We had such a great Christmas with lots of fun places to go, great parties, and fun guests at our house. Here we are at the annual gingerbread house party.
"This is the Place Heritage Park" has a beautiful Candlelight Christmas. The village is decorated for Christmas, you can visit with Santa, see live reindeer, and see a live Nativity.
The Grand America has the most amazing gingerbread house display followed by a delicious treat at their candy store.
This was one of Ava's favorite houses! On Christmas morning, Christian was very excited about all of his fun surprises from Santa. Ava was especially excited about her little Jasmine doll. After opening presents at home, we went to the Olsens for more fun gifts. We had such a wonderful Christmas and were so happy to be surrounded by family!
Larry's brother Jordan received his mission call in the mail today. He has been called to serve in the GuatemalaGuatemala City South Mission. Jordan reports to the Provo, Utah MTC on October 12th. After spending three weeks there, he will complete his missionary training in the Guatemala City MTC for six weeks before entering the mission field.
We went to see an Orem Owlz baseball game in August. Christian was excited to participate in his first live sporting event and even had the shirt to prove it. The girls were excited too, but more so for ballpark franks than the actual game (admittedly we all kind of were).
Christian and Larry look quite happy after having eaten their hotdogs.
Looks like Ava and Krista enjoyed their hotdogs too. In fact, Ava appears to be thinking about how she might snag herself a second hotdog. Ava probably enjoyed walking up and down these stairs more so than the game itself. On the way out, we took the kids to a jungle gym located on the facilities that ended up being the highlight of the night in Ava's book.
If baseball is truly America's favorite pastime, we guess the Furr family must not be that American. Now as for hotdog eating...
This past summer we spent lots of time in Preston, Idaho, which has become one of Ava's and Christian's favorite places to go. There's always something fun to do, from going to parades to swimming in the backyard. Their favorite pastime, however, is playing with their cousins.
Larry got a wonderful birthday present last April from Granny O and Freddy O, which was an annual membership to Thanksgiving Point for the entire family. We have had so much fun this past year participating in the many fun family activities that Thanksgiving Point has to offer. Here are a few of our favorites...
Seeing the animals at Farm Country. Going on tractor pull rides. Strolling through the Children's Discovery Garden. Riding the ponies. Wading in the water by Noah's Ark. Playing with cousins. Going on wagon rides as a family. Hanging out in the shade.
Back by popular demand is round two of Girls vs. Boys. The first round went to the girls, but we have a feeling things may get evened up this time around (Ava's "Girls Rule" socks notwithstanding). However, we'll let you, our faithful and loyal blog readers, be the judge. Leave a comment and tell us who you think wins this round of the competition.
Since about age two, Ava has been horrible sitting still and smiling for pictures. However, we recently had a small breakthrough. If we ask Ava to strike a pose for the camera, she suddenly gets more focused on having her picture taken (albeit she still sometimes struggles with looking at the camera).
Sometimes the results are a bit sassy...
...other times sweet and innocent.
Some poses are standoffish...
...while others are inviting.
Many of the poses are quite silly...
...whereas others are quite serious.
She even works some dance moves into a few of her poses. Here's high fifth position...
...and here's a tap pose.
Now if only we could get her to smile for the camera.