Saturday, December 29, 2007

Winter Wonder Land

Shortly before Christmas Reed and Bronwyn decided to have a gingerbread house making contest for FHE. One of their better ideas, I must say. It was a fantastic success. Good times and Fun had by all and the gingerbread (gram cracker) houses were not the only things decorated....

The Judges (minus Reed)
Oh look the other JudgeSay 'hi!'

Some of the creations

And the Participants hard at work...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas at Home!

So this year Becky and I decided to play Santa. We've been playing Santa for several years but this time we went even farther. We actually went shopping for, in addition to wrapping the gifts.

Becky decorated the tree this year and being the Beck and Amy that we are we didn't put any of the gifts out until Christmas eve after everyone went to it really seemed like Santa visited.



We have a tradition in our family that each person, youngest to oldest, or oldest to youngest once we got old enough to be patient, takes turns opening their gifts so all can watch and take pictures.

Here's my mom...I love technology. YAY for Digital cameras!!!

We got some of the best expressions...

I'm just cheesy...

And Becky just likes to pretend she surprised...since she knew what most of her gifts were before she opened them.

The batteries on her camera died...

A few more opening gifts shots

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Party 1989 Style

We have declared ourselves the Party Palace Jr. and initiated our new house with a fun Thanksgiving party. My roommate Cat was so excited! Jumping off the wall excited. We went all out!. Cat did most of the work and directed me. We had so much fun. And lots and lots of Food! I mean what would be a Thanksgiving Party without food. We all were supposed to be Indians and Pilgrims like we did in elementary school. Not politically correct, but we meant no offence to anyone. We had a grand time. Making gum drop turkeys, eating and listening to a concert from our own Melissa.

Making our head wear.
Showing off our head wear....aren't we cute?!

Our lone Pilgrim...the rest of us decided it was easier to make headbands with feathers...
Making gumdrop turkeys
Turned out well, don't you think?
All the Food! I told you there was a lot.

Mingling and Eating....yum

and....explaining the map?

Concert time...

Stay posted for updates on other happenings at Party Palace Jr.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Remembrance Day - Gettysburg

My friend Melanie is completing a masters degree through Norwich University in Vermont via the Internet. Norwich is an old military school, with an interesting history. Several of it's graduates fought in the Civil War. Some of them died at Gettysburg. Each year on the Saturday closest to November 19th, the day of the Gettysburg address and the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, the small town of Gettysburg is filled beyond capacity as people gather for the Remembrance Day celebration. Norwich alumni and students participate in the celebration by placing flags on all of the Vermont soldier's graves and to help put out candles for the luminaries later in the evening. Mel got to participate this year and I got to go with her.

Mel after she placed the Vermont State and the United State's Flag on the graves.

One of the coolest aspects of the whole day was the shear number of people dressed in period cloths. The reenactors were out in full force. Even Greg, the alumni in charge of the Norwich part of the day was dressed as Union Lieutenant. Part of the days activities was a long parade of reenactors. It was so awesome to see. Here are few of the Parade pictures we took.

The men in the red pants ( if I remember correctly) are Sharp shooters

Even a few Confederates came out. It was interesting to see the dynamics between the 'North' and the 'South.' I heard several people talk about old grievances between the two and comment on the fact that Remembrance Day was a Union celebration and they were being kind enough to allow the Confederates participate. Very interesting.

The flags in the cemetery
Next year we are going to take more people with us. Everyone ought to experience at least one Rememberance Day in Gettysburg

Monday, November 12, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree!

Our institute Group went to the temple to help up put up some light for Christmas. I and others from the ward ended up on "temporary" Christmas Tree duty. It was quite the adventure. I never knew it was so hard to put lights on a tree, but they wanted lights on every branch and then some. The effect was stunning. These new LCD lights are bright!
Go Reed go! Wrap those branches in those lights.
Look that that! Especially in comparison to this pink

True Blue through and Through - BYUer's putting up the blue

And our Utes with the appropriate!

Robbie's obviously having a good time :)
Afterwards we had lunch and headed home. Overall it was a lot of interesting fun. Even if Reed got shhhisted. :O)