Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a great Christmas!  Buddy the elf returned and proved, once again, to be a trouble maker. He even found Ty crashed on the coach one night and joined in on the fun. 
Ty and Syd were good sports and took me to the Ritz Carlton to see their awesome gingerbread display. 
We had the missionaries over for Christmas Eve dinner. They even helped us act out the gets more irreverent every year. Poor elders. ��
Tristan proposed to Sydney with 3 ring pops. They're so goofy! Just friends...we promise! 
One of our favorite treats this Christmas...we got to kitty sit Becky and Brad's kitten Sly. He's a total cuddler and we all got our fair share. Zeedo was VERY jealous!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Chalk Walk

Our stake started a new tradition this year. They had a Christmas Chalk Walk. 
They advertised for artists of all levels, so we jumped in with both feet. 
I had a basic idea in mind, and Summer drew it out for me. 
She really is good with perportions, where I sorely lack skill. 
Me and the kids spent a few hours there Thurs. and Fri. nights. We were chalk covered and colorful. 
Saturday after basketball, we even had Jason join us for the finishing touches. 
I was pretty proud of our final piece. We knew we wouldn't win, but it was fun to try. 
Each stall had info on each artist. We were very honest:
Here are a few of my favorites:

Obviously one of the professionals!
This one was amazing!  It was the three men looking towards Bethlehem. It was done really well, but the shadows ruined the picture. Sorry. 
The stake provided all the chalk, snacks and meals for the artists, plus there was a choir singing Fri. and Sat. nights, fresh scones, and hot chocolate. It was a huge success. Can't wait till next year!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

My baby girl is 15!!!

Syd's 15th birthday started with a bang. I came to seminary to surprise her with some Starbuck's peppermint hot chocolate, but she had already received fun birthday gifts by 6:30am! She got a giant S shaped chocolate chip cookie and a Butterfinger from a friend and her teacher. 
That evening, we had everyone over for dinner. Syd picked a recipe she found off of Pinterest and it was delicious. Alfredo Chicken Stuffed Shells. I'll for sure make it again. 
We then travelled over to Baskin Robbins to see Summer at her new job. We all enjoyed a birthday treat while making Summer perfect her craft. ��
Summer and Sydney's friend Tristan joined us for the whole day. Ty was in heaven!  Having another boy around made his day. 
We even got to take a quick pic with Summer before we left for Dana Point Harbor. 
The harbor started a new tradition. It's called AlluminOcean and there are beautiful lights everywhere. Sydney was thrilled to pack her longboard and her, Tristan, and Ty were never seen again. 
It made for a romantic stroll for the adults in the group. 
Happy birthday, Syd. Glad we got to spend it with you. We love you!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Disney Passes!!!

Christmas arrived early for us. My parents decided to give the kids and me Disneyland Passes for Christmas this year. 
Since Summer will be off to college next fall, they wanted us to get them now so she'll get her pennies worth!
Oh, darn!  ;)
The kids are almost as thrilled as I am. 
When we bought the tickets, they even gave my mom a Saturday pass for her to use (normally pass holders can't go in Saturday's). We loved having our personal photographer and tour guide. 
I was worried that because it was a Sarurday, we would have horrible lines. Not at all. We arrived when the park opened and the worst wait we had was last night when we waited an hour for the new cars ride at CA Adventure. 
The girls had a stake dance last night, so my dad came and picked them up with my mom at 5:30. 
Jason, Ty, and I were left alone to do whatever we wanted. ;)
Our biggest 'score' of the week was that Jodie (my cousin who lives in Washington State) was here visiting. Her husband works for Disney and they gave Jason a free park hopper. My parents were gonna pay for Jason, but they saved them $150!!!  Thanks, Jodie and George! It was fun seeing them for a little bit, too. 
These two boys were adorable together!  It was a race to see how many rides we could do. The scarier, the better!!!
I loved seeing all the Christmas decor around the parks. Disney does Christmas right!!! 
We loved having Jason along for the ride. We can't wait for a years worth of Disney memories and fun!!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The newest Foster grand baby

Baby Macbeth joined our giant earthly party on the 25th of November!  He weighed 7lbs 14ounces. 
Becky took the girls to Disneyland that day (4 days overdue) and that did the trick!  My mom, the girls, and I went to the hospital that night to meet the no-namer. 
He was a little burrito of adorableness!
My sister was a champ!  She had him so quickly, there was no time for an epidural. She looked amazing!
We were watching the girls the next day and Ty and I snuck away so he could meet the baby. By then, he had a name!
Brock Foster Macbeth!  Those are 2 VERY PROUD big sisters! 

He was released from the hospital just in time to make a quick run to the beach, then they joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. He happened to be born the same day that Lowell passed away. Lowell was the closest thing I ever had to a grandpa on my Dad's side. He treated Grandma Ellie like a princess and we thank God every day that he came into her life. He will be missed, but I know Grandma Ellie is so excited to be re-united with the love of her life. Brock chose the perfect day to bring smiles to our faces. 

So much to be thankful for in 2014

 I am so very thankful for this wild bunch!  My family makes me so happy.  I wouldn't be the person I am without every single one of these four people.  I may raise my voice or get angry sometimes, but I hope they know that I have unconditional love for each of them.  I'm so grateful for this eternal family!
 I'm also grateful for the opportunity to see my beautiful cousin Jannica and her sweet little family.  They live in Washington State, so visits are few and far between.  It's always so fun catching up.
 These two are the ones that gave me life, keep me going, and taught me what unconditional love truly is.  I count my blessings every day that they are my parents!!!
 Tammy and Eric hosted Thanksgiving this year at their beautiful new home that's only 45 minutes away.  It's a bit of heaven on earth.  These pictures were all taken in their yard.  Isn't it a perfect spot?!?  Their family just keep on growing.  :)
 Brittani and Mike added another sweetie to their family 3 weeks ago.  Reagan is now a big sister to Blaine (named after our Grandpa).  What a gorgeous family!
Randy and Cheryl are always so much fun to be around!  We are so lucky to have them in our family.  We missed having Amy, Mark, Larry, and Kim's gangs with us, but maybe next year.  I'll keep hoping.  ;)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

California Shoot Out

This season started out with a bang. Ty's team won 4-0. all went down hill. They were getting creamed. Towards the end of the season, we won 4 games in a row. Things were looking up. So much so that we were in the tournament that ends the season. Ty's team went in with high hopes. They were teamed up against the first team we played (the 4-0 game). Within the first 5 minutes, the other team scored. We eventually tied up the game and went into overtime. After the first overtime, the ref declared a California Shoot Out. That means 8 players on each team, no goalies. It continued without any goals. They finally got down to 5 on 5, no goalies, no off sides. We finally pulled off the win after 1 hour and 40 minutes of play!  Ty never sat out. He played the whole time and was AMAZING!!!
This was the scene as we all rushed the field at our scoring goal! Owen (Ty's best friend) is hugging him so tight. It's adorable. 
Owen's dad (Jay) was our coach this season. Owen broke both elbows halfway through the season and hasn't been able to play (double casts). He finally got the casts off but he can't un-bend his elbows. Doc says he can't play. It's been a bummer, but he's been the teams biggest cheerleader. We can't wait for their next game on Saturday. What a fun season!!!