - surgery!! So, slowly I will catch up to 2010..... but for now, here is some of November of 2009!

We love the Veteran's Day parade every year.... it has become a family tradition.

I think my favorite part is when a local high school football team carries this enormous American Flag down the street. It always takes my breath away.

Great friends gave us 4 tickets to the big BSU game - Chip, Taylor, Aubrey, and Jack had a blast while Hannah and I went to the mall and got her ears pierced! :)