Christmas was so great for us this year. We are so blessed to have such wonderful parents and siblings to be surrounded by. I don't know what I did to deserve such amazing people in my life. We are constantly given love and compassion from each one of our family members. It is such a blessing to have people that you can love unconditionally, as well as feel that love from them. I hope that each person in my family knows their importance to me and the example that they have shown me. I love you all so much and I am so sad that we don't get to see eachother very often.
We had a busy, yet lazy Christmas Vacation. We bounced back and forth between houses much easier this year than last. I think we have our schedule figured out! (I hope by next year I can chill out even more and not consider it a SCHEDULE!) We went to movies, ate pizza like 6 times in 2 weeks, played games (Dad kicked our butt even though he was absent half of the game), watched our fair share of sports center, caught up with friends and family, laughed, cried, and loved.
The thing that I was very most excited about this year was the present that we gave our mothers. We made wordles for them...thanks for the idea Ashley Wray! It brought tears to both of their eyes, I hope that they can cherish those gifts and know how much we love them.
The second exciting thing was my present from Cody and Laurel. I got a professional camera!
I am so excited to have it! The only condition that Cody gave me is not to take pictures of HIM! I am not sure if I will be able to follow through with that one! I have not put my camera down since I got it, and I have already done 2 photo shoots. My goal is to become a infants/children's photographer! Cody is an amazing editor, and I am taking classes and want to excel in this area. I am excited for what lies ahead in the photo business for us!
My other favorite present was all of my cooking stuff! My mom got me a Mandoline, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! As does Cody! (it is on the right hand side).
I also got a silpat from Laurel and I already made some delicious cookies using it. I got a bread knife, too! Which sounds totally lame, but I really wanted one!
Bert also got me a cast iron pan...so expect some fried foods to start showing up on my food blog! I still have some money for kitchen stuff left and hope to find a few more things that I just can't live without!
Cody made out well with a drill, some Gel Keyanos, and gift card after gift card(most of them for ITunes!). We both made out very well!
I had to post these pictures of my dad and my nephew Ian. Uncle Nate got Ian some books on Komatsu tractors, etc. for Christmas. Honestly, every 30 minutes or so Ian would go grab his Komatsu books and find Grandpa Jim to quiz him! He honestly knows almost all of the names of the machinery...it is crazy! He is going to grow up and be just like Uncle NATE!