Sunday, January 4, 2009

A wonderful holiday season

My family came to New York to visit us for Christmas & New Years and we had a most wonderful time together. We had a very full week.

They all flew in on Christmas Day, so we celebrated the day after Christmas, with presents, a feast and some good old fashioned Nintendo 64 Mario Kart.

My favorite present - a Twilight shirt!!! I know, I'm so cool.
We drove down to Philly for a few days, to give Kendall (my brother) an opportunity to visit the people he served on his mission. We met so many amazing people and it was neat to see the areas Kendall served in, and meet the wonderful people he baptized into the church. The inner-city ward we went to was full of amazing people.
Of course, we went to all the LDS church sites, since they are only 45 minutes from our house. No matter how many times I walk through the Sacred Grove, it always has a beautiful spirit. It was so nice to be able to go on all the tours with my family.

Peter Whitmer Farm

Inside the Peter Whitmer Farm

At the entrance to the Sacred Grove

Walking towards the Frame home, where the Smith family lived.
The Sacred Grove

Call us crazy - we went and spent a day at Niagara Falls. It was beautiful, as always, but definitely COLD. Look at all the ICE!
There's so much mist that comes off the falls, and if you stand close enough, you get misted. Well, we stood close enough, and the mist on our coats immediately turned to ice. Brrrrr!
The falls lit up at night - they're sooooo pretty!
Downtown Seneca Falls, after a snowstorm
We cooked a turkey on New Years Day and had another big, yummy meal. Along with some college bowl games, of course.
It was absolutely wonderful to have my family here for the holidays! It was so good to see them and it was nice to show them around to what's been our world for the last 2 1/2 years. I'm so grateful they could come out here and see us, and give us such a memorable time. It was hard to drop them off at the airport and know that it's going to be a while before we see them again. We sure are blessed to have such awesome family!


Scott and Becky said...

Thanks for the wonderful pictures! They were all beautiful. I am glad that you had such a special time with your family. Happy New Year!

Zach and Megan Jones said...

Yeah! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time with your family! I hadn't heard back from you (after my phone call) and I was beginning to wonder if you were alive! I forgot about your family being in town, so I am glad that you have been busy with them! Looks like you have all had a great time together! Give me a call back when life slows down...ha!
Love ya and Happy New Year!

Brett and Emily said...

How fun! I'm so glad your family was able to come out for Christmas! Looks like you had a great time. I sure love the Tates!I'm a huge fan! :)
You look great in your Twilight shirt.
I luv the pictures!
Happy New Year!
Love ya,
P.S. I love the Christmas tree!!!

Brookeh said...

I'm so glad your family came for christmas. That is so neat! Happy 2009.

Recksieks said...

It sounds like you had a great holiday season. I am so happy that you got to spend it with your family! I love the pictures, especially the one with your new favorite shirt, how fun! Happy New Year!

Melvin and Carly said...

How nice that your family came to visit you for the holidays. Glad you had a good time.

LOVE the shirt!

Andrea said...

Yes you do have an awesome family! I'm glad you had such a good time!! I would keep up with you at MarioKart 64... Christmas just isn't Christmas without Nintendo. We played Rock Band all day. I'm so glad you had a good time and I'm even more glad we're coming to see you!

Andrea said...

Oh yeah and the shirt ROCKS!

Kelley said...

Hey, it sounds like you had a great time with your family! They're all growing up so fast I hardly recognize them though... And yes, I will call you crazy for going to Niagra Falls in the middle of winter!

Lincs and Ali said...

Niagra Falls and the sacred grove looks SO neat in winter time!

Marie said...

That is so great they got to come! I am glad you guys had so much fun! Those pictures were great.

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