Thursday, December 27, 2007
What a great time of year: more time with family and friends, the oppurtunity to give to others, playing fun games and gifts, enjoying the snowy weather, and making & keeping family traditions.
We had a wonderful Christmas this year, we are very blessed and hope you all were blessed with all you hearts desired. We spent Christmas eve morning at home getting last minute things done (luckily shopping was done). Mike's mom wanted me to make sugar cookies for Christmas so the kids and I baked and decorated a few dozen Christmas sugar cookies (thanks for the recipe Julie). It was a lot of fun and I think that will be a new tradition for us. Then we headed up to my parents home in Layton. How lucky we are to have them close again so we can spend holidays and special times together as a family. We all just hung out and ate pizza (a Delozier family tradition) and then opened some presents. The kids had a blast hanging out with their Smith cousins who even though we live 5 minutes away they don't get to spend enough time with. My dad (yes that is him in his favorite tie die shirt) read the story of the Savior's birth to us. I remember as a child acting out the story, I guess we could have done that with all the grandkids, maybe next year. It had started snowing on our way to Layton and by the time we headed homw a few hours later the ground was covered in about a foot of snow. When we woke up on Christmas morning it was blue and clear above the fresh white snow: BEAUTIFUL and PEACEFUL! Luckily the kids let us sleep in a little on Christmas morning, 7:30. Then everyone got to see what Santa had brought them and then we opened presents from each other. Another friend posted on her blog about her boys being so excited to give to each other and my kids are the same each year. Their favorite part of Christmas is drawing names and finding and giving gifts to each other. It makes me so happy to see them so excited to make their sibling so happy, I guess they really do care about each other. After we opened all the gifts they played for awhile before we headed back up to my parents to hang out, eat, and play in the snow. Rylee even went sledding with Uncle Devin and Aunt Karissa and had a great time! We left a few hours later to head to Mike's parents for the annual Christmas craziness! We opened mroe gifts and ate a yummy prime rib dinner and then jsut relaxed for a few hours. The kids all stayed the night at Grandma and Grandpa's (another new tradition that started last year). Yesterday we just took it easy and tried to recover from all the fun of Christmas. We did take the kids to see Alvin and the Chipmunks and to Target to use their Christmas money that was burning a whole in their pockets. Today I need to clean up. Is it just me or does Christmas cause your house to look like abomb went off too? I am not sure how much cleaning up I want to do since we are thinking about putting pergo floors in and I know that if we start the house will jsut be a disaster til it's done. Hmmmm... Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our family and friends!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
So, the big announcement....drum roll.....Introducing the newest member of our family:
Isn't he the cutest thing you have ever seen?!?! We have talked off and on about getting another dog, but just haven't really found the right one until now. This poor little guy was left out in the cold we think to die. Someone found him and he was skin and bones. She took him home and loved him and fed him for a few days but wanted to find a good home for him. Lucky for us Mike was in the right place at the right time and met the little guy (and his temporary mom). We went over this afternoon to see him and I fell in love instantly (and I am really not much of a dog person)! He was so sweet and snuggly (who knows if that will last) and when he put his front paws up on Jenna's chest and started "kissing" her face I knew we were not leaving without him. I mean come on, how could I say no to those 2 cute little faces. Anyway, we don't know how old he is or even for sure what kind of dog he is. We are taking him to the vet on Friday and hope to have a better idea, but for now we think he is about 8 weeks old and probably some kind of boxer mix, maybe pit bull. The kids had no idea and were so excited when they got home from school today. Truman's not too sure about him yet. And I can't believe how huge Truman seems next to him. Now I get to add "potty train a puppy" to my to do list over my break from school. We also have yet to name him. We were thinking we would tak suggestions and let the kids vote. So any suggestions are welcomed! Mike would prefer something from the Simpsons, but we'll see. He is definetly not a Homer or a Bart. Ry's gym coach suggested "Moe" which I kind of like, but please help us name the cute little guy! Oh, he is so cute! Right now he is all curled up at my feet sleeping. There is jsut something about sleeping babies, whether human or dog or whatever. SO CUTE!
Jenna as one of the angels in their little nativity play.
Jenna with 2 of her best buds, Cooper and Braden
We were lucky enough to go to Jenna's little preschool program today and it was so much fun. She has been so excited and talking about it for a couple weeks now. Everytime we hear a Christmas song she recognizes she yells "Mom, we are singing that in our program!" She kept telling me they were going to sing and do a play and have cookies and oh the excitement in her voice! It was really cute, she has a great preschool teacher and a cun bunch of fellow students.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I went to sell my books back and buy my books for next semester the other day. For those of you who have not had to buy college books in awhile, they are not cheap! I was bummed thinking I didn't want to spend any $$ on books right now, I would rather spend it on Christmas for the kids and Mike. Anyway, I went and got $120 for the books they would buy back and then got the books I needed and the total was $121. YEAH! I was so excited!
So now what I am I going to do with all my "free time", which I have realized isn't all that much extra time. Oh, well. I can still read some books I have been wanting to read (I started Twilight today). I am also hoping to get Jenna's room painted before I go back as well. If I accomplish that as well as finishing Christmas shopping and spending quality time with the fam it will be a wonderful break.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I loved all the lights!
The family favorite was definitely all the VW's
The kids by the newly decorated Christmas tree.
Friday night we made it to the light parade which was so much fun! We all dressed warm and headed out. We arrived just a few minutes before it started and had no problem finding a parkig spot and a good parade watching spot. It was neat to see all the vehicles and floats covered in lights and they passed out candy canes. I think this is one activity that will become a family tradition.
After the parade we went to Shopko so the kids could pick out their ornaments. We decided not to decorate the tree that night though and finally did it lastnight. The kids had fun hanging all their own ornaments and reminising about which ornament was from which year and which child. They also like to see all the ornaments Mike & I have from when we were little. I think the tree turned out pretty good.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Grandma helping the kids decorate "their" Christmas tree at her house
The kids and the tree they decorated at Grandma Carol's
Mike's mom has a nice Christmas tree upstairs that she decorates beautifully each year. She usually does another, smaller tree downstairs for the kids. We were still out of town for all the traditional Christmas decorating on Thanksgiving and the day after so she saved the tree downstairs for our kids to decorate. They were sooooo excited! We went over Monday night and they had a blast decorating the tree with Grandma Carol while Grandpa Bob made them toast. (That is another story entirely that I will have to post on some time).
Since then they have been complaining to Mike and I that we hadn't bought our tree yet. We told them we would in a week or so. I am having a really hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year (another long story as well). Anyway, I am trying to overcome the "mood" that seems to have overcome me. So yesterday morning when the kids got up they were all excited about something......They told us that there was a nice fresh Christmas tree in our living room and they wanted to know who put it there. We told them we didn't know, maybe it was Santa. They were trying to figure out how Santa got a tree into our house and all set up in our stand without us knowing. We had to remind them that Santa is "magic" and can do almost anything. Seeing their faces light up and be soooooo excited about the tree (even without lights and ornaments) helped lift my mood some. Tonight we are going to take them to the annual light parade (which we've never done) and to pick out their new ornaments(which we do every year) and come home and drink hot chocolate and decorate the tree. I think that will help my mood even more.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Here are a couple pictures of Devon the day after his surgery. We were able to go to the hospital and see him on our way home. The doctors say he is doing very well, and were impressed with how far he is walking already. He is a tough kid with a good attitude so he should heal quickly.
Mike & Jack, Cole & Russ, and Jenna & Cleo
One day while we were there Jenna found a quicker way to get in the house and continued to use the doggy door for the rest of the trip.
Cheryl & Jon have 3 dogs so we brought Truman with us this trip. They loved "playing" together. The kids all loved the dogs as well and wanted to bring them home with us.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Cole (in a somewhat harsh voice):"Jenna, don't ever say you can't do it".
Noah: "Yeah, Jenna, you know you can do it!"
I guess they are listening to me about somethings. I wish Rylee would listen to this advice. She keeps struggling with her cartwheel on the beam at gymnastics. She can do it and has many times, but some days she thinks she can't and can't. I feel like I am saying "if you think you can't you can't" a lot lately.