Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Codella Boys

Not to be outdone, Dominic and I had our photo taken Sunday as well by budding photographer Eliana Marie. She loves using mom and dad’s expensive camera. One of these days she’ll have her own on which to practice her trade.

Tonight we prepared the house for Grandma and Grandpa Snow’s arrival and made a few more Christmas goodie plates. Eliana can hardly wait to welcome her grandparents. And Uncle Matt called to ask Ellie if she’d cut his hair the next time he sees her. He said he wanted a short hairdo like the one she’s now sporting.

At least Eliana knows how to get attention, I’ll give her that much.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Vickey and the Kids

We took some time this afternoon to take some photos in our Sunday clothes. Don’t I have a great family?

We prepared and delivered several plates of Christmas goodies today as well. It was our neighborly way of saying Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and all that jazz. We’re fortunate to have many good supportive people in our lives.

Today I sang in church with my friend Doug Bean. Our whole sacrament meeting program was focused on the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. On Dec. 23 we celebrate 200 years since his birth in Sharon, Vermont. To paraphrase the Prophet John Taylor, Joseph Smith lived great and he died great. His life was a fine example for us all.

We’re looking forward to the visit of Grandma and Grandpa Snow Wednesday through Saturday. It’ll be fun to have them here for a few days at Christmastime. They’ll be in Hurricane celebrating Christmas with Matt and Kristy and their family, but we’re happy to have them for the few days before Christmas.

And we’re certainly glad the Las Vegas Bowl invited BYU down for the game on Dec. 22 to help encourage Grandma and Grandpa Snow to pay us a visit! Go Cougars!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Santa and the Hair Cut

We saw Santa at the ward Christmas party on Dec. 2. Vickey was hard at work doing a Pampered Chef show while we enjoyed a free meal and entertainment. I actually had to leave the party for a while to deliver some supplies Vickey left at home to her host’s home. But Eliana hung out with the Coglianeses and enjoyed the festivities and Dominic and I rejoined her before too long.

On Sunday, Dec. 11 Eliana decided to trim off both sides of her hair, resulting in a very, very poor hair cut. We’ve taken her to the beauty parlor twice for damage control and there’s just not much we can do at this point except wait a year for it to grow back out. (When you compare photos, it really is sad.)

Of course the unfortunate hair cut occurred while Vickey was out of town. She took Dominic and traveled to Salt Lake City for the weekend to attend the funeral of one of her best friend’s moms. When she returned, she was greeted with the sight of Eliana and her new dew. The look on her face at the airport, when she realized what had happened to Ellie’s hair, was one of sheer horror. So much for my record as an attentive father.

I was downstairs unloading and loading the dishwasher. Just as I was finishing up Eliana rounded the corner into the kitchen and said, “Look dad. Isn’t it pretty?” All I could do was walk away as tears welled up in my eyes because of how ugly my cute little girl looked. But, like everyone says, at least hair grows back. Yes, I agree, it could be worse.

We’re busily preparing for the holidays and all that goes on at this hectic time of the year. It’s always fun to get cards and photos of friends and loved ones and catch up on their lives.

May you and yours be safe, happy and healthy this holiday season.

Happy Birthday cuz Mike! (You're gettin' old!)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Grandpa and Dominic

I thought I’d post this photo from last Sunday - Grandpa Codella’s entertaining Dominic at Brian and Melissa’s home in South Jordan. We were there for AJ’s naming and blessing on Nov. 27.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Photo Parade

Here are some photos taken recently of the kiddies, including Tank.

Eliana and Dominic were dressed up for church yesterday and Vickey took the opportunity to have a photo shoot.

And Tank has taken to curling up on the bean bag since his pillow/bed was trashed (covered in dog poop and discarded) after his Thanksgiving stay at the kennel.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Dr. Snow

Congratulations to my sister-in-law, Rachel, on becoming the most educated out of my siblings, their spouses and in-laws. Rachel completed her PhD in art history last week. Way to go Rach!

In other news, yesterday was a milestone for me at Weight Watchers. I reached my 10% goal and have now shed 20 pounds. I’ll probably keep going to take off another 10 to 15 pounds and regain my college-age figure and perhaps my WW lifetime achievement.

Vickey’s already a lifetime WW member. In fact, she was approached yesterday about being a WW team leader. Apparently there are some organizations that want to hold WW meetings at their facilities and the local WW team needs additional help. We’re not sure if it’s a possibility with all that she has going on, but I think she’s open to the idea.

Speaking of which, if any of you are dying to get a Pampered Chef something for someone for Christmas, Vickey’s very close to achieving her sales goal for this year and receiving an all-expenses-paid cruise for two to the Caribbean next summer.

So, if you’re interested in supporting the Codella cruise cause, just visit her website and spend away!