Friday, December 19, 2008

Early Christmas

It already feels like Christmas here in Rochester. It has been snowing for 2 days and it looks like a winter wonderland outside. My parents came into town for a short visit since we are not spending Christmas with them this year. They brought an electric train for Daniel and he loves it so much the first thing he says when he wakes up in the morning is "choo-choo".Hard at work shoveling the 3 feet of snow on our driveway
Daniel taking a 'break'

Is this considered child labor?

Our Christmas centerpiece

Daniel waking up from a nap. He has wild hair and nothing I do tames it.

Daniel's train

My cute mom

Daniel and Grandpa

Friday, December 5, 2008

Great Thanksgiving

Ahh.... this past week was crazy but wonderful! Bryson had to work on Thanksgiving morning, so the Richards ALL flew up to Rochester (I know- so nice of them!). Well, actually, all the Richards except Steve and Dayna (they were missed).
I made my first Turkey. It was less than stellar. I cooked it in a roaster oven since I only have one small oven and I needed it to cook the ham, 2 dishes of stuffing, 2 dishes of sweet potatoes, rolls, and creamed corn. The roaster instructions said "may cook slightly faster than regular oven". Well, much to my horror "slightly faster" was 2 1/2 hours faster. The turkey turned out a little dry and it took me FOREVER to get my gravy to thicken, but I think the rest of the meal was a success.
I have to say it is No small task cooking for 16 people, yet the week was so fun I would do it again anytime.
I love Thanksgiving... and not just for the food.
It gives me a chance to think about how much I am grateful for, which is
something I should do on a daily basis.
Here are a few of the things I am grateful for this year:
The gospel
My family
Good health
Great friends
The fact that Bryson has a great job (as so many do not right now)
A new camera that I can take beautiful pics of my baby boy
The opportunity to live in such a beautiful area of the country
Visits from our families
My list could go on forever. Don't you wish Thanksgiving were everyday?
I know my days would be filled with so much more joy if I only focused on what I have and not what I want in this life.

I only took 3 pictures the whole week (I know- what was I thinking?!) So I stole some from Shannon's blog. Thanks Shannon!
Shan and Kevin

Crystal and Morgan

Sweet Elyse... she peeled almost 20 pounds of potatoes on her own. What a girl!

Daniel thought the whole peeling business looked fun so he wanted to help. He ended up peeling about 1/4 of a potato- such a good helper!

Busy at work
Playing at Lake Ontario
Jordan and Daniel deep in thought

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween and Nick's Farewell

halloween was filled with yummy food, great costumes,
and of course, abundant candy....
my mom always goes 'all out' on halloween dinner graveyard glop cups
yummy cupcakes
even daniel could not resist
daniel was not thrilled with the bear costume (he protested wearing the 'hat' for sometime)

he seemed to perk up a bit once we gave him a sticky red sucker

posing with his beautiful cousin lizzy, dressed as a witchlittle tommy was thrilled to be a bear as wellgrandma and grandpa bigler joined in on the trick or treating fun
daniel adores his aunt stephwhen the babies fell asleep, justin, katy and i put on our finest mullets and some sweet outfits and went to check out a haunted house in our neighborhood
seriously... have you ever seen two hotter sisters?
and justin was not looking too bad himself... cross eyed trailor trash men are always a good catch!
on a more serious note... the real reason i was in vegas was to attend nick's farewell and see him off at the mtc
beautiful katy and sweet little tommy at the park
my wonderful niece lizzy...i just adore her... she is the most wonderful thing

i had to throw in a picture of the bigler family's newest edition, a bull dog puppy named margaret thatcher (maggie)
three adorable cousins in the tub

daniel and his uncle nick

my great friend trish and her adorable boy hunter stopped by after the farewell
the boys playing with grandma's pumpkins

thankfully bryson made it out for 1 day to spend time with us and say goodbye to nick

my wonderful little bro and me in park city the day before he went into the mtc
words cannot describe how proud all of us were that day

mongolian text... i know i am so thankful i do not have to learn this language!
i will not lie... it was so hard to say goodbye for 2 years... i already miss nick so much
he is an incredible example to me and the rest of our family...we are so grateful that he made the wonderful decision to serve a mission
we love you nick...we know you will be a great missionary!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Autumn is finally here

Autumn is my favorite season... wonderful holidays, perfect weather, and beautiful scenery. I have to say it is especially beautiful here in upstate NY. My favorite fall activity so far has been apple picking. Whittier Apple Farm

Daniel and his buddy Nate

Apple picking is so much sweeter with an adorable girl (Alexis)

Checking out all the apples
helping mom
It has been so warm this fall that there were still raspberries to pickbut Daniel ate the sweet berries as fast as I could pick them

by the end the babies were a little sick of riding in the wagon (Brian, Daniel, Nate & Alexis)

That night we went out on a walk in a field full of geese. I had to post this picture because Daniel looks SO much like Bryson here!
and here too!

Taylor came into town to interview at University of Rochester Medical School. One of the days he was here we took a trip to Palmyra. It was a beautiful day and almost 80 degrees... not typical NY fall weather.

Hill Cumorah

Joseph Smith Farm