Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Tag

1. Have you started your Christmas shopping?
Started, yes. Finished, no.

2. Tell me about one of your special traditions.
In 1978, my mom started buying me an ornament from the Danbury Mint. She quit about 1982, but I kept getting them for myself! I love seeing what the new one looks like every year!

3. When do you put up your tree?
As soon after Thanksgiving as humanly possible!

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper?

5. Do you travel at Christmas or stay home?
We travel up to the White Mountains, but eventually I hope to stay home and let all the kids and grandkids come to us!

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory?
We always did a "White Elephant" gift exchange at my moms and one year my sister brought these "Magic Blue Marbles" that were supposed to have healing powers (or something like that) - well since they were shaped like balls............... you can imagine.......... it got a little out of hand!

7. What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It's just not Christmas until we've seen it!

8. Do you do your own Christmas baking? What's your favorite treat?
I love, love, love to bake! Anything and everything! Sugar cookies are probably my favorite, but fudge.......hmmm. Peanut butter fudge..........hmmm. Maraschino Cherry Bars........HMMM.

9. Fake or real tree?
Fake - pre lit. I like being able to haul it out of the garage when I'm ready to put it up!

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
About 1 week before Christmas.

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Sometimes even on Christmas morning................

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
When I'm with my family, it's all fun!

13. What Christmas Craft do you like the best?
Is decorating sugar cookies a craft?

14. Christmas music? Yes or no, and if yes, what is your favorite song?
YES! (Come on Jen - you seriously don't like "Rockin around the Christmas Tree"!?!?!) I'm one of the ones listening to the ALL MONTH LONG Christmas radio station...........
Favorite song: Mary's Lullaby

15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping?

Hopefully before Christmas morning, since there's not much open that day (I know from experience).

I tag Nikki, Megan, Jessica and Sarah!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Grandpa Jerry's 80th Birthday!

It was my dad's 80th birthday today, so we traveled up to Show Low
& spent the week-end with my family!
Lots of memories & lots of laughs were shared!
Bill, Trudy, Mom, Jim, Linda, Lori, Barry & Dad
Smile Dad!
My sweet parents :-)
Lanny & Kim came to visit too!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zoe Jane Nielson

Zoe Jane Nielson
is here!
November 17, 2009
7 lb. 5 oz. 20"
Isn't she precious? As Grandma Nikolaus says,
"you can just feel her sweet spirit already"!
I'm not there yet, which is KILLING me!
Catherine made sure I felt loved!
Sleeping so sweetly.
Aunt Catherine was there to support Nikki
& welcome baby Zoe to the family!
She is the greatest AUNT ever!
Life is good!
Can't wait to see you and hold you my sweet Zoe Jane!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween 2009

How could I resist a man this cute?!
Our annual
Halloween Bash! TONS of FUN!
Thanks Kirk & Toby!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's Official!

Asking the future Father In Law - check!
The Perfect Proposal - check!
We can't wait for the big day.
January 15, 2010
Jen, I'm sure you know.....
I swiped these pictures right off your blog.
(Everyone wants to be like you!)
Love you!
And they lived Happily Ever After.............

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baby Cash's Blessing Day 10/11/09

Cash Nikolaus Hamblin
Blessing Day
Shane, Jessica & Cash Hamblin
Shane gave Cash a beautiful blessing.
We love this little family!
Oh, how we love being grandparents!
It's the absolute best thing ever!
The Aunts!
And Grammie!
Sweet Mayli!
Sweet Tori!
I am SO SAD to say that today, I didn't get any pictures of Jaxen!
I'd better start being better at getting pictures of all of them!

I have the sweetest family EVER & I want them all to know how much I love them!

Lanny & Kim's Wedding

Our son, Lance (Lanny) and his beautiful bride Kim were married this week-end.
It was a very nice wedding & a fun reception!
Lots of good food, family, friends and dancing were had by all!
Lanny thinks his bride is pretty hot!
Lanny & Nikki dancing a jig!
My girls! We're happy we're adding Kim to the bunch!

Dancing is fun! Even for grammies!
My sister Linda! What would I do without her?!
Love ya, Linda Lee!
Girls just want to have fun!!
Oh My Gosh!
Is this the most handsome groom you've ever seen?
Such a sweetheart too!
Jaxen, doing his "scrunch face" :-)
Sweet Mayli!
Sweet Tori - she loved those cupcakes!
I'm SO SAD to say that I didn't get any pictures of Cash!
He was being such a good baby and slept most of the time!
Jessica, the Maid of Honor, toasting the bride!
Shane, the Best Man, toasting the groom!
(Just to clear things up........... we are drinking sparkling cider!)
Most of us........!
What a beautiful couple!
We are so excited for them as they start their new life together!
Cutting the cake!
Some Nikolaus chicks!
Thanks to you sweet girls for coming!
We Love You!
Cute little Hancock Family!
Lanny's cousin, Matt & his wife Rayne did the music for us!
They did a TERRIFIC job!
We all had such a good time dancing to the fun tunes!
Thanks Matt & Rayne! We Love You!Dancing with cousins!
The cutest Flower Girls ever!
Dancing the day away!

It was such a sweet, fun day!

Congratulations to Lanny & Kim Nikolaus on the start of their new life together!

May you be best friends forever!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The FUTURE Mrs. Nikolaus!!

Saturday was Kim's bridal shower and we all had a really great time! She is a beautiful young woman and we are looking forward to her being a part of our family!!

She received some "nice" things for the honeymoon!
Kim's mom, Tina

It looks like we are going to add some height to our family!

Grandma Nikolaus & the Aunts - Sandra, Denise & Gail!

Grandma Gloria & Aunt Linda

Prepping Kim to be a little momma!

Kim & baby Cash!

The girls (We missed you sweet Nik!)

Kim & Aunt Trudy!

Thanks Trudy for letting us gather at your beautiful home!

And for taking care of my little mishap!!

Love you!

We love you Kim! Welcome to the family!

Catherine & JP Prom 2009

Megan's Baby Shower!

Thanksgiving 2008

Catherine is 18!

Utah 2008