Monday, December 28, 2009

It's the MOST Wonderful Time of the YEAR!

Well Christmas has come and gone.
Let me tell you I had a great one!

Let me count the ways:
1-I got to see LOTS of Family
2-I got to spend Ample amounts of time with the a fore mentioned Family
3-I gave some good gifts (this is my own opinion, you may want to ask the receivers whether or not this is true, but I was really excited to give the gifts, therefore they were good to me)
4-I did my part to help others in the spirit of Christmas (make of that what you will....I meant it to be vague)
5-I witnessed MANY Christmas Miracles (most of them are kinda silly, but they were Christmas Miracles just the same)
6-I spent the whole Christmas weekend in my PJ's
7- I made a killing in the gifts I received

So, yeah, I would say pretty successful.

Christmas Eve my family was invited over to Nate and Sarah's for a wonderful Christmas Eve Dinner and a showing of Elf. It was all Wonderful! Then back to the Parents, where we played the Traditional game of Hearts (the winner gets to open a present). Before bed I was lectured and told I was not allowed to wake up before 8:00 (like I have mentioned before I am a child, I always wake up as early as possible).

On Christmas morning I was woken up by my Grandma who came early so that we could open our present early (Thank You Grandma (she tricked me as she was one of the lecturee's). We got to open all the presents. I got a ton of really great stuff, here are a few of the big ones: A Movie Projector, DVD Player, Harry Potter the 6th, A Framed Picture of Jesus, a Cupcake cake pan, a Hawaiian Coconut Bag, some Turquoise Jewelry, and leopard print Pajama Pants. I made out pretty good.

Then we headed over to Nate and Sarah's to exchange presents and see what they got. Kaylee and Brenna got a new bed and a kitchen set. They woke up in their new bed, which really threw Kaylee. Nate sure got a surprise, they found out a while ago that they were having a baby. For Christmas Nate got a little outfit for a BOY! That is right Sarah is pregnant with a BOY!!!! He was really excited about it. Sarah was pretty sneaky, and I think it was an awesome way to find out. I got a spice rack from them. Which I REALLY needed. I also got some sweet Jewelry from Kaylee and Brenna.

After that we headed over to Aunt Kay and Uncle Bills to visit for a little bit. We got there just in time, because their whole family was there so we got to see everyone. I was very excited to see Marley (Chad and Melanie's little bundle of joy). I haven't seen her much and she is just adorable. Also I was glad to see Kelly cause I just read a book she recomended and I really wanted to talk to her about it.

After that we headed down South to Highland to hang out the rest of the day with my Aunt Christy and Co. It has become something of a tradition (which I love) to hang out with them on Christmas. We played lots of games (Questures, Clue, and Rock Band), and we got to talk to Jordan my cousin who is on a mission.

Ok so I mentioned before that I got Leopard Print PJ pants, well Sarah did too, so we were twinners. Well part of my gift to Kaylee and Brenna was a Leopard print outfit. So we all wore them and we all matched. It was so fun.

So, Naturally, here are the pictures:


Brenna and I


Sarah and Kaylee


The whole group even though Kaylee was being a buggar. Surprise! My Aunt Christy had some too! Aren't we all cute?


Here is Brenna cruising around. I just love the look on her face.


Kaylee in all her Leopard Print glory.


I am sorry I had to throw one more in. I just love Kaylee in this picture!

Here are the cousins talking to their Bro on the phone. (Cassie, Tanner, and Emily)

Sarah and Nate

Kaylee and Brenna being Dogs.

Then Kaylee wanted to take some picture so I thought I would let her have free reign to see what came out. Let me tell you that 4 year old has some serious skills! I think I am going to give her my camera more often. People will pose for her...people who will not pose for me (Its either cause they don't think it will work or cause she is just so darn cute). I got some great shots from her. These are just the honorable mentions.

Nate (a tough one)

Sarah

Ryan (another tough one)

Dave

Bobbie


My Parents (although a little blurry, still a good shot)


Cassie, Tanner, and Emily (My personal favorite)

Moving on, the day after Christmas we hung out at the Parents. Nate and Sarah came over for some games and movies. We were going to go out to the movies, but everything we wanted to see was sold out, so we opted to stay in and use the new projector. I watched 'Up' with Kaylee (she is in the question phase, so I more answered all the questions than watched). Then we played some serious 'Harry Potter Clue', and watched 'Star Trek'.

Sunday was a lot of the same thing. Games, Games, and Games.

It was a great Christmas weekend! I had a lot of fun. I am also glad that this party is not over. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Tierney. So the party will continue this weekend.

Party On!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tis the season..... to party!

Well it is time for the annual Grandma Lois Christmas Party. It was a smashing hit this year, as it always is.
Here is the Kay-Bizzel, Me and Ryan waiting for things to get started.

Here I am with my Adorable Cousins Emily and Cassie.

Grandma Lois, Aunt Wendy, Mom Cindy, and Aunt Christy. Aren't they cute?

Here are all the Grandkids, I won't name them all, but we are missing one. That being Jordan who is on a mission.

Then here we have all the Great-Grandkids. This one had a lot less co-operation. They were all fighting with each other, crying, and moving all over the place.
The funniest thing was that Kaylee just sat there as calm as could be just playing her Harmonica.
Here are the kids eating at the kids table.

Nate and Sarah eating at the Big Kids table.

Breanna had some highs and lows through-out the party. This was one of her better moments.
We also played our traditional Bingo game. It was lots of fun as always. I walked away with a Dog Cookie Jar that sings 'Who let the dogs out' when it is opened, and the movie GI Joe. Not to bad! Kaylee, who I was helping, made out better than I did. She got a bunch of Princess stuff (since she is the only girl who is at the princess liking age, I will take a guess as to who put that stuff into the Bingo. Here is a hint it starts with 'Grandma' and ends with 'Cindy').
Here is My Dad and I just chillin'.

Another good moment from Brenna. I think that just about covers her good moments.

Cassie, Emily, Shyanne, and I were starting to get bored in the corner.... I had a camera..... naturally, silliness ensues.

Great Party Grandma!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Christmas Eve Party!

Since My Roommate Syd is heading home to Virginia for Christmas. We decided to have our Faux Christmas Eve the day before she left. We invited our friend Danie over, got in our Christmas Jammies, and pretended like it was the night before Christmas. We even had our stockings hung on the Chimney(bookshelf) with care.

When Syd got home from work she was a little bummed, cause she ordered a present for us via the internet, and it was suppose to come that day, and it hadn't. Luckily she had a picture of that something, and she stuffed that in our stockings. We threw dinner in the oven, and we were just getting ready to start opening presents, and there was a knock at the door. Syd goes to the door and "Holy Christmas Miracle" it was the Fed EX man with the present that she ordered. It was AMAZING! She even told him that it was a Christmas Miracle and that it was just in time for Christmas Eve. He had her sign her name real fast and ran out of there pretty quick. Anyway it was Cool!

So we started the present openings and here are pictures from that.

Syd has been wanting this book forever. She tells me so every time we walk by it in Target. So here it is.

Syd and I with our matching Christmas Socks!

Danie is a huge fan of Charlie from the Twilight Saga. So I got her a shirt that says "Chief Swan can arrest me anytime! Bring on the Handcuffs!" (This was ordered like 2 days before 'Christmas Eve', so there was no Christmas miracle and Fed EX man at the door for this present. She has to wait for it.)


This was Syd's real reaction to getting the Hannah Montana Movie. You are free to make fun of her as much as you want. She is a bit of a child (that might be why we get along so well (although I am not a fan of the Hannah Montana(but I will probably get mine later))).


That is a $1.00 heart necklace I found and so I wrote 'You're always in my heart' on it. Danie was crying it was so tender. Haha.

Ok so this is my real reaction to getting 'Harry Potter Clue'. Those of you who don't know. Clue is my FAVORITE board game. I am also a HUGE fan of Harry Potter. SO I was REALLY excited about this one (this is the a fore mentioned time to make fun of me. These are my childlike ways).


2 pictures just to show how excited I am about it.

Here we are with our feast. Syd made some delicious Chicken Lasagna. I made some dessert. That is sparkling Cider, which I have to clarify for my Dad.


Here is Danie's Christmas Card picture.


A cute little picture.


This is when Danie taught me that you are suppose to make a noise when the picture is taken, cause then you take a better picture. What do you think?


This is our Christmas Card (this is a joke (I just don't want you to get disappointed when you don't get this picture in the mail)).


We did some Tim Tam Slams. They were really Yummy!


There is our precious picture by the tree. Then of course you know we have to take a bunch of funny pictures. Here are the honorable mentions:

Clearly this one is my favorite since it is the heading to my blog now. I think it is a great picture.

Anyway there you have it. That was a very successful Christmas Eve Party.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Good Reverend

SO there I was talking to my Roommate Sydney and her Best Friend Danie. Well Danie and Sydney have been joking around recently that they might as well make it official and have a commitment ceremony. This is because everyone thinks that all of us should be married by now. Probably due to the fact that we are single ladies, in our mid-twenties, and living in Utah. Also they have a picture that we always joke is their engagement picture and we might as well make good use of it.


The Engagement Picture


I started getting in on the fun saying that I would pull a 'Joey' (from Friends) and become a minister online so I could perform the ceremony. We were all having a good laugh and we wondered how hard it is to become one online. So the next day at work I Google it, and it takes me to this website that asks for my name and e-mail. I put my name and e-mail in and hit the ok button, because, of course, I am still curious. I wanted to see what kind of questions they ask (so sue me).


Well the next page loads and it says "Congratutions Reverend Camilla Bringhurst". Naturally I say "WHAT THE H---!" I was SHOCKED! Then I started laughing really hard, cause come on, I just accidently became a minister. There were no questions, no background checks, just Name and e-mail and...Tada you are the Reverend Bringhurst. On the website you can order the official certificate and an ordination package, which of course I ordered, you know to complete the experience.


So there it is, I am now a Reverend. Everyone at work has started calling me 'The Good Reverend'. So I would now like to be addressed as such.....I am totally kidding please don't! Also technically I can marry people so if you need someone......Also a HUGE joke, I won't do it.


All of you worried about me, don't be, cause I will never us the power that was bestowed upon me via the world wide web. The power that I earned by googling 'how to become and ordained minister online', and putting in my name and e-mail. Hard work! I definatly earned that title and that right.


Anyway I hope this makes you laugh. I also hope that it is a warning, if you are curious don't put in your name and e-mail in unless you really want to become a Reverend.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Stories!

I am a sucker for Christmas Stories. You know the real tear jerking, cry yours eyes out, touch your heart, kind. I Love Them!!!! So I decided to share at least one. If you are the kind who are not a fan of the genre, I apologize, and you might as well just stop reading now. For those of you who do, I have a whole book of them, one story for every day in December, leading up to Christmas. So depending on how much time I have, you may, or may not, have a lot of stories to read.

The one I am going to write here today is one of my very favorites, I would say top five. Not only for the tear value, but because it is based in Russia. We all know how much I like to bring up the fact that I spent some time in Russia.

I really wish I knew who wrote this so I could give them credit, but someone gave it to me nameless. So it is by unknown. Hope you enjoy!

A True Christmas Experience

In 1994 two Americans answered and invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics, based on biblical principals, in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fires and police departments, and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls, who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of the government run program were in the orphanage. They related the following story in their own words.

"It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger. Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edge of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored paper was available in the city. Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a worn-out nightgown and American lady was throwing away as she left Russia, were used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we brought from the United States.

"The Orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked about six years old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at his completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the story accurately until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said. 'And when Mary laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him, but I told him I couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?" And Jesus told me, "If you keep me warm, that would be the best gift anybody ever gave me. "So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me, and he told me that I could stay with him-for always.'

"As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him, someone who would stay with him for always, and who would bring him comfort and joy forever."


Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Precious Moment

I feel like everyone would agree that this is one cute kid.


Here is my darling niece Kaylee.
So very cute, and although quite precious, this is not the precious moment I was referring to in the title of this post.

Here let me explain:

My niece Brenna likes to talk on the phone. Probably an omen of things to come. Well the other day my Dad was talking to my brother Ryan on the phone and Brenna wanted a turn. My Dad not able to say 'no' gave her the phone.

Let me paint this picture:
-She has the phone between her ear and shoulder (Hands Free!).
-She is telling such wonderful stories, so wonderful I wish we could understand them.
-She is walking around like a little busy body doing things while she talks.
-She goes on and on and on and on.

So the other night I was at my apartment and my Mom called and asked if I wanted to talk to Brenna (probably banking on a similar experience) she wanted to distract Brenna while they were decorating the tree. So Brenna gets on the phone and starts chatting me up. Every couple of minutes she says, 'ov bye', hits a couple of buttons and is back to business. Well after a lot of 'uhums' and 'ahhs' I decided to get a little more creative and started singing Christmas songs.

After an amazing rendition of 'Rudolph' I stopped singing, because I thought she put me down (I mean if someone was singing to me I would probably put down the phone too). Well she started crying and my Mom got on the phone and asked what happened. I told her I was singing and I thought she put me down. My Mom told me to keep singing, and gave the phone back to Brenna, so I kept singing.

Many songs later my Dad got on the phone and said that I could stop, cause well this happened.

I usually have this effect on people (hehe).

My Dad said they had been trying to get her to go to sleep for a while and she was fighting it. So when I started singing she walked right over and cuddled into the bean bag and just listened until she fell asleep.

Isn't that just so cute!?! I wish I was there to see it. I have the cutest Niece's alive! You may say it is biased, but I only speak the truth.