Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Once again, I have to express how grateful I am for my family who willingly came at a last minutes notice. My grandparents and parents who gave us "date money" and movie gift certificates so that we could go on a date today (today is David's birthday and our anniversary). My Dad who is always serving, who told us pretty much right after singing happy birthday to David that we could leave as soon as we needed to go on our date and then started cleaning up the mess from the poppers without even being asked to. My Grandparents who volunteered to watch the boys and spoiled them with Dairy Queen. My family amazes me sometimes with what they are willing to do for each other. This is what I want my boys to learn from them.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Here is Brigham soon after he woke up that morning at our house. He wanted to go outside to play in the snow (I think he ate more of it than played in it). I went out with him to take some pictures when I noticed animal tracks. The night before he and Levi put out reindeer food for Santa's reindeer (we decided that they needed energy to be able to get to the Moore house to bring gifts to Shaylee, Elton, and Allie). I used this opportunity to work Brigham's imagination. I asked him is he thought those were reindeer footprints. We ended up finding even more prints and he decided that they were definitely from Santa's friends.
The night before we all gathered at Nanny and Poppy's house to open up gifts. Here is Chuck opening his gifts....from Chuck! Chuck always gets Chuck the best gifts! I love the kid's expression trying to figure out what is going on!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The kids played with each other and watch movies while we played games. The first game was fun because.....ok, I'm notorious for cheating! Whats funny is that I only do it with my family or people I am very close to. I always justify it by doing it right in front of everyone. I mean, how is it really cheating if everyone knows your doing it, right? Well, that is what I tell myself! The second game we played took FOREVER! The poor kids came out from watching a show and crashed on the couch with Bubba and Auntie.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Nanny made Levi's birthday cake and if you know her, you know she makes beautiful cakes (she has done a many wedding cakes, including mine and David's cake) but this is not one of them! But Levi wanted a Hulk cake and Nanny knew that what he really wanted was a cake that had The Hulk action figures on it. She got off easy this time with not having to make it pretty....though I have a feeling it cost her much more money this time!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
One of my favorite things I did this week was volunteer during Levi's movie day. The 1st grade classes went to see The Princess and the Frog at our local movie theater. I sat next to Levi and was impressed that my row of kids did very well. Not because of me; they were just well behaved kids. They each got a bag of popcorn and pop. One of my favorite comments that I overheard was, "Kashina, if you drink the ice there is more pop in there!"
I was constantly reminded that all children really want is positive attention. Those girls in Mrs. Goff's class made that real clear to me. In Mrs. Eberle's class, while she was away at the teachers Christmas party, me and 2 other women helped while the kids did lots of crafts. I only did this for 2 hours and I was quickly reminded how grateful I am for Mrs. Eberle being Levi's teacher and not me! They are a bunch of good kids but it definitely is not my calling in life to teach! One of our projects included the use of glitter (never again!). As I was trying to sweep it up the boys just wanted to help. So I made a big deal about how strong they were when they moved the chairs. That lead to moving the chairs with one hand high in the air and others trying to get as many chairs as they possibly could as they pushed them aside for me to sweep. All they wanted was positive attention. So simple....taught once again by a child.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
This week is going to be insane with how many functions we have plans for. I am really trying to remember my "Gingerbread Wisdom" though. A quote was used in Relief Society a few Sundays ago that I thought I would share that goes perfectly with what I have been trying to work on.
"The Christmases we remember best usually have little to do with worldly goods but a lot to do with the spirit of caring, the spirit of love, and the spirit of compassion." -President Thomas S. Monson, First Presidency Christmas 'Devotional, Dec. 3, 2006
Friday, December 11, 2009
Both performances were short and loud...just the way I like it!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
By the time we got to Grandma and Grandpa's house, the game had already started! April and Shaylee have never been afraid of a man's game!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We continued to shop the next day and take as many pictures as we could. We laughed so much that I often heard the phrase, "My face hurts" or "My stomach hurts" coming out of each of our mouths. We may be a bunch of old moms now but we still know how to laugh!
On our way back from Branson we stopped at a Russel Stover Store. We had to take this picture because of the obnoxious amounts of junk food we had that we were taking home.
I love my Husband and my children dearly, but I am so grateful that I was able to make this trip with my dear friends. There are so many things that you forget when you are going about your daily routines. I forgot to laugh at myself. I forgot that so many moms go through the same things as I do. Thank you girls for reminding me of who I once was and who I am now. Both are good.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Yes, that would be Hyrum with his eye completely closed shut now! He woke up like this on Sunday morning and because of him testing positive for influenza, we were afraid this was due to that. It scared us enough to make another ER visit. Did you know that you can have a viral infection as well as a bacterial? I didn't know that. I thought it was just one or the other. He has "peri-orbital cellulitis" which is like an ear infection except this infection is in the soft tissue around the eye. We lovingly call him "winky" now. These pictures were taken on Sunday and as of today, he has almost got the eye completely open now. It is still very red though and the eye itself stands out farther than the other eye now. It is the oddest looking thing.