Monday, December 31, 2007


Someone please tell me what is so appealing about this!??  Each year Evan talks about going to the mountain for an afternoon of snowboarding.  On occasion he has even mentioned the idea of teaching me to snowboard...this thought doesn't last long since I am not a fan of being cold.  If I remember right, I think he has even told me that it isn't that cold once you get up there and start moving around.  He just sent this photo from his iphone...
...I rest my case. 
This is evidence that while he loves to snowboard, I will never share this desire with him.  

Friday, December 21, 2007

12 Days of Christmas

As some of you may know, Grandma and Papa Ehat are doing the 12 days of Christmas for each of their kids.  Family traditions is the theme and it has been so fun to open a new gift each day. So far the days have been...
1-Letters to Santa 
2-Making Candy Bar Trains 
3-Hot Cocoa & mugs when we went to Temple square to see the lights
4-Themed Christmas Ornaments  
5-Service Star 
6-Playing games together
7-Candy cane stories 
8-Peppermint milkshakes 

We are excited for the next few days to see what traditions are to come.  It has been really fun to create new traditions and adopt some old ones.  Thank you Grandma and Papa!!! 
*For those who wondered about the writing on the train..."Zuga Zuga Choo Choo"  is Rylie's version of the standard "Chuga Chuga Choo Choo."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The eyes of an angel

There is something about her eyes, there is something about her facial expressions, there is something about her smile, there is something about the way she makes you feel looking at her cute face.  Saige has this  way of making your day.   She makes us laugh without saying a word, she just has this way about her and we love it.

Many time we've asked her, "What are you doing?"  Good! 
With a smile you can't resist, what can you do? Laugh , that's it!

We love our little Saige and the way she makes us Laugh and Smile.

Just Check out this Face:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

All the who's down in whoville

"All the whos down in Whoville like Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.  The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season.  Oh, please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.  It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.  Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.  But I think that the best reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small...He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it came.  Somehow or other, it came just the same." 

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

wheww! I passed my practical

It was a snowy night in which we headed up to Brigham city.  We were to spend the night in a hotel to awake after a restless nights sleep.  The alarm went off at 5:45 so that we could be ready for my 7:00 exam.  We went to the testing location and checked in.  About 30 girls and I were nervously waiting for our exam to begin.  We started with our first task and I quickly felt at ease as we hurried on from one task to another.  Before we new it, and after 4 hours of doing hair and nails on mannequins in front of a proctor watching every move we made, we were finished.  I was relieved to be done but not yet satisfied with my performance until now, 11 days later when I received "the letter" in the mail.  Valerie Ehat...blah blah blah...Congratulations you have passed with a score of...98%.  Now, I know, some of you may say "come on, its only hair."  But, after almost 2 years of school and 1600 (so far) hours of school I am proud to say that this part is finished and I am that much closer to being done with school. YAY!  Now, on to the next exam and 400 more hours of school...

A few of our favorite things....

Mom!  Get up!  Mom!  I want juice!  Mom!  Get me juice!  This is the sound that I woke up to yesterday morning when Rylie came in to my room.  I was not quite ready to wake up so I quickly thought of a way to distract her and keep her laying in my bed with me.  I started asking her about her favorites. Get to know Rylie with some of her cute responses...
What is your favorite color?  My favorite color is purple. Saige's is green and I don't know what yours and Dad's are. 
What is your favorite movie?  Um...Princess Bride...Wizard of Oz...and...Cinderella
What is your favorite animal?  Giraffe and Saige's is an elephant 
What is your favorite season...Summer with the hot sun or Winter with cold snow?  Winter, I like the snow. 
What is your favorite game to play?  Candyland 
What is your favorite song? Dora song (I'm not sure what this is)
What is your favorite food?  Quesadilla and Macamodi Cheese 
She then proceeded to tell me that "Daddy is my favorite Daddy.  Mommy is my favorite Mommy.  And Saige is my favorite Saige."  
By this time I was ready to get up and start my day.  Kids are so cute!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Gingerbread Houses

Each year just before Christmas my family and I get together and make gingerbread houses and this year was no exception.  This year was, however, a little different than past years.  This tradition usually includes Mom, Megan, Bridgett and I (NO kids allowed.)  We also have gone a little overboard (is that possible?) in the past.  This year, Mom was making gingerbread houses at her new home in Oregon.  Megan was at work.  And Bridgett's day was packed with busy plans. Because of this we decided to let the kids in on the fun.  Danielle really wanted to make a house so they hurried over to my house to make their gingerbread house in record time.  I think they were done with theirs in less than 45 minutes.  This is in huge contrast to the previous years 4-5 hour event.  Rylie, Saige and I started on our house only to find that Saige was entirely too tired to participate.  She went to bed and Rylie and I made our masterpiece.  We had a lot of fun as I applied the icing and Rylie did all of the candy.  She did a great job!  Its funny, I somehow thought that she would not be tempted to pick the candy of and eat it since she made it herself.  I was definitely wrong.  The gingerbread house now sits in the furthest corner of my kitchen counter where little fingers cannot reach it. 

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Hangin' with Santa

Oh the Joy of sitting on Santa's lap.  After a surprisingly uneventful morning we headed over to the mall to sit on Santa's lap.  Of course the girls had to scream and fight in the car and mom had to explain (over and over again) that "Santa is watching you" and "Santa knows if you are being good."  Unfortunately, this didn't seem to faze them.  Although they eventually settled down before we got there.  Much to my surprise there were only a few people in line in front of us.  We only had one moment of tears before actually getting to Santa but otherwise everyone was happy. I wasn't sure how Saige would do since last year she cried but this year she was great.  I think she was even excited.  Both of the girls sat on Santa's lap and told him what they want for Christmas. Rylie asked for a princess crown (purple to be precise) and Saige,wanting to be like her sister asked for a "crown too."  They had a great time and when it was time to leave Rylie kept going back to hug him one more time.  The photographer took some cute pics but of course Santa's eyes were closed in the one with both girls smiling.