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