Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Show-N-Tell--Oregon style.

This post is all about my road trip to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with Kevin and Nick and their families. It was chilly with beautiful snow flurries. I love crisp autumn days.
The snow lasted a couple of hours--just enough time to break out the cute winter outerwear.
It took almost all the front yard snow to make a small snowman.

We had soooooo much fun. This is Luke's tribute to "The Office". Ya gotta love it.

Tracey did a terrific job on all the food. Lots of people helped--but her turkey was the best.

Friday morning was the perfect time to get out the Christmas decorations. I've never seen a tree go up so fast.
Decorating the front porch.

Lots of little elves helping.
Friday: Trim the tree--roller skating--Cold Stone's ice cream--Disney's "Tangled" (loved it)--then out for Chinese food. It doesn't get better than that.

Saturday: It was all about the BYU-Utah game. Christmas crafts kept the kids busy and entertained.

Waiting for the game to start. Nerves on edge. Excitement in the air.

Let's just say they were invested in the game.

Sunday after church we had fun playing with the parachute.

It was such a great week full of family, fun and good food. Well worth the drive. I'd do it again tomorrow. (well-maybe not tomorrow--but I'd do it again.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

My favorite veteran

I'm very patriotic at heart. Love my country. Love the flag. Love American history. But most of all--I love this veteran. We entered the air force after 3 months of marriage (Vietnam era) and after officer training school headed to Georgia for pilot training. After passing the prop plane training and 1/2 of the small jet training, it became very clear to Cris and his trainer that he was NOT going to be a pilot. His slow, methodical approach to everything in life wasn't working in the cockpit. He left pilot training and we spent the next 3 years in North Carolina at Pope AFB. It was a great experience that blessed us in many ways over the years. Just wanted you to see how handsome he was.
So cut to yesterday. . . .Veteran's Day parade in Bakersfield. We LOVED watching Riley's middle school band march in the parade. It was soooooo fun. And we also were able to honor Papa and his service. Melted my heart.