Christmas was a lovely warm and white one this year. We split our time between Arizona and Utah this year. As our children get older, traveling on Christmas gets harder and harder. Hauling gifts back and forth from state to state and place to place is getting more difficult. Our children had never had a Christmas in Utah. We figured it was time becuase the days of traveling are getting done. So we opened most of our gifts here in Arizona and then drove to Utah the day before Christmas Eve. Santa visited us at Grandma & Grandpa Babbels house and guess what?... It snowed on Christmas eve. We woke to an amazing amount of snow Christmas Eve Day and it went on throughout the whole day and into Christmas Day. It was wonderful!!! Perfect weather for sledding behind the quad and finding some good hills to race down.
G&G Banzhaf got Tanner a bike. Woohoo!
Morning Sunshine. Merry Christmas!
And we'll have fun fun fun till Daddy takes the T-bird away
Great Grandma Banzhaf got Asher a marbel rollercoaster and he was in heaven.
Thomas and his friends....and friends...and more friends.
Zach and Tanner got DS's. As if they need more distractions.
Asher being funny.
First time in the snow
Nativity time on Christmas Eve.
Christmas morning and Crew found his best friend Cookie Monster waiting.
Tanner and his "new smile".
Crew got lots of elephants for Christmas. He loves elephants!!!
Here are some Thanksgiving photos. It was so fun to have so much family in town. Maleah, Christopher and their kids. Cole and Michelle and their kids. Grandpa Banzhaf and Great Grandma Banzhaf. It was a lovely day. When it was over we put up the Christmas lights. Busy couple of days. Wonderful memories.
Thanks for coming!
We were blessed this year to be able to get back to PA to see family. It was an interesting trip and we did lots of fun things. The kids cant stop talking about it. The flight there was pretty easy and for the most part everyone was good. The flight home however was difficult and longer by almost 1 hour. Leaving Newark airport was a joke. We stood in line for security for over an hour and then our flight was late. Typical. A helpful little hint that saved us for anyone traveling with a toddler: travel game connect four! Seriously Crew sat for about 30 min putting those checkers in the slots over and over again. Filling it to the top and repeating. So worth the 5 bucks. Also a Tag-reader is a must have. All the kids used it including Crew, and it uses headphones so you dont annoy the neighbors. Anyway here are a few pictures of what we did. And a daily itinerary for memory sake.
Sat- Arrived to a nice Italian dinner with mom and dad. Hunter was at Homecoming. Mike had a horrible reaction to "FEZ", Hunters rabbit. So out went the rabbit for the duration of our stay. The kids loved the bunny and went out everyday to see him. Crew was fascinated. Sun- Church at Nazareth ward. Saw old friends. Mon- Rain in the morning. Dairy farm in the afternoon. Corn maze, raw milk and pumpkins.Yum. Family night at the movies seeing "Hotel Transylvania". Tues- Yoga with Mom at the YMCA. Slice of thin crust pizza to go. Chick-Fil-A with the family and lots of play time at grandmas carving pumpkins Wed- Twins and Mike and Eden in Manhattan. So fun! Thurs- Crayola Factory. Canal Museum. Meeting up with the Poulsons. Red Robin meal Friday-Stay home and play with Grandpa and Grandma .Grandpa "worked" from home or tried to. Sat- HersheyPark in the Dark. Rollercoasters, lots of rollercoasters. Meeting up with the Nielsons for lunch at Hersheys Fuddruckers. Sunday- Nazareth ward . Singing with Grandpa around the piano Monday- Newark airport hell... traveling home.
Dairy Farm and Corn Maze
Tanners first boat ride in NYC
staten island ferry
We saw it.
Museum of Natural History
Dum Dum, I want some gum gum.
We found ole' Abe
Time square. Yes, I was having a horrible hair day. It was 72 degrees but breezy.
Over the river and through the air to Grandmothers house we go.
Back of the house
I am the happy mother of 4 sons. My husband is a neurophysiologist and I am a stay at home mom and Zumba instructor. Life is great and we love to share our fun adventures with our family and friends, near and far. After a few years on the east coast, we have returned to the west for a new adventure. Every place we go, we meet wonderful people. We find that even though locations may not always be perfect, as long as we are together, we are at home.
"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around and shouting that he has been robbed. The fact of the matter is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey...delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."Evening with a General Authority, September 1980President Gordon B. Hinkley
"You will have significant experinces. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experinces." -Gordon B. Hinckley