Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve.

New Years Eve day started out with a 9:00 AM Risk game between McKay, Gregg, Dallin and Nathan.
pictured above: everyone getting ready, Nate was still in bed.
We start them young in our house on the game Risk.
Truman was pretty bummed when he found out he didn't really get to play.
Puzzles for Truman and Grandpa.
Lauren and Nate taught us how to play Monopoly Deal - supper simple, quick and fun.
 Six hours later Gregg and Dallin were still going at it!  Nate was out after about 1 hour and 45 minutes and I think McKay was shortly after that.  After 7 hours and 20 minutes Dallin finally won.
 Tonight Dallin, Nathan and McKay did a little fireworks show for us to help ring in 2012.  Then it was off to bed for the kids and the grandparents!
 McKay jumping over the fireworks - what a great example to my kids.
 Nathan, Lauren, McKay, Gregg and I stayed up WAY to late playing Settlers.  I don't know what possessed us to play back to back games well into the morning.
We all felt like care free kids again playing some of our favorite games all day and enjoying lots of comfort  foods!  What a great day, seriously.

Tomorrow at church McKay is speaking in sacrament meeting, Nathan is singing, Lauren is playing the piano and I am teaching the combined YW lesson - we are all going to be sleepy!

Friday, December 30, 2011

friday flashbacks.

My Grandpa Arave restored this awesome old limousine.  Every time we visited him he would take us 'to town' to get ice cream and do Chinese fire drills at stop lights.  We nick-named in Ecto-1 {you know, the Ghostbuster car!}.  We were so sad when he sold it.

Paul, Grandpa Quinn {John}, Grandpa Arave {the tall one leaning against the car}
Joan, Dallin, Clarissa, Anthony, Nathan, Camille, Tiffany
{I am not sure who is in the car}

Year? 1993?

Quinn Family 2011.

Dallin, Gregg, Bodie, Truman, Camille, McKay, Valine, Paul, Lauren, Nate, Tiffany, Quinn, Enoch, Addie, Jean, Anna, Aaron, Sharon, Ira, Anthony.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I know these picture are poor quality {they were taken with McKays iPad} but I had to share them because I love Trumans face!
Look at his eyes and mouth - I must be torchering him!
Done.  Everything is okay.
And cute Bodie eating raspberry yogurt covered pretzels in his car seat {he opened the bag and got them out on his own without me noticing}.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Young Woman this morning at the Draper Utah Temple.

Monday, December 26, 2011


I got this beautiful quilt for Christmas from my mom that she and my aunts made.  It's called red-on-red embroidery.  I have watched them work on it all fall.  As it came together I totally fell in love with it and was socked when I opened it up Christmas morning.  I don't think my mom was planning on giving it to me, but she knew how much I loved it.

Each of my aunts and my grandma initialed the panels that they embroidered.  
My grandma Arave hand quilted it.
I love it.
Thank you everyone who shared their talent!

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Christmas at Hopkinsons in pictures. Enjoy!
It was a late, late night for Santa and the elves.
Evidence that he came!
iPhone 4S for mom.
Enoch said we are officially in the 'footed pajama club'
upgraded basketball hoop for Truman from dad.
GoPro video camera for McKay {see his first video HERE or see below}.

{its a video camera you mount to your helmet or chest and video while you ski, play, bike, swim, etc.  Perfect gift for McKay - I am looking forward to many, many more great videos!}.
 kayaks for the Hopinsons.
 Truman giving his gift to dad... excited he is jumping up and down...
 ...big cheesy hugs from dad...
 Truman was adimate that we get Gregg some tennis balls for Christmas despite me trying to talk him into getting golf balls.
 ski's for Enoch.
Truman's favorite movie.
 New Years Breakfast {for Christmas Breakfast} by Gregg.
 Quinn and Addie.
 Jean and Anna.
 Truman and Enoch.
 our best attemped at a Hopkinson family photo.
Quinn, Enoch, Aaron, Tiffany, Anna, Jean, Addie