Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Christmas is coming

I think I start out every post on our blog, apologizing because I haven't updated.

Lets see a review starting with the present!

Adam and I are a little sad we aren't in Utah, enjoying the snow and the beautiful lights at temple square, so we decided to bring a "Temple square" tree to our house.

Okay, so it was 1050 lights and we didn't even light up the entire tree, but it was worth a shot! We haven't decided if we want to spend another 2 1/2 hours on it again this Saturday!

We celebrated two events on Thanksgiving weekend!

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family in Kanab. The only ones that came to the Douglass's this year were Adam's
parents, Grandma White, Jarrett, Jessica, & Chance, and Adam & I. It was small in the crowd of people this year, but really nice to enjoy the food and visit with everyone. Unfortunately, Adam spent most of the day not feeling well. Poor guy! He barley ate anything for Thanksgiving dinner.
The girls spent most of the day in the kitchen, making the yummy food. (PS Maria, that salad was a HIT! Definitely one I will keep on my Thanksgiving menu in the future!) The boys enjoyed Ping Pong Tournaments and building shelves in the new closets down stairs. (Adam's parents are finishing their basement).

On the day after Thanksgiving we headed up to Provo where we got to say hello to Sean & Sara (Adam's bro & sister-in-law) and meet his new niece Stella! They were visiting Sara's family from Seattle! It was so great to see them. We miss them so much!
One of the main reasons we headed up to Provo was because my two nephews are headed out this week to their missions! Brandon (left) is Headed to the England London South Mission and Tyson (right) is headed to the Via Del Mar, Chile Mission. We are so proud of them! It was so hard to say goodbye for two years ... those boys are like little brothers to me, but I hope they know how much we love them!

While we were together as the "FULL Dudley family" for the last time, we tried to take a few family picts! The boys goofed off (as usual) but these pictures ended up being our favorite!

We have to find a few fun things to do with this great weather we have down here, so Adam and I took out the Rhinos one Saturday by his job site to look at all of the beautiful scenery. I may be 6 months pregnant, but that isn't going to stop me!

Last but not least, a friend of ours brought us some GREAT apples from Utah, and so I HAD to make an apple pie. I was really excited that it turned out, so I had to post a pict! I swear this pregnancy thing has really done something to my sweet tooth! YIKES!

I am sure we will have lots of more pictures to show you in the next little bit with Christmas coming. I will be sure to post a "Sixth Month" belly picture soon for all the requests!


Heather said...

The tree looks A-MAZ-ING!!!!!

Granum Family said...

I LOVE the tree! You don't look prego at all in these pics so we defintely need a belly picture! I'm so impressed you baked a pie, looks delicious!

The DeGering Family said...

Mandy--first off, I can hardly believe you are having a baby. Yikes! for me but wonderful for you. The tree looks wonderful. It's great to keep in touch this way since we don't call or see each other. Anyway, it is wonderful knowing what you are up to. Love you girl.

Carter Family said...

No belly shots! C'mon now!

Mia said...

I was wondering if the cranberry salad was as big of a hit as it is in mine. It is my Grandma's recipe on my dad's side. I crave that stuff constantly and it isn't Thanksgiving without it! In fact, my mo-in-law has now added it to her menu to appease me!! And your apple pie looks great. I saw pics on Caroline and Heather's for apple pie, so we had to go buy a Marie Calendar's to bake...not ambitious enough to bake one like you! So glad you finally posted. I keep checking in and soup season has been long!

Carter Family said...

Mandy, thanks for your comment. I will be in Utah the 20th - 30th! We will all have to go out to dinner one night. You look so great! I realized that if you are only six months you probably aren't showing a whole lot since this is your first baby. Niki

Robertson Family said...

Thanks for the update Mandy. I love the tree. It looks great and so does the apple pie. That is crazy that two of your nephews are going on missions. That is awesome though! Great family pictures. I am looking forward to seeing you over the holidays.

C & P Homolik said...

hey my brother went to Vina Del Mar too he said it was amazing and that they have wild grapes the size of a ping pong ball!! Your nephew will love it!!

Kari Ann said...

I love that picture of Adam holding your beely. You sure are a cute little pregnant girl!

Heather Ballard said...

That pie does look really good. Luke's looked good on the outside as well but he forgot to put butter in it. So yours probably was better. Don't tell anyone.

Krissa Allen said...

I was wondering if we would ever see an end to soup season! Looks like you guys had a fun Thanksgiving! That picture of Adam holding your belly is so cute! AND I can't believe that those boys are old enough to go on missions, time flies, they are so cute maybe they can date my sister when they get home. Well only one at a time though:)