Durring the couple minutes of free time we had for our Christmas break, we threw Candace a surprise baby shower. It was so much fun sneaking around and she really loved it. My sister Mechelle made a yummy, yummy, yummy cake that was beautiful, and we all got her gifts. I made her a blanket cake. Normally I would have done a diaper cake, but Candace, bless her brave soul, is doing cloth diapering.
We were also able to throw my nephew, Eli a birthday party complete with another cake by Mechelle (she was kept very busy). Happy Birthday Eli! We love you!
I love family pictures! This year we were able to participate in them from Luc's and my side of the family. Luc was only able to join us for the weekend and then he had to go right back to work. Oh the life of the responsible! Someday it will get easier :)
All the Engstrom cousins.
The whole Engstrom Clan.
My beautiful little family!
The Snyder kids and mom and dad.
The sitting pose.
The nerdy pose.
Everybody except Lucas. He couldn't make it because of work.
For Christmas I was able to go to Arizona to visit my family. On our way there, we went to Luna and visited my grandparents. A couple of my siblings and their spouses were there and we had a great time!
Collage by Alisha
We all convoyed back to Phoenix, stopping at a Giant gas station to fill up. My brother Marc is 6' 8", so when he stood next to this sign we all thought it was particularly funny.
This guy is GREAT! I was on my own this trip (Luc had to stay home and work - no vaca for the first year with this job) and I was taking care of my 3 kiddos by my self. The truck's heater doesn't work, so it was cold and Connor would cry as soon as it got dark (he hates the dark in the car for some reason) and keep crying 'till we stopped and I picked him up. On the 5-6hr trip from Luna to Phoenix, he left his beautiful wife Candace in the car with my sister Alisha and her husband Tommy and drove my dumpy, cold truck so I could sit in the passenger seat and take care of kids easier (Auralee took his place in the nice warm car). What a saint! Thanks Marc! I love you!