Monday

Wishing You A...

Happy holidays! We have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas week and this week to come is going to be filled with many more fun activities! I am going to have lots to blog about next week, I'd start now.. but I'm already overwhelmed with everything on my "to do" list ;) So for now we'll just say we're wishing you all a happy holidays.
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lara

Friday

Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here, one week away! This is such a wonderful time of year to be with family and reflect on what is truly most important in life. It seems the month has flown by, its such a busy time. I seriously have the best mom in the world, she always makes the holidays so special! I went down earlier this week to help out around the house and help my siblings with homework so my she could finish her Christmas shopping. When she came home she carried in this adorable Christmas tree. I've been begging Taylor to let me buy a little cheap one for the basement, but I wasn't able to break him. My mom knows how much I love Christmas trees.. I almost cried when she said it was mine :) I went and bought some clearance decorations from Tai Pan and we decorated it last night. It is just perfect. The crown on top of my Christmas excitement. I can't wait for it to be here! I am so excited to spend time with our families. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas!

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lara

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

One of my favorite holiday traditions has to be getting the Christmas tree.  Every year my family goes to get a real tree on the first Monday of December.  Taylor, Caden and I joined them this year to help select and decorate it! We always go to Jensens Christmas trees, they sell the prettiest ones around. I love real trees for Christmas, they smell SO good... ah, someday when we have the money we'll get one ;) This year picking the tree was a cinch, usually we argue and fight over which tree is the best, but this time we walked in the gates and it was right there in front of us... we all agreed. It was quite the experience for Caden this year, I'm sure last Christmas is a distant faded memory in his mind. He was squealing and running in circles when we brought the tree in the house. He'd run up and touch it and run away. Before we could even get the tree centered in the base He was throwing a fit that we wouldn't get the "ball" out of the box for him to put on the tree.. lol. I couldn't help but laugh at his sour puss face he. He wanted to help with EVERYTHING.. pulling the ornaments out, putting the lights on the tree, hanging the ornaments up.. it was very exciting ;) I was so lucky to catch the shot of him when the lights were plugged in.. he was standing right by them and when my mom plugged them in he jumped back, pulled his hands close to his chest, squatted down and said "HAWWWWW!" (hot).. He's hilarious. The tree turned out beautifully as usual. Getting the tree up always puts me in the Christmas spirit. I love this time of year.

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Christmas Tree

(it was seriously SO cold)

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p.s. If you didn't notice, I just have to point out, Rachel is making the most hilarious faces in these pictures. She is one to make me laugh, ah, i love her!
lara

Wednesday

Thanksgiving Week

November has come and gone to fast, it seems like this time of year always flies by. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Tuesday I went to New Moon with Richelle, it was FABULOUS! I was so happy to see that Jacob was SO much more beautiful than Edward (TEAM JACOB)! I mean seriously... after seeing how totally gorgeous Jacob was, who would EVER go back to Edward ;) It was corny at parts, I laughed at a lot of the stuff Edward said, but I thoroughly enjoyed it :) Wednesday we headed to Park City where we were staying in a Town House for Thanksgiving with Taylor's Family! We set up the wii, went grocery shopping... got settled in, and were waiting for Papa to get to the house....... when all of the sudden he walked in the door with my oldest nephew Britton! Maddy, Bryce and Britton had flown all the way from Virginia to surprise the rest of the family for Thanksgiving! We had so much fun playing games, watching movies, painting nails (girls), world of warcraft (boys).. Having the Nephews all together! It was so much fun! Turkey dinner was amazing of course, and the pies... to die for! I was totally excited to be in Park City for Midnight Madness the outlets hold every year for BLACK FRIDAY!!! I had never done shopping on black Friday before.. just not our thing, but this year was different. At 11:00 pm my SIL, Maddy, and I headed to the outlets so we could get a parking spot.. a few of the stores were already open and having their sales, so we got a head start! I think the best deals we got were: Carters 60% off entire store, Banana Republic 50% off entire store (and I had an extra 15% off on top of that!!!), Crocs buy one get one free! It was heavenly retail therapy! We got home at about 2:00 am.. but it was SO worth it! Taylor worked the 12:00 am - 6:00 am shift at the mall (.....he's nuts, I LOVE YOU HUN) and drove back to Park city, and slept till noon! We all headed home Friday afternoon, to get a good night sleep and prepare for the football game. Bret took Taylor and Ross to a shooting range that evening. What a manly thing to do.. I've never shot a real gun in my life! I'd be terrified of hitting myself in the face with a pistol ;) My family called shortly after the men left, and invited Caden and I to go see the Christmas Carol 3D with them. We have a tradition to go see a movie over Thanksgiving weekend every year. When we got out to the car I realized the men had taken Taylor's car to the shooting range (40 min away)....... and I didn't take Caden's car seat out!!! I was so frustrated! I really wanted to go join my family for ice cream and a movie, but no car seat meant I couldn't go! I called my mom to tell her I wasn't going to be able to make it, when I thought: what about the baby carrier! LOL! NO WAY, he won't fit in it.. he's way too big now. I ran down to grab it and pushed and wiggled and squeezed Caden in until the buckle clicked! We were on our way ;) I couldn't help but take a picture of him bursting out of the car seat, it was hilarious! Although he was probably incredibly uncomfortable, he had a great time playing with the baby toys hanging from the handle! Taylor ended up joining us at the theater in Provo and brought the big boy car seat with him (Caden didn't suffer on the way home).

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Saturday was game day.. the most intense game of the year!!!  BYU vs UTAH  >:)  I look forward to this game every year.. We attended all but one home game this year. Bret is always so generous with tickets, I love going to the games! We joined Taylor's family and some family friends for the event! The game started out well, we were leading for the majority of it... I thought for sure we were going to win, but after the Utes scored a touchdown to tie up the game... I got more than a little nervous! Bret took Taylor down on the field for the end of the last quarter (he has serious connections) ;) I circled them in one of the pictures below! As the game went into overtime I could barely breath! I was so nervous... the Utes scored a field goal, our turn came and a few plays later Andrew George was wide open for the touchdown pass!!! COUGARS WIN!!! 26 to 23! The field was flooded within seconds, Taylor and Bret among the first to reach the team! It was an amazing game, I was complete worn out mentally, emotionally and vocally ;)

GO COUGARS!!!

GO COUGARS!!!

GO COUGARS!!!

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GO COUGARS!!!

It was a fun filled week, thanks to Midnight madness I was almost done with Christmas shopping. I am proud to say today, I am completely finished with my Shopping :) I have 5 projects to finish in the next 3 weeks (kind of overwhelmed)!!! I won't be posting any of them till after Christmas, don't want to ruin the surprises for anyone ;) Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm so excited it's December now, I can't wait for Christmas!

p.s for those of you who didn't see, all of my favorite links, friends and family links, Caden's stats and What he's up to.. are at the bottom of the blog :) I wanted more space for the posts and pictures!
lara