A few weeks ago 2 of my sisters came to visit. My parent live in Omaha, so I don't get too many visitors, but that was their Christmas present from my dad. It was so fun to see them and show them the beautiful Seattle area. We went to Snoqualmie falls twice, because the first time we went there it was so foggy that you couldn't see the falls, so we had to go back again. It was worth another drive out there, it is so beautiful. Here's some pictures of of our adventures.
We went on a ferry ride.
Sarah, Nick & Catie by the waterfront.
We took them bowling, which is Nicholas' new favorite thing!!!
In front of the temple.
Nick with "his girls" as he calls them.He was in heaven with all the attention.
We had a wonderful Christmas. Here are some pictures. Nicholas got a personal visit from Santa (a.k.a. our apartment maintenance guy) on Christmas Eve. He was so excited!!!
Joselyn & Nick on Christmas Eve in their festive sweaters.
We went to Doug's folks' home in Kent for a delicious Christmas Eve feast.
On Christmas morning I got to talk to my little brother who is on a mission in Switzerland, so that was awesome. Then it was so fun to see the kids open their presents. Joselyn got a new doll. I was so excited to give it to her.
Christmas afternoon I played out in the snow with Nick and his cousins. I think I had more fun then they did. We made a snowman and a snow tunnel. I felt like a kid again.
Joselyn turned 1 year old on the 26th. I can't believe my baby is one already. My favorite part of 1st birthdays is letting them dig into a cake. Joselyn didn't disappoint.
Joselyn got a stroller for her doll, but enjoyed trying it out herself.
The day after Christmas we went with Doug's family to Leavenworth, Washington. It is a cute Bavarian town. All his siblings and their families, but one were able to come. We enjoyed restaurants, shops, swimming at the hotel, and a beautiful sleigh ride. It was a winter wonderland there. It is also a special place for Doug and I because we went there for Christmas 6 years ago when we were dating.
Joselyn loved these little kittens in one of the shops.
Joeslyn and Nick in their Christmas clothes from Nana.
I found this delicous recipe online at allrecipes.com and wanted to share it. It is great on salads, or as a snack. I made a pound of pecans for New Years and they were gone in 2 days. I love them and it is easy!
INGREDIENTS 1 pound pecan halves
1 egg white 1 tablespoon water
1 cup white sugar (I tried using 1/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cups white sugar and liked it) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on a foil lined baking sheet (for easy clean up).
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.