Wednesday, December 17, 2008


We thought that we should hurry and take a picture of the first snow we've seen in Henderson. Here Gabby is catching snow flakes on her tongue.

Little did we know that there was much more snow to come...

Luckily for the girls, Tim's flight got cancelled and he came home and they built a snowman. I doubt that we'll ever build a snowman like this in Vegas again.

Keep this one for your scrapbooks, you may not see images of the Las Vegas area like this again.

School got cancelled tomorrow for the first time since 1979. This apple won't be going to any teacher.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tim got "circled."

Claire climbed up on Tim's lap the other day and said, "Dad, I'm going to circle you." Tim said, "Ok," and waited to see what that meant. Claire moved closer and carefully placed her arms in a circle and then gently pressed her cheek next to his as she placed her circle over his head.

The Big Question: Dad, is Santa Claus real?

As many of you know, Tim's father is famous for his "Anti-Claus" lecture that he gives to his college students every year. It's something we've thought a lot about and eventually decided that while we wouldn't go out of our way to make sure our kids didn't believe in the old fat guy, we would be honest with them when they started questioning. So this year, when Gabby came to Tim with the loaded question, "Dad, is Santa Claus real?" Tim was poised and ready to have the big talk. So he began, "Well, Gabby, what do you want me to tell you?" What he wasn't prepared for was her answer. She looked at him with wide eyes and all the hope in the world and said, "Yes." That's all, Dad. I just want you to tell me yes.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Decorating of the Trees

Here's the girls posing with our family tree. Yes, they're wearing shorts.

Gotta get one with Cal in there.

Last year I bought the girls an artificial tree at the after-Christmas sales. They got to decorate this one for the family room completely by themselves. As Gabby explained, "Mom, you can't help. We get to decide how to do it and you can't change it or fix it." Yes, Ma'am.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Finding the perfect tree - or at least a good one.

Beautiful, isn't it?
Whenever you struggle with your faith, go to the mountains.
You will find God there.

We stopped by Cedar City on our way home from Thanksgiving for our annual tree-cutting tradition. We discovered last year that you can get a pass to cut a tree in the Dixie National Forest for only $10! What a great deal if you're in the area!

Ah, fun in the snow.

Our little desert dwellers thought this was heaven. At least for the first little while, they were all smiles...then the snow started getting in the boots...I didn't take pictures of the tears and the "Mommy, I want to go back to the car!"

But Dad quickly found a great tree and the girls put down their
hot chocolate long enough to pose for one last picture.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Lights at Temple Square

I convinced Tim that we needed to take the kids to see the lights at Temple Square to kick off the Christmas season. And they were beautiful. But remind me in the future not to go the first weekend that they put up the lights. If it is possible to feel clostrophobic outdoors, then we did. At the end of the evening Gabby asked if we could go see the Cristus statue. Being the ever-patient parents that we are, we said, "Um, look! See? You can see it from the window. We'll come back another time."

Uncle Preston took a break from his studies to come with us.