Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

We spent New Years Eve with some of our very best friends! Landon & Mary Cleverly and Bryce & Rachael Garff. We have been friends for years and we always manage to have a great time filled with laughter with them! We even met a new couple, which is always a fun thing. The kids had a great time playing together and it was just nice ringing in the new year with people we love! Here is to another wonderful year!

Friends are God's way of taking care of us

Most of you know that Ryan is a convert to the church, and I know that I brag how we had the most incredible missionaries. But, I'm going to brag some more because I want you all to fully understand how truly blessed we were. I know Heavenly Father wanted Elder Baxter & Elder Wright to teach us, I have never doubted that.
It's crazy to think that Austin Baxter was just a brand new missionary out in the field when he met us. You would have never known it though, when he spoke to us, we knew what he was teaching us was true. He had a passion and knowledge of the Gospel and he wasn't afraid to share it...or challenge us.
We just had a connection with him, and he truly became such a dear friend to us. Him teaching us about the Gospel changed our lives forever. I loved that he was there to see Ryan baptized, and we even had our endowments done at the Bountiful Temple, so Elder Baxter could attend. We wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Him and his sweet wife Sarah, whom I just adore, came to visit family during the holidays. Ryan and I always got our hopes up that they would have time to visit, and they didn't disappoint. We were so happy that we were able to see them.
They truly feel like family to us, and we feel so blessed to know them.

Primary Pajama Party

Ryan and I were just called to be Primary teachers for the CTR 8-9 year old class. I am so excited to be back in the primary, and extra happy that my teaching partner is my sweetheart! Plus, Elizabeth loves to see us in primary.
The primary threw a breakfast party for the kids to meet their new teachers. It was fun getting new kids in our class, and to see Elizabeth interact with her class. I can't wait to see what Primary will hold for us this year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chalmers Christmas Party

Our family Chalmers Christmas party is something I look forward to every year. As our families have become so large, we just don't see each other as much as I think we would all like, so our Christmas party is always so much fun. I hate to brag, but our family is filled with so many amazing people, and I feel so lucky that they are all related to me!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Relaxing with the Family

What better way to spend the day after Christmas then relaxing with the whole family. It was seriously so nice just watching movies, playing with all our cool toys, watching Adam try to dance, working on a puzzle, visiting, napping, eating yummy food and laughing.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Can I just say how much more fun and exciting Christmas morning is with kids! Elizabeth's excitement and happiness brought so much joy to my soul.Christmas morning was filled with giggles, smiles, and love.
Every year Ryan and I say how weren't not going to spoil Elizabeth, but we are weaklings. She was totally spoiled. Scarlett on the other hand didn't care about her presents, she was in heaven with all the boxes and wrapping paper!
Ryan spoiled all of his girls, including me! He thinks I'm hard to buy for because I only ask for books. So I was happy when a box came in the mail earlier in the week, that said KindleFire on the side...Ryan was not happy that I saw the box.
He completely surprised me with an awesome new camera though! I take A LOT of pictures, my family teases me all the time that the paparazzi are coming when I get my camera out. However, I have never really had a nice camera, so I wasn't expecting him to surprise me with one, but I'm loving it! I get all giggly when I take pictures now!
Thank you babe for such a thoughtful gift, I can't wait to capture our memories!

After an early church meeting we gathered at Scott and Holly's house for a delicious Christmas morning breakfast.

After pigging out on yummy food. We had a crazy present opening fest! It was seriously crazy with all the kids, trying to keep order and watch everyone, but it was fun nonetheless.

Then we headed over to wish Ryan's dad Rodney and his younger brother Randy a Merry Christmas. They showered the girls with gifts. Scarlett was fast asleep in the car, so Elizabeth was happy to help open the gifts for Scarlett.

We then headed up to my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Ray's home for dinner. Normally we go up to Ogden to my Grandma Isabel Taintor's, but she recently had a couple surgeries so my Aunt Barbara hosted. There wasn't as many cousins that made it, but it was nice just visiting with the small group that was there.

After a long day, we still had it in us to go to the Turners and watch a movie. It was a perfect way to end a fun filled day. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas with your loved ones and that throughout the busy day you all took time to remember our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ and the love he has for us.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

we celebrated Christmas Eve with dinner at Ryan's aunt Roxie. Elizabeth adores her cousins, whom spoiled her and Scarlett with fun gifts.

After dinner, we all met up at my parents. I love getting together with my family. I think it's because we like to laugh.

Then we did one of my favorite traditions! The kids all get dressed up, and then my dad reads the story of the birth of Christ. The kids love it, and I love it cause we can all take time to remember our Savior.

Then it's GrandMerry jammie time! Elizabeth always looks forward to getting her Christmas pajamas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cousin Clan

October 30, 2011
For Christmas I gave my parents a picture of all their Grandchildren. It was such an adorable picture I can't help but to share it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Mooch!

We celebrated my awesome mom's birthday as a family. I hope you had a wonderful birthday mooch!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Temple Square

The Turners and us decided to go freeze our little buns off at Temple Square, but it was well worth it seeing the beauty of the Temple lights.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mom's Graduation from Massage School

She did it! She not only survived but thrived throughout massage school. This is something I think she has wanted to do for a very long time, and I'm so proud of her for putting it into action and completing her goal! She is a great therapist and I look forward to getting worked on by her! Congratulations Mom, we are so proud of you!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cookies Cookies Cookies

If you ever what to see a huge smile, just tell Elizabeth that we are going to make sugar cookies. She loves sugar cookies, but her favorite part is to frost them.