Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Post Christmas with the Bryans 2015

We really struggled trying to figure out what to give Andy's parents for Christmas.
They are currently on a full time mission at the Park City Family Tree Center so we wanted to do something that had to do with family history.
A good friend gave us an idea and we tweaked it a little bit (mostly just added to it).

Andy spent hours on the computer and created family history placemats for them.

One side has their fan chart on it...

...and the back has "Grandma's Pie" which shows what countries their ancestors are from.
Andy also added pictures of more recent progenitors and notes on notable people in the family history.

They turned out great and were a big hit!

We weren't the only ones that went with the tree theme :)
My cute sister in law Jenny bought tree hugger shirts and tree pajama pants for both of them.

It was perfect and so very clever :)

This was a nice shot of all the Bryan men.

The kids and adults played so many games over the several days that we were there.

 Ben's cousins are so good to him...not to mention patient!

The women started gathering for Favorite Things and drew quite a crowd...

This is always a 'favorite' part of the Bryan Christmas gathering.
I gave my favorite gel highlighters and small bottles of awesome chocolate lotion that Andy has given to be in my stocking the last couple of years.  I also had a bunch of spoons left over so I let them each choose one of them as well.  

Many fun things were given but we all agreed that Jenny out did everyone.
She, with the help of her husband, put these beautiful wood sign together in just a few days.
We were all amazed!
Each one fit our personalities perfectly.
Mine is the bottom middle one.  It says "Bind my Wandering Heart to Thee".
I absolutely love it!

Ben spent most of his time playing with trains and on his iPad.
He had a seizure cluster as we traveled to Park City and finished it off that night so he was good to go for several more days.  It was nice to not have to worry about it the rest of our time there.

New Year's Eve Jenny and Mike set up "Pie Face" for us.
We all gathered around the table and took turns sitting in front of the cream slinging hand :)

Josh couldn't be talked into doing it while I was around but after I went up to sit with a sleeping Ben I was told he took a couple of turns :)

On New Year's Day we cleaned and packed up and then stopped by the Tree Center on our way out.
It was the kids and my first time there...is that grammatically correct?

 I've decide that Abby is the queen of silly faces in pictures :)

Ben was quite a handful running around all over the place but we are so glad we stopped by.
It was such a joy to see Merill and Nancy serving in this way.
They are such good people...I couldn't ask for better in-laws!

Goodbye Park City...it's always a pleasure :)

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Three Days of Christmas 2015

Tons of pictures...and hopefully not a lot of words :)

Christmas Eve

The kids waiting patiently to open their gifts from Grandpa and Grandma...

Minecraft books

Fox puzzle and calendar

Scott Sterling Studio C t-shirt

Ben acting very uninterested in opening his gift...

They were all spoiled with individual gifts from Uncle Jo too.

Star Wars wall art...

Chocolate and a fuzzy blanket...

Chess set with a coupon for 5 games :)

And a Thomas track set...

Christmas Day

Ben usually doesn't sit with the kids in this picture in front of the tree.  He's usually pretty grumpy and refuses.
This year, he sat with them but would not sit still :)

We finally got a pretty good one :)

Ben was just as interested in opening presents as he was the night before.

For the kids' main gifts they each got a kendama which are really popular among the kids at school right now.  Also, I had a favorite picture of each of them blown up and put on a 16 by 20 inch canvas for their rooms.

Andy put his artistic talents to work and did some wood burning for the boys.
He chose a scripture for each of the kids that he felt applied to them.
For Abby he chose the scripture in Esther about 'coming to the kingdom for such a time as this' but he wanted to do hers in vinyl for her wall and he wanted her to help choose the font and a picture to go with it.  

I was very impressed with his free handing of the Sacred Grove.

Ben's scripture is in John chapter 9 about the works of God being made manifest in him.  Andy is planning on doing vinyl for him also.

I'm so disappointed because I know I took several groupings of pictures that I can't find anywhere...camera or phone but I absolutely know I took them!
Some cute ones of Ben in his santa hat, pictures of Abby opening a few, small gifts for Honey and some with each of the kids with their canvases.  I am stumped.  They've just disappeared.  Has anyone else ever had this happen?

We went over to Grandpa and Grandma's house again and played several games.  We got some awesome ones this year....Snake Oil...


Both are party type games that can be pretty hilarious if you have the right kind of players...

...like these two clowns

Our favorite strategy game at the moment is called Splendor.  
It's great because it's not too complicated and it doesn't take forever to play.

Mom and Dad graciously took turns reading books and playing ball with Ben
(Below, Dad's curled up in a sleeping bag resting)

Ben ended up asking for the "neigh" movie (Tangled) and so we set him up and played some more games as afternoon turned into evening.

We ended our visit with the lighting of Mom's German nativity.

The Day After Christmas

My dad's side of the family usually has their Christmas party on this day.
Here's Ben playing with my cousins little girl...

Two of my cute cousins playing with my kids...

I had to add the picture on the left because it looks like Abby decided to be an angel :)

Grandma opened Ben's present for him :)

Jo and Andy watching the festivities...

Ben really enjoyed his Mickey Mouse book.  He was dancing to the music it played by moving his head back and forth...

Grandma "O." shared some memories of Grandpa who has been gone for 8 years now.

We had a delightful holiday and are so grateful for the chance to celebrate our Savior's birth with family and loved ones!