I'm sure most people could care less, but Em and I have seen all of the cycles and talk about it often. I've been trying to call her to share the news, but haven't been able to get ahold of her.
**Emily, where are you? Is this not exciting???***
Make sure you check out his band Mad Anthony. I think they even have a new song up.
My view down Devil's Gulch.
Chris and Mark balancing the Balanced Rock.
Mark and I at Lover's Leap. This is one of my favorite pictures of the weekend!
It was so nice to get away from all of the Christmas busy hustle and bustle and really enjoy each other for Christmas. At church, they've talked about "rethinking Christmas" and I think we really got to do that this year. This was our gift to each other and it was so much more wonderful than any trinket that could be bought at a store.
We had perfect weather and perfect company! We hope to make this an annual tradition together!
Leslie, Emily, Angie, Sara, Me, Cameron, Mary Allison, Laura
at my wedding.
Me baking fudge. I look TIRED!
The results. Peanut butter fudge, regular fudge, and toffee fudge. Yum!
Em was baking up a storm, but in this pic she's picking up my slack by cleaning the dishes. She's amazing!
I think the favorite of the night....peanut butter blossoms!
There's some brownies in the background as well.
Em and I decided these are 2 essentials to a good baking night.
My Russian army or "Natasha Balls" aka Russian Tea Cakes.
(Durick tradition. I'm surprised to hear how many people have never had these!)
THE FINAL PRODUCT!!!
In all, we made apple nut bread, brownies, PB blossoms, 3 types of fudge, Cranberry cookies (a bust), Russian Tea Cakes, and chocolate covered pretzels in 4 hours!
P.S. We're pretty awesome!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my kids. But if you had 25 kids needing your undivided attention for 7 hours a day, you'd like a break too!
....a fondue pot!
I actually wanted this. I was so glad no one else wanted it. But we have parties all the time and I thought it would be perfect for the After Christmas Party this year. Ticean and Amy brought the fondue pot because they already had one and it was a gift at one of their showers. I was happy to receive it.
I actually came away pleased this year.