Thursday, December 25, 2008


It was Photo Shoot day yesterday for the kids. Last week they decided to go to the second hand store in town to see what they could come up with as far as Christmas wear and I think they did very well. They grabbed a few props from the house and off they went to grandpa's red barn. The sweater that Clark has on is part of his regular Christmas attire actually. He wears this every year at the "ugly sweater party".

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Michelle!

Guess how Michelle celebrated her 18th birthday? Taking the ACT! It was not a pleasant morning for her and it kind of made her grumpy. Maybe the word "kind of" is too mild. She was downright grumpy! She takes the stats for the girl's basketball team so she was able to have some sort of fun after the test. At least she wasn't home right?Umm...don't even think about counting the candles. I only had 16. What can I say?

Look who came over just before midnight? Rawley, Tayt, and Scott. And look what they brought Michelle? I know it's not strawberry, but it's close. Sort of. These boys made this chocolate pyramid green peppermint frosted cake just for the birthday girl!

I think Michelle should re think this growing up thing. She wants to go away to college next year and I don't think that's a very nice thing to do.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Family Visiting!

Look who dropped in from Virginia. My brother David. He is on a business trip and drove from Calgary to see us last weekend.
It has been so great to have the Hatch side of the family visit us. I have been waiting over two years for this and finally it's happening. Guess who flys home in two days? Clark. Then guess who comes home on Monday? Laurel. And then who comes home on the following Wednesday? Brad! You know what that means right? Our whole family together in our very own home. It has been over three years!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

More Holiday Fun!

Randy and Brad have known eachother since they were 4 when we moved to Thousand Oaks in 1989 and they are now roomates at BYU. We had two crockpots of the Cafe Rio pork going.

Michelle really does like me. She came up behind me, put her arms around me AND wanted a picture taken. Can't get much better than that!!

Just look at Mark and all these girls! We were looking at old family videos on the laptop and having the best time. Thanks Laurel and Kelly for the entertaining video way back when at the cabin in Montana!

Lou Lou likes riding too! Dixie brought in 4 of her horses(she has about 25)so the kids could ride a bit. Lou-Lou had so much fun that she wants to learn how to ride too. I'm telling you, it's getting contagious.

These boys LOVED riding. The arena looked liked bumper cars with these guys riding all over the place. It seemed there were horses everywhere and they all wanted to try riding different horses. The favorite was Yuno though, the pretty black one.(dave,randy,brad,clint)

Boy were the cameras flashing. Too many pictures to post. Brad was given this hat while on his mission from a rancher in Nicaragua. (clint and brad)

Randy wants to own a buckle, wear a cowboy hat and buy cowboy boots! I'm not even kidding, he loves it all!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Home for the Holidays!

Look who rolled into town last week for Thanksgiving! My kids and their friends! Randy, Clint and Dave, along with Rachel, who is in summer theater with Laurel were here for a week. We have had a housefull the past couple of weeks, but there was room for everyone and they even took their turns cooking. Laurel made bowtie pasta and ceasar salad one night and the next day Brad and Randy make Cafe Rio Pork. Oh. My. Goodness. It was soooo good.
Cousins and friends. Look at these happy happy girls! I love love love my kitchen. This is what I was invisioning in my home when planning my kitchen. Buffet all laid out on my 8 ft. counter!