Tuesday, January 6

UTAH : for new years...

We spent the week after Christmas in Utah with all the Yates family. We drove up 2 days after Christmas, spent several days playing and celebrating the New Year, and then we drove back Jan 1-2. It was a great time, though we are not well equipped for the frigid temps we experienced there. Josh stoked up on fireworks and lit off tons on New Years Eve and that was super fun to do. We also went to all our favorite places to eat in Utah too. Great times!

ready to go play in the snow!
"its freezing mom!"
the girls had a blast with their "cousin" Knox
the provo beach resort is a huge favorite on the girls list...we finally got to take josh and show
him what its all about. super fun.
visiting aunt brenna
me + knox
the museum of natural curiosity. the girls favorite place.

the sweet tooth fairy...as must.


New Years Eve at the Birkeland Home!
june was passed OUT BEFORE midnight even hit...
a toast...cheers!
games, games, & more games...
josh's parents & uncles

Friday, December 26

Merry Christmas!

 Pictures from our wild and busy month of December.

our tree on christmas eve
the set up...
my christmas card display this year
reindeer footprints!!

Misc. Advent Calendar Events :

visiting santa at disneyland
our tree
decorating the tree and dancing to festive music
disneyland to watch the fireworks and the christmas snow fall
catching the disneyland snow
RSM Tree Lighting
tree lighting
RSM Tree Lighting
hanging their craft on the tree
christmas crafts with the girls
Gingerbread House decorating
marshmallow snowmen making

looking at christmas lights around town
decorating cookies with friends
more gingerbread house making
At our stake's event Follow The Star
making cinnamon ornaments with the kids
ta-da! we hung them on our tree next.
reindeer craft
watching christmas movies! the best.

Mission Inn Christmas Lights & Festive Walk



Annual Cowdell family Treasure Hunt! Irvine Park.


Christmas Eve at Grandma Jackie's : dinner, family program, and new jammies  



Christmas Morning!

new oakley's for josh


*Round 2 Christmas dinner and present opening with Grandpa!