Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Elder & Sister Price

My dad and his wife, Linda, are about to leave for 18 months to the Italy Milan Mission. Both are really excited and have enjoyed their stay at the Senion MTC studying Italian and learning about their assignment, records preservation. Special events and holidays won't be the same without them and we wish them all the blessings as they serve the Lord.

We were lucky to attend their setting apart and had most of the grandkids present for one last crazy picture with Grandma & Grandpa.

Along with their departure, we have "inherited" another mouth to feed - Phoebe! Or as Emma likes to say "buppy". Having Phoebe here with us for an extended stay has been fun. She will teach us patience, kindness and forgiveness. We look forward to having her as our watchdog and walking companion when she is fully recovered from her surgery. Welcome to our crazy home, Phoebe!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Texan Holiday

Grandma & Grandpa Cassat treated us to an incredible ice exhibit at this amazing hotel/convention center not far from their home in Colleyville, TX. The Gaylord Texan showcased the story of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in bigger than life ice sculptures. Zero to nine degree temperatures inside the exhibit couldn't keep us from this jaw-dropping show. We thought we had dressed appropriately, but we were given huge overcoats to wear and we needed them. Emma and Stephen & Grandma Jeanne enjoyed a ride down an ice slide. It was a magical place to visit. Thanks Grandma & Grandpa!

Emma looks like "a tick, ready to pop". (Christmas Story reference). Brrrr, it's cold!

Along with the ice show, the hotel had displays of trains, Texan historical sights and a 50ft. rotating tree (told you they do things big in Texas!) We had such a great day! Look at the pure joy on Stephen's face watching the trains. He could've stayed there all day.

Merry Christmas 2009

Emma opens her new "laptop". We hope this will keep her from using the real one! Yeah, right!

Stephen with his new micro Mario Kart remote control car. Just what he wanted!

Grandma Jeanne happy to have kids on Christmas morning.

After having a very long travel day, we arrived in Ft. Worth, TX at 11:30 p.m. (7 hours later than planned, thanks to a snowstorm in Texas) Christmas Eve night. Christmas morning came way too fast and it shows! Despite the delays we had a great time at Grandma and Grandpa Cassat's. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the snow storm proved it. Icy roads, heavy winds mingled with snow made it difficult to land. Emma and Stephen were troopers through it all. No matter the circumstances, Christmas with your loved ones is a magical and special time.

I may be wrong, but I think this is a Cassat male Christmas tradition. Whatda'ya think?

Snow Removal System

Stephen came home from school so excited to shovel the driveway, who was I to say "No" to that? As you can see, he is very proud of his progress, and so was I. (I only had to finish about half the driveway!) Not only is he cheaper than a snowblower, he's cuter too! Thanks Stephen!