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.