We had a Church Christmas party and our Office party. I had little helpers with the food and preparations!
Tyler was part of the entertainment at the church party . He was the "lead" singer of Jingle Bells!
At the Church party the kids put on a short nativity. I was helping so I didn't get many pictures. They were all very cute though and did a nice job.
After the nativity we had a special guest.
I only got a picture of one kid on his lap because my battery died. I did hear what they all asked for. Spencer said "a surprise" (my favorite answer), Titus said "candy" (he had already seen that Santa was giving those out), Adele asked for "a real pony" and Garret "a bb gun" (you'll shoot your eye out).
Saturday morning the kids had their first basketball game. They are on the same team this year and they both played really well. They are so improved since last year.
Saturday night we had our office party. We kicked it off with dinner.
Then an exciting game for prizes.
And of course we had to take a few group shots. Don't you love Tyler's mustache!
We had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving. It was great. We went to may parents house and spent time with them, my Grandma, Anna's family and Leah's family.
Titus and Anthony showed up on matching shirts. Brought back memories of Garret and Spencer when they matched in these same shirts!
All the kids were cute and silly together. They got along great and kept each other entertained.
The dinner was delicious! Yum, yum, yum!
After dinner there was a coloring contest.
And a Pie contest. I think we had 11 pies. They were all very good. Jim Bennett swung by and picked a winner for the puzzle prize. Grandma won which was fun for her.
There was also the trophy prize that factored in everyone's votes. There was a cup next to each piece of pie and everyone had two pennies to drop in their two favorites. There was a tie. Anna's "Chocolate Chest Pie (or something like that)" and Tyler's Peanut butter mousse pie. So we voted out of those two. Anna was took home the trophy (Still waiting for the recipe Anna, and Leah Tyler wants me to get your apple recipe).
The kids (and adults) had fun with post dinner dress ups.
They all stayed up late enjoying being together. Friday the kids helped get a tree for Grandma and Grandpa and played outside for hours. They came in muddy, muddy, muddy. We cleaned them up and enjoyed a lazy evening. Then when they were tucked in the adults snuck off to a movie (Hunger Games).
It was such a nice time. Then we headed home, picked up a tree and set to work making our house all Christmassy!
Remember that horrible flea and worm infested cat we got off craigslist? The one we were too nice to say "we don't want it" when we went to pick it up? Well she took a couple weeks to clean up. Another couple to get her to come to us in the garage (we didn't let her out for a while). Even more to be brave enough to be around the kids. Then one day she decided she liked us. She is now nice and clean, catching mice like crazy (which is good but gross because she leaves them on the back porch for us), she lets the kids hold her and she spends most of her day sitting on the bench on the back porch. She turned into the perfect outdoor cat.
I love getting little notes from my kids. Sadly I can't keep them all but here are a couple of my recent favorites! I think they are both from Garret. Spelling is not his strong suite but that is part of their charm!
The kids love "sledding" down the stairs into piles of blankets. They also love plowing into each other. It's best if I don't watch but just listen to them enjoying each other.
The boys started basketball. They are on the same team this year. It's nice only have to take them to one practice and they seem to enjoy being on the same team.
We planted fruit trees- 2 apple, 1 pear, 1 plum and 1 cherry. We may add more later.
Tyler finished the nest boxes so now we are just waiting for our chickens to lay their first egg!
Everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving. Titus keeps telling me "We going to Grandma's house to eat ookies". I love how he says it. It should be lots of fun.
I finally snapped a quick picture of the Chicken Coop. It's pretty much finished and I think it's awfully cute. Tyler worked so hard on it. He even made a sign that says "Fordham's Fowls est. 2013". We learned a lot from the project and the kids loved watching it go up and they now are convinced their Dad can build anything.
Our tiny chicks have grown pretty big. I didn't take a very good picture of them but oh well. There are currently five chickens in the coop we plan to increase that number in the spring. The kids have big plans to sell eggs and save money.
Tyler is pretty amazing! I can't wait to see what else he creates on the property.
-The big boys have been asking tons of questions about college and BYU-Idaho. At the moment they "can't wait to go there someday". I hope they feel that way when they get older. We had so many fun and good times there. Spencer said "you have to promise me something" me "Ok" Spencer "promise you will check your computer everyday for messages from me and promise you will come and see us there at least once a year". I agreed! Also they plan to be roommates and Spencer already assumes Garret will cook for him - but insist he doesn't cook him anything with whip cream in it (he hates whip cream- weird). Adele wants to go because she wants to take a dance class!
-The boys had their parent teacher conferences today. I already know they are doing great but I love hearing it. Spencer's teacher is just blown away by how fast he picks things up, says he is so easy going and helps everyone. He is also a very independent learner and when there is free time chooses to read or write math problems for himself. Totally Spencer! Garret's teacher says she LOVES him and has never had a more motivated student. If he gets there early he reads the dictionary or takes timed test just to practice. She wishes all kids were like him. Awesome! So proud of both of them. As we were leaving Garret told me he has been wanting to tell his teacher about the new baby but hasn't yet. Spencer ran back and shouted it through the door. So now the whole school knows they are all excited for another Fordham.
-I flipped through Garret's writing journal and he has written the cutest things. It's so fun seeing what is significant to him. He wrote one day that he Loves the stories his Mom tells and that we had spent a night sitting around listening and it was the best. Way to make me feel good.
-They have been building forts in the woods anytime they can. They love hearing about my adventures in the woods as a child and I love watching them have their own.
- I went in the boys room the other day and there was a note on Spencer bed that said "Meet me by the tree today Circle Yes if you will or no if you will not".
-It gets dark SO early now that we were getting a little cabin fever at night. So we started doing "homemaking skills" in the evenings. Most of it is just arts and crafts but I do make them practice cooking and cleaning too. They are enjoying paint by number, crocheting and friendship bracelets. I think we will be getting lots of homemade treasures for Christmas this year.
-If you ask Titus what he is he will either say "I am a boy", "I am a bubba" or "I am a shark, roar". I think it's funny to ask him because he answers so seriously.
-If I say to him "Titus, what do I need." He drops what he is doing runs to me and says "a hug and a kiss".
- Spencer found a dead mouse in his shoe the other day. He find it until he had walked down the driveway and finally stopped to dump out whatever was in it. Our cat takes her job a little too seriously.
-I still haven't hung any pictures in my house. I don't know if I will ever find time. Maybe this winter.
-I feel sick about half the time now. The other half I just feel tired. I forgot how miserable this part of pregnancy is. Forget naps though. As soon as I attempt it either the phone rings or the kids "need" something. Its better not attempting it.
- Tyler built us the best chicken coop ever and I still haven't gotten pictures of it. It deserves a post of it's own but until then let me just say my man has so serious country in him. Who would have known it!
- We live on an island (with a bridge of course). It is the most picturesque place and nearly everyday I just think we are so lucky. There are parks on the island, cute little farms, a tiny store (with nice people that work at it), there are local get togethers and festivals, the sun sets and sun rises are breathtaking, you can see the mountains. It's amazing!
-I started a book club. I miss my Buffalo book club and it was time to get one going. It's new and we are still figuring it out. I really hope it takes off.
-Adele loves to play but only if I play with her. otherwise I have to force her to go play. Not sure what to do about it.
-Adele learned to put her hair in a pony tail and likes doing her own hair everyday. I have to insist when we go out that I do it since I have more practice.
-I am so so so sick of "teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons" but it totally works so I am sticking with it. But the thought of doing it with two more children after Adele is about enough to make my stomach churn.
-Adele wants to go on a trip with just me. I think that would be so fun. She talks about it everyday. When I tuck her in she usually whispers "remember that big trip?" I love having my girl.
-I still haven't taken a Christmas picture. it's been on my to-do list for a long time now. If it doesn't happen soon no cards will be coming from us.
-I was going to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. I have a couple months to go but right now I am on target for gaining 30. Funny how life works!
We had a great weekend with Leah, Joe and kids. We spent lots of time just playing around the house, had an ice cream treat night, played games, watched movies, went to church, did some dental work. Lots of fun.
The only thing I got my camera out for was the ice cream night.
I attempted a picture of everyone together but the camera was acting up. It's still kind of a funny picture.
As the Big Night approached I found myself feeling rather under the weather. I am glad I got through it and the kids had fun. As you can see we did not have a theme this year. They got to pick what they wanted from what we had around the house. I think they all looked pretty cute. Titus was in one of his "smile with my eyes shut phases".
We started off by trick or treating some friends down the street that walk their dogs by our house everyday. The kids chat with them and pet their dogs nearly every day. This was my favorite part of the night. I think the mixing with neighbors part of the holiday is fun. It was fun watching them enjoy the kids (the first trick or treaters they have ever gotten out where we live).
The kids always call them by the dogs names. So we visited Blackberry and Maggie.
Then we headed to the church carnival. The kids enjoyed it. It's a little noisy and crowded for my tastes and add feeling sick and it didn't take long before my head was swimming.
There was a costume parade then a trunk or treat. We headed home as soon as we could. The kids each ate a couple pieces of candy and put the rest in a big bowl for us to distribute (mean I know but I can't bring myself to let them sit and eat that much and they don't mind).
They went to bed happy. I went to bed sick, slept fitfully and feel worse today. But November is a month to remember all we are Thankful for---I am very thankful for a good husband that does all he can to take care of me (and the kids) when we are sick.