Sunday, December 28, 2008

Winter Wonderland

One of my favorite Christmas presents this year actually came from the sky, in the form of frozen ice crystals. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the snow. It was beautiful and magical, and even got us out of school on occasion. However, as I grew up the snow lost its charm and I was no longer enchanted by it. I viewed it as an inconvenience and a threat; something to be dreaded and shunned.

Well. Along came Hunter, and he has helped me to see the charm again! It certainly helps that I rarely have to drive in it, and I have full confidence in his snow-driving skills. It also helps that he gave me a super-warm coat for Christmas so I don't have to freeze to death every time I go outside. But mainly he has helped me to see the beauty of mother nature in all her forms. He has helped me let go of the stress so I can appreciate the exciting, adventurous side of the experience.

So in keeping with this newly regained spirit of adventure, I participated in a few outdoor activities during the week. Here is the evidence:
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Me and Ayden (going a lot faster than it looks!)
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Hunter (going faster than it looks)
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Me and Hunter (going slower than it looks, haha)
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Reagan:
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Sadie & Ayden:
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Grandma & Ayden:
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Sarah & Reagan:
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Sadie:
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Hunter's RC snowcat, Blizzy:
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The semi-frozen creek (not frozen enough, as we discovered on several occasions!)
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More Blizzy:
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Tracks:
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Our Suzuki(aka Suzy)'s adventure in the snow:
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We sure love having a good snow vehicle!

Moving on, I think this ends my love affair with snow. I am now officially done with the winter and would like to invite summer to please return. Now that Christmas is over I have no more need for cold and icicles and all of this wintery nonsense. Let's move on to the next season already. Thanks.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Season of Magic

Hunter and I have been enjoying our Christmas in Henrieville. Christmas morning, my parents were kind enough to let us sleep in a bit. Then the four of us opened our gifts.christmas_0163
Hunter was pretty excited when he opened his
ShamWow! We love those commercials so much that I just had to sponsor them by purchasing their product, lol. He also got socks, woohoo! Never fear, Santa did bring him some fun stuff. He is now the proud owner of this:
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and this:
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We plan to build these guys together for our next FHE. :) After we finished opening our gifts, we decided we wanted more. So...we headed to Minersville, where our wishes were granted.

Ryker and his new puppy:
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Ryker & Reagan:
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Kenzie and her new puppy:
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Sadie:
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Mass Chaos:
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Kazie gets a new baby:
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Braxton:
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Hunter and his new baby (if only):
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Kasia wears her new handmade apron (thanks, Aunt Essie!):
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Sadie loves her butterfly barbie:
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Madison:
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Addy and her daddy:
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The kids in their new playhouse:
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Sarah with her Christmas gift:
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This is a photo spinner that I made for the Bradshaws. It was a class by
Ali Edwards from Big Picture Scrapbooking and a kit from Cocoa Daisy, and it was a lot of fun to put together! Of course, I kept forgetting to take pictures while I was assembling mine. So instead, here are a few pictures from Ali Edwards' course handout:
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All in all, it has been a wonderful Christmas season. We were so glad we could spend the day with all of my sisters and their kids; the holiday is so much more magical with children around. Of course, it was also nice to go back to the peace and quiet of Henrieville. It was the perfect Christmas. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's About Time

This post is so overdue, it's embarrassing. I feel terribly guilty that it has taken me so long to get around to this, but honestly I've been frantically working at Christmas gifts. The good news is that I am doing okay in that department so I'm starting to breathe easier. Praises!

Some of you might remember a little holiday we had a few weeks ago called Thanksgiving. Yes it's true, I'm finally posting pictures of our Thanksgiving with the Sheedy clan. Hunter and I went to Bear Lake to join his family who were already vacationing there. His parents and grandma drove out from Florida (what a road trip!) so we were able to spend some time with them. Hunter's three other brothers and their families were there as well so we had a pretty decent-sized gathering. It was so nice to see everyone. Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful; Hunter's dad prepared the turkey and it was perfect! Yum. Anyway, enough yapping; it's time for photos!

Just before dinner:
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The Cooper kids:
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Mom Sheedy and baby Sarah:
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Sarah:
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The entire Thanksgiving bunch:
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My sweetie:
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Dad, Mom & Grandma:
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Mom & Dad Sheedy:
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I love this picture! They are so cute; Hunter has the best parents. :)

So once again, I apologize for being the biggest slacker on earth. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving too! And now, if I can survive two more days of work, I will have TWO WEEKS of freedom! I simply cannot wait.