Happy New Year! Rachel and her cute friends hung out at our house. We had our own "countdown ball". Prizes and candy all wrapped in a giant ball of saran wrap and newspaper. They got to keep tearing it open until the person next to them rolled doubles. Blake was quite good and came off with a big haul. I also had a birthday. We went to my mom's (so she has pictures). Jon and I celebrated later at the Cheesecake factory (gift card from the kids for Christmas!) and then Jon got me tickets to Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Super fun show!
This cute girl, my niece Leah and her fiance Daniel got married in the Phoenix Temple. She was a gorgeous bride! I had a lot of fun getting to hang out with them the week before doing some engagement shots. There reception was a lot of fun with all of Daniel's latin family!!
The yearly gingerbread making. This year dad paired up with the girls and the boys and I took on the other one. More eating than decorating took place!
Jon's niece Paxton was married to Talon in the Phoenix Temple. Super cute couple!!
My mom turned 81. We went to Kneaders and then to see the temple lights after.
Bundled up and enjoying the lights!!
Christmas Eve Dinner with prime rib, twice baked potatoes, cinnamon apples - YUM. After dinner we read the Christmas story and all the kids played a song on the piano and Caleb played a song on the bells.
Santa brought some family tablets (and as I write this less than 2 weeks after Christmas one of the tablets has cracked and is not working!!)
Rachel became an official teenager with her iPod. She also got some tennis shoes and a jacket/shrug.
Emily got a pair of boots from Santa. She also got a marker air brush art kit, Harry Potter video game and book, tennis shoes, music stand and pj's.
Caleb got a Lego set, slippers, football, and a Knex set.
Blake got a Star Wars Lego set, a Knex roller coaster set, Madden Football Wii game and some pj's
November was a fun month. I got to fly up to Utah for my nephew's wedding. I spent Friday with my old bestie college roommate Carla - dinner and a movie and hanging out and laughing!!! So much fun. Saturday was the wedding in the SLC Temple. It was a wonderful sealing, one of my favorites. The sealer started off by telling us all that those loved ones who have passed on were here with us. You can't tell a room full of family who have lost their sister, mother, daughter, and wife with out reducing us all to tears. It was really touching. I had a really special moment later that day when Diane and I talked. I told her that shortly after she and Jay married that I had been impressed that she and Laurie were close friends...and she finished my story for me...that she and Laurie had made an agreement to be part of the same family. Wow!! She had had the same impression!
Thanksgiving at the Algers with the whole crowd!! The kids have so much fun hanging out there!
Thanksgiving morning started off early for Jon. He did the Combs Turkey Waddle 5K. This year it benefitted a 4 year old girl with cancer. See that finish line below...Jon came in 3rd place out of 200 people!!
Instead of Black Friday...my family had white Friday. We went to the temple together and did sealings. I loved being in the temple with all my family. It was an incredible day!!
All 4 kids played soccer this year. Caleb was on the Gray Wolves and the other 3 were all on the same team... and Jon was their coach. Their opposing team was red and they were yellow...it looked like ketchup and mustard on the field. The other team was HUGE compared to ours. The kids all improved. Caleb had a signature slide kick...every time. Well, almost every time.
Halloween 2014 - we had our neighborhood Spooktacular, then the Ward Trunk or Treat. Melissa Abney and I dressed up as each other, wore matching outfits and name tags that said, "Hello! My name is..." Figured since everyone mixes us up, it would be good! People got a kick out of it.
Caleb was a Ninja
Rachel was a witch (for I think the 3rd time) She got a new hat and pink and black tights. The cape is one that my mom made for me almost 40 years ago!!