Tuesday, January 31, 2017


What can you say about January, honestly the worst month of the year.  This year it rained nonstop in January, which was amazing because of how badly we needed the rain, but hard too because we are so used to being able to play outside. And to top it all off we had three weeks for Christmas Break and most of it fell after Christmas.  So that was really fun trying to figure out what to do with the kids until January 11 in the rain.  Luckily we made it through and it even wasn't as bad as I was worried it would be.  We didn't actually do anything super exciting but we still had fun being together.

 Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim gave the kids their own gift cards to Chick-fil-a for Christmas so we took them and they thought it was pretty cool that they got to order their own meals rather than having to share which is what we always do. They even had enough money to get a milkshake too!
 Clara officially decided that she was too big for high chairs which is always fun. haha!!
 I had had about enough of Annie being home with me.  She has been so hard and difficult and I just needed a break from her so even though money was tight we decided to put her in Miss Patty's Place for the rest of the school year and it ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. Almost over night she became like a different kid. She was happy and not crazy!  Best money I ever spent!!
 The one good thing about breaks from school is having the bigger kids home, so they can help with the little kids.  Clara really loves her Ziz!!
What do you do when you are stuck inside? Have lots of movie nights.  Clara was loving her some popcorn.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jane's Baptism

My friend Amy took these amazing pictures of Jane for her baptism. It was so fun to go with Janie and take them. She is such a sweet girl and it was so fun to watch her get her pictures taken. She was so excited to be baptized and she was so excited to have her new dress. I helped her pick out and design what she wanted. She was so excited about it and I think it turned out really good. It was hard to pick just a few of the pictures of Jane because they were all so beautiful!  It ended up being perfect too because we had had so much rain I was so worried that there wouldn't be a day for us to get the pictures done but there ended up being the perfect day to do it, even if the ground was really wet!

It was a very special day for Janie. I'm so glad that Kevin is able to baptize the kids.  It is so special for them that he gets to do it.
It was really special that both sets of grandparents were able to be here for Jane's special day. I'm so grateful for this eternal family that I have and I am so proud of Jane for having the desire to be baptized and make those covenants.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Jane's Birthday

 Jane's birthday fell during Christmas Break for us this year, so that meant no school for her, but it also meant she got to have a special lunch date with mom and Dad and no one else since Lizzy was home to babysit the little ones.  It was such a fun thing to do that we decided that its our new tradition to take the kids out for their birthday and if it falls during school then we will check them out of school. the kids are pretty excited about it.  Jane and I went and picked up Kevin and we went to our favorite pizza place Trademark and she even got her own pizza!The kids have recently decided that for the most part they would rather pick out their stuff then have us do it and wrap it, so I took Janie shopping after lunch and she got a bunch of little things that she wanted like a stuffed pig Pua from the movie Moana and I got her a special little dessert at Raleys. I think she ended up really enjoying her special day.  One funny thing though is that when we got home Nellie was freaking out and kept saying, "I'm very jealous right now!"  haha!

 The next Sunday I made her birthday cake so that Grandma and Grandpa and Judy and Jim could come over.  Janie is a huge fan of oranges so she had asked for an orange cake. I looked and looked online for a recipe that sounded good and nothing was sounding that good so I decided to make up my own.  I even learned how to candy orange slices only to realize that no one liked them and they are not something I would do again.  Oh well, I guess they worked well for the decoration. The cake itself was really good though. I have learned over the years that I can make pretty much anything better than I can find it elsewhere.

Grandma and Grandpa got Jane a spirograph, which was the perfect thing for our little artist.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Activities

I don't know why but decorating the tree and getting out the Christmas decorations is one of my favorite things to do.  I think its because there is just so much excitement about the upcoming holiday season and everything that comes along with it. I love to see the excitement and magic that the kids have this time of year.

It is tradition that Kevy is the one that puts the angel on the tree. Maybe its because he usually just likes to sit back and watch everyone put all the other stuff up and then he wants to contribute as well.
 Every year I try and do an activity every night during the Christmas season.  Its just really important to me that my kids have lots of memories of us doing things together as a family. Many years I have failed because of exhaustion on my part, and while I still feel exhausted most of the time, things have gotten a bit easier and this year we were able to do stuff almost every night. We went to see the big tree get lit in downtown Roseville and we actually made it on time to see it happen! It was fun and not as cold as it has been other years.
 It just wouldn't be Christmas time if we didn't have Christmas Dancing.  This year Clara was able to join in with the other kids and it was pretty much the cutest thing I have ever seen. She loved it so much!

 Nellie joined show choir this year and so that meant she had to go early to school for the entire year on Thursday and Friday. She never complained about it. I was so proud of her and she looked so beautiful up there singing her heart out for her Christmas concert.
 I had to throw in this picture of our silly Clara enjoying a cupcake we brought home from Nellie's choir concert.  I think she liked it!

 Roseville does this really cool thing called Neighborhood Santa where they have Santa come trough different neighborhoods on different nights and this year it just happened to come down our street. It was such a fun thing for the kids, they loved it!
 Every year a bunch of families in the ward get together for a family night and walk through a neighborhood that has a bunch of good lights and then have treats afterward. Its a fun tradition that we love to do, but this year they did it a little later and the kids were just so tired so we walked through and then we decided to leave before the treats because Clara was just so done and ready to go to bed. The kids were good sports and we just ate the brownies I made in the car on the way home.
We also went to the Ward Christmas Breakfast.  I decided to finally wear pajamas this year because I never do and all the adults are wearing them as well and wouldn't you know this year most didn't. Hah, just my luck!

Instead of doing gingerbread houses, I figured the kids would rather decorate gingerbread men because they are quite a bit better to eat and we know that is the reason that they are doing it in the first place.  I think they had a great time.

We have started a few new traditions over the year that probably most people think are silly but the kids have absolutely loved. A few years ago we started opening a present the day before Christmas Eve, now known as Christmas Adam, since Adam came before Eve, haha. Well this year we started another tradition that ended up being the kids favorite thing we did this year. The night before Christmas Adam we let the kids open their new Christmas pajamas and then I made them each a little treat bag and we made hot chocolate in paper cups we could take with us and then we drove around town looking at all the cool lights in our jammies.  It was the best time!  For sure a new tradition for us! This was one of our favorite houses, it was really fun!