Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas

Christmas this year was great! We spent the day togehter as a family, and the kids all loved their gifts! Tristan got: movies, a book, headphones, legos, a BSU shirt, and a big stereo. Jasen got: legos, a pocket knife, pants, a BSU shirt, a Wii game, and a Kindle Fire. Hunter got: pants, a transformer, a BSU shirt, a zombie lab, movie, and a remote control truck and tower playset. Brinley got: pajamas, socks, a hat, a dress up trunk, dolls, slippers, and a play kitchen. Cahl got ammo, a back scratcher, underclothes, a coffee mug, wall hook, and a thermometer for his smoker. I got a new set of drinking glasses, a Green Bay jersey, jewelry, slippers, scarf, water bottle, and pants. And the whole family got an Xbox 360 with games, and the boys nearly peed themselves with joy!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


We had our annual Christmas Eve sledding day up at Mt Charleston. It was just our family this year, but the kids all had a great time. Brinley loved riding down in the tubes, eating marshmellows, and she even fell asleep in a chair. The boys also loved coming down, and each one of them faceplanted at least once. We made hot chocolate and hot dogs, and shared with a family from Florida who seemed a little chillier than we were.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pack Night

For this months pack night, all the boys along with their leaders, went caroling. They went to 3 widows' homes in our ward, and they all did a great job singing. The ladies loved it, and when they were done went back to have treats and get their awards. Jasen received his Wolf, along with a gold arrow point and a silver arrow point. Tristan received his Compass emblem, 1 compass point, along with his naturalist pin and his craftsman pin. It was a great night!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Early Christmas

Since Cahl's mom was here only a week before Christmas, we decided to do an early mini Christmas with her. It was really nice, and we all got a ton of nice new things. The boys got a new Wii game they have been dying for and hats that they love, Cahl got a Best Buy gift card to put toward the new TV he is eyeing, Brinley got a baby, and a hat that she loves, and I got my very own- first ever- Carhartt coat, and a new dishwasher!! My dishwasher has been slowly puttering out for a few months now, and this was such a nice gift! We definitely go through a LOT of dishes around here, so that was so nice.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Graduation Day!

The day has FINALLY come for Cahl's graduation!! His Commencement Ceremony was this morning at the Thomas and Mack center at UNLV. The ceremony was really nice, and almost 2,000 people graduated. Cahl's mom and step dad both made the trip down for him, and in the evening we had a really nice dinner party at the house. Lots of family and friends came, and it was really wonderful to see everyone.

Cahl, we are so so SO proud of you. For all the hard work and studying you have done over the last few years, all while being the most amazing husband and dad. You do so much for us, and we can always count on you. You are an incredible guy, and we love you so much!

Cahl and his mom

Cahl and his step dad

Our Graduate!

We sat right behind the band

The doctoral graduates entering

The Engineering graduates making their entrance

Cahl walking in

The graduating class of 2011

Cahl waving at us

Making his way to the stage

On the big screen as they announced his name (on the left)

Exiting the stage

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This afternoon the Senior Design winners were announced at a Happy Hour/Luncheon. Unfortunately, Cahl and his team didn't win. I demand a recount, because they were clearly robbed! Toward the end of the shindig, there was an ugly sweater contest. And what do you know? Cahl and his very festive sweater won! So proud of him!!

Honestly, who could even compete with this level of awesomeness??


Me and my hot date

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


For Hunter's birthday, the older boys happened to be out of school for the day, so we took everyone to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch and games. The boys had a great time, and so did Brinley! She loved riding the rides and climbing up in the big play gym. Later in the evening, we had cake and presents. He got new shoes and clothes, toys, legos and his very own DS.