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December 2017

We started out our December by going to our city’s tree lighting!

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Outside my kitchen window, I love watching my kids!

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Another tradition that we continued was to go to the Creche!  We invited our neighbors this time!

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We also went and got ice cream, but no pictures!

Kinsley in front of the Christmas tree!

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So one morning, I came into Kinsley’s room to encourage her to get ready for school and saw this:

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A mini vodka bottle in her American Girl ice cream truck.  When I talked to her about it, she said she found on the way home from school (how I didn’t see her pick it up, I have no idea) and she thought it was perfect size for her American Girl dolls.  Oh that girl!

Another tradition that started last year was Great America’s Winterfest.  

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The next morning we got pictures with Santa!

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Later that day we went to a cookie party!

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Then Connor and I went to his work party! He sang karaoke with some co-workers!

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Another tradition was going to see the temple lights!

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The next day was Bethlehem with Holly and Jona and Nate!

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My cute Cason!

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Cason had his school performance!!

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Helping in Cason’s class for the holiday party!

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Connor’s favorite tradition of getting pizza, then candy and then driving around for Fantasy of Lights!

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Kinsley dressed in the Santa costume Connor’s grandma made for him when he was a kid!

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During the break, I took the kids to Christmas in the Park.  Not as great during the day as at night, but it was still fun!

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Boy cousins!

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Met a new family!

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Hot chocolate with my baby boy!

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Ice skating! (I can’t ice skate AND take pictures!!)

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Then hot chocolate!

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Acting out the nativty with friends!

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I decided to take the boys to see the new Star Wars movie (Connor saw it with friends on opening night) so Connor and Kinsley had time together.  Kinsley was so excited for the daddy/daughter date.  She insisted on them dressing up for it and go to a nice lunch together!

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Christmas Eve was on a Sunday this year, so we dressed up in our usual fancy clothes!  Unfortunately, Corbin woke up throwing up and just did not feel good.  I told him he could stay in his pj’s for the pictures but he said he wanted to look nice.  So he got ready and was grabbing the bowl to throw up in between the pictures.  Poor guy!

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Corbin even took a nap which he never does!

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Corbin was feeling a lot better to go to my mom’s for our tradition!

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Our Christmas Eve pj’s!

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Christmas Day!!

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Kinsley gave me this beautiful roses!

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What a great Christmas!  We are so grateful for our knowledge of the Savior and that we have time to celebrate His birth!

After Christmas we went to Pismo Beach.

When we got back we celebrated New Years Eve with our normal tradtion of having chocolate fondue.  

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We also started a new tradition of collecting great moments of the year and reading them while enjoying the fondue. 

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Here is our list in random order:

amazing Greece trip
Kinsley’s Thanksgiving performance
Lake Powell
our Lake Powell trip
Nana and Papa having fun with the kids while mom and dad were gone!
4th of July french toast
Mom and dad;s trip to Greece!
Mom and Dad
fun trip to Utah for spring break (adventure: driving when we were supposed to fly!)
Kinsley’s birthday
Nana and Papa visiting
the Grand Canyon
making the place in London
getting our family room re-done
have fun with our cousins
Duke family visited for Thanksgiving
seeing Hamilton
scripture camp
visiting Alcatraz
playing dolls
Kinsley’s birthday and cake
Mom’s birthday
watching my kids during swim lessons
Corbin’s 3rd grade Beatles performance
Kinsley’s soccer
Jona and Holly’s cute baby boy
Utah for spring break
went on a field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista
how beautiful my wife looks with her new lipstick!
the girls had a fun day at Lisa’s Tea Treasures!
having a great family
skiing in Utah
the boys participated in a HUGE move with good attitudes!
taco bell and the book fair
this year’s book fair
Super Bowl and seeing relatives
Valentine party
successful grownup Valentine’s party
movie day during President’s week
dad’s birthday
Cason’s 1st grade patriotic performance
Little League baseball season started and all 3 kids got hits!
Cason;s 2nd grade performance
New Years Eve and being with my family
summer at lace pal with nana and papa
Nate was born!
Chris and Aisling announcing having a baby!
Connor wiped the counters in the kitchen
Kinsley playing Barbies with dad
Family hike on MLK Jr day
Corbin and Cason getting to play Minecraft on the Xbox together!
At Wendy’s Kinsley said (while offering Connor some frosty) “Here dad is your daddy taxi (daddy tax).
Connor and I had a good date night.  We tried a new restaurant (PhoEver) abd saw a really good movie (Arrival)
school (science)
celebrating starting 2017 with my family in Tahoe!
Pismo Sand Dunes
having Thanksgivng dinner
playing tennis
Thanksgiving with family

We have so much to be grateful for in 2017!!  Can’t wait to see what 2018 bring!

Pismo Beach 2017

Since Connor had some time off, we decided to take a couple day trip down the coast!  

We arrived just in time to see the sunset!

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We went downtown to dinner!

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Then we walked on the beach in the dark!

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We played at the hotel in the morning.  They had lots of fun things to do!

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We got some yummy clam chowder for lunch and headed to the beach.  The kids actually went in the water…in December!!

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We played some games!

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We rode an ATV on sand dunes!

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We rode our scooters to dinner!

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We let the kids choose a treat and they wanted a gumball!

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Hot tubbing!

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Scootering to the park!

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Checking out the butterflies at Pismo Beach!

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We had such a great time!

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