Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Our morning started nice and early- 2 am Spencer was screaming because he didn't know if he could leave his room to go to the bathroom.  Next it was Adele coming down to snuggle.  I got those two squared away and then it was "real" morning at 5:30.  We had them go to the bathroom and wait at the top of the stairs for a little while. 

They came down to find lots of little treasures. 

 Santa left them all Marineers hats- he must  know we attend a game each year for Tyler's birthday.
 After digging through their stockings it was time for presents.  Right away the kids wanted Tyler to open the one they got him.  He said "we can do one of yours first" but they insisted.  They were SO anxious for him to open it.  As soon as he picked it up Adele said "it's a BB gun."  She kept it a secret for over a week but blurted it out right at the end.  The other kids didn't mind they all started talking about it.  I was worried that the kids would be far more excited about this gift then Tyler but he seemed to really enjoy it as well.  His first gun- so cute!
 The kids made a lot of gifts this year.  Here is a mountain Spencer carved for me. 
 A hammer Titus made for Spencer.
 A toy teeter-totter Spencer made for Adele.
 It was also a year of dress-ups!  The kids love dress-ups, their Grandma got them some and I got them a bunch after halloween. 
 We took a break for our orange roll breakfast.  It was great as usual.  The kids didn't really get into it.  I think their bellys were full of junk and their minds were still under the tree.
 We coaxed Adele into a dress-up dress (once she had it on she wore it all morning, but refused to put the wig on that came with it, she has a mind of her own).  She asked where her light saber was, she loves being like her brothers.  Her favorite princess is princess Leia from star wars.
 Since Christmas fell on Sunday we went to church.  Once the presents were opened (which were all great- thank you everyone) we got ready for church.  I tried to snap a few pics of the kids looking all dressed up.  It didn't go so well but here is what I got.

We spent the afternoon together.  We played with new toys, did new art projects and by the end of the evening we were all ready to head to bed.  It was a very Merry Christmas. 

Now our tree is down and my mind can't seem to grasp the fact that Christmas has come and gone already.  We hope you all had a wonderful and merry Christmas this year.

Christmas Eve 2011

We spent the morning of Christmas Eve at our house, then headed to my parents.  The kids worked with their new tools for several days on a present for Grandma and Grandpa.  They did it all by themselves and were very excited.

 It was a hand carved nativity!!!
 Grandma joined us for dinner.  She brought her divinity- so yummy! 
 We shared a nice meal together then acted out the nativity again. 
 Adele was the inn keeper this time but she still wanted to have a baby.  Of course she got what she wanted.

 Then it was time for dessert.  Tyler decided he was done waiting for me to make the first move as far as feeding Titus goes.  He put a big glob of whip cream on his finger and was about to stick it in Titus's mouth.  There was no stopping him so I grabbed the camera.  He hasn't eaten solids again yet but he seemed to like them so maybe we will try some rice cereal one of these days.
 When we got home the kids opened new jammies.  We watched a nativity video, read stories, talked about what things we could do that Jesus would like since we are celebrating his birth (Garret said "be nice and happy and less selfish", Spencer said "help people be good and not smoke", Adele "said I gonna do that too", Tyler said "work on the small and simple things", I said "try and be less judgemental and show love for everyone".)  Then it was off to bed.  Adele and Titus went to their beds.  The boys we decided were old enough to have a sleepover in the toy room.
 Earlier we had put the monitor in the room so we could make sure they were really asleep.  Tyler and I had a blast listening to them.  Spencer kept saying "this is the best night ever, dont' you think this is the best night ever?"  They played Lego's and checked out the window over and over.  Finally at 9:30 Tyler went in and said "you might want to go to sleep because I hear Santa doesn't come if you are awake".  About 2 minutes later I went up to find them fast asleep. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tyler's 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, A partridge in a pear tree
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a date with your true love (that's me)- We went out out to eat!

On the second day of Christmas My true love sent to me Two turtle doves
On the second day of Christmas my true love send to me two merona gloves- Merona is a target brand of gloves.

On the third day of Christmas My true love sent to me, Three French hens
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Three black pens

On the fourth day of Christmas My true love sent to me Four calling birds.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love send to me four types of nerds. - three pictures of nerds and a box of nerds.

On the fifth day of Christmas My true love sent to me, Five golden rings!
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love send to me, five random things.- notepad, chap stick etc.

On the sixth day of Christmas My true love sent to me, six geese a laying.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, six cars for playing.- the kids loved this one!

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven swans a-swimming
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven ounces for primping- hairspray

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight maids a-milking
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight colored stockings.- the kids helped out.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing.
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine songs for prancing.- we put the music on and I had Tyler demonstrate how you prance to it!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, ten lords a-leaping
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, ten hours of sleeping.- a coupon for sleeping whenever I want- SWEET!

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eleven pipers piping
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eleven dollars of typing- book

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, twelve drummers drumming

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, twelve Will Ferrel's humming- The Christmas CD from Elf.

Tyler's 12 days really made the countdown to Christmas fun.  Sometimes he hid my present and I had to find it, other days he made me guess, sometimes he just gave it to me- every day it was fun.  i told one of my sisters the thing I liked best about it was not the cute rhyming words or the gifts (although I did like all of that) it was the fact that Tyler thought about me and spent time making it fun for me.  It was fun and I am grateful to be married to a man that gets into things, that thinks about me when he is off at work, that asks himself what he could do to make me happy and then does it.  I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with next year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

More Counting Down and Christmas fun!

One of our Countdown activities was our "Greatest Gifts Box". We read a great story about a boy whose Mom teaches him about giving.  At the end of the story he says his greatest gift that year was the lesson his Mother taught him.  We made a box and throughout the holidays when we think of one of greatest gifts we write or draw pictures of it, put it in the box, then we read it on Christmas morning.
 Tyler made Christmas pancakes one morning.
 We thought the boys could use a haircut before Christmas.  The guard fell off without anyone noticing.  Spencer's turned out shorter than planned...Garret wanted his short then too.
 We opened presents and ate a special dinner with Dan, Heather, Ridge, Grandma, Grandpa, Great Grandma and Great Grandpa.  It was a great evening and we were blessed to receive some very thoughtful gifts. 

 Adele knows how to eat candy!

 We had a family testimony meeting one night for our countdown (no pics).

We acted out the nativity as a family.  They looked so cute!

 Garret took his role as the angel very seriously!
 The kids LOVE the night we sleep by the Christmas tree.  They were so anxious for it that we moved it up for them.  We ate ice cream. watched Elf and then snuggled up together.
 The boys fell right to sleep. 
 The girl did not! She stayed in her bed and quietly talked to herself and pretended to feed the sleeping boys, she sang to herself, she clapped, she made funny face and then out of no where she crashed!

 We decorated and delivered cookies as part of our countdown.
We have a few fun activities left and then Christmas will be upon us.  I can't believe how fast it has all gone by.  It has been so much fun.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Very Special Gift

This is a personal story of Garret's that I am choosing to share because I want it recorded so he will be able to remember it forever. And so I can remember it and follow his example. 

A few weeks ago Garret started asking me if his teacher was a member of our Church. I said "no" and then we talked about how there are good people that go to lots of different churches.  He seemed satified with my answer. Then a few days later he started asking more questions and finally said "I want to give my teacher the Book of Mormon."

I was hesitant. I was worried that his gift might bother her and she might treat him differently or that she would be offended.  I worried about how sensitive people are about church and school.  I basically told Garret "maybe".  Thinking he would forget.

He came to me again.  That night I emailed his teacher and told her what Garret wanted to do and how much it meant to him but that I would tell him it wasn't the right place if she felt more comfortable with that.  (There was more to it then that but that's the main point).  She wrote back and thanked us and said it meant a lot that he would want to share something important with her and that she was excited to have a copy.

He was thrilled when I told him.  I told him he could write whatever he wanted in the cover.  He wrote "Dear Mrs. R.  I know Jesus Loves me.  I hope you like it.  If you want you to come to church with me you can.  Love Garret". 

I love his cute kindergarten handwriting!

He wrapped it all up and took it with him.  I asked if she liked it. He said "I don't know Mom, I told her she couldn't open it until she got home."
I love him!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Our Christmas Party Top Ten

10. Jon and the watch....A girls watch that only said "no" or was it "on".  We never figured that one out!

9. Rachel and Rachel the great name dilemma- it wasn't solved but we made progress (what do you think....are we stuck being Rachel F and Rachel D forever).

8. My Dad introduced us all to his latest invention "The Northwest Slug Remover" (aka giant wooden tweezers used to pick up and remove slugs).  We will all be checking Melissa's blog to see what great uses Owen and Nigel find for them and we are hoping to see them available for sale at your local retailer....someday!

7. Oreo Truffles....Need I say more.

6. The Jacobsens are sneaky...we never saw it coming....they seemed so thrilled with their gifts....(who wouldn't want a twilight movie and Santa soap?)...they fooled us all with their delight....sneaky....we found them in the couch cushion later....we never saw it coming!!!

5. Watching Cheryl open the autographed picture collage of Tyler- it was like a twelve year old girl with Justin Beiber!

4. Brendan's look of wonder and awe when he opened a collection of National Geographic on VHS...maybe his smile had more to do with the fact that he drew number 1 and wasn't stuck with them....tough to tell.

3. The homemade hats were the coveted gift of the night....they were well worth the absence of Melissa as she knitted in the car. 

2. The tiger print bra...the fact that I had it and somehow didn't have to keep it. 

1. Sam and Melissa's sweaters. Actually Sam's sweater!  Melissa's was ugly but Sam's stole the show!  We told him not to wear it to church tomorrow but he seemed pretty attached to it- so maybe we will be seeing more woolen suspenders!

The party was tons of fun and we look forward to many years of get togethers in the future.