Friday, February 25, 2011

Christmas Morning!

Christmas was wonderful this year. Christmas Eve was spent at my mom's house. We celebrated my grandpa's birthday enjoying delicious food and dessert. We opened presents and had a wonderful time! When we got home we got the kids ready for bed. Michael and Emma has helped me make Santa cookies early in the day and we got those ready with a big glass of milk as well as some carrots for the reindeer. Michael insisted that the reindeer needed to be fed too. We also wrote Santa a little note thanking him for the presents and telling him that we hoped he enjoyed the cookies and to have a safe flight. Michael told me what to write and then he signed it himself. Emma made a little signature on the bottom as well. We read the kids the story of Christ's birth to remind them the real meaning of Christmas and then sent them to bed. Adam and I had a BLAST being Santa's helpers the rest of the night. We both agreed that it was more fun preparing for our children's Christmas morning than it was back when we were kids waiting for Christmas morning to come.

In the morning we had Orange Rolls, turkey bacon and hot chocolate (our breakfast tradition). Then we went to open presents. Santa had left each of the kids a special present and filled their stockings. They got way more presents than they probably should have (haha) but Santa left Michael his first bike, Emma her first Barbie doll and Hailey some baby toys and touch and feel books. Hailey was mostly just excited with the boxes and wrapping paper. :-)

Christmas evening we spend with my in-laws. We again enjoyed a wonderful meal and dessert and opening presents with wonderful company.

Our Christmas all around was fantastic! :-)

Michael started primary!!!

Michael has been in nursery since he was about 12 months old. He started early because Adam and I were primary teachers and he was becoming a distraction to all the little girls that we taught. They wanted to be little mommies. :-) At the beginning of January he got to go into primary for the first time as a sunbeam! :-) He was very excited and just so adorable! He put on his little suit that his Boompa got for him and sat down at the table to eat a cookie before we left for church. He thought the pictures on the comics section of the paper were cool so he sat there reading the paper and eating his cookie in his suit. He looked like a little man about to go to the office. He does wonderful in primary! He helps hold things up for singing time and he participates in class saying prayers and answering questions. He is a little shy but is adjusting well and seems to be coming out of his shell little by little. We are so proud of our little sunbeam! :-)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hailey & Sibling Love...

Hailey has been growing like a weed. Michael amd Emma just adore her. They are constantly trying to teach her new things. They never want to go outside in the backyard to play without their sister. Emma loves to help get her dressed and change her diaper. She also loves to pretend to brush her hair and do her makeup with makeup brushes. They are total sisters. Hailey just lights up when Emma comes near her and loves to giggle with her. She is the same way with Michael. Michael loves to play animals with her and read books to her that he has memeorized from me reading to him. He always is desperate to get her to walk. He tries to carry her around and get her to move her feet so that she can run around with them. His hard work is starting to pay off. haha. Hailey is side stepping on the couch and standing up on her own and she is not even 9 months yet! She wants to run and play with them just as much as they do. I love watching the sibling love that they have for each other. It's awesome. :-)

Art Work

The kids and I have such fun when we do arts and crafts. Michael recently learned how much fun it was to take different paper designs, cut them out and glue them on to make another pictures. Kinda of like a scrap book. He has been having a blast making all sorts of fun pictures. Emma is just learning the love of drawing and coloring in the last few months and has been enjoying helping her brother and creating her own ideas.

Cub Scouts

Recently I was given a new calling. I was asked to be a den leader in the cub scouts for the 8 year old wolves. I was unsure about it at first. My brother and I are 8 years apart and my son is only 3 years old, so I really had no experience with the scouting program at all. I decided to give it a shot though. I have been at it for a month or two now and I love every second of it! Working with those little guys is so much fun! We have great activities and we are teaching them such amazing skills and life lessons that will help to mold them into wonderful young men. This is probably the best calling I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. :-) Plus, now I will have great experience in helping Michael when he gets to the cub scout age.


We are very blessed to have a beautiful mountain with hiking trails very close to our home. Lately we have been taking the kids everyone morning we have to go hiking up the mountain. They are getting better and better at going down the steep hills and climbing up the mountain. We have a great time hiking together as a family and enjoying this beautiful earth God created for us.