Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas the McRae Way

We hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Our Christmas was wonderful and relaxing and it was great to just be home! Our break has been filled with sleeping in late (it's going to be a hard change coming back to school), relaxing, snowboarding, Christmas shopping, and not having a schedule. 

~ Our Christmas Eve was very untraditional but special. My family and I piled up in the Suburban and went up to Salt Lake to visit my Grandpa and Grandma (my Grandpa is going through cancer treatments). We were able to talk and have a good time and do our Christmas program there. We then decided we were all too hungry to go home and found one of the only open restraunts in Salt Lake- Macaroni Grill. Delicious.

Santa Clause never misses our house--my dad loves his Christmas lights! Watch out Clark Grizwald!

The star of the morning~ Kyla. She loved her pony!

My not so favorite pic. of us on Christmas morning...but the only one we have. Thankyou for all the wonderful presents family!, especially Santa Clause;)

My pretty mom and me. She puts Christmas together and makes it wonderful

Scott and his new office chair!

Mr. and Mrs. Clause

Jakey and Kenty. They both got the new banana boards, pretty awesome.

Bren, Chantal, and the babe

The Bockholts

SNOWBOARDING!-A way of life at my house.
(don't ask what I'm doing)

Skiing, we are still trying to get Scott to see the light

My not so little baby brothers.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Tag

The Christmas edition of getting to know your family and friends! I got this as an email but don't have very many email addresses, so here it is. Consider yourself tagged if you read this and are in the mood to do one of your own. Merry Christmas!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper with lots of ribbons and bows!
2. Artificial or real tree? Real all the way.
3. When do you put up the tree? As soon as we can get to it in December
4. When do you take it down? When we get home from Christmas vacation
5. Do you like egg nog? Yes, but only if it's half mixed with milk
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably Betsy Wetsy or some other type of doll
7. Hardest person to buy for? My husband
8. Easiest person to buy for? Kiera or my mom
9. Do you have a nativity scene? 2 very minature ones
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail... I love getting christmas cards!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I got a barbie doll from my aunt and uncle when I was a teenager, I hadn't seen them in a while and I guess they forgot I grew up.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Christmas Story
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? After I make my list...which is whenever I have extra time.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. 0
15. Sled, ski, or snowboard? Snowboard for me, skis for Scott (he's the black sheep in my family
16. Lights on the tree? Yes. I have plain white, but I miss the blinky colored lights.
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to mine or Scott's house.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? You know dasher and dancer and prancer and.....
20. Angel on the tree top or star? Star
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? One on christmas eve and the rest on Christmas morning. If we are at Scott's we open pjs on Christmas Eve.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Traffic
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Scott and I pick one out every year
24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner? jello jello jello
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A surprise
26. Do you eat fruitcake? No thankyou.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sees Chocolates and neighborhood treats that sit on our counter and tempt me all day

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dun,dun,dun,dun, DONE!

One more semester down, and only one more to go!! Finals week was not... my favorite, but it's over and I don't have to think about it ever again. Scott did awesome as always. I had to pass a math test that my mom tried to get me to do since before my freshman year-to get out of math 110, and at this point to do my student teaching. I kept putting it off and putting it off, until finals week I spent all my spare time in the dreaded math tutoring center and passed it by a miracle.

-To celebrate finals we went to a delicious dinner and then watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. If you ever are in the mood to celebrate do not watch that movie--watch it only if you want to be depressed for the next few days.
-I had my student teaching placement switched. After observing in a spectrum class several times, I could see some benefits-- but it's still not for me. So there was another little drama and now I am in 5th grade, so pumped. It is all the way in FIRTH Idaho...but what can you do. 
-I had to say goodbye to my fourth graders, sniff sniff. They wrote me sweet notes and gave me a student teacher starter kit (thanks to Mrs. Watts). I can't believe how attached you can get to students in a short amount of time. 
-Now we are in Utah and sleeping in until ten and wear our pjs all day. It's just wonderful. 

My student teacher starter kit

Our Christmas Tree: yes we do get a real one every year and are never home for Christmas. We just can't help it. 

Our Christmas ornament for this year. It is perfect for us because we want a yellow lab so badly. When Scott's mom was here she took us to the mall and told us we could pick out one anything we wanted. Scott picked out a desktop calendar with a lab on it for every day of the year. Figures. 

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Time fies. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the Bairds. And a great week break from school. Of course my goal was to get caught up on all my homework over the break, and as always I didn't even pull it out. Oh well....I have had some late nights. Before we drove up to Washington we went down to Logan for our good friend Rusty's wedding. Scott DJ'd and him and Megan sang. They did awesome. Then we drove up to Washington. Scott's whole family was there except for one sister, and it was so fun to see everyone and a constant party the whole time! There were 18 peopele for Thanksgiving and a full house. This Thanksgiving I decided I am grateful for all the family love and support I have and have realized how lucky I am to have so much!

There were so many people we had to rent tables from the church. Scott's mom and sister megan and I made trukeys for place settings and decorated the table.

This is my awesome nephew Tanner who found some stickers and decided to bedazzle himself :) I love this boy.

Cody the cutest puppy ever! Scott and I want a yellow lab so badly.

Rusty and the beautiful bride at the reception!

Scott and Megan singing Can't take my eyes off you and sounding great! Too bad I didn't film it.