Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gobble Gobble

We had such a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving this year!  Alan and Sharon drove in a huge snowstorm all the way from Utah to come spend it with us.  Thanksgiving morning I ran the Turkey Day 5k race (and set a PR!) and the kids ran the 1/2 mile Bumpkin Pumpkin Dash.  Josh was so cute—he would "practice” for the race by running across our living room.  Grandpa blasted the Gummy Bear song (ever Josh’s favorite) to give him energy.  He had to stop and walk a few times, but he had so much fun.  Halle girl was a speedy demon and ran the whole way!  Turkey Day 5k

I had the turkey in the oven before the race, and when we got home dinner came together really quickly.  It was the easiest year yet! I guess it’s true that practice makes perfect.  I’ve cooked Thanksgiving dinner every year that we’ve lived in Colorado.  After enjoying our feast we headed off to see “Tangled.”  We all agree that Maximus was our favorite character. 




But the best was yet to come.  On Friday Halle, Jenna, Grandma and I went to see the Nutcracker performed by the Boulder Ballet.  It was fantastic.  Halle and Jenna were so so cute.  They were literally on the edge of their seat the entire time.  And Halle would just clap and clap at the end of the scene.  I think the Nutcracker is quickly becoming my favorite Christmas Tradition.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Welcome to the Wild Zebra Spa

Dear Halle girl,

Happy 7th Birthday!  You are growing up to be such a sweet, fun, kind, and smart girl.  We love you so much.  You are my little helper around the house and I don’t know what I’d do without you.  I depend on you for lots of little things throughout the day and you always come through for me.  You are a peacemaker in our home, and your little brothers just adore you.  You love going to school, dance, and playing with your friends.  Your favorite foods are red peppers and spaghetti with meatballs.  You love doing things for others, and are constantly writing notes, and drawing pictures for me and Dad.  Halle, you are such a sweet girl, and make friends easily.  You are a leader both at school and in our home.  You are such a special part of our family, and we hope your 7th year brings growth, happiness, and fun!


zebra cuteness

Halle and her presentsclose up

We had so much fun at Halle’s party.  I have been planning it all year!  Her favorite animal is a zebra, and as luck would have it—zebra print is all the rage right now. We had a spa party at the “Wild Zebra Spa”( aka our house.)  We invited all the mommies to come with their daughters and spend the day pampering the little princesses.  We played musical nails, where we passed around different colors of nail polish and when the music stopped you painted one toe with the color you were holding.  The girls made cute zebra flip flops to put on their newly polished toes.  The moms gave the girls facials, complete with cucumber eyes, and the girls thought it was the funniest thing in the world.  Then came the food!  What would a spa party be without chocolate?  We had chocolate galore!  The girls had a blast eating all sorts of goodies dipped in chocolate from the chocolate fountain.  And then we topped it all off with a toast to the birthday girl, and chocolate birthday cake.  We all had a great time and made some fun memories!

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Left to right: Autumn, Halle, Ainsley, Riley, Bottom: Jenna, Berlynn

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Josh!

Dear Josh,
Happy 4th birthday!  You are such a sweet and special boy, and we are so glad you are part of our family.  I can always count on you to lift my spirits when I am feeling sad with one of your great hugs, or funny comments.  Lately, you have been giving me big kisses and saying, “Mom, you are the best Mom of all the moms.”  It just melts my heart. 
You have always been my cuddle bug.  When it was my turn to teach preschool you said to me, “Mom, if ever I want a hug or a kiss, you need to stop teaching and give me a hug or a kiss, ok?”  And I am happy to oblige.
You are a little smarty pants, and can already read 3 letter words.  It’s so cute to sit with you and hear you sound out the words.  You are so proud when you get them right. 
Halle is your best friend—you count down the hours everyday until she gets home from school, and then the two of you play and play.  Your other favorite thing to do is play on the computer, or play games on my Iphone.  You always come to me and say, “Mom, can I have some screen time?” 
Josh, from the moment you were born you had me wrapped around your tiny finger, and you still do!  I love you so much and hope your 4th year is a wonderful one!
Love, Mom

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Josh turns 4

I  had tried to convince Josh to have a family birthday party this year, and I thought I had won, but about 3 days before his birthday he started to cry and said, “Mom, I want my friends, and I want a piñata at my birthday!” It was so sweet and sad that I immediately gave in.  We had a rockin party with our friends and neighbors, complete with cupcakes and a piñata. 
balloon boquet cupcakes  blowing out the candlespinata collage the neighborhood gang

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Halloween

Since Halloween was on Sunday this year, the Primary decided to host a Fall Festival at the church on Saturday night.  We ate Chili and Rolls, and played fun carnival games.  The kids had a great time playing a spider bean bag toss, getting their faces painted, and having a donut eating contest.  But, the hit of the night was the cake walk—the Relief Society donated almost 200 cupcakes!  Blake’s favorite was the duck pond—but he didn’t care too much about the prizes, he just wanted to splash in the water.  Then after the Festival was the annual Trunk-or-Treat, where the kids got entirely too much candy. I’m sad to report that since the Primary Presidency was in charge of the activity, I did not take any pictures! 

For Halloween night we went to the Bohn’s for a yummy dinner and great company.  Josh loved answering the door with Jamie when the Trick-or-Treaters came calling. 

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The Evolution of a chicken

All my kids have worn the same chicken costume for Halloween. So, we’re going to play a little game of “Guess Who” Which pic belongs to which child? The answer will be in the comments.
Josh tolerated the chicken much better than Halle

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Primary Program

The “Best Sunday of the Year” has come and gone.  I am the 1st councilor in the Primary Presidency in our ward, and we had 100+ kids participating in the program.  As you can imagine, it is quite the production to get 100 children in the right place, sitting still, and paying attention.  So, I was a little anxious to get up to the stage as quickly as possible after the Sacrament.  About 1 min before we are set to go up, Blake is happily eating a fruit snack, and one got lodged in his throat.  So, to get it out, he throws up all over Halle’s new dress.  I am trying to clean the throw-up with a wet wipe, and Halle is bawling.   I do a decent clean up job, give her some scented lotion so she doesn’t stink and send her up on stage in the nick of time. THEN, about 1/2 way through the program I hear a huge THUD.  Our Sunbeams were sitting in tiny chairs, and I was sure one of them had tipped backward and fallen over.  I stand up to look, and which little Sunbeam do I see lying on the floor?  Yep—Josh.  Angela scooped him up and rushed him into the hall before the first wails could leave his lips.  Rusty met her out there, gave him a little pep talk, and he was back before the next song. 

Other than my children’s trauma, the Program went off without a hitch.  I love working in the Primary!

Halle’s part was, “Prophets are called by God.  I know this because I feel happy whenever I hear Pres. Monson speak” 

Josh said, “Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He came to earth to fulfill God’s plan.”


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just some cute pics

I am in love with Fall time.  And the weather this year has been exquisite!  I meant to take some fun pictures of all the beautiful leaves, but ended up with pictures of beautiful children instead!

DSC_3359 Halle josh my kiddos Blake had just bathed himself in dirt, and was none to happy when we pulled him from the dust to come and take a picture. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September at a glance

Halle and her friend Berlynn performed a magic show for a ward talent show.  They were amazing!  Maybe I’ll post the video of their awesome magical talent.  

Back Camera

Blake wishes I would stop going to the gym and give him a proper nap.  Here he is zonked out in the middle of the child care floor with 50 kids running all around him, screaming, and tripping over him. He stayed asleep through it all.  Sad.

Blake asleep on the floor of child care at the gym

When he’s not sleeping, he has turned into the devil toddler.  Lot’s of tantrums at our house!

devil toddler

We’ve been getting in touch with our crafty selves at Discovery Days

Back Camera discovery days

Halle continues to be a model first grade student

picture day at school

Blake enjoys his sweets more than anyone I know. He usually starves himself for days at a time in hopes that a “tookie” will come his way.

yummy pudding snack

I turned the ripe old age of 29.  And I made myself an apple pie to celebrate the occasion.   (I tried to make the pic look like a 1960’s housewife.  I think all I succeeded in doing was looking orange)1960's housewifeIMG_0131

My Husband is HOT.

We’ve been enjoying this beautiful Fall weather with many outdoor excursions.  This one was biking along the Boulder Creek Trail.

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