Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More fun in the snow!

Welcome to North Dakota! Heavy Duty Parka's a must!
Ben had the day off today(work was cancelled) so we played in the beautiful snow. We were having so much fun we didn't really think of the temperature. But when we came back inside to drink our hot chocolate, we found out it was -25 outside. I guess you just get used to it or your brain just freezes.

Christmas was spectacular. And especially white. This is Gracie's favorite present!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


For those of you who may secretly desire to have an adventure in Antarctica, despite the cold, may I suggest an alternative: to come to Minot, North Dakota. I assure you, your experience will be a winter adventure of surviving sub zero temperatures and terrible windchills. If you come at the right time, you can even experience the Northern Lights. The one advantage to coming to North Dakota is that there are people here, including us. And we could, of course, visit and put you up in some decent lodging during your stay.
We are currently hybernating in our home. A blizzard decided to come our way, snowing several inches, all of which is blown in huge drifts, causing closed roads etc. The wind chill has been anywhere from -25 ranging to -60. Wind gusts have been around 50 mph. I really don't see any disadvantage to seeing North Dakota unless you were planning to seek out the penguins.
Here are some fun pictures of this hybernation period. The boys thought it was really cool that there was ice on the inside of their window. They loved scratching their names into it. (Don't worry, their rooms are still heated, but the old windows can't take that cold!) The other picture is of our huge mound of snow. Ben, Jeffrey, me and Willy all worked on shoveling the driveway. What a feat!

P.S. For anyone interested in viewing Ben's new piece of art, and the other jr. artists working in our studio, visit his blog, using the link on the right. It's fantastic!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Recent photos

I truly enjoy my children. They are such blessings to me!
Grace is our Christmas queen
Wow! What joyful dramatic boys! Dallin and Little Ben enjoying breakfast.
This was funny! We heard Grace make a few discontent noises, and when I came in the living room, she had just laid down and fallen asleep by our basket of books, then Aja (the dog) laid down by her. We thought it was very cute.

Jeffrey, Abel and William playing "Twinkle, Twinkle little Star" for us on the bells during our Thanksgiving music program.

Grace is such a joy! She has found her "fake" laugh. She tries to laugh now and it cracks us all up!