Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 New Years

For new years, we kept it low-key and hung out with the Portuguese ward. 09 was a fantastic year for just and we can't wait for 2010 to fulfill our wildest dreams.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Barrand Christmas Pictures

Celeste and Tracy teamed up for the latest installment of the Barrand's yearly family pics. Celeste did the photoshop work (Preston didn't actually breath fire, and we only adopted Don. But Dave actually is that ripped. No photoshop there) Tracy did the amazing costumes as usual. Great work everyone! The wild animal kids are adorable!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Park City

After working an insane amount of hours on a large project for Rain, Bryce was rewarded with some needed time off, and a sweet getaway to Park City. We left the kids with a sitter and enjoyed a romantic weekend at a beautiful hotel. We ate out, slept in and lived like rich people for a few days :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 09

We got to spend Thanksgiving with Bryce's family in Colorado. It was so nice to see almost all the siblings, and all the cousins. The highlight of the trip was going to the Denver Children's museum. So many fun activities!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

2009 Family Pictures

Our good friend Alli took some pictures of our family in Lehi, and we loved how they turned out!
We wandered around and found some good looking grunge to go with the style of family pictures these days. Bryce just kept wanting to do kissing pictures for some reason...

Fall 09

Rock Climbing up Rock Canyon in Provo with John and Elza

2009 Brazilian Festival at the Gateway Mall.
Mountain Biking up American Fork Canyon right when the leaves were turning
Sam's first field trip. They went to Hee Haws Pumpkin Farm in Pleasant Grove. Sam had fun seeing the farm animals, riding the hayride, picking his pumpkin and having lunch with his classmates.

Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving point. The kids had a blast with all the games, jump-a-roos, and treats. Thanks for the picture Spencer and Charlene!

A little get together with our old neighboors
Last day of Mountain Biking at Sundance. We had a blast letting the ski lifts do the hard part and haul us up the mountain, and then we just let gravity and adreneline guide us down. Too bad that winter is upon us. (Sniff...)
Bryce's 29th Birthday
We've got season tickets to BYU, which has been bittersweet this season.
Carving Pumpkins
Marcia's, Sam's, Fernanda's and Lucas' and Bryce's. We all felt that Sam's design was the best.
Halloween Parade at Sam's school. Sam was very proud of his "Warrior" outfit.
Posing for a picture before going trick or treating with some neighborhood friends. Lucas is Mater from Cars.
Our ward loves to do big activities, and this particular one was incredible. They had songs, dances, and slideshows for each area in Brasil, as well as tipical food from each region. It was fun to see how patriotic our Brazilian friends are.
November Girls Night Out: Olive Garden and New Moon.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Basement Project

Less than a month after we bought our house we started working on the basement that was completely unfinished. After 2 months of hard work we went from a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom house to a 5 bedroom and 3 bathroom house. We did that so we could help out our friends Alisa and Fernanda. So, not only the bedroom and bathroom numbers got bigger but also the number of people who live here. It is really nice to have the girls here helping out with cooking, cleaning and babysitting.
This is the step by step photos of the bedrooms: Framing
Here is the final project:
Here is how the bathroom was:
Since I didn't like how the light wood looked with the green granite, I stained it dark. I also added handles to the drawer and a knob to the door.
This is the final bathroom project:
(Bryce writing now) Marcia did such a good job with choosing the colors, and materials. This bathroom turned out excellent. It is a joy to visit this lavatory. It feels like something out of a pottery barn magazine. I was especially impressed with her idea to stain the vanity. Marcia was really the project coordinator, and kept everyone on track and made sure they had materials and tools. She also lived like a single mom frequently during the 2 months taking care of the kids and everything else so I could work on the basement until midnight or 1 am. She also did a ton of work with me, and always did an excellent job, making sure everything she did was perfect.

I'm so proud of my handy husband! Bryce with the help of friends and "how to" online videos did some of the drywall and mudding. He did the wall and ceiling texture, install all the doors, the baseboards, trim, toilet, light fixtures, tub surround, tile, vanity, backsplash, etc... He also did the electricity and luckily no fires have started yet.
We would like to thank all of our friends who helped us with this project:
Jake, Don, Austin, Andrew, Preston, Eri, Fernanda, Sandro, Alisa, John Hobbs, Elza, Doug, Jesus, Chase, Tiago, Aaron, John Wilson, James, and especially Bruno, who came here everyday and worked about 70 hours before he went on his mission. Here is Bruno at his farewell: