Thursday, March 8, 2018

December 26, 2017

We went over to Dwight's brother Dean's house for Christmas dinner. We played games this year with the adults to exchange gifts. It was fun! Dwight and I planned a family feud style game. His siblings did charades, name that tune, minute to win it and more. We had a lot of fun and came home with some pretty good gifts/prizes. The kids also exchanged gifts. We had italian food for dinner. Love getting together with family. The day after Christmas we took the kids and a bunch of their cousins to play at golf land and then for dinner at Red Robin. Tons of fun!

December 25, 2017 Christmas

Christmas with this guy is what dreams are made of! Total magic!

 I loved our cute tree this year! The fatter the better!
 We wrapped the hall where the kids bedrooms are this year. No peaking people! Once we were ready (there was A LOT of negotiating this time) we came out and let them run through. 

December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve

I loved Christmas Eve being on Sunday. One hour church is perfect!!! It was great to have sacrament and think of the savior as we celebrate his birth. Dwight made a super yummy prime rib dinner. I usually get or make pajamas for the kids for Christmas Eve but, decided to do robes this year because none of them own robes and they all have A LOT of pj's. Love these cute kiddos!

December 22, 2017 Mailing Santa Letters

We were so late mailing our Santa letters this year!! Life was just so busy with this bunch! We got them mailed just in time.

December 22, 2017 Ice Skating

Ice Skating with out co-op friends. It was freezing in there and felt so Christmasy. Love these cute kiddos of mine. Savannah never left the wall. It took her a LONG time to go around the ring. Gracie got comfortable pretty quick and loves ice skating. Bear stayed on the wall mostly but skated around along the wall pretty good. Gunnar had an old man looking walker to help him and skated around on that thing pretty well. So much fun!!

Such a fun ice skating crew!

December 21, 2017 Co-op Christmas party and performance

The kids worked really hard this semester and prepped a Grinch retelling all on their own. They decided who would play which part, did all of their blocking and made all of their props. They performed the song "You're a Mean One Mr Grinch" as part of their show. It was amazing!! They are so dang cute! I did Bear's make up for him. He loved playing the Grinch. 

 They also performed the Lindy Hop for their dance this semester. We lost our dance teacher. But, we love having our kids learn social dances so we decided to do it ourselves. Thanks to You Tube we had an amazing dance. The kids helped choreograph it themselves. So proud of them. Hopefully I can add a video of it soon. 

 Love our Co-Op family

December 18, 2017 Christmas Caroling at Chik Fil A

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

December 16, 2017 Feed My Starving Children Birthday Party

We don't do a lot of birthday parties. It's just not our thing. We like hanging out with our family and our kids have chosen to spend the money other ways. But, this year Gracie really wanted to celebrate in a special way with her friends. She wanted to start her 16th year by serving others and not dwelling on herself. So, we decided to go to Feed My Starving Children with all our friends and family. There were over 30 of us in total. We packed A LOT of food to be sent to Cambodia. It is a really fun, up beat environment. They play music and encourage you to hurry hurry in a little bit of competition to beat the other tables. So fun! At the end the entire group of volunteers sang to her in the worst happy birthday song you could do. It was so very funny! She had her friends over after for pizza, cake, and games. Such a sweet 16!! She is blessed with so many people who love her!

December 15, 2017 Gracie turns 16

16 and oh so sweet! We loved celebrating this girl! She is beautiful, talented, and such a joy in our lives. She is growing up way too fast and it hurts my momma heart but, she has become one of my very best friends and I am so thankful she is mine. She is all things girl. She loves clothes, make up, and doing hair. She is a beautiful ballerina and works so hard to continually improve her pointe dancing abilities. She loves to play ukulele and sing. She loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, and all things magical. She loves to read, watch movies, and escape real life for a bit. She loves to go to church dances with her friends or have friends over for games. She loves Disneyland and all things Disney. She eats way too many spicy chips (takis, hot cheetos). She loves to exercise and be active. She is a really fast learner and good and pretty much everything she tries. Dog walking is her favorite job. She is both excited and scared to grow up. She wants to serve a mission and go to school to be a nurse. I know she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to. I am so proud to be her mom. The world is a better place because she is in it. 

 We went around for some of her free birthday food. Then, later as a family we went and played at Golf land and had dinner and a birthday treat at Cheesecake Factory. We are so fun! :)