Thursday, January 15, 2009

During the trip...

We really had such a nice time on our Utah trip --we always do. Tessa enjoyed playing with all of her cousins, and she adores her grandparents. I don't even know if she would have missed Jake and myself at all for those two weeks if we hadn't been there with her.

I wish I'd taken more pictures of some of the things we did and some of the people we were able to see. I'm a dummy when it comes to remembering to pull out the camera.

Here are the cousins opening jammies:

It's fun to watch Simone and Tessa play together.In princess heaven with an early Christmas at Jake's parents. Christmas morning at Gma Lori's and Papa Duke's.
Christmas breakfast with more cousins.
I was able to spend some good times with my brother and my sister. I think one of my favorite images from the trip was watching my husband, bro, sis, and mom rocking out together on RockBand.
At my dad's house and loving on Capri --Brandon and Ranell's baby girl.
She enjoyed the snow the few times I was nice enough to be outside in it with her.
Dad took us to Hardware Ranch to go on a sleigh ride and see the elk.

Back at the Jake's mom and dad's. You know your very masculine cousins love you when they agree to watch Sleeping Beauty with you.
Other highlights include but are not limited to:
Seeing Jake's brother in Cash on Delivery at Hale.
A date night with the friends.
Games, games, games.
A full 19 person family picture.
Lunch at Settebello.
Tessa bossing Papa Duke around.
Rock Band, like I said.
The Nativity reenactment.
Responses to our pregnancy news.
Seeing friends we just love --especially ones I hadn't seen in quite some time.
Grandparent (Tessa's greats) visits.
Our nieces and nephews.


The Farrell Family said...

I'm glad you guys got to spend some good time with family. Sounds like you guys had a great trip!

Ranell and Brandon said...

It was so fun seeing you all! The games were all so much fun! Can't wait to see you guys again!

Rasmussen Forever said...

Great pictures! I'm happy you all had a great Christmas get-a-way. You look great! Have a happy year.

adrienne said...

I'm so glad we got a chance to get together while you guys were her and we are so happy about the new little one on the way!!

Lori said...

It's fun to see the Christmas post and the pictures. We really enjoyed our Christmas with you here, sure do miss you though.

Kelley Rae said...

that's so great you were able to come home for awhile - holidays are the best with family! And Tessa would otherwise have no idea what snow is right?! And congrats on your news! I'm playing catch up right now so sorry it's a bit delayed. I'm so excited for you - hope the sickness crap is gone and done with!

Jen said...

it was so great to see you and your growing family! I am thinking about the state fair in september!

Haskins said...

Oh I am so bummed I missed you while you were here. I would have loved have gotten together with you. But I am glad you had such a great time!!! Tessa Hair is so cute in those curls!! I cant believe how much hair she has. You are so lucky!! I cant believe Tessa is two wow how the time flies!! McKay turns two tomorrow!! She is so cute!

Heidi Sorensen said...

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