New Year's Eve

>> Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve was low key this year...just the way we like it!

We had Jen and her two kids Natalie and Carlos over and my nephew Dylan. 

We whipped up some tacos and snacks and roasted s'mores. The kids played games and jumped on the trampoline in the freezing cold!! :P

We rang in the New Year at midnight...well most of us made it ...LOL! It was a fun relaxing evening and we didn't have to worry about driving on the roads with all of the people who had too much to drink! I love having the family around all safe and sound! :D


The Adam's Visit

>> Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dave, Isaac and Hannah came out from Texas and spent a little time with us. It's always good to see old friends and to see how grown the kids are! 

We decided to take everyone bowling. We had a blast!

Check out that sweet form! LOL!!! Don't let it fool you...I'm terrible! Ha!

We didn't get to see them very long but we were sure glad we got to see them as much as we did. :)

PS,..That's Jared giving us bunny ears...nice Jared....


Watch Out Tony Hawk!

>> Monday, December 28, 2015

 Alayna took her new skateboard out for a spin! 


She looks pretty awesome out there!!! Before you now it she'll be riding half pipes! :P


Christmas Eve & Day 2015

>> Sunday, December 27, 2015

Our tradition is to gather together at Grandma and Grandpa Morrison's for Christmas Eve. The kids usually perform a song or two on their instruments...typically the piano. :) 

Alayna performed live and the boys decided to record theirs on a DVD. The keyboard is great but it doesn't sound quite like the real deal. :P 

Alayna played "Angels We Have Heard On High". 

She had a BIG finish!!! LOL!!!

Walker played "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". It was quite a challenging arrangement but he did great! It sounds beautiful!!

Eli played "Fur Elise". He hasn't been taking piano like the other two but he'll get on and teach himself songs occasionally. He has a talent!

Trying to get the family to smile for pictures is a real challenge....this was the best they would give me. 

I love this pic of Mom and Alayna. :)

Everyone was sufficiently spoiled and stuffed with lots of goodies. :) It's fun spending time with the family. 

We all opened crackers at the end of the night. They are kinda fun! I love the super sweet crowns that come in them! LOL! Jared is such a ham! LOL!!

Alayna made a note for Santa and his reindeer and left some snacks...

I adore her practicality..."milk is in the fridge"!

We moved the Christmas tree to the living room this year. I'm torn about it but there just wasn't room in the front room anymore. :P

Christmas morning the kids rolled leisurely out of bed. They were up for a while before they even asked to open gifts....guess they are getting older. :P 

We are a bunch of rag-a-muffins for sure!!!!

Walker got cash!

Jared loved his Twix! :P

Alayna and I got a gel manicure set. We are super excited for a spa night!

Alayna got Eli that cool hat. 

I mean...what mom doesn't love that site?!? The boys chipped in and got her some My Little Pony headphones. Pretty awesome brothers!! :D

She also got a skateboard. It was her big gift this year from mom and dad. 

Jared got a new Nexus 6p phone. He's a little thrilled. :)

Sammy wasn't forgotten this year. He got a few new toys and some treats....We've never seen him so happy! It was pretty adorable. 

Santa was good to us this year!! We feel blessed to be able to have each other and be able to celebrate in this way. Merry Christmas!!!


Merry Christmas From The Kitch's!!!

>> Saturday, December 26, 2015

Jared I were looking at our family photo in the front room the other day and realized it's been 3 YEARS since I took our pictures last!! Crazy town! I'm a bit embarrassed by that fact!

So as we were heading to Mom's on Christmas Eve we decided to stop at the Riparian Preserve and snap a few. :)

Jared is loving his new job at Greenberg Traurig. Next month will be his 1 year anniversary date and we are so thankful to be employed again. This job is tailor made for him. It has been such a blessing, and we thank Heavenly Father every day! He has also transitioned from BYU-I's Pathway program to the full blown BYU-I online. We're so proud of how hard he works  balancing school, his busy church calling, work, and still makes time for us. He is on schedule to graduate in 2018 with Walker!!

 I keep busy doing day care and taking care of my family as well. I was recently released from Primary and called to Young Women's which keeps me very busy. I feel like a fish out of water most of the time but I'm slowly learning the ropes and getting to know the girls better. :) 

Walker is 15 and will be getting his permit in January! I can't believe it! I just love his smile and his humor. He is so easy going and we feel lucky that he's not the typical teenager. :P He stays extremely busy with his heavy academic load at school and maintains excellent grades. He competed in a Triathlon in April and went to a High Adventure Camp over the summer which was a blast! Walker is back to taking piano and I just LOVE to sit and listen to him play. He is getting so good! Walker was also just recently called to be the Teacher's Quorum President! :)

Eli is 12 and received the Priesthood this year. He has made the transition to Jr. High pretty well and is a great student!  He stays busy with his friends and doesn't sit still for long. He loves all of the Scout trips he gets to be a part of now...he's very outdoorsy and this gives him lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy it. As you can see he got braces this year too! Eli is playing the saxophone in band and is becoming quite good ... 1st chair has his name written all over it! :P 

Alayna just turned 9 and is turning into quite a young lady. :) She loves going to Activity Days and her leaders have expressed their love and appreciation for her and her outgoing personality. Her and I have had some really fun "Just the Girls Date Nights" this year too! She earned her Math Masters Award at school...she LOVES math! Over the summer she tried out Swim Team for the 1st time and she loved it!!! She's pretty fast and rather competitive, come to find out! LOL!! She made it all the way to the Championships! We are very proud of her! She is continuing with her piano lessons and is doing very well. 

We did take some family trips this year. This summer we went to Disneyland. And this fall we went down to see the Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone, St. David, and Bisbee! 

It's been a great year! Everyone has been in good health (which we never take for granted) and we continue to thank our Heavenly Father for His love and generosity in our lives. The kids are growing up so fast, and we are cherishing this time with just a couple of years we will have a missionary out in the field! We are so blessed!! 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!! :)


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