Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Pictures and Some pics for Kennedy Family

Well, as most of you know (see previous BLOG) we did not make it up to Oregon for Christmas. It was pretty sad and disappointing, there were many things that I (Bryan) especially missed, mainly the family and some traditions. However there were some very special things that happened and made this a good Christmas. It was my first ever White Christmas, maybe a little too white, there was quite a bit of snow in the last week (see some of the later pictures). Because we were planning on having christmas with my parents wer did not really need to do much for Christmas, but with the change in plans that changed, so we pulled out the christmas tree, put on all of the few ornaments that we have and then bought a strand of some pretty cool lights and got that set up really quick. Because of our new apartment not having a fire place we had to come up with something else for us to hang up our stockings and this thank goodness for the "Yule Log" TV station. So here are some pictures of the things that we did. It was a good Christmas, I am just glad that I was able to talk to my family who was in Oregon, spend it with family in Orem and be with my wonderful and supportive, loving, beautiful wife.

So here is our little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, it was a small artificial tree, but I must say that it really transformed our home, there was just something about setting it up and having the lights on that made it Chris-missy.

Danielle hanging up her stocking.

Bryan hanging up his stocking on the "mantle"

This is a picture of some quail that where right out side Mom and Dad's (Alice and Joe Raynes) back door, I was only about 5 or 6 feet from them when I took the picture, there were even a few more than this, it was quite the little flock, or gaggle, or mob or what ever you call a group of quail.

So this is the the part of the blog that has to do more for the California and Oregon family, (Also friends who have not seen our house). Back in July of this year we bought a house and I have really slacked about getting pictures out for people too see. Right now we are living in the basement and when we get to the point where we need it, we will be able to make the short move upstairs. So here are some pictures of the house (the indoor pictures are ones of the upstairs, given to us by Danielle's sister Alison who was the previous owner).

Here is the front of the house, taken the day after Christmas, with all of the whiteness.

This picture is of the driveway, just wanted to let you get an idea of how long it is. I must say that while I was outside shoveling snow I broke one of the ten commandments, I coveted my neighbors driveway (all of about the ten feet)

My car has not moved in a while, but this was after cleaning off and then a sunny day to melt most of it. Emalee wanted to see some picture of the snow because she did not believe that we had snow that actually stuck. Here you go Emalee.

Part of the kitchen of the upstairs house.

This is the front entryway to the house (looking out to the front door) with the stairs going up and a small room to the other side.

Just a picture to end the Blog, this is a picture of us on our annual trip to see the lights on temple square, they were beautiful, almost a beautiful as Dani.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

No Oregon for Christmas

This was our trip, snow, snow and more snow. We left really early this morning (around 4:30) and the roads were not great, but not horrible. We made it all the way to Snowville, making good time when they closed down I-84. We holed up in Snowville for about three hours until we had missed our window of time that we would need to get over the Blue Mountains before the really bad storm hit and made things super horrible. So we reluctantly and very depressedly turned around and came home. The drive home was no peach either, but we much would have rather been dealing with bad weather if we were heading in the opposite direction (towards Oregon).
So now we are bummed out sitting at home wishing we were there. We are really going to miss you all up in Oregon this Christmas. Just know we wish we were there, and will be thinking of you!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

How many me's are there?

LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

This was so interesting! We put in tons of Family names. The Raynes name is very exclusive! You should see Alison's name though! I think she wins the cake, but she named her kids very well cause they only had a few other people with their names, and Chancelor had NONE!!! So go explore! It was a lot of fun!