Our stake tries to do a yearly scout snow camping trip but the last few years there hasn't been enough snow. That was definitely not a problem this year! Mark was able to take Collin and two of his friends and they basically camped in a blizzard. Mark and Collin slept in one tent and his two friends slept in another. Mark said at like 3:30 in the morning he heard, "Brother Wright.... Brother Wright... can we get up?" Mark yelled at them "No,go back to sleep!" Then like 30 minutes later, "Brother Wright, can we get up now?" HA!!
In the morning they woke up to eight inches of new snow! Collin loves to camp and to be outdoors and this trip was no exception!
Collin stayed up late with his friend digging holes.
All the kids got sick at the end of Christmas break so we had a lazy Saturday where we all sat around the house.
We made home made ice cream in our fancy new ice cream maker!
It even snowed... a little.. and they canceled church!
There is something about a stack of books that makes my heart happy. I got a few books on Russia to help me get ready for our trip and Gracie got a book that she's been waiting for. Collin, Gracie and Quinn all just finished Harry Potter and they loved it!
We had so much fun over Christmas break this year! As usual Mark was able to take the whole two weeks off. One day we went sledding with the Lublins. We didn't have snow gear so I almost froze, but the kids didn't care. They had three long hills that you could wait in line to use but the kids went off to the side and found a small hill with a jump that they had more fun sledding down.
On another day we went downtown to look at the star wars themed gingerbread houses. Then we did the carousel. Collin didn't want to ride it this year, which is just another reminder that the kids are getting older no matter how hard I try to keep them little! I did talk him into riding it though to help Tate who was scared and trying to jump off the horse in the middle of the ride. Then we took the monorail over to the Seattle Center and played on the big playground. It was freezing but the sun was out and it felt good after all the rain we've had. Then we walked down to Pike Place Market. It was CRAZY busy so we didn't stay long but it was fun to see the gum wall starting again and we even tried to get the token picture on the pig out front.
We had some friends over for New Years Eve to eat and play games. We had pizza and all kinds of treats. One of our friends brought bacon wrapped tater tots - and they were so weirdly delicious! We played Reverse Charades and had some good laughs, and watched the ball drop in NYC on TV. Most of the 16 kids even made it until midnight! I am grateful for good friends.