Then after packing the 'sleigh' off to grandmothers house we went. Grandpa had gotten permission for us to use the Pleasant Valley Hunting lodge again this year. First we had lunch.
Phil, Jeremy, & Ammon
Audrey, Natalie, & Nellie
Preston, Tyler, & Noah
Grandma Liz & Preston
Ethan & Grandma Liz
Michelle & Donna
Emily, Michael, & Annie
Brinley, Colleen, Erica, Kiley, & Nathan
Than we opened presents from Grandma & Grandpa. We got an ice cream maker with desert cups from Aunt Michelle, Uncle Phil & Preston. We had Uncle Tyler and we gave him The Wolverine that had just came out.
James: G&G C-Planes containing body wash
Ethan: G&G C-Dusty Crophopper & friends
Erica: G&G C-Sprial art
Emily: G&G C-Trendy Model Sticker books
Annie: G&G C-Fun loom, bands & storage box
Ammon: G&G C-Legos
Kathryn: Mom & Dad-Blue & Green scarf
Michael: Mom & Dad-Jerky & Square table with 4 chairs
Aaron (13) is currently
living in the Salt Lake valley. He has grown a lot in the past year; he is
towering over his dad and is wearing size 15 shoes. Michael teases him that
they have to skin a cow to make each shoe. He gets regular visits from mom and
dad. He got the opportunity to attend a session of General Conference in the
Conference Center with Grandma & Grandpa Crapo in October.
Ammon (12) has started
taking karate classes. He wasn't sure when he started if he would like it or
not, but after his first class he was hooked. Ammon also started sixth grade
this year at the Junior High. He has a modified A/B schedule. It's been good
for him to have different teachers instead of staying in the same class all
day. He was ordained a Deacon on the first of December.
Annie (10) decided this
year that she was going to change dance studios. She had taken the highest
ballet/jazz class offered at the previous studio for the last three years. This
studio is more lyrical and classical ballet, but she can eventually learn point
if she wants to. She is doing well in school and as usual loves her teacher and
has many friends. This is her last year at King's Peak Elementary.
Emily (9) is still taking
ballet/jazz but she also decided that she wanted to take tumbling. She did the
summer clinic and loved it. She was assigned to a class when the season started
and a few weeks in she was doing so well that she was moved up a level. She
really pushes herself to learn the tricks. Emily has adjusted to moving to a
new school this year; she is also at King's Peak.
Erica (8) decided that she
was going to take a break from dance and only do a tumbling class this year.
She is also doing pretty well at it. Erica makes friends easily and has many
friends at school. Her teacher is constantly praising her for her good work and
willingness to help others. Erica was baptized by her dad two days after her
Ethan (5) is in
Kindergarten this year, he goes in the morning. Most days he still doesn't want
to go to school but once he gets there he's okay. He's made some friends, and
talks about a few of them and points them out if we run into them around town. Ethan
is also taking a tumbling class this year. He can't decide whether he likes it
or not. Some days he does and others not so much.
James (3) is a spunky
sassy like tike. He has become VERY independent, and wants to do it HIS way. He
loves to watch Curious George. Recently he got a stuffed Scooby-doo and now he
always wants to watch Scooby-doo cartoons.He's a very spoiled child; his siblings don't let him do anything
without their 'help'.
Michael is still enjoying
his job at Newfield, driving water truck. He just traded to nights the week
before Thanksgiving. This gives him a little more time at home with the kids.
He leaves home at 5:30 p.m. and gets home about 6:45 a.m. Gets the kids up and
off to school and then sleeps until it's time to get them from school. Michael
still has his calling as a Stake sign language specialist. After his first
snake (Fiona) escaped in July Kathryn bought him another one (Hetty) for his
birthday. Three months later in October Fiona reappeared. She had been hiding
somewhere in the house.
Kathryn stays busy running
kids everywhere as usual. Young men activities, karate, girls achievement days,
dance, appointments, etc. We're lucky enough to live next to the dance studio
so that some of the kids can just walk to dance and tumbling. She is
volunteering in Ethan's class every Monday for an hour. She was released from
her calling as Ward Choir Director in January and as Scout Den leader in
October. She continues to play the piano in Relief Society and is enjoying
singing in the choir. She also auditioned for a community choir and was
We spent Christmas Eve with the Anderson side of the family. We went caroling to a few families first and then had dinner. Then Grandpa read the Christmas Story and we all sang a few Christmas carols as they came along in the story. Then the fun began. The kids got to open presents from Grandma & Grandpa. We also opened presents from Uncle Marvin & Aunt Stephanie as they were the ones that had our family in the rotation. We had Benjamin and got him the DVD The Wolverine that just came out.
Marvin & Angelo
Emily, Annie, & Erica-decorating cookies
Ammon and his 'fabulous' cookie
Mom & Dad
Charity and her 'boyfriend' Shaun Murray-
We are all just waiting for him to pop the question. :)
Annie, Angelo, & Stephanie
Ethan & Erica
Ammon and his gift from the 'bad Santa'
Now go to bed so Santa can come and fill your stockings.
James: G&G A-Frog, flashlight, chapstick; M&S-Checkers game & yo-yo
Ethan: G&G A-Truck, flashlight, chapstick; M&S-Checkers game & yo-yo
Erica: G&G A-Jewelry box, necklace, earrings, chapstick, coloring books and crayons; M&S-cat in purse with charm bracelet
Emily: G&G A-Jewelry box, necklace, earrings, chapstick, coloring books and colored pencils; M&S-cat in purse with charm bracelet
Annie: G&G A-Jewelry box, necklace, earrings, chapstick, slippers, sweater; M&S-cat in purse with charm bracelet
Ammon: G&G A-Legos, flashlight, chapstick; M&S-Yahtzee game & yo-yo
Kathryn: Mom & Dad: Temple bag; M&S-Walmart gift card
Michael: Mom & Dad: Lots of candy; M&S-Walmart gift card