Saturday, December 31, 2011

Matching Pajamas

Every year I try to make matching pajamas for our family. This year I wasn’t quite as motivated. So, I just made everyone wear their old jammies, and then made a new "nightgown" for Linds.

Oh, and can you see our Christmas tree in the background?  I LOVE it!!  Ben and Kristy cut it down for us!  It smells oh so good!  Thanks Ben and Kristy!!
….and I promise Matt’s pants aren’t too short for him, it is just the way Darin is holding him in this picture.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Layton Lights

Let's Hear it for the GILRS!!

I love these girls.  I love Cafe Rio.  So bringing them together made for a wonderful afternoon! (and I also love the lone boy, Matt, on the far right).

Gunnerson Christmas Party

We had such a fun Christmas Party this year (as we do every year). We started off with the MOST DELICIOUS meal of the year! Oh, so yummy! We played some basketball, did our gift exchange, more basketball, dessert, the nativity, and lots of visiting!

Christmas Day

I could hardly sleep all night I was so excited! I woke up first, finished making our traditional Christmas Breakfast Casserole, and hopped in the shower. While I was in, Matt woke up, so I opened presents with wet hair. Matt LOVED finding empty cookie plate—so cute! We all had a great time opening and giving presents, and YES, Matt did get his “blue car and book!”

After opening presents we got dressed and went to my aunt’s house for breakfast, then to my parent’s ward for church, followed by eating left-overs from the night before at my parent’s. the rest of the day we relaxed, and had Darin’s parents over that night and received MORE gifts! (THANKS DAD AND MOM!!)

After that, we were getting ready for bed and we heard a loud knock on the door. But when I answered the door no one was there, just a gift from “Santa.” So, just in case “Santa” reads our blog—I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your EXTREMELY generous gift!!—and YES, it was our “Best Christmas EVER!!” Thank you!!

(My favorite picture from Christmas)

Christmas Eve

We had a WONDERFUL Christmas Eve. We spent the day preparing, cooking, and playing games. In the evening we went to my parent’s house for an AMAZING dinner—(ham and cheese sandwiches, broccoli salad, spinach salad, potato salad, potato chips, bbq chips, crab rounds, shrimp, black olives, green olives, cheese ball, cream cheese and hot jelly with crackers, veggie dip, deviled eggs, eggnog, chocolates, caramels, peppermint ice-cream with hot fudge, and more!) Then we watched Luke 2, opened presents, and played with the presents. The hit of the night was that the boy (adult boys) got remote control helicopters. It kept everyone entertained! Thanks mom and dad for all the great gifts, great food, and great company!

We came home, baked and set out our cookies for Santa, tore off the last link in our Christmas chain, read our last Christmas book, put on our matching pajamas, put the kids to bed, then Darin and I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life,” then we danced to “The Christmas Waltz”—I LOVE that song! It was a PERFECT Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Guess Who's 11 Months!!

Once There Was A Snowman!

Matthew had his two buddies over for a little snowman party.  We started out with breakfast.
I made these snowman pancakes with bacon scarfs. 

We sang snowman songs.
We played pin the nose on the snowman.

We had a snowball fight using cotton balls.

We had some snacks and watched "Frosty the Snowman."

I got the ideas for snacks from my sister-in-law Jadi. You can see her party HERE.

And Matt gave the kids a bag of "Snowman Soup."

These kids really are so cute!  They always have so much fun together...and the moms kind of like each other too.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lights at Temple Square

The kids all bundled up together.  They really do love each other.

We went to Deseret Book and got some yummy Gingerbread cookies!  Matt loved watching the awesome gingerbread machine that the Barrus boys made!  Click HERE to watch their project!  AMAZING job Jesse!

Matt and me on "Lover's Lane." 
Darin and Matt.--You can see Matt's teary eyes.  He didn't want to go.


Lindsay liked coming home to the warm house.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Run run as fast as you can.... can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!

My cute cousin Krista came over to make some Gingerbread Men/Women with Matthew and me. Matt made such a big mess, I think we changed his clothes 3 times, but it was fun. While the cookies were baking in the oven we read “The Gingerbread Man” and “The Gingerbread Girl”—both very cute books. It was a GREAT day!
(Matt looks like he has a "dead tooth" in this picture-- but its just because he snuck some of the dough).

(Notice frosting in his hair, on his face, and on his clothes).

(Smooching Krista goodbye).
(A few of the gingerbread men/girls we made).