Sunday, December 30, 2007

Morgan Family Traditions

We have a tradition in my family that started with my grandparents. Each Christmas they would bring out "The Christmas Pie." It was a large pot filled with presents. Each present had a string attached to it. The pot had a large piece of wrapping paper covering over the top, and all the strings were poking out of the top. We'd each get a string, and say the little nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner, sat in a corner eating his Christmas pie. He stuck in his thumb, and pulled out a plum and said what a good boy am I." As soon as it says "pulled out a plum" we'd tug on our string and pull out a present. My parents have incorporated that tradition into their family. They get a present of all siblings/spouses and all 21 grandchildren. That's 36 presents small enough to fit in a bin! This year it was done in shifts. It's such a fun tradition, one that I distinctly remember as a child. It's fun that my children will have the same memory.

This is Joyce and Stu's little boy Jake. He made his way into a box and was having a blast. He is such a good little boy. There were so many times this week I'd look at him and get "misty eyed." I wonder if it will be that way his whole life. The poor kid is going to hate visiting us. Anytime he shows up we all surround him and smile and get cheesy. He gets mauled! We all want to hold him and squeeze him and especially kiss him. He is so sweet, how could we not? It's so nice to have him in our lives. What a blessing, and miracle to have him in our family. He brings so much joy! Stu was such a sport to come to a lot of family stuff with us. I'm sure it was really tough to be around us all, but it was sure nice to have him there. It makes us feel like Joyce is with us.

Parker was born in the middle of a Morgan baby boom! There were seven babies born within a year of our family, so we tried to get a picture of all seven of them at the cabin. Unfortunately Emery (Joan's baby) was taking a nap, and Jake was so wasted he fell asleep mid picture. So here are six of the seven (all six are boys!).

From left to right: Nate (Eric & Katie's) Ben (Brian & Julie's) Jake (Joyce & Stu's) Parker (us), Will (Steve & Mandy's), Andy (Carrie & Jason's), and Brooke (the oldest Grandchild (Roger & Susan's). Not pictured, Emery (Joan & Chad's)

The Cabin

We were lucky enough to go to my parent's cabin over the weekend. It's only an hour away, but you feel like you're in the middle of no where. It is so quiet and peaceful, and the kids can run wild and you don't even think about it. We went sledding for most of Friday and Saturday. Libby (our dog) loves to chase Matt as he sleds down the hill. She runs as fast as she can and barks the whole way down. She is SO warn out afterwords that she literally crashes. Her eyes shut tight and she doesn't move for hours. Our cute little Libby is blind and has hip dysplasia, so she is WAY handicap but it doesn't stop her. She goes nuts and totally over does it. Matt and I were talking about her, and how she literally is our child. We love watching her reaction just as much as we enjoy watching Amber and Parker.

Amber and her cousin Spencer are best buds. They enjoyed sledding together. I was so surprised at how much Amber loved sledding. She was having a blast, and only liked the sleds that made her go fast.

Parker enjoyed himself to! He had such a huge grin on his face as we sent him off down the hill. Speed wasn't a factor for him either. It didn't even phase him.

Christmas Day

Thanks Aaron & Fetriah for our presents! I don't let anyone play with Flounder or Ariel. I take them everywhere I go, and especially love to play with Flounder in the bath tub.

I've already worn my vest several times, and luckily mom took it off when I ate my big bowl of spaghetti.

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm a little behind on the blogging, so be forewarned that this post may be lengthy. I hate how fast the time flies. It seems we just put the decorations up. Anyone familiar with the song by Michael McLean about a lady who cries when she takes the tree down? I wouldn't recommend listening to it, but ti's true isn't it? I hate it's a whole year before Christmas again. We had a lot of family in town, so it's been fun visiting and catching up. So much happens in a years time. Matt and I started a new tradition this year (at least we hope it'll continue). We went snow shoeing Christmas Eve up Millcreek Canyon. It was BEAUTIFUL! We were having the time of our lives. I could have been gone all day! Amber unfortunately didn't like it as much as we did. She was bored half way through. I don't know why! What's not fun about being strapped to a confined area on your dad's back in the cold snowy weather when you're two years old? I can't think of anything she'd rather do! Parker really enjoyed it though, and was kicking his feet and had a grin on his face the whole time. We wore him out though and he eventually fell asleep.

Later that day we went to Matt's sister's new condo for dinner, and then headed to Temple Square. It is so beautiful! We took trax down. It was like a blizzard outside. It made it all the more spectacular. Matt took this photo, I thought it was incredible!

Taking trax was fun. The kids imagined they were on the "Polar Express." We saw several cars that had crashed both on the way down town and back home. It was quite the weather. We wondered if we should even go, but come on, it was Christmas Eve! Temple Square is a must! That's another tradition I hope to continue.

After our downtown adventure we went back to his sister's house and had hot chocolate and opened a couple presents. The grand kids got matching pajama's and a fun book and bear from Grandpa & Grandma Deming. They were so excited, but beyond exhausted. Matt and I booked it out of there and headed home. I don't know who was more excited for Christmas, Amber or me. I couldn't fall asleep and woke up well before the kids. I made some yummy treats that morning, but I was the only one who ate them. I make my favorite things thinking all will enjoy, but it seems my little family isn't as fond as treats as I am! I guess that's a good thing.