Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas & New Years Update

Sorry we haven't blogged in awhile, but since Marissa (Ralph & Annette Perez's daughter) mentioned we hadn't updated for forever... here you go.

Everett was joking around and
made an ornament which had a noose around Obama's neck hanging from the Christmas tree. He thought it was pretty funny. (We didn't all concur)
Seems he received a special invite to the White House
and was able to get a picture with his new BFF
which we proudly hung from our tree.

Grandpa and Grandma Anderson surprised us and came up to our 3rd annual Christmas eve party over at Cindy and Ken's house. It was really good to see them. They don't travel much anymore so it was a neat surprise. Bonnie and Pat also came up to join in the celebration.

We all get together and eat soups, desserts, exchange white elephant gifts, and sing Christmas songs together.

Scruffy look and matching PJ's are a Coon tradition for us
and all the grandkids on Christmas morn.

You can see all the excitement in my face as I begin the hour long marathon of cooking crepes for Christmas morning. Actually, it went much faster this year because I used three pans at once and got a good rhythm going. We used Rebecca's crepe recipe from her blog and a syrup recipe given to us by Empey's in our ward.
(It is to-die-for good!)

Empey's Killer Homemade Syrup
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cube butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract

Don't play with Matches!

Alison came up to visit after Christmas with her kids.We had a real nice visit.
She helped us by cleaning ashes out of our stove downstairs and placed them in a cardboard box.
She had Eli put them outside the door. He put them just of our front steps.
Patsy and I could smell smoke really strong and we looked out to a blaze in the box and an adjacent garbage sack resulting in melted siding .

New Year's Hot Celebration!

Patsy didn't think the fire I had going downstairs was hot enough
so she cranked it up to get it good and warm before closing the damper and inlet drafts.
Eli was playing the Wii downstairs with some friends and it was too hot
so he opened up the window to let in some cooler air.
All of the sudden we could smell stinky smoke.
He looked outside the window
and our house was on fire!
I ran out and with his help we doused it with snow and water.
It was still smouldering between the chimney and the house wall
so I called the fire department and soon we had all kinds of flashing lights and noise.
They squirted it down good and ripped off siding and insulation
just to make sure it was all the way out.
Thanks to the Firefighters and other civic and emergency personnel who keep us all safe and respond to our needs when it would be nice just to be home with their families!

Ralphie (Ralph Perez) has been after me to go ice fishing so we bit the bullet and went out to the Roberts gravel pond. Eli, Everett, Ralph, Rod Blaylock, and I caught about 123 perch.
It was a blast! We were toasty warm in Ralph's palace of an Ice Tent. Ralph had all the gear and we absolutely had a great time.

Our perch weren't quite as large as most pictured here. 4- 8" mostly.
When we got back I the work began. I spent 2 solid hours filleting the perch and cleaning the 2 trout we caught. But it sure will be good eating!

May Your New Year be as pleasant and filled with happy and treasured memories
as our past year has been! We are soo grateful for our faith, friends, and family!


The Bunnell Fam said...

Finally! Keep these coming more often! We need updates!!

Monica said...

Oh my I am glad there was no more damage to your house! How scary
I am glad Grandpa and Grandma surprised all of you what a great way to spend Christmas Eve.
I love all the traditions everyone has for Christmas it makes all the memories that much better.
Love you

The Bunnell Fam said...


Still catching smallish fish I see. I know it is tough to compete with your favorite son-in-law, whom fish fear. But once we go to the White Clouds you will see the glory of fishing once again come to past as I waste you in catching the largest Moby at Frog Lake. So long

Beau ( the son-in-law you wish you could grow a mountain beard like, on your face, not on your back)

The Reeder Raiders said...

Glad to see an update. I love to see how the Boys are growing and that you and Patsy are doing well. i am happy to see that the house is not to damaged. well hope to see more posts soon.
Here is Mine.

Me and My 3 said...

Happy New Year! I love you guys and thank you for taking some time just to be with me. I loved talking to you and being with you.
I love you All
Love Ali

April said...

That is so scary. Hope everything is ok, I miss you guys.

Thomas and Marissa said...

Thanks for the update! :)

I love Christmas morning breakfast! It tastes better than any other breakfast!

My dad loves ice fishing so I'm glad you guys got to go with him. He tried getting us to go while we were up for Christmas, but it's too cold outside!!

Becca said...

1- Those crepes look divine.
2- I'm expecting griled fish when I come up next
3- The fire pictures are horrible. I hope everything goes well with the #@*%! insurance company!
4- I love you guys!

Kat and Cam Johnson said...

"Alison started the fire" .... or "Ryan started the fire"... (for those OFFICE fans.) Great fun! We were there when the blaze began... cameron had the wonderful job of dumping snow on the burning box & garbage sack!

Ralph and Annette Perez said...

Right On Jer!

Oh yeah, Gotta love your son in laws comments. That was funny. We'll have to show him how it's done. it sounds like the young man needs humbling. We should tell him of the times we werte so poor when we went selling and had to catch our dinner. Remember Hayden creek by Leadore? I'll never forget how ytasty those fishies were! Lets go again! i'm ready!

Sharla Anne said...

Time to update yall.