Thursday, January 10, 2013


Time goes by so fast when we are with our families. We have so much fun just being with each other and creating memories and inside jokes. This Christmas we had a lot of fun making some hashtags.  Thanks to Mel Mel constantly taking our phones and leaving us hundreds of gems like these...


Will got his Eagle Scout Award.  I'm pretty darn proud of that brother of mine. He's also looking pretty handsome lately too.

After the Court of Honor, we went home and had a second Christmas morning.  Everyone was pretty excited to watch Adelaide open her gifts.  She takes the job VERY seriously.

 (Thank you, Annie for capturing this!)

 Laila loves being with her aunts and uncles.  They are constantly taking "5 minute turns" and loving on her...


We also went and got updated family pics.  Our photographer is awesome... (#melmelsmugshots)

She sure does love her grandpa...

New Years Eve was a pretty nice evening.  We all went out to eat at Buca Di Beppos. Delicious.

 Had a little Just Dance tourney.

Some cuddling...
 Laila went to bed like normal at 8ish.  However, she didn't want to miss a thing and woke up at about 8:30 and refused to go back to sleep until 11:58 PM.  I thought that was a bit of a cop out! After all that fighting she didn't even make it to the countdown?!  (No pictures due to needing both arms to wrestle- I mean hold my baby.)

My poor younger siblings had to go back to school on the second.  So the marrieds went to Provo for the day.  It was fun going back to our old stomping grounds- even if it was freezing outside. #gladidonthavetowalktocampusanymore.
We stocked up on some BYU gear, as it's hard to come by in our neck of the woods and made a stop at the Museum of Art to see an Andy Warhol exhibit they have.  Laila had her first experience with modern art... It definitely touched her. (Literally)
 Annie and Victor enjoyed it too.

Then, Annie and Victor convinced us to enjoy some food that our comfort levels have prevented us from trying before.  It's an authentic Chinese restaurant with a hot pot, dumplings and everything.  I felt like it was pretty much Chinese all-you-can-eat-buffet.  (I think that's why Victor likes it.)  They had preordered the dumplings for us. (Which were delicious- by the way)  Then you just have a boiling pot of broth on your table.  You pick up whatever you want to eat- chicken, beef, veggies, etc.  And stick it in the pot to cook.  Victor put a few more things in there than I would have cared for, but to each his own I guess. :)  For how very questionable it all seemed to me, it was actually really good.  I'm glad they forced us to not be babies. Plus, they had unlimited popsicles or ice cream sandwiches for dessert! NICE!  I was won over!

We had a great couple of weeks in Utah.  We are definitely blessed with families who love and support us. (And also spoil us to the point of being extremely full and having a jammed pack car + some!) We love them and are thankful everyday for the solid foundation that we were built from.


  1. The opening presents picture IS awesome!

  2. So fun. That picture of the whole Ostler clan on New Year's Eve made me realize how much your family has grown! #wheredoesthetimego

  3. That little lady she gets lots of fun for you and your family.