Friday, September 24, 2010

Dec. 30, 2009 - Snow fun!

When we returned from Las Vegas we had a big snow storm. The kids enjoyed a great day of sledding at the church with all of the neighborhood children. I enjoyed capturing it with my new camera. It is great have a camera that is speedy enough to catch all of the fun action shots.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dec. 27 - 29, 2009 - Las Vegas & The Lion King

We went down to Las Vegas for our little Christmas get-away. Grandma Gerry came with us. We had a great time! The kids liked walking on the "red carpet" at the Hard Rock Cafe, going to M&M world,
Coke World,
Cesar's Palace and seeing the fountains at the Bellagio.
The highlight of the trip of course was seeing The Lion King at Mandalay Bay.
I saw it in New York years ago, but it was incredible to see it with the kids. It is such a magical show! The music and puppetry is amazing! We were nervous if Jacob, at 3 years old, would watch and enjoy the show or just annoy everyone around us. He was completely mesmerized! We all loved it!
Jacob kept asking why Shelly couldn't come. She told him that she didn't have enough money. He kept talking about it later and would tell her she needed to get some money so that she could take him to see The Lion King again.

We had such a fun little trip! Such great memories were made!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dec. 25, 2009 - Christmas

For Christmas we decided to go lower scale on presents and do a fun family trip. So we got tickets to go see The Lion King in Las Vegas. The kids had fun opening their Lion King shirts and finding out the we were going in just two days to see The Lion King.

We had a great day eating fabulous food at the Baumgarten Christmas Brunch and visiting with family all day.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dec. 24, 2009 - Christmas Eve

Yes, I know that it is almost fall and I am trying to still catch up from last winter. That tells you how crazy and fun our life has been, but I wanted to print this in a book, so I am sorry that you are just now reading about Christmas. Maybe it will help you get in the Christmas spirit, since they are already selling Christmas things in the stores.

On Christmas eve, we went over to my Mom's house. Everyone else was off to their in-laws, so it was just us. The kids every year play some Christmas songs on the piano and we have a little concert. Well, Jacob had been "practicing" his for a while and also wanted to perform. It makes me laugh! Jacob started practicing this on his own. Jingle bells is his favorite song. He sings it all year long. He figured out the rhythm on his own. He just plays random notes, but with the correct rhythm. He has always loved music and playing the piano. I can't wait for him to be a bit older to start teaching him piano lessons. The big kids did a great job as well!

Sorry, I don't know how to edit the video, so tilt your head and enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fountain Green's Live Nativity, Dec. 20, 2009

We went to Fountain Green for the weekend to check on the house and relax. Wow, there was a lot of snow. When we checked the city bulletin board outside of the post office we saw that there was a live nativity going on that weekend. It was so amazing! You can park at the church and ride on a hay ride over to the location of the event.

They had a tent area where you watch a video on Jesus Christ. Then you walk though the scenes of the story of the birth of Christ. There are live actors representing the different areas such as Caesar Augustus, the tax office, the inns, the market places, the stables with live animals and a stable with the baby. They asked that you don't talk as you go through to help you feel the spirit. We didn't feel like it was appropriate to take pictures, but I did find some online from two years ago that I wanted to post. Also I found a youtube video about the event - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FRHcAI1Pfo&feature=player_embedded#

It was a cold night, but we were so warmed by the spirit and also the hot chocolate and cookies that were served afterward. The two wards in town come together to host the event. This is an event that we would love to attend each year! Another new tradition that we would love to start and another reason to love Fountain Green even more.

A few days later, when we were home, Jacob brought over a little manger that his nursery teachers had given to him. He said, "Mom, you are Mary. I am Joseph. Here is baby Jesus. Look at him. Shh.. Be quiet." I am so glad that my darling three year old is learning about Jesus Christ and how we should look toward him and how we should show respect toward him.

I am glad we had this reminder about the true meaning of Christmas!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Abigail - Dec. 18, 2009

My niece, TeriAnn, had an adorable baby girl on Dec. 1. Her name is Abigail. I got to take some pictures of her. I love to take pictures and I had just got a new camera for Christmas. I couldn't put it under the tree and miss out on taking all of the photos leading up to Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites. We took a ton of fun shots!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Primary Children's Hospital - Dec. 12 & 13, 2009

The Baumgarten's have made and donated blankets to Primary Children's Medical Center for many years, but a few years ago after we went up in a horrible snowstorm they decided to donate to Utah Valley Hospital instead. Our family has special ties to PRMC, since that is where we spent the first two weeks of Jacob's life. We still donate special blankets and preemie outfits to the NICU.
I can't believe that those preemie outfits use to fit Jacob!
For the last few years we have stayed the night in Salt Lake City when we deliver the blankets. Then we do something fun to get us in the Christmas spirit. After delivering our things to the hospital, we went to lunch with Grandma Gerry and Steve at The Pie Pizzeria. Yummy! Then we checked into the Residence Inn. Shelly, Nathan and Grandma Linda stayed with us. Later that evening after some shopping and dinner, we went up to This Is The Place Heritage Park for their Candlelight Christmas event. It was so much fun! We saw Father Christmas and some of his reindeer. We wrote a letter and sent it to Father Christmas in the fire. We make several Christmas crafts and ornaments. We listened to stories and puppet shows, went through the elf village, rode the train, listened to carolers and saw a live nativity. It was such a fun experience to see how Christmas was celebrated over a hundred years ago. If you are wanting a fun Christmas event to go to, you won't want to miss this one next year.

Sunday morning, after breakfast and checking out of the hotel we went over to the Church History Museum. It was fun to see the many displays and enjoy the exhibits. It was such a great weekend!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Neighborhood Party - Dec. 11, 2009

We had our 2nd annual neighborhood party for our 30 - 40 something aged friends. Gerry and her group of friends have held neighborhood parties for nearly 30 years. Several of Mark's friends that grew up in the neighborhood have purchased homes in the same neighborhood. With encouragement from the older generation, we started having a neighborhood Christmas party for the younger generation. It was a bit hit last year and this year it was also a fabulously fun night. It is kind of fun to just have adult time with the neighbors. We had great food and fun games. It is great to get together with our friend and neighbors. A new tradition has begun! I am sure will still be holding them when we are 70+ just like Gerry and her group.

One of the favorite games was the unwrapping game. They have money and gift cards wrapped in between layers of wrapped presents. If you roll doubles, you get to put on the gloves, hat, and scarf and unwrap until someone else gets doubles. It gets pretty intense. We scored big both years. This year we got about $30.00 in cash or gift cards. The white elephant gift exchange is always entertaining as well. We had so much fun!
Way to use your teeth Mike!

Get that dollar, Mark!

Sammi is so dramatic!

Sammi loves to sing and be dramatic. We thought that we should channel that talent and put her in drama class. We actually have wanted to enroll her for the past few years, but it hadn't worked out in our schedule. This fall she started the Stage Crazy class of the Scera Youth Theater group. She has loved going to drama and looks forward to Wednesdays. They had a Christmas production on Dec. 8th & 9th. Sammi did awesome! She had a great time performing. She didn't even get nervous. She is looking forward to their spring production. They are doing The School House of Rock. She already knows all of the songs, because we have the DVD and watch it frequently in the van. She is excited to have a solo part! We are proud of her and glad that she is getting a chance to develop her talents!

The boys got to see Santa in the lobby before the production. Joe thought that he was too big to sit on his lap, but we did get him to stand by him. Jake was super excited to see him!

Hot Chocolate - Dec. 2009

Hot chocolate is always a favorite around our house in the winter. Jacob is a big fan of it as well. One evening he decided he needed all of his straws to drink his hot chocolate! He is pretty silly sometimes.