Tuesday, December 6, 2016

First day as Little Ninjas

I'm so super duper excited about this martial arts studio we found! It's ridiculously affordable, about a quarter of the price we were going to pay at a different place. And the owner is awesome. 

Ornament party #LightTheWorld

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   We got together and made ornaments to put on a tree for a local family in need. It was so fun to hang out with these great ladies!    

Monday, December 5, 2016

me like Hobby Lobby....

Most people would probably be shocked to hear that I had never been in a Hobby Lobby until today. Seems like a place someone in my age and situation would frequent. But I don't. 
Might start now!!!
I could have stayed in there forever! Courtney's face reflects my exact feelings :)
I WANT ALL THE THINGS 
But managed to leave with just these photo ornaments to get ready for tomorrow's ornament service party, and a styrofoam wreath starter for a project I've wanted to do for years. We'll start there and see if those actually happen :-)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 1 of 25

Off to school!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Taking sisterly love to the next level

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Bennett's single-minded Gratitude Journal entry

In case it's too blurry to decipher....
It says Jesus 
over and over again

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Family Christmas Card!


 I spent a couple hours at my friend Paula's home today, who generously donates her graphic design skills to those in need :)
Now to figure out where in the world I put that address list I used last year... 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Real men braid their daughter's hair





This represents a lot of progress for him...

Mustang driving

Fantastically warm 
Fall day 
calls for a cruise 
in the pink convertible 

Working out with the niece!





8 rounds of tabata with this rockstar teen :-)
Seriously, she's awesome.
 Hard worker, honest, doesn't whine...
I'm praying my girls become nice teenagers like she is!

Envelope stuffing party to #LIGHTtheWORLD

We helped mom fill 250 envelopes addresses to every member of our ward, filled with invitations to our Christmas worship services, our Christmas Devotional music night, and #LIGHTtheWORLD !

Merry Christmas BeanieBoos

I want to always remember my 8 year old who totted around her favorite stuffed animals (one of which she worked REALLY hard to earn the money for & buy off Amazon herself) in Santa hats as we decorated the house for Christmas.  She was so sweet to them..."Sofie, Dottie, look at all the Christmas decorations! Aren't they beautiful!"

Friday, November 25, 2016

HOHOHO

Other grown men do this with their kids, right? Just him? Fine.

bANANAGRAMS

I lovelovelove sitting around playing games with my family!!

Don't let toddlers play with your phone











It's really awkward when you get a call from 911 asking if you have an emergency because they just received a hang-up call from you....


Thanks Charity.

Turkey trotters!

I'm so glad we found a race to do on the Northside Thanksgiving morning! 
Best way to start the holiday.  And the event was for a great cause too - supporting a family that lost their Dad, and helping the school PTA.

19:40 5k for me, 1st girl, but not super competitive. A great workout though because the hills were crazy! I'm hoping next year mom can join us....her bronchitis is bad, and cold air makes it worse. Though it really wasn't that cold! Perfect November day! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Chillin with my homegirl

I MADE TURKEYS!!!

I did it!!! It was sooooo much work, and I was really nervous about it.... but we made it! Thawing, brining, seasoning, roasting, basting.... oye. Such a process. 
The dead birds looked and tasted perfect!
And yes...it's so so so gross to know they're just dead birds sitting there.  Can't think about it. 
But I won't be sad if I don't eat turkey again for another year.

Scenes from the Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Getting ready to light it up!

Multicolored paper lanterns arrived!!! 
Thanksgiving Lantern Festival 2016 is going to be beautiful!  

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Christmas post LATE or EARLY?!

While going thru old emails (in my never ending quest to get my inbox down to zero...or at least below 50), I found these gems Dad took on his camera and texted to my email last year.
So cute!
This was at their Christmas preschool program 2015.
Oh I adore them.
I couldn't just let these photos NOT make the blog (like so many, many others, sadly), so here they are. Right on time for THIS Christmas.

And below - a photo from the Dec 2015 Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis. Our family had a fantastic time doing this together. Or at least that's what I remember. It seems like a long time ago....like, oh, 12 months or so.

Now excuse me while I go look for photos from Easter 2012 I never blogged....

Savana is here!!

Charity and Savana are the next round of cousin BFFs around here! 
They're just getting to an age where they realize that :)

I'm so excited for the Thanksgiving family festivities happening over the next few days!! 
LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Am I doing something wrong or is she just 3....








We are waiting while Brianna gets her teeth taken care of. 
I put her shoes back on her 3 times. 
I've tried to distract her with everything under the sun. 
But nothing is as entertaining as trying to wipe the ground. Because that's so sanitary..

4 heads are better than....

Nothing like watching a video on Daddy's phone to get them to bond....

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Charity's first sister sleepover

We are hoping to make this a regular thing :)

So sweet and cute.... but it took them forever to fall asleep. Then Charity still ended up waking at 3am and coming into our room. 

Oh well, it's a start!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

First snowman of the season

The white lump in the photo behind his cute little head... that's their first snowman! They worked hard on him before it was time to go to school.  The snow was melted away by the afternoon, except for their snowman. How magical. 



I could've got a better pic if I was willing to go out to it. But...it's cold. And I'm a wimp lately!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

First snowfall of the year!!

....and she's just a little bit excited ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I reallyreally love my 8yr old and yellow napkins

She set the table without being asked. She made pumpkin muffins and displayed them all cute on a tray. She begged to use our special yellow napkins, which I initially said no to because we save them for parties. 
Then I remembered some advice someone gave me.... never save the good stuff for a future event. 
Every day with my family is worth celebrating. 
So tonight....yellow napkins!

PieFace family game night

All I have to do to be Mother of the Year in their eyes is.... pull out this game.   #easywin
ps... see how there are 2 wall/door openings behind them? When we moved here, there was just the first one. The second was a solid wall. Getting rid of it last year remains one of the best things I've ever done. And it makes me want to knock down more walls. My dream home involves one HUGE open floor plan. Someday....

My magic green elixir heals all ills

Mom has a terrrrible cold.
Inconveniently, at the same time dad is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
So I went up Sunday morning to concoct a healing potion. Large quantities of organic parsley, cilantro from my own garden, an entire lemon, tumeric, zinc, echinacia, as well as stevia to sweeten it also from my garden.
Vitamixed up with mineral water.
It worked.
She drank it and is doing much better today.
However...my drink aggravated dad's heartburn apparently.
Oh well, can't win them all.

Monday, November 14, 2016

New crayons!

Microwaved the broken little pieces into a moon shaped big crayon! I love how excited Brianna gets over our little art projects. She's such a fun, happy girl. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Flossing Lily






I actually kindof enjoy flossing children like this.
Maybe I missed my calling in life... hygienist?
No, probably not.
Because unless it's my own child, or a niece, it's super gross.

We loved having Lily for a sleepover. Meredith was working and mom/dad are sick/recovering, so we are next in line to host her! The girls just adore their time together. Cousin BFFs...so sweet.