Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family on Friday this year (it worked our better for some of my siblings that were traveling). It is not often that we all get together.  The house is busy and crazy when we are all there together- but I think it is wonderful.  I love all my family and couldn't be more grateful for time spent together.

Anyway we got there Wednesday night and Thursday was spent out in the snow, working in the shop and playing at Grandma and Grandpa's house. 

Friday morning three of my sisters went shopping.  I volunteered to help with the kids.  It was pretty crazy with that many kids but fun watching them all interact together.  They all loved Grandpa!

While they were shopping the boys were off snowshoeing in the snow.  Tyler said it was another fun man out ting. 

Then we all met back up and got ready for dinner.  It was our longest table yet! 





 After dinner we took some pictures.  Here are my Mom and Dad with all their Grandchildren.
And a couple of all of us together.
 We won't all be getting together for Christmas so my parents planned a few Christmas things for while everyone was there.  There was a little fishing game. (No we weren't fishing for Lydia- she just happened to be in a good spot to try and steal the bait!).
 They were fishing from the loft and pulling up little prizes.  Spencer won this attractive pair of teeth!
 When the fishing was done my Mom brought out five big boxes.  She let us take turns picking one.  Inside were books for the family to share and a homemade Christmas quilt.  This crazy Mom of mine finished these up on all her "good days" in between chemo treatments.  We will treasure our quilt always.
 Aren't they beautiful?!!!
 These two are already fighting over who gets to snuggle in it!  I think its big enough for two.
 After the serious presents and the babies were in bed we did a white elephant exchange with the adults.  Here is Stephanie modeling the new mask she opened (she didn't end up keeping it).
 Daniel opened and modeled the growth chart I made- He didn't get to keep it either.
 All the gifts were either really funny or really nice.  There were lots of good laughs!  Thanksgiving was so much fun. 

After all the gifts we sat around talking.  Tyler and I had fun telling everyone we are going to have another baby (that is a topic for another post!).  We  played more games and just had a nice time.

Those were all the big highlights of the day.  Now for the not so good- one kid got sick on Thanksgiving and a crazy trickle effect started from there.  Almost everyone was throwing up within a day or two of thanksgiving.  It will be known as the year of the throw-up I am sure.  It was awful.  As soon as I would think one of my kids was better the next got it.  So gross!  We all survived though and I think it has passed.

We spent a couple days in Shelton after Thanksgiving.  Tyler worked on a couple projects and we spent some extra time with family.  We went to visit Daniel one day and his neighbor had these little puppies. Adele was in heaven.  It was so cute how much she loved them.

 The boys helped decorate the tree (in between throwing up). 
We headed home Monday afternoon.  We had a great thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I can't help but ponder on all the things I am thankful for.  I feel that I have a truly blessed life.  A few of the things I am thankful for are-

My three kids-  I love them so much.  I love that I am there Mom.  I love what they are helping me become, the lessons they teach me, their delight in the little things, their personalities, their trust, their humor, their innocence.  I love them together and as a little trio.  I am so thankful for my children.

My Mr. Fordham-  I love all those classic love stories- Jane and Mr. Rochester, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Margaret and Mr. Thornton, Sarah and Captain Elliot etc.  I watch them and think how glad I am that they end up together.  Then I look at my life and I am so glad I have my match.  He is my best friend (it may sound cliche but its true).  He is my confidant, my shoulder to cry on, my person to laugh with, the person that knows me the very best.  I am thankful for My Mr. Fordham.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ-  I can't help but feel overwhelmed at times- today's world seems to be a scary place to raise children, find a job etc. It is always the gospel and the plan of salvation that helps me makes sense of life and focus on what is important.  It brings me peace, it brings me joy and it gives me direction.  I am thankful for Jesus Christ.

Families-  I get to live next to one of my sisters this year.  I can not imagine this year if they were not there.  Our kids are friend and I love knowing that they are safe and around good examples when they are there.  I love that I have someone I can call right next door.  I love all of my siblings and am so grateful for all the time I get to spend with them.  I feel like I have a special relationship with each of them.  I love my parents and the older I get the more I appreciate all they have done for me during my life.  I love Tyler's family.  I love that Tyler and I are blessed to have two good families to lean on.  I am thankful for families.

Friends-  There have been a couple occasions this year when friends made such a difference.  A good friend is worth so much and I am thankful for the good friends I have.  I am thankful for friends.

Work-  There are a few things that are not perfect about Tyler's job right now.  It is a long commute for example- but I am grateful the he has a job and that he has a valuable education. I am grateful he willingly puts the hours in.  I am thankful for work.

Home, food, clothes etc-  We are so blessed to always have what we need and then some.  I am so grateful that we are able to take care of our children and each other so well.  My heart goes out to those mothers that struggle to meet their basic needs.  I am thankful that we have what we need.

There are a million other things to be thankful for- good books, the beautiful world, the country we live in, our bodies, warm blankets, modern conveniences, a working car, sunshine, the holidays, phone calls, sleep, sports, blogs, bargains, hugs and kisses, kindness etc.  

Our lives are truly blessed.  I am so thankful that this is my life.  I hope that I can live it in a way that shows my gratitude for my many blessings.  I am thankful for my life!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Let is Snow

Saturday we woke up to a very - very small dusting of snow.  It was enough for the kids to be excited.  We let them "play" in it.  It was pretty funny.  There was not much at all and they were having so much fun.
 They even attempted a snow angel!
 Adele looked like the little brother from A Christmas Story.  She was not a fan.  I think she pooped on purpose so I would take her in!
 Today there is a lot more snow.  Enough that they could actually play in it.  They haven't played yet but they went to get the garbage can and got "so cold" that they needed hot chocolate!

I love their enthusiasm!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ordinary Days

Nothing has been going on here.  We wake up, eat breakfast, send Tyler off to work.  I play with the kids, we go for a walk or to story time, they take naps, we do school time, we read books, we make dinner and we spend our evenings together.  I feel like there is nothing to report about our life right at the moment.  We spend a lot of time thinking about what is next.  We spend a lot of time together and little with anyone else.  We miss being surrounded by friends and I miss having a car during the day.  We like it here, we have great neighbors, a nice house but a lot of things have kept us from sinking our roots in too deep.  It is sort of a strange unsettled time of life for us.  We love each and even though this year is a different one for us there is no where we would rather be or anyone else we would rather be with.  Since I have little too report here or a couple current pictures!
 The boys put together boxes to donate.  I love watching the way they willingly give.


My favorite people!  I am so glad I get to spend all of these ordinary days with them.