Thursday, December 29, 2011


We proclaimed both houses winners and decided it was a tie. I decided to declare the 11,032 votes from Healdsburg, CA for Christmas Zoo as null and void since I think there was a little bias involved. Any-who... after all of the work we put into the design and decoration of the houses, we couldn't just throw them away. We decided to demolish them with the RC monster truck and the RC nitro car. Perfect way to celebrate Christmas Eve, if you ask me and of course you didn't.

Matthew was distraught over the destruction because, "we put so much hard work into them."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

We Need Your Votes!

Last night we hosted the 1st Annual G/L Gingerbread House Decorating Competition
We need your help deciding on the winning house. Please leave a comment with your preference by December 24th. Here is the list of official rules:

  1. Gingerbread house must be built prior to competition. Not decorated...
  2. All items in the kit must be used.
  3. Each family is to provide one quart ziplock bag of dry food items from their pantry for the other family to use. Items must be edible.  
  4. Each family can bring one quart size bag of items to add to their house (must be edible). You may also provide up to 2 cups additional frosting in Christmas appropriate colors.
  5. One hour to complete.
  6. Each person in the family must contribute.
  7. No pyro technics, electronics, smoke generators (for James), dancing girls, live animals, insects or other hazardous materials...
  8. Visiting family should bring any special cookie cutters, rolling pins etc...

Each family started with this kit from Sam's Club (shout out!).
Option A: Christmas Zoo
Option A: Side View
Option A: Side View

Option B: O Holy Night Before Christmas
Option B: Side View
Option B: Side View
Both families had so much fun trying to decide what to make the other family use on their house and it was equally as fun trying to incorporate those items into our themes. Can't wait to do this again next year because we know which family plays dirty. We look forward to seeing who you choose as the winner. Thanks in advance!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Dog sitter needed for first week in January. Dog (Cooper) believes he is part parrot, cat, and big game hunter. Potty trained and very cuddly. Daddy not included! Please RSVP ASAP!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I am thankful for my sweet little family and their willingness to pitch in and help out, even at 0730 on a day they could be sleeping in. I am thankful for my awesome hubby and the support he gives me to know that I am worth it. I am thankful for my puppy to keep me company during the day when everyone is gone. I am thankful to be living in Texas and for the wonderful people here. I am especially thankful for the joy the Gospel brings to our lives. I am thankful for our generous ward and the incredible friends that we have made there. I am thankful for my super talented sister-in-law...see pics below. All-in-all I am very blessed and thankful to have the knowledge of that.
Brooklyn eyeing the mini apple pies we made.
Sierra peeling potatoes for 6...I think she is overdoing it just a little!
Sierra set the table complete with name places.
Dinner is served!
One year for my birthday, Myla made me some awesome mini turtles.
When I saw a pattern for a mini sock monkey I asked her to make me one.
She did it, without a pattern. She is FREAKING amazing.