Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A little chocolate never hurt anyone...

What mom doesn't know won't hurt her.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Welcome to Earth!

Afton - We are so happy to have you here. You are gorgeous. You were born at about 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, December 27 after your mom was induced to have you come. We've been waiting and waiting for you and it's so wonderful that you're finally here. You were born 7 pounds 7 ounces and 19 inches long. You are gorgeous. You have a lot of beautiful hair. Uncle Ryan Jones and Nelson were playing Guitar Hero across the street when they got the page that you were ready to be delivered. So Ryan came over and helped bring you here.

We love you and can't wait to get to know you more.

2 Boys

On Nana's birthday, we walked in with the usual singing and breakfast in bed. The unusual part of it was that these two grandsons were old enough to laugh and giggle and hug and kiss their nana. It was so precious. Two boys, you'll soon be joined by Afton and Baby Q and many more!

Christmas Celebration

Christmas is always so much fun. We love being with family and relaxing. This Christmas entailed some special events - Christmas Eve snowmobiling at Wolf Creek Ranch thanks to the Webbers, Christmas Eve Bingo with prizes galore (too bad I didn't win the mascara), Christmas morning French toast new recipes, and hanging out with cousins.

Johnny and I exchanged camping/emergency preparedness gifts. Johnny boy was showered with toys and books. The one Christmas surprise was a picture book of Johnny boy's first year on earth. (Thank you, Oprah Winfrey for giving these away on Snapfish). It is so fun to celebrate with presents. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thanksmas Miracle

Thanksmas is that glorious time of year when we all gather with our father somewhere and sometime that is convenient for us. It's all about flexibility, people. So this year, we gathered at our home in the second week of December and hung out. Festivities included but were certainly not limited to hanging out, a Thanksmas feast, making oatmeal cookies, watching Isaac shake his booty, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas program (hee-haw), an amazing meal at the Red Iguana, the ugly sweater contest, and reading Glenn Beck's "The Christmas Sweater" together out loud. I hope we read a book together out loud every year. It was wonderful.

So, here's to Thanksmas and spending time with your family. It really is about time. Thanks to Camille for planning everything and everyone for contributing to make it so much fun.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The day after turkey day celebration

It's getting more and more common for us to take sibling pictures with 100% attendance. I love it. Callie scheduled a big gathering for the day after Thanksgiving celebration for our extended Matheson Family. It was stress free pot-luck style with lots of catching up and chatting and rock banding and wii fitting. Jon Canlas was amazing on the hula-hoop competition. I believe the category is calorie torcher.

Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Vernile were amazing. They brought gifts for all of the little kids but it was so great because none of the gifts were wrapped. They were set out on the table and Grandpa called kids names out of a hat and they got to go up and choose a gift. Repeat until the gifts were gone.

Johnny boy got a lot of great gifts. The Matheson grandparents are so generous. Grandma Jeanne used to have a house full of bears so the teddy bear was special more for me than for him. But I let him and his dad pick the rest of the gifts. How fun! Happy day after turkey day!

Hey baby, let's go to Vegas

We just got back from a weekend trip to Las Vegas.

It was so fun to stay at our free hotel in our free upgrade to a suite with our complimentary coconut lime verbana lotion from Bath and Body Works and our projector screen putting movies on the wall with the little patterns in the wall paper only causing confusion some of the time and the indoor rodeo arena at our hotel watching sessions of the Miss Rodeo America 2009 contest (Good luck Renae Cowley, Miss Rodeo Utah) and long naps for Johnny boy and the aquarium and the friendly scuba diver feeding the fish that waved to us and going to see the Blue Man group for student discount ticket prices sitting in the second row getting hit by mushed banana and grateful for the plastic poncho provided to protect from said banana and buying bargain $1 items at Target including a rolling pin for my kitchen while the boys went to a magic comedy show and spending $200 in free gift cards at Bass Pro Shop we earned for sitting through 90 minutes of time share presentation and walking through the M&M store while we waited for Millie and Micah to finish their 180 minutes of time share presentation and eating In-N-Out with Grandma Laura Lee and watching The Office on the drive home and only spending $22.58 to fill up the car with gasoline.

And finally, taking free family pictures with Santa. This was a fantastic trip.