"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." Barbara Bush

"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there."  Barbara Bush

Our Kids ... Where Has the Time Gone?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Eve Nativity

Every Christmas Eve our family puts on the Nativity. All the different parts of the Nativity are put into a bowl and then each person draws the part they are going to play that year. They are then given 10 minutes to dig through the house to put their costume together. Depending how many people we have with us on Christmas Eve, determines how many parts are added to the bowl. This year it was just our family so the only parts included were ... the Narrator, Mary, Joseph, a Shepherd, an angel, and a Wiseman. In past years every part was included as well animals. (One year Kassie was one of the sheep and Tavin was the coveted donkey.) This year Kim was the Narrator ... Kassie was the Angel ... Tom was a Wiseman ... Brittin was a Shepherd ... Tavin was Joseph ... and much to Belle's disappointment ... she was Mary. She was so upset about her part that when we were taking pictures of her doing her part ... she would turn her back to the camera. haha Even with some Nativity "drama" ... it is a fun tradition that we will continue even as our family grows bigger.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Break For Kassie

Once again, it was time for me to head back up to Rexburg to pick Kassie up for the Christmas break. When Tavin and I arrived, it was so cold! I had forgotten how cold Decembers can be when there's snow on the ground! Soon after arriving, Kandice, one of Kassie's roommates was having a birthday dinner at Olive Garden. All the parents that were there to pick up their kids were invited.

(Originally the trip was just going to be me helping kassie move her things back home ... but Tom surprised me and met me there with the girls. He booked some really fun rooms in a theme hotel in town. So sweet of him!) Anyone who has kids at school know the fun of moving things in ... only to move things out again in a few months. The surprising thing is how much more things they have collected in that short amount of time. I was busy mostly the entire time packing and hauling boxes. Thank goodness Tom was there!

When I walked into Kassie's apartment, everyone was already there. The night was fun visiting with everyone but it was an early night for me because the next day we were leaving to head to Utah.
One of the nights we all went down to Temple Square to take pictures of Missy's family for her Christmas cards. We took way more than expected but the kids were pretty good with standing still and smiling. And if I can say so ... the pictures turned out really good! :)