Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of 2010

This is what we did the last week of 2010.  
Because we told everyone that each family had to present a talent and we never got around to doing it on Christmas...we did it on Sunday.  Because I am now writing this in March I have forgotten the details so I'm sorry.  This is the reason why we should write things down soon after they happen because we forget very easily and quickly.
Julio and his kids sang a song funny Christmas song.
Z and her kids sang a silly Christmas song also.
K & S performed a duet on the piano.
KC & I sang "Mary and Joseph".
Derick and Alex performed a piano duet.
Mami R. told us a favorite memory of Christmas.
Papi O. told us Christmas memories as a child.
Then Z. had a "special bonding activity" for us.  We all sat in a circle and one person sat in the middle and we went around and said something we liked or admired about the person.  Well here is C in the middle.  It was very emotional for all of us.
Because the activity went a little long and G was getting bored.  She used my camera and took a billion pictures of herself and others.  Here is one of herself.
Here's another picture taken by G.
On Monday we went to take pictures but because it was so cold we took the pictures inside the capitol building.  This one was taken by K and KC & I.  Isn't it so cute?
We took grandparents with grandkids pictures and many more that D has not given to us yet :(
On Tuesday Julio had to go home so we took him to the airport and then drove up to Park City to the Lodge.  I had these three boys with me and because we were up there a little sooner than everyone else we stopped by the Olympic Park.  Of course I'm obsessed by the Olympics and I loved going here.  I think the boys did too!
This is the cousins hanging out at the Lodge.  We all spent the night there on Tuesday and we had a blast although the sleeping part was not that great.  The next day there was a huge snow storm and it took us a while to get home because we had to drive really slow and careful.
This is the Birthday Girl G. We celebrated her birthday in Park City.  This will be a separate post later.
This is New Years Eve.  We are standing in front of the TV waiting for the ball to drop in NYC.
Our New Year's celebration included a chocolate fountain!!
The party crew! Ellie, G, and Derick.
Happy New Year 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

G 4th Birthday

My baby is 4
The young girl cousins just loved playing together!  This is one benefit of having your birthday between Christmas and New Years.  There are always cousins around.
This is G opening her presents.
The Birthday Girl as proud as can be.
A Rapunzel cake
She loved it!

Let me just say how much I love this little girl.  She brings so much happiness into my life.  I love the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride because it rings so true for me.  Not just for G but for all my wonderful daughters but because G is the youngest and she came to us after such a long wait.
Happy Birthday G! We love you!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Christmas Day began as usual the kids sooooo ready to go see what Santa brought and the parents trying to sleep in.  The kids were all so good though cause we told them they had to wait till 8:00am and they did. We were just so lucky to have all of the F cousins together for this Christmas.

There are few highlights of the things that Santa brought:
CR: Nerf Gun
G: Koala Bear Pillow Pet
 S: I-Home
 C: Just Dance, Stilletos, and Snuggie
 K: Sewing Machine
 Here are the awesomest kids ever wearing their PJ's that Grandma Judy sent them.

 We had breakfast burritos made with fresh tortillas and they were delicious!

And then we went down to the basement to open family presents.  There were four families so we each had a little corner for ourselves.  We took turns as families cause each individual person would have taken us until 2011.

This is my cute little sister Z and her family.
 This is my little brother J and his family.
 And this is my big brother D and his family.
This is part of our family.  What can I say? We either took up too much space or I didn't think to take a picture of us.
 After presents we got ready and went up to Park City where D&C had their timeshare for the week. It was beautiful up there with all the snow.
We were able to use the conference room in the lobby.  Lele made ham and we all brought other items to compliment our dinner.
After dinner, we went to the condo and did a white elephant gift exchange.  We did one for the adults and one for the kids.  The kids one was fine except for the little ones do not understand how the stealing of gifts goes and we had a few tears.
Then we all drove home.  It was a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

Christmas Eve morning we had to put together the paches since they have to steam for a few hours.  So we set up our assembly line and we got them going.

After we all got ready... the siblings wanted to go out for a little bit of bonding time.  Since it was almost 3pm we just drove around aimlessly trying to figure out where to go.  So we ended up at Paradise Bakery.  We were about the only ones there and they were getting ready to close.  They let us stay for a some time while they cleaned up and so that was nice to just be there and talk.

Family Picture.  Ahhhhhh.

G and her American Doll with matching Christmas dresses.

The enjoyment of the paches.

Most of the girls.

The Christmas program by the children.

The Nativity Story.  Always a special treat!

The cousins dancing including Malox!
The opening of presents from cousins.  What chaos but we couldn't do it any other way!