ChRisTmAs wEeKeNd in NeW haRmOny

Just in case any of you didn't hear the final count for New Harmony..... In the last 10 days they got a total of 68 inches of snow (5.67')! Is that insane? Well, we took advantage of it on Christmas weekend. I pulled our nieces and nephews on the sled behind the 4 wheeler and Rick, Alyssa and even little Teryn were snowboarding behind the other one. Good times!

hApPy BiRthDaY, CoDy

We went to dinner with Cody and Anna for Cody's birthday. He opened his birthday presents at our house in his special little Santa suit because...... he rented it to wear for "Coins for Kids" and wants to get his full $20 deposit-worth out of it. Oh, our little boy is growing up.

DiXie WinTeR wOndErlAnd

I just thought that I would show all of you up in Salt Lake what warm weather you are obviously not missing out on down here in "sunny" St. George. I know that this isn't much compared to what im used to in northern Utah, but come on! We were all very surprised to wake up to this "Christmas come early"..... our own little DiXie WiNteR WoNdeRlaNd. (Im pretty sure my oleander bushes are done for)

cHriStMaS tAg

MerRy ChRisTmAs

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? real
3. When do you put up the tree? the week after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? hopefully the first couple weeks in January
5. Do you like eggnog? only in my coffee
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Jazzy Doll
7. Hardest person to buy for? Rick, he just buys himself whatever he wants whenever he wants
8. Easiest person to buy for? myself
9. Do you have a nativity scene? no
10.Mail or e-mail cards? I love getting them in the mail and I send ours by mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Its A Wonderful Life or Grinch
13.When do you start your shopping? Im usually all done 2 -3 weeks before Christmas so that the presents are all wrapped and cute under the tree
14. Have you ever re-gifted a Christmas present? I can think of a specific time, but I probably have
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? We have a huge breakfast Christmas morning. Give me breakfast over dinner any day.
16.Lights on the tree? of course
17. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells by Manheim Steamroller
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? travel to either my parent's house or Rick's parent's house
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? dasher dancer prancer vixen comet cupid donner blitzen rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, but I am trying to start the "pj's on Christmas eve" thing with Rick
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The worst is when stores are already into Christmas stuff before Halloween is even over.
23. What theme or color are you using to decorate? black, maroon, rust (you know all the Krumpets best)
24. Favorite Christmas tradition? I have two: We read a Christmas story every night for the 12 day count down and we read the Christmas story from the Bible before we open presents
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I always want way too many things, but Rick only gets me things that I don't ask for. He likes to surprise me.
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? Amy and Kendra (my other sisters are still learning how to post)
27. Who is least likely to respond to this? They all will....Right?
28. Does Christmas mean Santa or Christ's birth to you? Christ's birth. We grew up with that being the emphasis. There were too many of us to worry about fancy gifts.
29. Do you go to Church on Christmas? If it were on a Sunday, I guess I would.
30. Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Merry Christmas
31. Do you wear Christmas sweat shirts or sweaters? no
32.Do you put up outside lights? We never have yet, but someday we will.

Thanks Malea... I TaG: aMy, SaRA, KaTiE, KeNdRa, mEl and sTaCi

CowBoY cHriStMaS

This is Rick's mom's CowBoY ChriStMaS tree. I think that it is so cute and totally fits perfectly up there in the cabin. I thought that I would just show it. Nice elk, huh? This is not even close to being the only mount in their house. My father-in-law loves to hunt.

sNowEd iN

We drove up to New Harmony to help dig out Rick's mom and little sister. They got SnoWeD iN last night. You can see that they weren't going anywhere. We got stuck trying to make it up the driveway and decided to not push it, you know, considering the one side of the driveway is the edge of a cliff. Rick's brother Kody came up from St. George to help too. They had to use the backhoe for all of it.

bAcK FrOm CaliFoRniA

I know that these pictures are random, but what can I say. We went to Cali. this weekend and took my sister Anna and Cody with us. It was Anna's 21st so Rick invited them to come for her B-Day. We went out Friday night in San Diego with our friends Renz and Nick. You may notice that Cody is wearing an eye patch.....he lost a bet to Rick and wore it all night.
Saturday we went up to Long Beach to a birthday party for Rick's cousin Jace. There was about 30 of us that all went out to dinner for him. (I didn't take my camera)
Sunday we thought that we would go see the walls on Venice Beach that people come and "tag". Its legalized graffiti, basically. Not really my style, but its cool that they get to have a place to do it. Cody is on crutches because he lost yet another bet to Rick, so he had to hobble around on the crutches all day.
On our way out of town we drove through Hollywood.

LonDoN bRidGe

Rick had to do a delivery so I went with him to Havasu. We stayed and had dinner on the lake. It was so cute, they had the bridge all decorated for Christmas. Not many people know that the LonDoN bRidGe in Lake Havasu is the actual original London Bridge. It was built in 1831 and wasn't structurally sound enough to hold the weight of the traffic so it was sold to some rich oil guy and he put it in Lake Havasu in 1968 to make the city more of a tourist attraction. Just in case anyone was interested in that little bit of history.

3rd TiMeS a cHaRm

I have set up and decorated our Christmas tree 3 times now! I am so scared of it now. Anna and I were minding our own business yesterday when we heard a crash..... Christmas tree down. So we stood it back up (and it stands up by itself). After cleaning up all of the glass and broken bits, I start to decorate it for the second time. Half way through, for no reason at all it falls over ontop of me this time. I was so mad the first time, but this time im not going to lie, I cried. I was so upset. I called Rick just absolutely balling and he just laughed at me. So here it is, the final finished product (hopefully). 3rd times a charm!

tHe St.gEorGe eSkiMo

We went out on the 4-wheeler on Sunday to go find some deer. Micah came out with us too. It was so cold. Not at all the nice day it was when we went out last week. I am the official "sT. gEorGE eSkiMo". I was freezing! I am not kidding, I had on 4 layers and was still cold. What is up with that? I thought that I moved away from Salt Lake.

HaPpY AnNivErsAry, bABe

Rick and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary on Sunday, November 30th. We took the four wheeler out to the Arizona strip because it was gorgeous weather on Sunday.

FriSbEy GoLf

Kendall and all the grandkids set up a Frisbey Golf Course down by the barn for all of us to play. It was so fun! We did relays and our team won so the other team had to bow down to us for the picture.

ChriStMas TreEs

Every Thanksgiving Rick and I go with his family up into the hills in New Harmony and cut down our own Christmas trees. Cody came with us this year and got his own tree too.

whAt iS yOuR VinYl sAyinG

This is my pet-peve! Why on earth would anyone be worried about going "private" with their blog when they are driving around town with a sticker of their family right on the car window? You know what is even better than just the picture? When people actually put names underneath each picture!!!!! Why don't you just invite some perv to kidnap your children. Weren't we taught to never let a stranger know our name, let alone the names of everyone in our family. "Hi Kara. Your mom, Emily asked me to pick you and your brother Scott up from school because she had to pick up little Annie from pre-school." Case and point! Im so sorry if you don't agree, that is up to you. This is just my opinion after all. I think that the idea is darling and perfectly appropriate for a wall in your home, but not on your car for every weirdo to see.