Look at these little cousins!
Camryn, Jack, Thea (Lou Lou's granddaughter who is just over 2 weeks older than Sloane), Sloane, Hank and Quinn. All blonde and blue eyed except for Sloane. She has deep dark brown eyes!
I know it looks like Quinn has brown eyes, but it's the lighting.
Quinn landed on her leg wrong, poor thing.
She ended up having a small fracture just above her knee . The soft cast was a little bothersome, but it healed really quickly. Like, maybe a couple of weeks.
The girls wanted to build a snowman so grandpa got his coat on and helped.
We decided to head back home for a couple of weeks after Thanksgiving because I missed my house, my friends, my Canadian world. While we were home though, we missed Camryn's first dance recital.
Look how festive and beautiful!
I have a group of friends and we get together for each other's birthdays to catch up on life and have fun. We see each other at church and at different activities, but it's not often we get together with just the 5 of us. Shauna was given a week at a Timeshare just outside of Kalispell and we kind of invited ourselves (well, Kaylynn did, to be exact) for one night before her family joined her.
We had a lot of fun. We had treats, played a "get to know each other" game, chatted till late/early and had a little dollar store gift exchange party.
The next morning we celebrated Kaylynn's birthday with more gifts. Kaylynn got to choose where she wanted to eat lunch and luckily it was Mexican! We did a little shopping ( I wanted to get ugly Christmas sweaters for Mark and I for our ward party) at various stores with our last stop at Costco. Kaylynn always needs her cheese and milk because it is WAY cheaper in the states.
Shauna, Dixie, Santa, Marilee, Kaylynn and Barb.
Barb snatched Santa away from his chocolate treat station to pose with us and as you can see, he was happy to oblige.
And here are our Ugly Christmas Sweaters!
Mine actually is very cute and totally en vogue with the tassels!
But guess what? I forgot to wear my black tassel earrings!
For me to even wear something "fun" like this was really outside my conservative box, but it was fun and I was even in the running for the contest. Of course, I didn't win because it's totally not ugly!
Mark didn't win either, but he did match Barb's husbands sweatshirt.
(We shopped together and Barb thought it would be funny. It was)
"Neal! What did you do!!!!?"
That is exactly what Shalese said to Neal when he walked upstairs before the party.
She. Was. Flabbergasted! No, that's not the word.
She. Was. SHOCKED!!!!
Actually, that it the wrong word too.
Needs to say, she was not impressed. At. All!
Shalese loves his beard like Kelly loves Brad's beard. Ya gotta admit Neal looks pretty legit Western!
There was a change of plans for the party though....
About a week before the party Royce's hay barn burned down. It's hard to tell from this picture, but you can get some idea how big the barn is by the vehicles in front. He had the big square bales and apparently there was a little too much moisture when the hay was baled and there was internal combustion. With a fire like this you just have to ride it out and let it burn it's self out.
And look what I had forgotten about, Neal's dimples!
I love him clean shaven, but then I'm his mom.
Jack and Hank both have birthdays in December so we celebrated with a
party and take out Cafe Rio!
Always a good choice!
Hank loves his grandpa!
Jack turned 4 on December 18th and Hank turned 2 on December 29th.
I'm pretty sure Brad is more excited than Jack about the Paw Patrol puzzle we got him...
And it's time for Christmas!
Do you see what this is? Six containers of the Hatch cinnamon rolls.
Yep, I have had these for as long as I can remember and it would not be Christmas without them. I'm sure hoping that my kids will keep up with the tradition because they would be the fourth generation!
And here you have it! Cinnamon rolls galore!
We started the "fish pond" tradition this year with the grandkids.
Grandma and Grandpa put a toy on the end of a fishing pole and the kids go fishing. I'm not sure what the kids thought about it, but as the years go by it will be something they remember. Our kids loved it when their grandma and grandpa Cahoon did it. I think the trick is to get one decent prize for each of them instead of little silly ones. Live and learn right?
Ah yes, speaking of tradition. This is the third year Mark and I have put this saran wrap ball together for the kids. They love it and we love putting it together for them. It's huge and expensive!
Mark and I donated before the end of the year and got these free t shirts.
This was Mark's first time and I think he's hooked.
I believe I am up to around 4-5 gallons since starting to donate over 20 years ago.
This is what Instagram figured out for me this year. My most "liked" posts and I'm really happy with the results. A lot happened in 2018! I love my family, I love hiking, I have loved working in the temple for 4 years and I love my daddy. I miss him!