Monday, December 31, 2007

I usually dread a windy day, but...

...not when Aunt Wendy is in town! She showed my kids how to tie an old sheet around your waist and then raise your arms, holding the sheet corners...instant parachute! They had so much fun getting yanked around the backyard by the ridiculously strong winds. I tried it too and it was really hard to hold onto the sheet, but I could not stop laughing!Hold on guys! Yes, Brady's sheet was tied around his neck. Not the best idea, but he couldn't really get the hang of it anyway.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

This is the traditional late night picture that marks the moment
when I can breathe a sigh of relief and start getting excited for what's to come!
We had such a nice, quiet, slow Christmas morning. I loved not feeling rushed and staying in our pajamas and playing with new toys most of the day! It was the perfect way to spend Christmas with our little family before heading out to the slightly bigger family gathering at my parent's house that evening.
Great Gramma brought See's Toffee lollipops to share with everyone...yum!

Doin' the Wii Dance

I captured my girls "boxing" with our new Wii game system. Check out these moves! You can hear Brady coaching "Punch him in the tummy!" and Daddy's warning to "scoot back, Erin!" (They came dangerously close to whacking the TV several times!)
Click to play the video.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Can we eat it YET?

Ah, Gingerbread houses. My kids love to make them, then DEVOUR them! It's so funny to watch how my kids, especially the girls, meticulously place each gumdrop and peppermint disk to decorate the perfect little candy house, admire their work, pose for a few pictures, then when I give the okay, they pluck away like vultures until there's nothing left but a sad little frosting crusted shack. Gotta love it. What could be more fun than playing with candy and then getting to eat it??
On Christmas Eve, Aunt Tricia had about 12 of these little graham cracker houses constructed and waiting to be loaded up with the perfect assortment of treats: gummy bears, froot loops, candy canes, mini kisses, pretzels, red hots, and more! All of the grandkids loved having a house all their own to create and eat. Thanks Tricia!

Finally, with Aunt Wendy's help, the kids got to make the Gingerbread house from the kit my mom had given us weeks earlier. It turned out cute, but the roof kept sliding off. Oh well, it didn't last long anyway...delicious!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Dresses and Pajamas!

My three Christmas-y girls! Red is my favorite color so I love their dresses. I wanted to include Brady in this picture too, but he literally had his shirt unbuttoned before we'd even left the church!

The tradition continues! Doesn't everyone get new pajamas on Christmas Eve? These cute pjs are courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa Clinton and they're so soft & cozy!

Monday, December 17, 2007

O Christmas Tree & Good Memories

We assembled our faux Christmas tree a few days after Thanksgiving, but the poor thing has been waiting patiently to be fluffed and adorned for weeks now! We finally got around to decorating it for Family Night tonight. Brady had fallen asleep early and Holly was in bed, so it was just me and the girls pulling out and hanging ornaments while Daddy looked on. It was so nice to be able to decorate the tree without interruptions. Our tree is beautiful and it is officially Christmas at our house now!
This year I got a 4 foot tree for Erin and Jenna's room and they were thrilled to be able to decorate it with all the ornaments I didn't need for our main tree. They think they're so cool to have a Christmas tree in their room! And it's PINK!
Every year Erin enjoys digging through the box of ornaments and hearing about where each one came from, who it belongs to, who made it, etc. Tonight she told me that she loves decorating the tree "because of all the good memories it gives you." :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holly is 6 months old!

Holly, (aka Holly Jo, Holly May, Tiny Girl, Little Shnookum, Shnook, Holly Jolly) is 6 months old today! I am so enamored with this little baby girl! This is my very favorite age.

For Family Night we surprised the kids with an outing to the mall where it "snows" little clusters of bubbles every night at 7pm. They loved it! It was freezing outside, but they were jumping and dancing around so much, they stayed perfectly warm. After the snowfall, we visited the Apple Store--a favorite of Jason's AND the kids, then we took them to see Santa. The night ended with hot chocolate (due to a tired baby, we got it 'to go') from Red Robin. Fun stuff!

Jason and I just happened to be at the mall in time for the snow show on our Friday night date. We ran into Kate & kids and she took this picture of us.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Snow Day in Southern CA!

Check out our "Winter Wonderland" next door! Our neighbors had a party and decided to create a snowy scene in their front yard...very cool. The snow didn't melt because of the cold weather we've been having, so they said the neighborhood kids were welcome to play in it until it's gone. We had so much fun! Those of you who live in snowy areas are probably thinking "Big deal!" but my kids have only played in snow once before. We busted out our sand toys and they did it all -- attempted snow angels, threw snow balls, ate the snow, etc. Keep in mind that this was day-old manufactured snow, so it was very icy and hard, but my kids didn't know the difference! No complaints, just a perfect winter playground!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Be mine.

Be happy.
Be silly.
Be mad.
Be sad.
Be surprised!
Be friends...

Happy Birthday Grampa!

We love our Grampa!!
(yes, even Holly. she was just feeling a little grumpy.)

10 of Grampa's 31 (soon to be 34) grandchildren
gather for a closer look at his birthday gifts.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas in Bethlehem

Our ward Christmas party was set in old time Bethlehem and this is my attempt to dress Jenna and Brady accordingly!
The party was very well done and really kept with the feeling of the time of Christ's birth. Dinner was herb chicken, lentils, cheeses, olives, pita bread, fresh & dried fruits, and Fig Newtons (hee hee!). The program was a re-enactment of the nativity story with all of the familiar hymns being sung by the audience. I really appreciate the time put into planning such a memorable evening that started off the Christmas season with our thoughts on the Savior's birth.