Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas week in review

We got to spend 9 days with my family over Christmas this year! It was so much fun! Here's a quick list of what we did and pics below:

  • surprised my parents by coming 2 days early
  • hiked Sloan Canyon and to the top of a peak we named "Sheep Poop Peak" - I'm sure you can imagine why
  • went to my parent's Ward Christmas program and saw some friends I hadn't seen in forever
  • ate yummy Cuban food ala Jer (my bro) with the whole fam including Gma and Gpa Wimmer
  • found out my brother Matt, Amy and Miles (2 weeks younger than Em) are moving west, just 2 hours from Vegas. YAHOO!!!
  • did our sibling gift exchange and cousin gift exchange (Matt and Amy got us new BPA free Nalgenes out of concern for our health and Ems got a cute shirt and pink sparkly shoes from Abe)
  • Aaron climbed at the Craft boulders
  • went to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve with Matt, Amy and Miles
  • ate at Macayo - the family tradition
  • my dad - an awesome cook - treated us to his bacon fried rice, two different stir fries and homemade granola. so good.
  • made funeral potatoes, spinach salad, creamed corn and 4 pies for Christmas Eve dinner
  • got a new camera for Christmas - it's water proof and even has a "food" setting. rad. thanks mom and dad!
  • em got blocks and cool ABC fridge magnets - thanks gma and gpa!
  • helped Mel make "terds" for Christmas morning breakfast - my dad named them that. they are little round balls that sort of taste like pancakes but you can fill them with stuff.
  • got my dad to play a game of settlers of catan with us (yes this is a miracle if you know my dad). he even liked it!
  • went birthday shopping at Target, Nordstrom's Rack and Trader Joe's (whole wheat pasta, quick Indian food and lots of other yummy things I'm too cheap to buy myself)
  • saw the nutcracker ballet
  • Aaron surprised me by throwing me a surprise bday party. it was so fun to see my friends.
    celebrated Em's birthday with mine so the fam could see her dig in to her own cupcake. adorable - but it meant a sugar high 3 1/2 hours past her bedtime
  • saw 3 movies. we took Em to 1 of them. bad idea. (my favorite was The Tale of Despereaux - so cute and taught kids such good morals!)
  • bought a baby backpack last minute on craigslist for $35. the lady had never used it. sweet deal.
  • took Em on a hike to goldstrike hotsprings in the above mentioned pack. she took and nap and almost froze solid all in a few hours time.
  • ate at In-n-Out Burger
  • stopped in Cedar City to go to Church on the way home and met a nice guy who is helping give Aaron the low down on grad school at SUU (since we may end up there)

dad and i at the top of sheep poop peak

the whole crew at the top (except Aaron who is taking the pic)

the two prettiest red heads i know with me at my bday party

linds, lewis and i at my bday party

clay and i at my party - i've know him since 6th grade band (where we played percussion)

the whole party crew (without family)

hiking to goldstrike hotsprings

em loved her pack...

enough to take a nap even

pretty present

picking her nose

cute cousins, em and miles

just relaxing

4 generations - way cool

bry and amber - so cute!


Janssen said...

Looks like a great time! Happy Birthday :)

Clare said...

I went home with one of my roommates during my freshman year to Vegas for a long weekend and we went to Macayo's - it was a family tradition for them too, apparently.

HW said...

Your blog is full of great stuff! First, Happy Birthday! You're beautiful and we love you. Second, Matt and fam are moving? Closer?! Cool! And third--who is Amber?! I like her already because Bryan looks so happy. I ache to have been there and eaten at Macayo's with you! Loves! Auntie H.

HW said...

And I loved how you just slid a nose picking picture in there. Good stuff!

Mark & Bek said...

I am in love with the pictue of Emery relaxing. It was so good to see you again. Happy birthday Em!