Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ringing in the New Year!

IN UTAH!
My New Year's Eve was spent in Utah! I went to see my sister Lori and her hubby Brent, and their boy Will in their new home. I love to see where people live after they move, so I can imagine them there when I am far away. My other purpose of going was to spend time with Brendon and Stephanie, as they are our kids in Missouri now, and they were in Utah for the holidays with Stephanie's family. As I arrived in Utah, Brendon and Steph came and picked me up at the airport, where upon I found out that Russell was on his way to the emergency room with Skyler with a dislocated shoulder from snowboarding. That is a whole other story ....

So on to Lori's house I go. After a tour of the house, and a good sleep, on New Year's Eve, we went to pick up Brent at the Church Office Building where he works. It is right next to Temple Square.I wish I could show you pictures of the beautiful artwork there, but lets just say amazing. I received a tour again... amazing. Then on to bowling, Williams activity of choice. Brendon and Stephanie met us there, and we had a fun time. My competive son, married himself an athlete. He wasn't so sure he liked it when she beat us all soundly both games we bowled. Brendon kept trying to knock her off her streak.... this is his mischievious face after seeing if his attempt worked. But, he tried... to no avail. William thought this 8 pound ball could be tossed about like his rubber balls, but nope not the same!
On to the Gibson's for a night of good food and fun. Brent getting ready to teach us all "Hand and Foot"Lori's enjoying a story!Stephanie's family is so great, and we had fun playing games and snacking. Thank you to Aaron and Sue for letting me share your New Year's celebration!
Stephanie took her winning streak on to the game table. She won in Hand and Foot, Apples to Apples, and then her dad challenged her to a game of Spades, which she and Brendon beat him and her sister's hubby Tyler. It was her day, and she looks pretty proud of herself! Then ringing in the New Year! Missing my New Year's Kiss from my darlin' hub...for sure, but the couples here enjoyed this tradition!!
Here is to the New Year, and many blessings that 2009 may bring to all of you and yours!! (Hey, Joy! Look at this for a project I will be requesting letters soon!)

17 comments:

Heidi said...

How fun... and we should do that project together when we come into town. I would LOVE to do one too! I love it that Steph was on a streek of victory!!

Lauri said...

I was wondering where you'd been. Glad to have you back among us. Sounds like it was a fun New Years...isn't it great to be with family and friends?

I love the project too. I just may have to copy that one.

Brendon and Stephanie said...

I will never make a silly face in front of your camera again! ;)

We had SOOO much fun with you in Utah. Can't wait to see you again...sometime.

Emily said...

I was in Utah too! haha :) I need to post my pictures :) It looks like you had a blast :)

Starla said...

Hey, I need your email address because I'm making my blog private

Mike and Dejah Morris said...

How fun! That's great that you got to see Brendon and Stephanie. I agree with everyone, that is a cute project, and I may have to copy all of you. :)

Ashley said...

Fun! I wish that we had been here to see you!

Grammy Staffy said...

What a wonderful New Years you had. I am glad that you were able to make the trip and be with your family there. I hope that Skyler is doing o.k. and his shoulder is all better.

Hope over to my blog and pick up an award that Marie gave me and I am passing it on to you.

Also if you take a min to look at my last post you will see some of the fun we had with family over the holiday.

Welcome home.... and Happy New Year

{charlie * carolyn} said...

looks like a fun way to bring in the New Year!!!
I hope Skyler shoulder is okay!

Marie said...

Happy New Year! Looks like you had a fab time, and I LOVE THE LETTERS TOO!!!

Pitt-Meisingers said...

You really captured it all! Fun times!! We miss you!

Grandma Horton said...

FUN!
I love Brendon kissing his honey. Don't you love to see your married children express affection to each other? I love it! tell him hello from his seminary teacher.

Sara's Memoirs said...

i love the new background! But mostly, i love to hear you got to see Brendon and stephanie. I'm so happy for you. Sorry to hear about Skyler's shoulder, i hope he is doing alright! and.... if your going to do that project with Heidi when she comes, can i play too? It is so cute and that would be super fun. I think I could handle an "art" project like that since there isn't really any art involved.

Julia Warner said...

Looks like you guys had a blast!! I love Utah and I miss it too. Fun pictures. I need to go bowling soon...especially Grant, he is having withdrawals.

Aaron and Caroline Haring said...

I am so jealous! I miss living in Utah so much, it just feels like home to me (forget California!). Glad you had a great time.

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Hi! Looks like you had a lot of fun! Sorry to hear that Skyler dislocated his shoulder- hope he recovers quickly! Would love to do the project if anyone gets something going.....

Christensen Family said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your family and kids. Hope you didn't get too cold here in Utah! :)