Sunday, December 13, 2009
Happy Holidays everyone!! Last night we had our church Christmas party and it was so much fun. We don't have a picture of Rachel with Santa because she was freaking out... very scared. It was so funny how interested she was in him from far away, but there was no way that she was going to sit on his lap. Aliza was resistant to sitting on Santa's lap until she saw that candy was involved, and then she cheered right up :) Madeline was a little shy, but she told Santa she wants a Princess Computer for Christmas. I think if she got anything princess she would be totally happy. Amaya was just happy and staring at Santa's beard. The holiday's are getting more and more fun as our kids are getting older.
It's been very cold here the last week. Probably the coldest it's been since we've lived here. Usually the snow melts the same day it falls, but we've had the same snow for almost a week. I kind of like it...I think I'd like it more if we had a garage. It's fun having snow. It helps me get in the Christmas Spirit.
It's better late than never right? :) My parents and two of my sisters, Carly and Kaylie came up for Thanksgiving. It was really nice having family here. To be honest I wasn't really feeling like making a huge meal, so I'm glad my mom was here to help. Jared and my Dad played turkey bowl in the morning while we watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade and prepared the big dinner.
Jared stayed at home with the girls in the early morning of the day after Thanksgiving so I could go out shopping with my family. I remember going every year when I was growing up, so it was fun to continue the tradition.
I love my family very much. I'm so thankful to be blessed with a good parents who raised me with much love. I am grateful to have a loving husband and children. They fill my life with JOY. Happy Holidays!
Monday, November 16, 2009
We had a fun Halloween this year. The day before we went to the downtown stores for an early trick-or-treating. The girls dressed up in different clothes than the actual halloween day because we have too many costumes... We went to our church Halloween Party and trunk-or-treat on Halloween. Madeline was a monkey, Aliza was a cat, Rachel a panda and Amaya a tiger. I was pretty excited about the tiger costume because I got it that day at Old Navy for $2!
At the end of the trunk-or-treating we got home and Aliza started acting REALLY sick, sick like she was when she had to go to the hospital in March for phenumonia. I was really scared because her breathing was so labored. We had a friend come over and help Jared give her a priesthood blessing, and she got much better thankfully. We almost had taken her to the E.R. That night Madeline also got sick with croup, later Rachel also got sick. Thankfully they've all gotten better now. Let's hope it stays that way!!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
It's our yearly tradition to go to Linder Farms for hay rides and the petting zoo. Madeline was actually big enough this year to try to figure out the mini hay (corn) maze. Jared and I actually went twice, once on a date to the corn maze, and once with our kids. The kids had a lot of fun feeding the animals, and actually got to get in with the goats to feed them.
In September we were able to take a little family vacation to McCall, Idaho. A guy from church has a cabin on a lake up there and he let us stay there. The weather was BEAUTIFUL!! I wasn't sure if we would be able to go swimming because it was September, but the water actually felt really good... a little on the chilly side, but I was hot enough to want to jump in.
The girls loved playing on the dock. Jared chased them around for a long time on the dock. At one point I jumped in the water and swam each of the girls from the dock to the shore. It was fun acting like I was saving them.
It was so nice to just relax as a family. I think it was both mine and Jared's favorite family vacation ever. It was the first time we didn't have a set schedule or anywhere we had to be in a really long time. We went to the store that night and bought pizzas and popsicles for dinner.
We had heard about a hot springs so we decided to go to that the next day. It was a really interesting place... I felt like I was going back into the early 1900's. It was very rustic, but SO nice and relaxing! I'm not sure if I've ever been to a hot springs before, but I definitely want to go again. The weather was perfect because there was a little breeze so when you got out you weren't freezing, but not dying hot either. The kids had a lot of fun. We were pretty much the only people there and it was so nice.
Thinking back on this trip makes me want to do it again. This trip goes down in history as one of the great ones!