Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The white splendor of Christmas day....

It really was perfect... I was so busy enjoying our "stay home" Christmas that I forgot to take pictures.... but Nick clicked a few during the early morning hours....

the bugs all nestled in their beds....

It was a White Christmas for sure!!

We didn't leave the house ALL DAY!

Wii played games.

We played Settlers of Catan.

Nick loved his present...

I was the only one to change out of my jammies and that's because Mason stickied me up!

::loved the warmth::loved the peace-bringing snow::loved all the glimmer of lights::loved my nameless neighbor for snowblowing our sidewalks::loved the valuable time to squeeze any boy that crossed my path::loved my gifts::loved Christmas because I love my Savior::

Monday, December 24, 2007

Tradition.... TRADITION!!!

Have you ever typed a word and you KNOW it's spelled right, but it still looks weird. That just happened to me with the word tradition..... hmm.... anyway, here we are....

On Christmas Eve

orange breakfast bread (for in the morning), Christmas Eve jammies, gingerbread men for Santa, and a story of the most important and influential baby ever born....

Monday, December 17, 2007

Fossils and Follies

This is a video of me building a volcano with the boys..... I was being silly... and only click if you're prepared to be scared by my slovenly appearance (aka, unshowered, no make-up, duddy clothes.... etc!!!)

We received a free pass to drive through the lights at Thanksgiving Point. Also, our Dinosaur Museum Year pass expires in 2 days.... So we went for one last time :(

When we went to drive through the lights, the person in front of our car paid for us... totally nice of them, a great way to spend Christmas cheer! So we used our free pass for the people behind us. AND..... well, and judging by the shrieks from the back seat, the kids enjoyed the lights....

Friday, December 14, 2007

glad we were late

it was one of those mornings
the clock didn't quite wake me
and before i knew it, it was time to go!
i unwrapped a granola bar and tossed it to Cooper who was pulling on his shoes in a mad rush

my coat went on over my pajamas and the sorrels over my bare feet

i drove Cooper to school hunched over so i could see through the one clear spot....because i didn't take the time to clear the frost off the windshield

we arrive, late and flushed

as i turn the corner to his class room, my eyes beheld a wondrous site

22 kindergartners standing in reverence with their tiny hands over their hearts

yelling at the top of their lungs "and to the republic, where witches stand, one nation, under God, indiffisable, with liberty and justice for all!"

after the shock of realizing i was completely out of touch with what goes on in my son's class, i felt a swell of pride for my son's teacher who begins class with this daily recital...

before ABCs, before reading, writing and math, my son is learning to appreciate his freedom

today, i'm glad i was late

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas with the MOTAB and King Singers

I had the opportunity to attend THIS!!!

some of you may think.... big deal!??!

and the rest of you are insanely jealous because it was brilliantly choreographed and presented. more than once I was moved to tears. this was a true celebration of the season and I wish I could give you preview of the music, the lights, the spirit, anything. but, there is no recording devices allowed. and even though I perused youtube for a glimpse, it appears that no one broke the rules.... i'm truly impressed!

Here are a few things I found on the King Singers...

And a few of my favorites from the MOTAB... from previous performances

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Cheer

My dollar store find....

The burn-down to Christmas I keep forgetting to use every year.... It's one of those homemaking projects that found it's way to the black hole (that every home has) ... and has suddenly emerged at the RIGHT time of year!
I just LOVE this time of year. Lately, I've been analyzing this. If you were to remove all of the commercial ascpects of December.... what do you have?
We don't need to wonder what makes it so special. We don't need to wonder why our thoughts are turned outward. We don't need to wonder why we want our families. Because, all of it is centers on the wondrous gift that we celebrate at Christmastime. The wondrous birth, the miracle and sacrifice of our Saviour. What a reason to celebrate. What more precious gift could we receive this time of year? It's my favorite present.... what's yours?

Sweet chuggin'

They had a choice between trains and houses....

3 boys...

guess what they picked?


Mason just played in the frosting and ate candy. Once he discovered that you were supposed to put the candy on the train.... he would take handfuls of candy and just DUMP it onto his train and frosting.

Cooper very carefully planned out his train.... and never quit finished!

Sean, not being very independent got the most help from mommy.

They had fun.... they had tummy aches.... they're my little buddies

Saturday, December 8, 2007

this morning

after an hour or so of shoveling....

we finished it off, by coming inside, drinking candy cane hot chocolate and eating grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch....

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 7, 2007

The week that brought us into the season

Friday. As we were driving to get our Christmas tree and deliver Christmas goodies last Friday, I heard a retching sound from the back seat. Sean completely covered the back half of our Suburban in loads and loads of our favorite smelly chunky stuff. We turned around and came home. I still had to deliver the goodies (so they'd still be fresh) and I got lost. Finally, I found the house I was looking for. I had Cooper with me, but he'd fallen asleep (we'd been in the car for over an hour!), so I left him in the car with the engine running for heat. I visited with my friend and went back out to the car to find that I'd locked the keys in the car. It took jumping, banging, yelling and over one hour to awaken my deep sleeping Cooper, get him to unharness his seat belt, climb into the front seat and unlock the door. PHEW, that was over.... on the drive home, I didn't get lost! But I did start to feel a bit nauseous. oh GREAT! I rushed home, cleaned my bathroom, did a quick pick up of the house, made my bed, put a bowl next to my bed and waited for it to hit. I started barfing around 2 AM. Mason awoke and started saying that his tummy was "ouwie." As he cried about his tummy, and I cried about feeling lousy, I lay in my bed all night, with frequent trips to the bathroom. I didn't sleep all night :( Basically we all got sick this past week except for Cooper.

Monday. Still sick, but I'm getting pestered TO DEATH because we still don't have a Christmas tree, I venture into the storage to rummage up the lights, ornaments, stand, etc.... The stand is nowhere to be found (I vaguely remember it breaking last year). The lights aren't all working (can you tell?) and I never did find my garlands. I go alone (Nick had to study for finals) to the store to buy a new stand and a tree.... manage to get it home, work, and collapse in the bean bag!

Tuesday. Still sick. Put up tree, lights (I put them on even though they didn't all work!) decor, etc. Work. Collapse.

Wednesday. Still sick. Tree fell over in the middle of the night (MORAL: read instructions for new Christmas tree stand... not a bad idea, how did I miss that one?). So I was jolted from sleep at 4AM with an odd thudding sound.... I was able to prop the tree up in the corner to put back together in the morning. Motherboard on computer died. HMMMM, Emily needs to work to make money, but cant without a computer.... soooo I had to but in a new motherboard, processor and memory. IE NOT CHEAP!!! Collapse.

Thursday. Still sick. Heater not working, bathtub stuck in the ON position... water running constantly. This was just a crazy day, I wont go into details, but I was the first day of my "cycle" so I was in a cranky mood and had SO MUCH TO take care of!!!!

Today. Mason, Nick and I are all STILL sick. I'm beginning to wonder what this bug is!!!!???? I still cant eat without my stomach knotting up and I'm frequenting the bathroom. Computer is home and finally up and running.

Delivery us already!!!!!

Despite all.... I'm actually in a pretty good mood. While decorating the Christmas tree with the boys, we talked about the Savior, the meaning of Christmas, sang songs, my eyes wet the entire time.

No matter how bad things are.... we are overall healthy, we are happy, we love each other to death and how can anyone not smile during this magical time of year?

And tonight we are blessed with this.....