Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 22, 2013. Lyla.

Little Miss Lyla loves to brush her hair.  She can turn those curls of hers into an afro in seconds flat! One day she'll learn that brushes and curls don't go together.

"How my look?"


Poor girl woke up so sick yesterday.  She can't seem to keep anything down. So much laundry. So many clothing changes. So many snuggles.
Love her so much. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

January 19, 2013. Jr. Jazz.

Collin started basketball this week.  He has been wanting to do basketball for a long time, but for what ever reasons the timing never worked out until now.  He was so excited and had a great time. His team came up with the name Black Dragons. I think his favorite part of the whole thing is the jersey.  He has been wearing it non stop since he got it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 18, 2013. Coloring.

This girl loves to color. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

a month in photos. December 2012.

During the month of December 2012

Ruby turned 4 years old
we celebrated with a Pinkalicious Party! So fun!!
we visited Temple Square to see the Christmas lights
Both Ruby and Collin sang in Christmas Programs at their school
They did such a great job!
Ruby danced in her Christmas dance recital
We celebrated Christmas with family parties, crafts, gifts, and fun!
Santa even made a stop at our house!!!
We went ice skating and had so much fun!
Logan and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary!
And we rang in the New Year together!

What a great month!!

Month in photos 2012! 
So fun to have all these monthly photo collages complete.  Now I just need to turn them into a fun book!  I can't wait!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ringing in the New Year!

New Years Eve this year was such a blast.  Probably one of the best I have had in a long time.  It was spent at home with the kiddos and was pretty low key, but oh so much fun! The whole night was a little last minute for me. Had I planned it more in advance I might have picked up a few things that would have made it more festive. Because I am that way. Not because it needed it!  Next year I'm thinking a balloon drop at midnight!!! 

I set the clocks forward two hours so the kids thought they were staying up until midnight, but in reality, they only stayed up until ten.  A win win! They got to stay up late, and I still got to enjoy some alone time with Logan.  I created six activities for the kids to do and put them each in a paper bag. Every hour the kids got to open a bag and do the activity!  So easy, but so exciting!

At 7:00 we created noisemakers to shake at midnight. Paper plates, markers, and dried beans.  So simple but so much fun! They were a hit!

At 8:00 we made cookies and drank hot cocoa.  I prepared the dough earlier in the day so all the kids had to to was put them on the cookie sheets, wait a few minutes for them to bake, and enjoy!  They were yummy!!!

 At 9:00 we watched a movie.  I tried to rent one earlier that day, but every single family friendly movie at the local Redbox was rented so we watched one that we got for Christmas.  The kids were happy and enjoyed the movie and popcorn! Even York got in on the action!

At 10:00 we had a dance party!!!  The kids LOVE to turn off the lights, push the table to the side of the room, and get their groove on! So much fun!!!

At 11:00 we each created 4 goals for the New Year.  I was surprised how much the kids enjoyed doing this.  They came up with some great goals!

And at 12:00 Midnight, we rang in the New Year with a toast and shook our noise makers we made earlier that night.  The kids ran around like crazies and thought they were the coolest kids ever for staying up until midnight!  

 I sure do love these guys and am so grateful for the blessed year we had and look forward to spending another great year together!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ice Skating

Over the break, we took the kids ice skating.  Sophie had been dying to go and was so excited.  The kids had a blast.  Well, Sophie and Collin did. Ruby opted not to skate, but to watch with Lyla and I. Although I think she had a great time watching too!  Sophie was actually really good. She only fell once or twice. Collin on the other hand, fell a lot! But he always got right back up.  He went home soaking wet from all of his falls. We'll have to go back another time before Spring comes...and it can't come soon enough!!!   

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It seems like forever ago that we celebrated Christmas.  Life just keeps on going. But I just couldn't skip over this magical holiday. And what a wonderful holiday that we had.  I feel so blessed.  For the sake of time, I am lumping our entire holiday into one large post. Enjoy!

Here is the Christmas card that we sent out to family and friends this year! 

December 22, 2012. Grandma's Christmas Party!
I look forward to family Christmas parties each year. I know that each year my mom says it is her last year throwing this little party of hers, but I hope she never stops.  I appreciate her effort to get us all together, and I love seeing my kids participate in the traditions that I took part in when I was growing up.  We eat and eat and eat.  We read the Nativity story, and sing Christmas carols with bells.  Even Lyla got in on the action.  She reversed herself right up in line with the other kids.  So cute!

December 24, 2012. Christmas Eve!
On Christmas Eve this year we stayed home and enjoyed being together as a family.  It was such a relaxing, special day.  We held a small family home evening with each meal talking about the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It was so neat to see the kids get so excited and reflect on the things we talked about. Also that day we watched E.T. and made Christmas trees out of ice cream cones.  The kids thought that was a lot of fun!  We also made cookies for Santa.

That night the kids set out their cookies for Santa and some carrots for his reindeer and we read our Christmas stories one last time.  

December 25, 2012. Christmas Day!
The kids must have been on Santa's good list because he stopped at our house.  He ate our milk and cookies, and his reindeer even left some special droppings out front!  Did you know that Santa's reindeer poop chocolate?!?! They do! And the kids proved it to be true.  When the kids woke up, both sets of Grandparents were here to see their excitement about what Santa brought. Lyla was in heaven going around the living room eating any snack she could find.  She also wanted to immediately get dressed in her new clothes from Santa. After presents, we ate a yummy breakfast and then we just enjoyed being together as a family all afternoon.  It was so nice not to go anywhere.  The kids could just play the day away. And our house was proof that they had a great time. It looked like a bomb went off! 

Such a great holiday season! There is nothing greater than spending time with my family.  I love them all so much.  It was wonderful to slow down and to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas with the kids this year.  Life is busy. The tree is down. And there are most post coming soon!