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Christmas 2012

I’m only 3 months behind on blogging. I feel like I’ve really accomplished something with my life.

The Christmas season starts off planning the annual LinkTrust Holiday Jubilee.

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We work hard to make this party awesome. This year we had a movie theme and did these cool baskets as party favors for each employee.

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We also did an awards show, reminiscent of the Oscars, but much more funny because all of the presenters and awards were inside jokes. These are the two owners of our company receiving their lifetime achievement award.

The party was a blast and it really kicked off the season.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the plethora of treats that everyone makes only around that time of year. My roommates and I decided that this year we were going to give it a try and make some of our own treats.

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My first try at almond roca did not turn out so well.

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So we moved on to soft caramels, fudge and butterscotch fudge. They were all successes, and delicious. That butterscotch fudge had ORANGE zest in it. Delicious. If you couldn’t tell, fudge is one of my absolute favorite treats.

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I got back on the horse (after going to the store for more butter) and re-did almond roca. This time it totally turned out. I figured out that you just can’t stir it too much or you break the sugar apart.

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Making good use of our treadmill, we put all the treats together that night. The next couple of days we delivered them to visiting teachees and friends.

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Then my family drove down! I tried to think of fun things for us to eat and I saw these little penguins on Pinterest. So we made them! They were easy and fun, and pretty tasty too!

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Christmas Eve we read the Christmas story, no re-enactment this year with the kids being just Ryan and me.

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Christmas morning was great, we got to talk to Kyrk on his mission in San Antonio, Texas. We got to skype with Cody and Ty and Kelli.

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I know my house is not the most comfortable for guests, but I loved having my family here. It was so much fun to hang out and relax, eat good food and just be lazy together. Especially my dad. He’s so great and when we’re at their house he’s so busy he never gets a chance to relax, so I hope he did while he was here.

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My parents went to pick up my nephew when Ty and Kelli were heading out for the trip of a lifetime to visit Ty’s mission in Guatemala. While he was here my mom and I accidentally wore the exact same outfit. 🙂 I guess she raised me well.

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It was fun to hang out with my baby brother. Who isn’t so much like a baby anymore. He’s huge. And I think he’s not done growing. He’s also pretty cool too. It’s fun to be able to hang out and like similar things — although I’m not into Skyrim quite yet. 🙂

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While they were here we had my Uncle Craig and Aunt Liz and their kids over for dinner. It was a tight squeeze but we made it!

The entire holiday was a great success!

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Get ready West Virginia!

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My cousin, Sarah Boyce, headed into the MTC today to prepare to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She’ll be serving in West Virginia, Charleston area.

I’ve never met anyone more missionary-like in every day life. I can’t wait for her to get out there and start touching people’s lives.

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It was really sunny today, so excuse the squinting- she was actually happy.

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She had an escort of at least 4 young missionaries to get her where she needed to go- they even carried her suitcases for her.

When they came to get her luggage and walk her in she just about walked away without giving me a hug. The host elder had to remind her to say goodbye. 🙂

I guess she was just already focused and ready to go.

And one more paparazzi-type photo for the road:

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Good luck, Sister Boyce!

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Welcome to the World!

My brother and sister-in-law, Ty and Kelli, blessed their baby, Tanner on October 9, 2011 and most of the family got to be there for it. I know everyone says it, but I think Tanner is probably one of the cutest babies of all time. Check out these pictures if you don’t believe me:

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The Taylor Family with the newest addition- Tanner! (We missed Cody!)


And the man of the hour was for the most part alert and happy. I can’t really believe how alert he was, but I don’t really know that much about how alert is a normal level of alertness.
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Here he is! Tanner Taylor- 3 weeks old!

We got to spend Saturday hanging out with the entire family, going to the park, feeding the ducks and playing some friendly two-hand touch.

Anyone know why ducks get these little "ears"?


Kyrk and Chris (Kelli’s brother) decided to go all out and try the Big Jud’s challenge and ordered the 1lb Hickory Burger. Kyrk got part way and had to give in as you can see below. Chris got his picture added to the many other crazy people who actually finished that much meat!


I love Tanner’s face in this one. He’s like- who are these strange people holding me???


Good thing Rexburg is only a few hours away, I need to practice being an aunt more often!

Welcome to the world, Tanner Abram!

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