Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Parties

Each year we have the annual Boren family Christmas party and the annual Hanson family Christmas party.  We look forward to them each year.  The kids especially look forward to it because they know they will be receiving a gift from Santa.  We had a good time at both parties and it was fun to see family members that we don't get to see very often.

Hallie asking for a pony
We haven't had a crier yet
Ethan asking for a Nintendo DS
The Boren crew with "Great" (Grandma Hanson)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ballet Recital

Hallie had her first ballet recital on December 13.  She was very excited to dance on stage for the first time.  Her dad, however, was not too excited to spend two hours watching other children dance and about a minute and a half watching Hallie.  Nevertheless, she looked super cute and actually did a pretty good job dancing (I was worried she might just get on stage and twirl)!  I'm sure this is just the first of many years of recitals!

Jaci, Addie, Hallie

Temple Square

Every year we take a trip to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights.  This year we decided to take Trax instead of driving.  The kids had a lot of fun riding the train.  It had snowed right before we got there and it was just enough to put a light layer of snow on the trees and bushes.  It made everything look extra beautiful.  We had such a fun time, and it is a tradition that the whole family looks forward to every year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thanksgiving in Gig Harbor

We drove to Gig Harbor, Washington to visit Andy's Aunt Kristi and the rest of the Lundquist family.  After two days, about fourteen hours, of driving we were all very excited to get to their house.  We had such a fun week there.  We went to lots of movies, visited, and played games all week long.  On the day before Thanksgiving we drove into Seattle and visited the Space Needle.  Andy and I had been there before but we thought it might be fun for the kids to see.  It was a cold and windy day but it was still fun to be up so high and see the beautiful city.

The next day was Thanksgiving and we enjoyed one the the most yummy Thanksgiving dinners we can remember.  I found a new love for sweet potatoes while Andy discovered cranberry relish.  We were also very grateful to have the children at a different table.  We had such a fun time and we always enjoy our trips to see the Lundquist family.  It is definitely worth the drive.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Poor Dylan

After months and months of ear infections that would not go away Dylan finally had tubes put in his ears last week.  We had to be at Primary Children's Hospital at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11.  That meant my day started at 4:45.  I woke Dylan up at 5:15 and we headed to the hospital.  Dylan was pretty happy considering how early he woke up and that he wasn't able to have anything to eat or drink.  He looked so cute in his little hospital outfit that I couldn't resist taking a picture.  He was only away from me for about 20 minutes.  He was very happy in his "before" picture and I am sad I didn't get an "after" picture because it was a whole different story.  He cried (the out of control kind of cry) for about 40 minutes.  They said that it was normal and that he was just confused from the medication they used to put him to sleep, but it was still really hard to see him that sad.  By the time we got back home he was as happy again.  Hopefully we will have a great winter with less sickness!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jazz Fans

We are big fans of the Utah Jazz.  Each member of the family has a jersey, which is usually worn while watching games on TV (it is bad luck if we don't).  We have season tickets (two seats) to all the home games.  It is such a fun date night for Andy and me.  Every now and then, usually when we can't get a baby sitter or we are tired of paying for one, Andy will take one of the kids with him.  They love to go too, but for them it is more about the snacks and the Jazz Bear than the actual game.  Because we have season tickets we got to go to a "meet the players" night. Andy and I went by ourselves last year, but this year we decided to take Ethan with us.  Ethan's favorite player is Kyle Korver.  We are not sure why but ever since Kyle got traded to the Jazz last year Ethan has liked him the best.  He was very excited when he got to meet Korver and have him sign a basketball.  We got autographs from everyone but Boozer, who left early, and Kirilenko, who was sick.  It was a fun night.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fall Fun

Yesterday was snowy!  So of course the first thing that comes to mind is "winter is coming".  As I started to think about that I began to appreciate what a wonderful fall we had.  It seems like the fall weather this year was a lot warmer than previous years.  We were able to do a bunch of fun activities without worrying about bundling up. 

Our first fall-like activity was a trip to Cascade Springs in American Fork canyon.  We went when the fall leaves were at their peak and it was so beautiful.  Andy and I would go to Cascade Springs a lot when we were dating and we love to take the family there now.

Next was our annual trip to see the witches a Gardner's Village.  The kids love to do this every year.  This year we made it extra fun by going on a scavenger hunt for witches.

We also took a trip to Wheeler Farm.  The kids had a lot of fun looking at all of the farm animals, but of course their favorite part was playing on the tractors.

Every year we go to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point.  Ethan and Hallie could have spent the entire time there playing with the water pumps sending the rubber duckies back and forth.  This year Ethan was finally brave enough to enter the big haunted lizard (or whatever that is).  He has been wanting to do it for years and this time he finally had enough courage.

Our last fall activity so far was our families annual pumpkin carving night.  We start off the night by eating chili and then move on to the carving.  We say that it is for the kids but as you can see it ends up being more about Andy and me.  This year I carved Sponge Bob and Andy carved Darth Vader.  Ethan hammered light bright type lights into his pumpkin and Hallie painted hers.  It was a fun night and has been a great fall.  

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween.  This year Ethan decided to be a jedi for the second year in a row.  Hallie, after going back and forth many times between Cinderella, Minnie Mouse, and Alice in Wonderland, finally decided to be a chef.  Dylan was forced to wear a silly Yoda costume which he actually tolerated quite well.  We met up with a bunch of neighbor friends and set out around the neighborhood.  Andy and Dylan went home early to hand out candy but Ethan and Hallie weren't quite ready yet.  So we trick or treated from house to house, through the rain, until they complained that their bags were too heavy.  I can't believe how much candy they collected!  After finding random candy wrappers strewn about the house I  finally had to hide it high on the top shelf.