Saturday, December 27, 2008


We are so lucky to have two wonderful families!! Roger's parents came over (to my parents) for a little while on Christmas Eve to give us gifts and the kids enjoyed seeing them. Ethan loved opening presents and that night is when we learned he said, "cool" when he opens presents. It was so dang cute!! He continued all day on Christmas as well with the, "cool" thing. They got Ethan a little robot which he just loves and they got each of the kids an outfit and they look so adorable in them!! We wished they could've stayed for dinner but since the weather has been bad and they live in Quincy so they wanted to make it back before it got too late amd dark and the roads would've been even more slick. Mom made an awesome Prime Rib dinner for Christmas Eve and Grandma and Poppy joined us all as well. We all got to open our Christmas Pajamas from Mom and Dad. The kids' were so cute. Ali looked adorable in the night gown. We didn't get any pictures on Christmas Eve but my lovely sister-in-law, Brandi, got some and you can see those here. They just got a blog!!! YAY! Mom did a good job getting pictures of Christmas day...we had all just woke up though so please don't criticize us for our droopy eyes because we went to bed at 2 am. We all had fun staying up and talking. Our family..before Santa came...

Then Santa came and left a Lightning McQueen Walking Talking Car for Ethan and a Cabbage Patch Kid for Aliana. He came in and out so fast that this was the only picture we could get!! However, we have a clear video of his quick trip in and out. Can you say hilarious? :) (THANKS DAD) As soon as he left the room Ethan yelled, "CAR!" and ran over and picked it up!! Too cute!
It's a little Mexican cabbage patch kid! Her hair even glows in the dark!

Ethan loved his car and played with it all day. He doesn't really like it to go on the floor though. He'd much rather just hold it.

She loves her baby!

Again with his car. Ethan and Aliana played with the gifts from Santa for a while before we all started opening presents.

Nana and Grandpa got this blanket and frog for Ali.

They also got these car slippers for Ethan

Aliana for this book with bear set.

Kaitlin and Karissa. Karissa flew in from New Mexico Tuesday night and Roger picked her from the airport in Spokane after he got off work and drove straight to Moses. We are so happy to have her here for the holidays but we know the rest of her family misses her a lot.

Ethan got a bear book too.

I'd like to call this the many faces of Ali, because we got tons of cute faces that she makes!

We had biscuits and gravy for breakfast and finally Ben called. We had been waiting for him all morning, but they arrived to the church late so they didn't call when we had expected. We were just relieved to hear him and know that he was safe. He told us some scary stories of the area he's in, but he's been very blessed to be so safe. They haven't been robbed yet and most people have been robbed multiple times by now. He has a little bit of an accent which is cute. I guess I thought that since he's only been out six months he would probably still sound like a white boy but he's sounding latino!! He spoke beautiful spanish...well Rob says he sings but that's how they speak in Argentina. We all got stuff together to go out to Grandma's for our big family dinner and headed that way. We had an amazing dinner around 4:30 and then decided to pick up stuff and sing some Christmas songs as a family. It was wonderful to be around everyone with smiles on their faces as we sang together before we opened gifts!

The Newlyweds

The Beautiful Grandparents who have been married for 51 glorious years! We are all so grateful that they have done so much for all of our families by converting to the church when my father was only 5 years old. Their decision has impacted all of our lives and we can never express enough gratitude towards them.

Aliana loves to sing...can't you tell?

Alyssa (Andrew and Lori's oldest)

Kaitlin and Alyssa

Reece (Dan and Angie's middle child)

Dan and Angie


Viki and Ali get along really well. I think it's because Viki was right outside the delivery room when I had Aliana.

She helped Aliana open up her cabbage patch kid that Grandma Waites got her. This one was white. Nana said that's good that she has both! LOL

I love this little munchkin...just wish he wasn't so shy of the camera now..we followed him everywhere and he just wouldn't look at the camera! Grandma and Poppy got him this little police car.

Webb playing with Muffin.

Viki made Ethan and Ali sweater and hat sets. We couldn't get Ethan to put his on but Ali was really cooperative. She looks so cozy!

Kissing her baby! I caught her doing it before and I wanted to get a picture of it!

Roger got some leather gloves from Grandma and Poppy and I got an awesome scrapbooking kit from Costco...couldn't have asked for a better gift!

Aliana and her dolly again.

Roger was so worn out! I love that he always looks so peaceful while he's sleeping.

Nana and Aliana.

One of Ali's favorite things to do is to touch foreheads together. It's so dang cute!!!

After we opened presents we all sat around and talked with each other. It's always nice to catch up on what other families are doing since we don't do family dinners every Sunday anymore. Roger had been talking about going to see Valkyrie so my parents took the kids home and put them to bed for us while Roger, Kaitlin, Karissa, Chris, Dan, Conner, Reece, Seth, Antonio, and I went to the late movie. It was pretty good. I definitely thought it was a history movie so it wasn't as intense as I thought it might be. All in all our Christmas turned out amazing...we got lots of presents including: Dance Dance Revolution 3 (man I didn't know stepping forward, right, left, and back could be so dang difficult if you don't watch closely), a Blu-Ray players with Blu-Ray movies Ironman, Mamma Mia, and I am Legend, a pizza stone and paddle, clothes, shoes, and more. I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas as well...It was so fun to be with the family and enjoy love from each other. What a wonderful holiday for the family.

We are so grateful for Christ and all that he has done for us. His birth truly was a wonderful gift in itself. It amazes me how fast some of us can forget about the true meaning on Christmas. We always need to remember him and keep him in our hearts.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Ben has been on his mission for six months!! He sent an e-mail today with some recent pictures. We hadn't seen any yet so we were all so excited to see how he's really doing! He looks great and it made us all miss him even more. These pictures are in the order he sent them. He didn't have any captions with them so we can only assume some people. They have made some good progress in their area and he will be there for another six weeks before he gets transfered. We love this missionary so much and are extremely proud of him!

Can you see him? What a monkey!

Him burning his tie on his six month mark!! It was on the 18th.

Can you say WOW!! What happened to this ambulance?

I think it's so cute that he poses for all of his pictures!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Ethan loves to get in the fridge...especially when he's so tired at night before bed. We found him like this a few weeks ago!! What a trouble maker!!
You can't be mad at that sweet smile!!Ethan always plays peek-a-boo with Ali with their easter buckets and she's figured it out so she's thinks it's hilarious to do it herself. She will put it on and then all of a sudden pull it off really fast and laugh!! It's so cute!!
Right after she pulled it off!

Please excuse the messy floor!! I clean it every day but yet it always ends up spread everywhere again. Once they have their own room...(NEXT WEEK!! YAHOO!!) I'm hoping these toys won't be all over our family room!