Monday, November 30, 2009

A few things to share

What a great, pretty low-key weekend. I put up the Christmas decor. Tiger thinks the Christmas tree is her personal scratch post--she climbs to the top. I am getting the house in order because this is a crazy busy month.

Here are a few fun things I enjoyed and wanted to share.

If you saw or read New Moon, you've got to read this. It made me laugh.

I started tivoing Glee. I loved this.

I sent this to some people. I just watched it again and it made me laugh, so here's to my recently discovered love of cats.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

not a creature was stirring...

but our mouse is still around--and, I might add, avoiding our many traps.

I just took these pictures.

That's right. 4:30 on Thanksgiving Eve and these four are asleep. They all had busy days at school and then had friends over. Then, they all had a case of the oneries. So, I told them that they could all take a rest, with eyes closed, in the family room or they could go to bed early. They chose rest time, and within minutes they were out. Mike got home to this sight and wondered what I had given them.

In other news, my precious notebook in which I keep all of my important lists, including the Christmas list, is missing. My goal was to have all of my shopping done before Thanksgiving. I think I am done, but without my notebook I am not sure. I so love being done shopping before all the craziness ensues. I like to just kick it at home--do some projects, make yummy treats, and be warm at home with the family during December.

In other, other news, I like werewolves. In fact, I believe if I were, say, a teenaged girl I would have posters of a certain werewolf hanging all over my room. I'm not a teenager, so that would be very inappropriate. It was just so, so good.

In conclusion, I love Thanksgiving. It is nice being reminded of just how blessed I really am. I have wonderful, supportive parents and siblings--Mike's family included. Healthy, happy kids. A supportive, hard-working husband. Health. Freedom. The Gospel. The things we need. Great friends. Opportunity.

Even though my life is not perfect, I sometimes think I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Now, let the feasting begin!

Friday, November 20, 2009

we are so there

We are so excited for December 11 when Disney's first black princess movie comes to town. I hope it is a good one, because there is one little girl that is beyond excited. Here is the trailer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Family Home Videos

Mike bought our first camcorder before we were married. We have loved capturing little tidbits of life, vacations and school programs. We have been nursing along our second camcorder, but it died a few weeks ago. We have missed capturing so many things and I didn't want to part with the money (especially this time of the year) but we just had to. I can't believe how tiny camcorders are now.

While the kids were off track, Mike hooked up our old camcorder to the DVD burner and each night we watched memories while burning a DVD. Ohh, my babies. My tiny brand new babies.

We have seen Andrew, Beverly and, just yesterday, Christian. Poor Jessi keeps asking when she will make her appearance.

I can't tear my eyes away from watching these videos. I have also had some revelations while watching. I will share a few.

I realized that I do, in fact, have a Utah accent.

I talk baby talk to babies and toddlers and animals of any age.

I have always loved animals. When we were trying to get Andrew, and it was taking a long time, I got a bunny at the state fair. At various times over the years we have also had a hamster, several frogs, a box turtle and Freddy the Lab.

Wow, that pregnancy weight is a "witch."

How did I survive? Andrew was four, Bev was not quite three when we had Christian. I remember one day calling Mike and telling him that he needed to come home from work because I wasn't coping (I won't get descriptive, but I was having "nursing difficulties" while parenting two needy toddlers.) Loved those days and glad they are over.

I used to make cute birthday cakes--cakes that took hours to frost. After Christian was born they were all purchased at Costco. The last couple of years I have made them, but they are not what they once were.

I loved my babies and kids sleeping in my bed. Mike tolerated it because I just loved it.

Andrew talked non-stop.

Beverly has always seemed like an old soul.

Christian didn't want to talk at all--he didn't really have too with all of us predicting his needs and understanding his grunts.

I've got to remember to live in the moment and enjoy them--they grow up so fast.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Halloween 2009

Halloween night Mike and Andrew went to the U Football game. It was the black-out game, so his Harry Potter costume worked out great.
A few days before Halloween Mike took the girls to the Jazz game.
At our ward trunk-or-treat.

Harry Potter and Hermine.
Jessi dressed up in Ariel's wedding dress.
Christian was a "Commando" guy.
Jessi and Kiki continue to wear their costumes everyday--they always get such good use out of them. We are now getting rid of all the left-over candy and enjoying the last few days of off-track time. We (I really mean me) are actually going to have to wake up before 9 a.m. That is going to stink.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Love my Grandpa

My dear Grandpa B passed away last week. His funeral was last Saturday. He suffered from Alzheimer's and was 87 years old when he died. My mom and grandma were with him when he died, and his death was peaceful.

My sweet grandma cared for him at home. My mom and other family members have also helped take care of him.

I took this picture of my grandparents in May. I love it. This was taken on their porch. They were sitting there watching all of the grandkids and greatgrandkids play kickball. They have the best yard for playing games.

The funeral was beautiful and it was so nice to hear things I didn't know about him. I was able to trim his hair before the viewing--it was nice to be able to do one last thing for him.

I am so glad that we were able to see him often. I am so grateful that my kids knew him. He left a legacy of hard work and dedication to family. I am also grateful that I can teach my kids where Grandpa is now, that he is happy, and that we can see him again.