Saturday, December 24, 2011

Stocking update

I went to visit my family earlier this month when Scott was away on a business trip for 2 weeks.  Thankfully with a few extra hands to help with the boys, I was able to finish James stocking- the one craft that I attempt every couple of years. :)  Although, now that Pinterest is sucking me in, I may have to try a few more.  We'll see.  Anyway, as an update to a previous post, here is the newest addition to our stocking line...

Tracey's Farm

One of the highlights of Alan's recent NJ trips was a visit to my Aunt Tracey's farm. 

Meg and Alan in their boots... all ready to go.

And Alan was just a little excited once we got there.
Here's Aunt Tracey showing Evan how to ride.
Alan is still warming up to the idea of getting on the horse.
He was a little nervous to get on, and once he did,  he was quite nervous to start moving. 

But eventually he loved riding, and even riding all by himself!

We all had a great time at the Farm.  Thanks for letting us come, Tracey!
And if you want to see hesitancy and then enjoyment of the riding experience, the videos below capture it quite well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NJ Thanksgiving

Since Emily's wedding was the weekend before Thanksgiving, we were able to stay in NJ for the week and had a fun time with lots of family there.  Here are some pics from our fun trip!

Grandpa Tucker and Baby James were pretty good friends 
Alan tried his hand at some bead stringing
Baby James has become the smiliest baby of all!  He seriously smiles at any time of night or day.
Playing some cards
Playing some trucks
Playing some Turkey Bowl (or getting ready to)
Thanksgiving Dinner
Look at that feast!
And Jamesy even got to try some rice cereal for the first time on Thanksgiving Day too!  And someone was very excited to feed him.
Our aspiring athlete
Mamma and Jamesy
A little Turkey Bowl of our own
With some well designed runs,
And blocks
That all made for a pretty happy little boy

Thankful Cookies

At the beginning of November we made a batch of cookies: "Thankful Cookies."  We had to write down something we were thankful for before we ate a cookie.  As you can see we ended up eating a lot of cookies, and it didn't even scratch the surface of things we are truly thankful for.  It was fun to see Alan's responses, and hopefully helped us remember our many blessings the whole month long.

Emily and Jimmie's wedding

I am so far behind with posts, but now that most of "Christmas projects" are nearing completion, I am determined to catch up (at least somewhat) before the year is over.

Here are a few pictures from Emily and Jimmie's wedding.  They were sealed in the Washington DC temple on November19th and then we had a reception that evening back in NJ.  It was a fun, busy day, and the married couple is doing well. :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Family Pictures

Again backtracking... but we had family pictures taken in October!  We won a photo shoot at a girls camp fundraiser auction.  Thanks again to Christy Brown for the wonderful pictures and we loved working with her.  Here are a few of our favorites...