Thursday, January 9, 2014

Christmas 2012

Our beautiful Christmas tree.  I had my dad get us another one so that my kids could decorate it with all their homemade ornaments.  That worked out so that everyone was happy.
 Traxton got a cape and wand from Santa.  He is so silly and loves to do "magic".
Playing the Boppit game.
Treyson is reading the letter that our elves Bobbie and Suzie left for the kids.  They went back to the North Pole with Santa.  They were fun and we will miss them.

 This was the first time the kids had seen the fire place open.  Since we were living in Aunt Margie's house, we didn't dare build a fire.  Traxton was so intrigued with how big and dark it was.  He kept shining his wand up the chimney to see if he could find Santa.

The kids got a little motorcycle and riding pants and boots.

 The kids also got ipod touches.  They spent most of the morning playing around on them. 

 Treyson caught on to the pogo stick really quick.
Ashten has rode Bladen's little motorcycle at the Bundy reunion, so she had no trouble learning how to ride her new one.  The problem is that she has gotten a little too comfortable and has started getting more daring with her "tricks".  She is a little thrill seeker.  Hopefully this little machine won't cost us too much in ER visits.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christmas Dresses

Growing up my mom always made the girls Christmas dresses to wear to church the week before Christmas.  It was fun to get new church clothes and take a family picture.  I have tried to carry on that tradition.  Even though I don't make the dresses, and we have more boys than girls in our family, it's still called "Christmas dresses". 


Gingerbread Creations

Every year at Christmas time we decorate gingerbread houses.  It has turned into a really fun and creative tradition.  It is a challenge sometimes to come up with an original idea, but it's always fun to see what everyone designs. 
We created a tree house. 
 The kids all get their own small house to decorate.
Dally and Mike's house with a beautifully landscaped side yard.
 Mom and dad's igloo.
 Talen and Amber's breast cancer awareness house.

 Shaunelle and Dusty's log cabin.
 Trumbull's ranch house.

Christmas Dance Recital

Ashten dances with the Desert Edge Dance Company.  She really doesn't love it, but she does it and she is quite good.  They have a spring and winter recital every year to show off what they have learned.  She has been doing jazz.

 She absolutely hates to get all dressed up with her hair and makeup done.  It takes too long and is too itchy for her.  She always looks so pretty though. 

Choir Concert

Ashten performed with the Bobcat choir at her school.  She really enjoyed going to the early morning practices twice a week and then performing for the school and family. 
 Their Christmas performance was at the high school and it was really cute.  They sang a lot of Christmas songs and included actions and props.  The kids did a really good job.  It made participating in the early morning carpool worth it. 

 Ashten and Sad'e

Future Husbands

Treyson and Traxton were in charge of Sunday dishes and they did a great job.  They stood at the sink and worked together until everything was clean.  I was so proud of them.  They will make great husbands someday. :)


Sad Day

On Nov 12, 2012 our sweet Heidi dog was ran over and killed.  We have had her for almost 10 years and she was a huge part of our family for so long.  She had five litters of puppies and was an incredible mother to each of them.  She loved our kids and was very protective of them as well.  We still miss her!
The hardest part of her accident was telling the kids what happened.  It broke all our hearts. 
 We decided to bury her down off the hill so the kids could visit her little grave whenever they want. 

 A little look back of our sweet Heidi.  She's pregnant with her last litter and getting ready to pop.
 She had five to seven puppies every time she delivered. 
Camping with us in Kolob in 2007.
 Enjoying the shade with Treyson in 2007
Traxton with one of Heidi's puppies. 2011

Wrestling Mania

Treyson has been wrestling every Winter since he was in preschool and he absolutely loves it.  Over the last few years we have been getting more serious about his wrestling and have even started traveling a little.  We drove to Nephi for a tournament and he finished in 2nd place. 

 Getting some last minute instructions from dad.
He was really excited to get a big, cool medal.