Tuesday, December 27, 2016

{Merry Christmas!}

Christmas Eve:
Christmas Eve morning we headed to my parents house. We had a yummy breakfast, the kids reenacted the nativity story, played games, got new pajamas from grandma and grandpa, and lots of cousins playing. It was a fun morning!!
Christmas Day:
Christmas Day was fabulous!! We woke up to find Santa had stopped by! We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast, then spent time together opening presents, playing with toys, playing games, and watching movies. It was a slow-paced day, but I loved every second of it!
The day after Christmas Carrie went to her cousins house and had a sleepover. My parents watched Matthew and Joshua while Kevin and I took Andrew to see Star Wars: Rogue 1. It was good, and we had a lot of fun!!

Friday, December 23, 2016

{instagram: december}

...There are a few houses near us that put up a lot of lights, and they "dance" to music that you can listen to in your car. This was just one of the many times we went to see them this year, on a night a certain boy needed some cheering up. Matthew especially loved the "dancing lights" (as he would call them), this year...
 ...This boy came home from preschool today as a reindeer!! He was so happy. Also, if you want this boy to smile for a picture you have to say something to make him laugh!! Otherwise he will just look at you like he is so bored, haha. I love this kid so much!!...
 ...Matthew was so excited to go to preschool in his pajamas today!! I have a picture of Carrie just like this 4 years ago (in jammies holding a teddy bear from their Christmas party) when she also went to preschool with Miss Pateresa. So fun!...
 ...The kids sure love their dad!! He has had to work a lot of long hours lately, and this was a rare moment we were able to relax and be together. I am so thankful for this man, and the sweet family and life we have together...
 ...Having "snow" much fun! Kevin surprised us by coming home early from work today! The kids were out playing in the snow, so Kevin went out to join them. They spent a good two or three hours out there, then came inside to have some hot chocolate...
 ...These kids are so excited for Christmas and needed something to do, so we made a batch of play dough. Hours of messy fun!! 12.23.2016...
 ...LOVE this boy!!!...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

{tumble}

Carrie started tumbling in the fall, and she had her first  performance tonight. I am so proud of my girl for trying something new, and it has been fun to watch her be excited about something. She has improved a lot in the short time she has been going! After the dress rehearsal she ran up to me and said, "That was so fun!!" and was so excited for the real deal that night. Grandma and Grandpa were able to come and support her, which made it that more special for her. :)
...with her good friend Brylee Gumbrecht. So fun that they have been in the same class!...

Friday, December 9, 2016

{Christmas program: preschool style & Santa!}

We got to go see Matthew perform some Christmas songs with his preschool class. He had so much fun, and it was so cute to watch!! He especially loved the songs that had actions to go along with them.
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...Oh goodness, does Matthew adore Miss Pateresa or what?!!. She means so much to me not only as our preschool teacher, but as a good friend as well. I am thankful to have her happy influence in my life, and also my kids lives!! She really is the BEST preschool teacher!...
After the program we were able to visit with Santa!! I was surprised that all four of our kids wanted to see Santa, and sit on his lap. Christmas is such a magical time, and I am thankful that hasn't worn off for our kids yet! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

{instagram: november}

...by Carrie...
 ...She likes to be on her head! :)...
 ...Playing and singing Christmas songs. It's never too early!...
 ...This chubby baby is 7 months old!! He is such a sweet happy boy, and we love him like crazy!!!...
 ...ho, ho, ho!!...
 ...I know, I know... it is early to put up the Christmas tree. It has become tradition in our family to put up the tree before Thanksgiving, and we look forward to it every year!! We even got the lights up on the house today, too!...
 ...Andrew has been working hard on scouting and received his Tenderfoot this last week. We are so proud of him!!!...
...naptime...
 ...cute brothers...
 ..."When I woke up, I saw WINTER outside!!!" -Matthew, age 4
 ...Long drive to Price, Utah...
 

Monday, October 31, 2016

{Happy Halloween!!}

We had such a fun Halloween!! After a yummy dinner of taco soup the kids excitedly put their costumes on to get ready for trick-or-treating. We had planned to just go around the block all together as a family, then I would take the younger boys home and Kevin would stay out a little longer with the older two kids. However, once we got started we just kept going. We went further than we have in previous years, and the kids loved every minute of it. We hit all the streets in our ward, and it was fun to see neighbors and friends out and about, as well as at their homes. I felt a little bad about not being home to pass out candy (we did leave a bowl of candy on the front porch), but I am so thankful I got to experience that fun night with my family!!                   

Sunday, October 30, 2016

{Pumpkin Carving}

We try to make time to carve pumpkins with the kids. (By "we" I mean Kevin carving pumpkins with the kids. I don't like anything about it.. too messy!!) As the years have gone on it always seems like it is harder and harder to find the time! The kids always look forward to it so much though, and it is always worth the mess in the end... :)
...Matthew's pumpkin...
 ...Carrie's pumpkin...
 ...Andrew's pumpkin...
 ...Joshua's pumpkin...
 ...Cute kids!...