Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

We had an absolutely WONDERFUL Christmas!!
We were able to move into the new house on the 18th and we got busy unpacking and setting up for Christmas. That Monday for family home evening we went and got out tree. I think there was like 6 left on the lot, but we got a good one we loved.

On Christmas eve my family bakes a bunch of goodies to deliver to our friends. We all met at my parents house to make the goody plates and then delivered them to our neighbors. When we got back we had our first ever kids Nativity play. Th kids did such a good job and I look forward to continuing that tradition.

Hailey was Mary, Kaleb was Joesph, Jackson and Karly were shepherds, Sean was an angel and a wise man, and Blake and Conner were the other wise men.

We said bye to the family and went and delivered our goodies to friends. We then headed home and opened one present. Guess what it was...PAJAMAS!

Christmas morning was so fun! I love seeing the kids enjoy their Santa gifts and watching them open presents.
After presents we headed over to my parents for some YUMMY breakfast and more presents. I think the highlight for me was watching all the kids open presents. We had them all sitting on the ground with their pile and Amber and I would read who it was from and then say " 1, 2, 3.. GO!" The kids would rip open the paper and grin loving what they got. It was so FUN!

The whole day was PERFECT!! I loved being with my family!

To make the whole Christmas experience even better, we woke up the next morning to SNOW!!!!

The kids and Stephen played outside for hours!

I am so grateful for my family, it is always such a blessing to spend time with them. I do miss the rest of family that is out west, my kids love seeing pictures of everyone. We hope to get out there soon.

Oh, don't worry I will post pics of the house soon!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's the most BUSIEST time of the Year!

Ok, Ok, I know I have totally slacked on my blogging. After the great post about trying to blog more often, I seemed to have failed, but I do have a GREAT reason( I'll get to that reason later).

I actually don't a lot of time to post right now, so I'll go through some things quickly. Hailey and Kaleb have both started basketball and both are doing great and having a lot of fun. Kaleb had a little performance at school and he did super! He was the cutest reindeer:)

And both Hailey and Kaleb performed at our ward Christmas party. Kaleb was in the heavenly choir. He is dressed like a lamb, not sure why, but still way cute. Hailey had a part in the play. She was the 1st innkeeper and said her one line perfect, and then joined the choir. It was very sweet and I was proud of both of them.

All is well with the rest of family, it's just that Stephen and I have been EXTREMELY busy getting things done at................................


Yep, we are moving out, on the 18th to be exact. We have had a lot of long days and late nights getting the house fixed up. Here is a little preview of what is going on. Don't worry when it is all done, I'll have plenty of pictures.

This really is just a small part of everything, but I will go into more detail when it is complete! See, I told you I had a good reason for not blogging;)

Stephen and I are so thankful to have this opportunity and VERY blessed to have amazing friends and family to help us out. Stay tuned for more to come:)

Oh, also check out the new pics of the fam, my super talented friend Christina took them!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The kids and I watched Stephen, my dad, and Kyle play football that morning, which was a lot of fun. Stephen loves football and I love being able to watch him play. That afternoon, I helped my mom cook. I made the stuffing and potatoes, and I have to say they were very yummy:) I am just thankful that my mom is such a great cook and has taught me so much. All the food was FABULOUS and we enjoyed being with everyone!

I LOVE this picture!!

Friday, my mom and I got up and went shopping!! We went to target at 3:45am and got all that we wanted, well almost. I needed one item for Karly and they didn't have it at that target, but thankfully there are 3 Targets within 15min. of each other and at the last one we went I found what I wanted. We also went to Wal-mart and I was able to get what I needed as well. We were back home by 9:30am, and very happy with all that we got. Some may think I am crazy, but I love shopping on Black Friday!! Stephen, the kids and I did goto the mall that afternoon, after I took a nap;)

Saturday, we were fortunate enough to get some tickets to the NCSU basketball game. We got 4 tickets and figured we would just take Hailey and Kaleb, hoping that Karly wouldn't be to bummed. Well, when we told the kids about the tickets, Karly wanted to go so bad. I was about to try and explain to her, that we could take her another time, when Kaleb says "I want to go,but I'll stay here, so they(the girls) can go." The girls were so happy and grateful that they cleaned Kaleb's room for him. It was so awesome to be there and see how much they care for each other. I was so proud of Kaleb, he is such an AWESOME kid! We had a fun time watching NC State win, and both girls got on the big screen!!