We occasionally have severe wind storms. We live at the mouth of two canyons and the wind stops traffic, knocking over semitrailers, power lines, and trees. John and Whitney decided to wait a few hours until the winds died down before heading into work.
These unscheduled moments of laughter and conversation are some of my favorites.
We decided to walk around Temple Square this year, we normally just look as we drive by, but with the little people a little older we felt like we could manage a family outing. We didn't anticipate the the one day that fit into all our schedules would be an unusually cold day.
As we were walking the cold got to the little ones very quickly and as Brick started complaining one of his sisters talked about the cold the pioneers endured without the fancy warm coats and boots to keep the warm telling him to keep his perspective. To which he replied, "I don't care about perspective. I'm freezing to death."
We walked quickly through and straight to the Joseph Smith Building to wait while John when back for the car. Look at poor Fred's ears. She didn't want to wear a hat. It was so cold and the windchill made it approximately -9 degrees fahrenheit. John is such a good husband and father.
We all piled into the car and drove to Bucca di Beppo for a fun dinner at the pope table. While we waited we played the "telephone game". We laughed and groaned at the results. I love these unexpected times with the children.
Loaf at so much "her arms quit working." The girls were good to help her out.
A sign I pass when dropping Gus off at work. I actually did a google search just to make sure I wasn't missing some important piece of knowledge.
We usually just have a movie marathon for New Years's Eve, but this year I wanted to have everyone interact more as we were all going to be staying up until midnight for the first time. I planned games for every hour of the New Year countdown, but it ended up being too many. We found that it took us longer to get through the games and the children still wanted to watch their favorite shows. It was a great evening.
This Oreo minute to win it game was a huge success. John was the only one to actually get it in his mouth, but all the children loved cheering each other on and laughing at the silly faces we all made. Whitney invited a few friends over to hang out for a while. I think we overwhelmed them.
Next up was "Slam Bangers and Creepy Crawlers", a Kimball family favorite. There are two teams and one coin. One team passes the coin between hands under the table and the opposite teams calls out either "Slam bangers" or "creepy crawlers". The team with the coin then tries to put the coin on the table without being detected. Slam Bangers: on the count of 3 the entire time slams their hands face down on the table. Creepy crawlers: slowly inching your fingers open until your hands are face down. I'm sure there is a more technical name by which the game is known, but it was another fun game for all ages. There was even a little bit of trash talk between the a few of the players.
"Tenzie" was our final game. I was quite tired by then so I didn't take any pictures, but I did have the littles play about a month ago so I could have something to illustrate the game. Each player has a 10 dice and the object of the game is to roll the dice until you have all 10 on the same number.
It was a great party.
I love my family.