Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mini Photo Shoot

The clinic that we go to offers a free photo shoot for your baby on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Now, I'm not one to turn down free pictures, so we just had to make it over there.  We didn't have it done right after Lincoln was born because we were waiting for hopefully a hint of a smile.  

Lincoln became a little fussy after having to wait his turn, but we were able to get a few good shots of him!

That's our boy!

Friday, December 12, 2014

3 Months!

This little stink turned 3 months old on December 8th.

He is just getting so big!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gingerbread Houses 2014

On Sunday night we got together with Jon's family to do gingerbread houses again.  This has become something of a family tradition.

Lincoln wanted to start with the bag of Skittles as big as himself.

Once the houses were unwrapped and the candy set out it was time to begin.

It's a good thing we have a family full of goofs.  It makes these kind of projects much more entertaining.

Mine and Andy's finished project:

It was another fun night spent with family.  I'm glad we take time to get together!

Christkindle Market

On Saturday Andy, Lincoln and I headed up to This Is The Place state park to attend the Christkindle Market.

Andy and I had never been before, but we always wanted to go.  So this year, since the weather was gorgeous, we decided to head on up.

The weather was amazing.  Blue skies, white fluffy clouds, and temperatures in the mid 50's.  You just can't beat that in December.

The market had all kinds of little shops set up.  We wandered through and went in the ones we could get to.  There were quite a few people there.

This is how Lincoln spent his time at the market:

We made sure to get ourselves some German "eats" while we were there as well.  We got some Gluhwein, which is a traditional Christmas drink, and a pretzel.

Both were delicious!

We also purchased a carved Santa tree ornament and a hand-painted Santa tree-topper.  
We wanted to get Lincoln's picture with St. Nicholas, but he was not around when we were there, so we missed out on that.  Oh well, next time I guess!

It was simply a great day for a little family outing.  We really enjoyed ourselves and hope we can make it back again next year.

TestOut Christmas Party 2014

Last Thursday Andy and I headed up to SLC for the annual TestOut Company Christmas Party.

It was being held at The Roof Restaurant again and it was as nice as ever.

This year we didn't get a table right next to the windows, but the view was still great.

This year after we had all ate our fill of the delicious food, there was a major announcement from the owner of the company, Noel.  He announced that he is taking the whole company on a trip to Thailand next November!  Can you even believe it???  Thailand!!

We were all excited!  Plus, we were then handed a Christmas bonus as well.  I just can't believe the company I work for.  It is absolutely incredible!

After we made sure to thank Noel in person, Andy and I headed down to get our Christmas picture taken courtesy of TestOut.

Then we joined Jon and Cristy to walk through the lights at Temple Square.

It was the perfect night for it.  It was warmer than usual and there was no snow or rain.  Plus, it wasn't overly crowded because we were there on a weeknight.

Where we had dinner; way up at the top:

We always have to get a picture in front of the red tree.

What a terrific night it was!  We just can't wait until next November!

*Photographs taken at The Roof courtesy of Christine Armbruster Photography

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This year we spent Thanksgiving with my family again.  We headed up to MamaJo's house bright and early so we could get the turkey in the oven.

Once we had the turkey roasting away, it was time to sit and visit.

It was Lincoln's first Thanksgiving and we were glad he could spend it with so much family.

I think he was the most popular guy of the day!

We made sure that Lincoln got a little dressed up for the occasion!

And we decided the holiday was a good excuse for a few attempts at family pictures.

Lincoln was such a good boy all day.  And what a cutie!

He even got to meet his Aunt Lara and two more cousins for the first time.

We were so happy that Lara, Mitchell and Gavin could join us!

The food was finally ready around 2:00 and we all dug in.  I just love all the food for Thanksgiving!

This is how Lincoln spent dinnertime:  asleep on my shoulder.   I guess it's always an adventure with a little one.  Even eating requires some adjustments.

After some relaxing and some more visiting it was time for pie!  This year we had pumpkin, coconut cream, banana cream, triple berry, and a cranberry tart.  What a selection!

I absolutely love this holiday.  It is really a simple holiday, but I really enjoy how it revolves around family, friends and food.  Three great things.

We are grateful to have Lincoln in our lives.  He is a sweet little thing and he brings joy to everyone he meets.  I am also grateful to be surrounded by so much family!  They make life so good.