Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hornets vs. Hawks

Part of my Christmas was a gift to a Hornets basketball game. I'm not a avid Hornets fan, but I'm a fan of basketball!
One of my favorite things about professional sports is the Dip N' Dots. They are my absolute favorite!
I've never watched the Hornets play before, but I have heard of one of their star players. Jeremy Lin, or known better by "Linsanity." He was pretty incredible. Some of the shots he put up were kind, well, insane!
We ended up winning 107-84. It was a great game and the perfect Christmas gift! (I really need a new phone, the picture quality of the iPhone 4 is terrible)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

Our New Year's Day started off with a bang! 
Dwayne and Sarah picked up enough silly string for everyone to get in on the action! It's pretty clear that it was a hit.
Grammy and Pa saved Christmas for the ones that were out of town.
 Mason is such a good big cousin to all the little boys.
Finished off the night with a delicious dinner, tree burning, and fireworks!

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Eve

I love New Year's Eve. I love that it's the culminating day of an entire year that we just went through. We're usually looking back fondly (because a lot of the not-so-great stuff we tried to forget) and are looking forward to a brand new year, a new slate, and a new opportunity for growth and development. 

We didn't do anything overly exciting. We went to Carrabbas with the Esselman's; delicious bread, subpar food and service. But we talked about the future, what we wanted, and what things were coming up for everyone. We went back to their house for games and to watch the ball drop. Every year I watch the ball drop I think, I would love to be there with everyone, celebrating, soaking up the energy that's there. The things people don't talk about, is how you are literally there ALL DAY! Not being able to use the rest rooms, some people using the road to relieve themselves.. Maybe watching from the comfort of my couch isn't all that bad. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas festivities

It was a fairly quiet Christmas here this year. This was the "off" year for Ethan's family which meant most of the brother's and sisters were at the other side of the family for the holidays. That left us with our little family and Dwayne and Sarah, and it was intimate, and I really liked that.

For me, Christmas Eve means Mexican food. Since I'm no help with making a ham or turkey, I told Sarah I would take care of Christmas Eve dinner. But if I was going to make dinner, I wanted to go all out, which meant we needed to invite some people over to help tackle the food! We invited some of our friends, the Taggarts, from our ward over. I did chicken fajitas with all sorts of fixings, pan roasted corn, McKenzie brought over a couple different types of rice, and to top it all of, homemade white-chocolate puffcorn and caramel puffcorn. It was delicious!

After dinner, just as my family always did growing up, we did a little Christmas program that I put together, but Dwayne moderated. The kids got dressed up, and Sarah helped the little kids with the nativity during the reading. Nixon was a little young to keep interested, but the Taggarts have a 6-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl, and a little girl under 1, and they were great sports!

It was time for children to go to sleep, so we said our goodbyes and sent them off with some holiday cheer. We got Nixon ready for bed, and put him to bed, but not before we were able to read The Night Before Christmas by the tree lights.
With Nixon in bed it was time to start a new tradition we wanted to start for our family. Ethan and I made cinnamon rolls that we could enjoy the next morning. We finished up some last minute wrapping and then landed ourselves in our bed, exhausted, but ready for visions of sugar plums in our head!

Christmas morning, we were in no rush. We woke up around nine or so. Nixon was sill sleeping, so I pulled out the cinnamon rolls from the fridge to raise. We made sure the scene was set so it was perfect for Nixon when he came in.
We ended up having to wake him up. Ethan was the one to get him and I was set up with the camera to take some video. He walked through the door, and went straight to his toys.. the ones he plays with everyday (face palm). He had no interest in his stocking until I finally convinced him by pulling out a car! I had tied them altogether on one string, so the cars just kept coming!
Probably my favorite gift out of all of them.. Tickets to a Hornets basketball game!
We had a wonderful rest of our Christmas. I love that we're always reminded how blessed we are and how grateful we are to have the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives.