Thursday, December 31, 2009

Eve Traditions

Brady-Monopoly because he has been way into it this year, warning people that play with him that he is a master at the game
Jordan-Video game, no explanation needed!
Kolby-big sub sandwich, we have called him "BP" this year for "bottomless pit" which especially applies to meat but also things like sandwiches and pizza
Eden-nail polish-she found she loved it this year and snuck into it several times
Tucker-Lollipop (pop-pop as he calls them) because it was Eden's potty reward this year and he expected one everytime she got one and ice because he does this funny little freeze/flex thing with his body
Family-a tudor house that looks like our last house in MH because of our great memories there

And for Pajama's we did t-shirts and sweats this year and we had a similar theme for the three boys but for Eden she had an ABC shirt because she loved to sing that song all year and put together an ABC puzzle train, Tucker had a Rocky shirt, Sam's was "Dunder Mifflin" and mine was "I'd rather be watching So You Think You Can Dance"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Eve Freebies

The Zoo and Fairytale Town had a free pajama day on Christmas Eve. We headed over there with the kids and my sister and Jessica. It may just have to become a tradition if it is free every year.

Jessica was a great playmate for Tucker and he loved the pink flamingos for some reason!
They had a $1 food cart at the zoo so I let each kid have $1 to spend. Eden chose cotton candy and wouldn't let it go, even as she went down the slide.

Fancied up

The kids always wear their Christmas best to church the Sunday before Christmas. It was a challenge to get a good picture so these are the best of what I got...but at least you can sort of tell how handsome the boys looked, a side we don't get to see too often!

but the next picture is a more typical one so I had to include it!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

White Elephant

We had our annual white elephant party again this year. Unfortunately I only got one picture but it was a lot of fun. We were also so glad that some of our friends came up from MH. We were glad we got to visit even though it was way too short! (You guys will just have to come again!) It was of course good to see old friends as well and another big reason we always do this party is to get to know people from church. It was so nice to get to know some of them better and hopefully we didn't scare them off! In my opinion the best gift was what Sam brought pictured below. He even signed it! But there was a lot of other fun, weird, ugly, useless and crazy presents too and we had a great time and look forward to next year.

Check us out!

On Thanksgiving my Sister-in-law so graciously took pictures for each family. The ones of the kids are in the left column so you'll have to come to the blog if you just read this on your reader because they are worth clicking over for! Aren't they great?!

Santa Clause is coming to school

A friend asked if Grandpa Santa could come visit Kolby's class at school. The kids had fun showing him their gingerbread houses they were working on.
He read them a story.
And they sang Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer to him. They had small groups that would jump up to sing the "extra" parts to that song. Kolby and his friends got to be last as they jumped up and said "Like Columbus!"

Of course Brady and Jordan didn't want their class to be left out. Jordan was sad to leave early because he was sick but he did make a stop at there class. Brady pulled on his beard to show it was real to his classmates!

Thank you Santa!

Monday, December 28, 2009

the afterwords

I was setting some posts ahead and I forgot to change the year when I put it in January so here it is now. It is just the mess and playing on Christmas day when everyone is just relaxing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Feeling Festive

Last Saturday I told the kids it we got the whole house cleaned up we would have a little Christmas party. It actually worked. First the kids all helped make a goodie I was taking to a cookie exchange. This is them unwrapping hershey kisses and putting them on pretzel and Tucker just eating pretzels. Later we had hot chocolate with candy canes to stir and then we made snowflakes to hang around the house. It was nice to just relax and enjoy being festive for a while.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas party

We had our church Christmas party last week. It didn't start out so well because I forgot when it started and we were a half hour late and by the time we got there, the food was already being served and there was one table left in the very back and I sat by myself with the kids because Sam was working. Honestly I was pretty sad to be alone I guess I was hoping someone would come sit with us and I just felt out of place, but eventually, I got to be more involved and visit with people plus some family friends were sitting at a nearby table to talk to and then I got to get involved. I was out helping Mr. and Mrs. Clause (the ones in our family, see a previous post) get settled and Eden and Tucker were with a friend who had taken them to the bathroom to get cleaned up. When she came back, Eden discovered that she was missing it and said "I'm supposed to be there!" and ran right onto the stage in the middle during a song. A second later Tucker, who is not in primary and therefore not a part of the program, discovered that Eden was gone and went chasing after her onto the stage and stood there for the whole performance. She put her arm around him and it was so cute and sweet. We were a bit nervous about what Eden would say when Santa came out, we didn't want her exposing his identity so we had them go first so the other kids didn't see but it was fine. The boys were having fun telling Santa how they would like to go to Disneyworld with their grandpa and aunt and uncle and also Tucker did go running to Santa one time later on while he was with another kid but none of the other kids caught on. I sat at the line of kids waiting and fingerspelled their names in sign language to Mrs. Clause so that she could remind Santa as the kids came up. One little girl, upon hearing Santa call her sister, said "he knows her name!" It was fun to help and it brightened my night and I'll post some of those pictures when we get them from the photographer.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let it snow!

We actually had snow in Sacramento last week. There was just a little bit in the early morning where we live but up at my mom's there was enough to play. After school I took the kids to see it. Jordan wanted nothing to do with it, but Brady and Kolby had the time of their lives. They started instantly with snowball fights and angels.
Tucker and Eden came out once they were properly bundled, at least as well as we could do by scraping up clothes that might work since we don't have snow clothes. Tucker walked right in but was a little unsure what to do once he got there.
Eden had to ask how to make a snowball but once she learned, she had no problem throwing them around.
Brady and Kolby had a blast having a snowball fight with grandma.
And Eden soon joined the fight.

Brady taught Tucker how to make a snowball too.
And then he started to get into it.
Eden's first angel

They worked together to get started on a snowman
Until Eden discovered she could eat the snow and that was all she did from there on out
I helped with the snowman too!

I'm so glad we decided to head up there at the last minute, great memories!