Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Adam

I'm not exactly sure when, but a number of years ago on December 23rd I joked that we should call the day "Christmas Adam" because it is the day before Christmas Eve and Adam came before Eve. Since then I have always joked that one of my life goals is to popularize Christmas Adam across the world. My hope is that someday someone who I have never told about it will ask me what I am doing for Christmas Adam. Then I will know my life has had meaning.

To help with the cause, a few years ago Stephanie and I decided to have a small party each year on Christmas Adam. It works out especially great here in Tucson, because Dec 23rd is also the birthday of our good friend Bob Neumiller, so each year our Christmas Adam party is also a birthday party for him.

This year our party was a lot of fun. We decided to have finger food. We had chips and 7-layer dip, bulgogi kebabs, potstickers, egg rolls, fruit, veggies and more. Everything was delicious.

After the food we played Jumanji. Rand's team (including Bob and Corine) won.

Stephanie decided that it would be fun to decorate cupcakes to look like Christmas ornaments. Everyone really had a great time decorating.

Here are some pictures of the results.

Everyone had a great time and we hope that next year everyone who reads this blog will remember and celebrate Christmas Adam.

December Fun

Just thought I would do a quick post showing you some pictures of our fun December. This has been a very nice Christmas season for us. Stephanie and I had all of our Christmas shopping done by Dec 1, so December has been relaxed and enjoyable.

Here is Seth enjoying our Lego advent calendar. He really loved to stand on a chair and play with it.

Because today is Christmas Eve, we finished the Lego advent calendar. The last pieces were a Santa figure and pieces to make a fireplace with stockings. The whole calendar made a winter town scene and was very fun. Here are pictures of all of the pieces.

Here is a picture of the kids standing by the Christmas tree. Seth was very excited this year to help decorate. He has done a great job of containing his enthusiasm with the tree and the ornaments. We only have to tell him a couple of times a day not to play with the tree, or the presents.

This December has shown us that Seth is definitely a strong-willed two year old. One thing he loves to do is to sneak the little Clementine oranges.

Finally, here is a picture of Rand with his gingerbread (really Graham cracker) house that he made at the library.

I am going to let Rand describe it in his own words. "One bear is climbing a big rock. Two baby bears are resting in the sun. The mama bear is walking home from the grocery store. Two bears are in the Christmas graveyard. One girl bear and one boy bear are playing in the back yard. Another boy bear is doing a handstand by the fence. Two girl bears are playing in the sand box."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Letter 2009

Well 2009 is rapidly rushing to a close. In fact, it appears that the decade is also ending. It is so amazing. I remember as a kid thinking about the year 2000 and it seemed like such a long time in the future and now we are ten years into the new millennium. Once again, the Boivie family had a good year.

This year was fun, but a little less crazy than last year (thankfully so). We did not have any broken bones or stitched up faces. In fact, I think we made it a whole year without a trip to the emergency room.

The highlight of our year was our fabulous summer. We spent six weeks visiting family in Colorado, Idaho, and Utah and it was truly wonderful. We escaped the oppressive heat of Tucson and we just had lots of fun. The only downside was that it was hard at times to transition back
into our normal lives.

This year we want to send best wishes out to all of our friends and family that we love. Much of our happiness is drawn from your love and warmth and we appreciate you all so much.

Below are a few of our year's highlights that we posted about on our blog.

Valerie's Visit
Our Talented Kids
Rhianna's Birthday
Family Reunion in Colorado
Visiting Family in Idaho
Seeing Great-Grandparents in Utah
Grown-ups only in Chicago
Rand's Birthday
Seth's Birthday
Krista's Visit and Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Story of a Boy by Rand Boivie

Once there was this boy and he always had lots of great ideas. He was one of the smartest boys in school. One day as he was walking a fly started buzzing around his head. He opened his mouth and the fly flew into his mouth and it flew down his throat and into his stomach and then into his small intestines and into his blood and it ended up in his brain.

When the boy went back into class all of the other students were asking him to tell them some of his great ideas. The boy looked at them and opened his mouth and said: "Frog." Because the fly was in his brain all he could think of were animals and bugs. He tried again and said: "Horse."

Soon the fly realized that there was no air in the boy's brain because air can't get into brains, so he crawled until he came out of the brain and back into the boy's mouth. Then there was some air and he flew to the exit. However, he flew right into a bug catching bucket and died.

The End

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thankful for Family

Hello everyone and let me apologize for such a long gap between blog posts. (I say that because I know there are thousands of you frantically checking our blog every day and weeping when you discover that another day has passed without an update into our perpetually fascinating lives.)

Just before Thanksgiving, Rhianna's class did a performance for school. Here is a picture. Rhianna's teacher selected her to do the introduction and lead the performance. She did a great job and was very professional.

We were fortunate to have my sister Krista drive down from Las Vegas to visit us over Thanksgiving. We really enjoyed having her here. Our dinner was delicious.

As you can tell, Rand's favorite thing about pumpkin pie is the whipped cream.

We had a fun time with Krista. We went to the park and she took family pictures for us (We will put some up in our next post). We also just had a generally good time playing games (both board games and also silly games like Moose, Walrus, Rabbit), going to Chuck E Cheese, and talking and laughing. She teaches high school and the kids had a lot of fun helping her with some grading. They helped her sort her papers and when after she would read them, she would tell them what grade to write on them.She is a wonderful sister and a wonderful person and we were glad to see her.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I did want to share a few things that our family is thankful for this year.

We are thankful for our extended family members. We have such wonderful brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, and more. We wish that you were all closer and we could see you more often.

We are thankful for our friends and family who blog and keep us updated about your lives. (We are really the ones frantically checking every day to see if there are new posts.)

We are thankful that I have a job that I enjoy and that is stable and pays the bills. In this time of hardship for many, we are especially grateful for this.

We are thankful that we got to spend a lot of time this summer visiting our families.

We are thankful for our health.

We are thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the positive influence it has in our lives.

Note: Stay tuned for our annual Christmas Blog post where we update you on the major happenings of our year and link back to our most memorable blog posts from the year.