Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Happenings

January was a pretty uneventful month- with two super fun things right smack in the middle. Ella grew and grew, but was still pretty much set on being rocked during her three naps a day. I didn't get much done anywhere, at all. We made a New Years resolution to get back into the habit of our morning scripture study. We did really good for a few weeks and need to get back to it again. There really is a sense of unity in our family when we read every morning together. It was our wards turn to clean the church this month so we did that every Saturday. Other than Macy's birthday and Baptism (yay!!) it was just an ordinary month.

  Macy has been very into all things sciency lately. From the shows she watches to the things she reads to the gifts her asked for for Christmas- all things were Science! Of course she would want a Science Birthday party- and let me tell you- we delivered. She had about 10 friends from school walk home with her and we got started. Kyle is always our party DJ and stepped right in to get it all done. I actually woke up that morning with a migraine (blurred vision, numb face, the works) so he was able to get enough down time in the day to get the experiments ready and the cake baked. I did help him with the frosting- but he pulled off a great party. The first experiment was a bubble one. We cut up water bottle, put a thin towel on the end, dipped in a soap solution, and out came long bubble. The kids had a blast with this one. It looked like it snowed by the time they were done. Then we did the lava lamps, and they made their own ice cream. We accidently got salt in the kids ice cream so that didn't work too well. Luckily we had backup ice cream for them to eat. She had a great time at her party and so did all the kids.

 The next weekend (January 21st, 2017) Kyle baptized Macy a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was so excited to be baptized and we were so proud of her decision. We talked a lot about what it means to be baptized and always made sure she knew that it was just her decision and she didn't have to, but she made sure we knew that she wanted to. We had the Gardners from Joseph City, Marie, Kathleen and David, My parents, Steven and Meghan, and Derek, Alison, Chris, Brelee, and Emali drove up to join us. There was a MASSIVE snow storm that Friday night (like the news said "if you're planning on going up North, don't) so Chris left Tucson early and made it here in about 6 1/2 hours (it usually takes MAYBE 4), and Derek and Alison called to see if we could postpone until Saturday afternoon so they could come. We made the arrangments and it all worked out great. We had a small luncheon for those that attended the baptism in the church Multi-Purpose room and it went great. It really was a great weekend. I was so glad we did her Birthday Party and Baptism on different weekends. We were able to just focus on one thing at a time and I feel like it really made her baptism it's own special day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 2016

December is always so fun! Especially this year since instead of being sick on the couch all Christmas season- we got to actually enjoy it! The biggest exciting news... Steven and Meghan (My brother and sister-in-law) and their 3 little boys moved to Holbrook! And two houses down! The kids have loved having cousins so close and it has been fun having someone from my side of the family around.

Ella learned that she loved the piano and actually really enjoys all types of baby toys. All my other kids just wanted the things we used, but she loves anything you'll give her. Food- not so much. She just spits it out and doesn't really like it. 

The Kindergarten classes had their annual Polar Express night and the kids were super excited to ride the train. Too bad there wasn't a train. There might've been tears when the kids found out we were just walking to different classrooms doing different activities. We've been before so I'm not sure why they thought we were riding an actual train- but they survived. We got to see Santa and eat cookies. Good night in my book!

A friend in Holbrook did a cookie exchange night and it was so fun! All us moms just sat around and chatted and I got to make some festive cookies. It was super fun!

A HUGE highlight of the month was when Kyle had to go to St. Johns to help his Uncle with his TV and the kids got to ride horses! Our friend Laurie Farr lives there and has been telling us for awhile she would love to take the kids for rides. Macy loves all things horses and was soaking it all up. She led the horse around for the other kids and got a good horse fix in.

Bentley had his Preschool Christmas Program and oh my gosh he is so cute. He sang so loud and was so into the whole thing. We got a few comments afterward about how they could tell his Dad was a music teacher. He let his voice be heard. I love that all our kids have done the same program, same songs, and even same props. It's too cute!

We did the traditional gingerbread houses with the Larsons, tamales with Marie and Meghan, got some shooting in, and had our Christmas Eve Party with pinata and leg wrestling. On the way home the two little ones fell asleep and were not into opening Christmas PJ's. Bentley pretty much cried through the whole ordeal and Ella slept. Christmas morning they were MUCH happier though and enjoyed all their presents and Santa gifts. After breakfast, we all got dressed and headed to church at 11. I didn't have a good attitude about having church on Christmas but it turned out so good. Then headed off to the valley for Christmas dinner, more cousins, bubbles, lots of lego building, and hanging out. 

We stayed for a few days and took the long way home through Prescott and Cottonwood to visit the Great-Grandparents. The kids loved seeing them and I'm glad we stopped. It was a great December.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016

As I went through my pictures of November I realized it was a pretty boring month. Not much happened. I still rock Ella, kids go to school, Kyle goes to work, I cook and clean. Just life. It's good that way. Ella's growing like crazy and still won't sleep by herself. I just have to remind myself how lucky I am that she sleeps in her own bed at night. It could be worse. She tried cereal this month and wasn't a big fan- at all! 

The girls are really into a game called Tumble Stone on the Xbox and are SO FAST. They beat Kyle and I like we're sitting still. At one time Macy would kick London's booty so I would tackle her and cover her eyes while London played. We get crazy around here. The kids and I went down to the valley for a few days while Kyle was at All-State Show Choir and I introduced them in Starbucks. They love their cake pops and I LOVE their Apple Cider Spice drink. Oh so yummy. Thanks Stormy for introducing me! We came home to empty trees and took a morning putting them into bags. I think we got a total of 18 black garbage bags this year with leaves- there were a ton!

I think a highlight of the month was when Kyle's brother Brent went with Marie to Grandparents day at the girl's school. I wasn't there, but from what it sounds like he was the hit of the party. All the kids were following him around the playground and just loved him. We are grateful for amazing families that love our kids!

This year we had Thanksgiving at Mike and Trish's' house in the valley. Kathleen and David, Holli and Rocky, Micah and Lyndzi, Kellie and Karl, Marie, and our family had a ton of family hanging on and the kids had a ton of fun with their cousins. We spent the night at Mike and Trish's house and took a little venture out that night to check out a house that was on The Great Light Fight. I have never seen a home with so many Christmas lights! It was pretty amazing. I'm super lame and only got a picture of the snowman but the house was dang impressive.  We woke up early the next morning and Cameron took some family pictures. I loved how they turned out and she did a great job! I'll share those one in a bit :)