Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas at the Cole House

Christmas morning we wake up - not to early this year (all teenagers!) and line up, Dad goes in and turns on all the lights, then lets the kids in. They line up according to age, that means Gma is last this year.Grandma was a good girl her stocking was full of good stuff.

My kids and Ken always give me a hard time because my stocking is the biggest. I just tell them my mom made it and she knew what kind of kid I was and I was always really GOOD!

Ken got a new shirt he loves. The Grinch is part of our Christmas traditions. We always string popcorn for the tree and watch the original Grinch movie.

Logan was excited to get the Inkdeath book and a new MP3 player.

Brenn got a kickn' new coat. BYU here she comes.

Dallin got the season 1 dvd of Psych - if you don't watch (Friday nights on USA) you should, it is one of our family favs.

Also some sun glasses for when we get Jethro fixed!!

Ok this is my attempt at photography - it rained so much on Christmas that my poinsettias (which I kept alive for more that 3 weeks) had the most beautiful rain drops and I wanted to get a cool picture. I am not sure I succeeded but....

Okay - Brenn will not be happy with this but they were so cute! Arms hooked same expression, aren't they cute?!

I just wanted to end the year with a little about my testimony of Christ. I am so grateful to have a knowledge of the true gospel and to know my Savior. I want my kids to know that I am SURE in the knowledge of the Atonement and that we do have a living prophet and he leads us. I know the key to living a gospel centered life is to do the little things read your scriptures and pray EVERY day, keep the commandment as best you can, and attend church regularly. If you keep up with these things the rest goes much easier. Repentance is set up so we WILL use it, not can, but will, we all have to repent, that is the beauty of it, no one can lead a perfect life except Christ, but each of us can start again and again. I have a SURE testimony of tithing, the best way to receive blessings is to pay your tithing. I believe in eternal families, I know I will see my family again and rejoice in the goodness of our Heavenly Father with them. I am glad Christmas gives us time to reflect on the life of Christ and to once again dedicate ourselves to following his example.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!!

I have been slow to document our Christmas this year - things have been really busy at the Cole house. I will post the pictures and a little about it probably a little later.

Ken and Dallin have been working on Jethro...they tried to start it tonight and the battery was almost dead! Whoops!

My brother Ryan and his family have been visiting and boy are they fun! The new baby Abbey is such a good baby and we have enjoyed having them hangout at our house for a few days. Tonight Garrison got baptized and Abbey was blessed. It was sure nice for them to do it here where both families can be a part of it.

Then last night Ken's mom offered us a hotel in Las Vegas for the rest of the week. We said yes, no, yes, no... trying to figure if we could swing it time wise and money wise too. But it was to fun to pass and so we are leaving in the morning and coming back on Friday. The kids are being left alone and in charge of Grandma, I am not sure if she thinks she is the boss but really Brenn is the boss. I can't help but wonder if it is a good idea to leave 3 teenagers alone for New Years Eve but...... I am sure they will be fine. Dallin is wrestling on Sat and I am in charge of the snack bar and the door, guess I should be there. Anyway I think Las Vegas should be really fun for New Years and since it coincides with Ken's birthday I am sure we will have a good time.

Ken said he would have my blog bound in a book for Christmas so I need to finish the year and then find a place... Does anyone know of a good place? This will be my first official journal! I am kinda excited.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year!!! See you in 2009!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

A couple of years ago I had what I consider one of my best ideas! After years of composing the Christmas letter (yes I am one of those people) and running low on steam I asked my darling daughter if she would like to write our family letter - she being a great writer complied. The result was the best letter ever! I loved it from her point of view.

The next year thinking I would go down the line I asked Dallin if he would draft the Christmas letter. He looked at me like I was an alien. "Why would I want to do that?! It's like homework!" So I went on the the youngest and made it sound more like a privilege and he did a great job.

So this year is Brenn's last year at home full time so I asked her again and she delivered beautifully:

Merry Christmas from the Coles!

Here is the year’s happenings according to Brenn…

Ken: is still working for DMJM Harris, but the name has changed to AEcom. Same job, new name; does that justify as a new job? I don’t really know…He has been working lots of crazy hours on some pretty cool projects this year, including AEcom’s space port project in New Mexico. He finally graduated from primary, and is now a Teacher’s quorum adviser. Somehow I don’t think it was coincidence that he was the last one in that family to get out of primary. He’s keeping all those boys in line, and loving every minute of it.

Karen: has been pulling her hair out at all the calamities at our house this year. She’s currently going through what Dad calls her “dark period” – she’s painting things black left and right. When our washer freaked out and flooded our house, we needed new flooring; but Mom knew we couldn’t stop there. We painted, and painted, and painted some more, then we scraped ceilings, and painted a little bit more. Mom and I painted our kitchen table black –it looks fabulous if I do say so myself. She is still over the MiaMaids at church, and keeps our house running smoothly. She has joined the blogging world, and has a really cute blog; you can visit it and be amazed at

Brenn: I have been enjoying the benefits of officially being an adult! I turned 18 last September, and am so excited to finally graduate this year. I’m taking massage therapy at EVIT this year, which I absolutely love. I graduate from Mountain View in May, (senior-itis has already hit hard) as well as get my massage certificate so I can become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) this summer. I’m trying to figure out where in the world (or maybe just the States) I’m going to go to college -- Dad’s hair gets grayer every time he sees a tuition price. I’m still driving “my” Jimmy truck, and am heartbroken at the thought of leaving it when I go to college.

Dallin: has learned a very important lesson about his truck: if you don’t put oil in it, it breaks. He ran his truck out of oil this year, and has been working very hard to get it fixed. He turned 16 this year, and loves driving “his” big Bronco (it’s a sweet old ’77). He’s working hard to secure a spot on the Varsity wresting team this year, and is a Junior at Mountain View. He is still playing piano, and sounds beautiful. He loves to play guitar, and can mimic almost any song that comes on the radio – he’s awesome. We love his big smile, which earned him the nickname “Smiley” at wrestling camp one summer.

Logan: is in 8th grade, and will be 14 in May. He loves going to Poston with his cousin, Jake, and has all the girls swooning. He is still playing the piano, cello, and harp, all with some considerable skills. He loves to get his friends together to play “judge,” a hide-and-seek-in-the-dark game they made up. It’s a rare weekend we don’t have his friends running all over the backyard in the pitch dark. He is by far the biggest texter in our family, and thinks he is pretty hott stuff with his cool slider phone. He is also wrestling this year on a club team, and just finished playing (insert position here) on his Pop Warner football team.

Grandma Young: is still living with us, and we love every minute. She loves to sit in her chair and watch all the birds in her beautiful, big window. Zara has claimed her, and is almost always in her room, or by her chair in the kitchen, hoping for a bite. We have really enjoyed having her live with us, and the opportunity it has given us to get to know her better.

We hope this Holiday Season finds you all thankful for our Savior, healthy, happy, and full of love. We love you all, and wish you a Merry Christmas!

Ken, Karen, Brenn, Dallin, Logan, Grandma, Fritz, and Zara
I love the Christmas letters I receive in the mail (that's why I send one, I guess). I am always glad to see the way the kids are growing and have a little window in to the lives of those I love, that must be what fuels my blogging addiction (reading, not so much writing).
I wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Aren't they CUTE!!! Go Suns!

My Mom made be a scrapbook of pictures she had - some were of my early years (the olden day by my kids own words!!) and some were of their early years. I really liked the gift and had to share these fans.
It is hard to believe how much they have grown in what seems like a short time. What great kids I have.
Thanks Brenn for the hijacking post. Isn't she so sweet! Love ya Girl!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hey Mom...I love you!

So my mom doesn't know I've secretly hacked into her blog to write her a super secret Happy Birthday blog.  I won't tell you how old she is (that would get me in trouble)  but I just want to let anyone and everyone who reads my mom's fabulous blog that my mom is awesome.  
Mom, I love you so much, and am so grateful that I don't only get to have you be my mom, but also my best friend.  Thank you so much for all you do -- you're the best.  Ever.  I hope you had a great birthday, and I want you to know that I feel like the luckiest girl in the world all because I get to hang out with you everyday.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Can't get a break - Or maybe we can.....

Has 2008 ended yet??!!! This is my stove... Dallin was cooking and the jar with the oil fell out of the upper cupboard and crack, my stove is now broken.

Now in Karen world this means both good and bad. Bad is the money to fix or replace, right before Christmas, right after an engine for Jethro, a garage door, a new retainer, etc.

Good is no cooking!! Now those of you who know and hopefully love me know I do not really like to cook. I think it stems from the fact that I really don't like to eat all that much (of course I still have 15 lbs of fat from things going into my mouth but...). I like to snack, I love Pepsi, and most chocolate, but big meals are just ok...better if someone else cooks it, and so-so if I have to do the cooking. Somehow that should translate in to me being a size 2 right? Well maybe if my stove stays in this condition we will see..... The other purpose of this post (besides hoping you will feel sorry for me), is to warn you. If you have a ceramic top stove be careful of what you store above it. I can't believe the stove broke and not the jar of oil. Also, in talking to the repair people, having a pan go dry will weld it to your stove top. I have had a flat stove for about 10 years and this is the first problem I have had. Guess you live and learn!