Sophie and friends at Annabelle's annual tea party.
Decorating gingerbread cookies - just one of our many fun projects in the kitchen.
First round of treats to give to friends . . . sugar cookies and pounds of toffee to follow!
Howick family tradition, now Cantera tradition (thanks Mom!) - the "Love Pillow" - we take turns expressing love and appreciation for one another.
The kids love finding it on their beds!
Our annual family Christmas outing 2009 - This year we choose to go see the Joseph Smith movie, then lights at Temple Square, then dinner at Himalayan Kitchen. It was so nice having Grandma Pat join us.
CHRISTMAS EVE with the Howicks
Family pics in our living room - My mom and dad with the grandkids
Our photographer set up the studio right in our house - pretty slick . . .
And yes, Chris needed a haircut - hadn't had it cut since AUGUST -
oh well, I love my rockstar husband!
Christmas Eve dinner
Uncle Travis gave all his neices/nephews new beanies - how SWEET.
It's not Christmas Eve without traditional Norwegian Krumkake filled w/fresh raspberries and whip cream - yummy!
My favorite women - Mom, sister Jenna, and my sweet Caroline
Christmas Eve pjs - the kids had to forego the treasure hunt and settle for "hot and cold" this year - just got too late . . .
But they didn't seem to mind!
Liza with cousins Miriam and Avery
Singing "The Nativity Song" together before reading Luke 2 . . .
Sophie and Liza's surprises from Santa
Chris' gift from the kids - a nice, new blender for his protein shakes - they were SO excited to give it to him!
oh, and Wii Fit and snowshoes for me . . . fun!
Skiing and sledding with cousins . . .
Caroline and Shelby
Cousins Becca and Rachel with Liza and Soph before sledding.
On the sledding hill
NEW YEAR'S EVE with the Canteras
Party with the Cantera clan and Grandpa Ron - Ryan was awesome at celebrity charades - until he had to ask, "Who's Rosa Parks??"
Ryan can't wait to leave and go with his friends to a "real" party!
We made it - the year is over - time to open up our 2009 box . . .
Inside our "2009" box - all the mementos from our year - always fun to open and remember the things we did together and individually, as well as the milestones that were reached during the year.