Monday, February 1, 2016

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2015

Ah, New Year's Eve.  The holiday that is a party, and one that should be spent with as many people as possible.  We love hosting a party for the family so we all have somewhere to go and someone to celebrate with.  And now we have enough rooms that everyone can sleep over!  Lots of food- shrimp, salad, meatballs, cheese, cantaloupe, seafood salad, crackers and dip, chips and dip and, yes, still crackers and pepperoni on cheese, broiled in the oven.  Lots of games (Some of us, ahem, Darren and Matt, were otherwise occupied with taking a little quiet alone time.   Grandpa even slept a little during our rousing game of pin the number on the New Year!)   Lots of fun!  (And a cute picture of Noah's cup because he wrote his own name on it!)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Play Doh Fun, Dec. 2015

With Christmas break being two weeks (two weeks!) long, every day was another hunt for fun things to do.  Play doh was an activity all the kids loved.  The boys wanted to make "cookies" and "bake" them in the oven.  Eva liked pounding the play doh.  Good times.  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Christmas Day, Dec. 2015

The boys were up bright and early, waiting for 6:30 am, the time we told them they had to wait until before coming to get us and going downstairs.  All the presents I had stressed over choosing were a big hit and the morning was so fun.  This was our first Christmas in our new house and I loved opening presents downstairs by the fireplace.  Eva didn't wake up until almost 8!  So we opened presents without her and let her open her's later.  Crepes for breakfast before heading to GG's house for ham and hash browns and toast and more presents.  

Later that day we had Jeanette and Nic over for Christmas dinner and I cooked my first rib roast.  Oh. My.  Gosh. It was the most delicious roast I have ever had.  And the rest of the meal was so perfect!  It was a great Christmas day!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Spending Christmas Money, Dec. 2015

Grandma and Grandpa celebrated Christmas with us a week early because they were going to Arizona to spend Christmas with Grandma June.  The gave the kids perfect presents (Davis got an apron that said Master Chef and a gift card to go bowling, Noah got super hero sheets which he immediately took out of the package and spread on the floor and lay down on, and Eva got a bucket and a water bottle).  And we got money.  Which I started spending sooner rather than later.  New socks for everyone and new activity books to help us get through Christmas break.  The boys LOVED choosing their own activity books at the Dollar store.  And I LOVED having new socks - it's the best feeling in the world!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sunday Before Christmas, Dec. 2015

There is something special about the Sunday before Christmas.  The Christmas program in Sacrament Meeting full of beautiful music and short talks.  The lessons about Jesus and his birth.  All tinged with excitement for the actual day.  Everyone dresses up a little (I found a beautiful dress at Kid to Kid a month before Christmas and saved it for Eva to wear) and feels a little closer to Heavenly Father and to each other.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016