Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We Love Tummy Time

Josie has been spending more time on the floor these days, working on her tummy skills. No rolling over or scooting yet, but I'm okay if she takes her time getting moving;  Grace keeps me busy enough.

 For some reason, the child just older than the baby has always wanted to join in on the tummy time fun.

Grace and Josie 

Sophia and Grace

Sophia and Richie

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Little Ballerina

 Sophia started ballet class this week.  She has wanted to take ballet for a couple years and is so excited that she finally gets to. I'm not sure she'll turn into a prima ballerina, but she loves dancing and I just hope she enjoys herself.

She looks adorable in her little ballet outfit. 
 I'm thinking about knitting her some leg warmers to complete the look.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Christmas (Better late than never)

This is way over due, but here is my Christmas post, finally.  I have a hard time narrowing down my favorite pictures, so I there are a lot.  I suppose it wouldn't be like me to not overload my blog with pictures, so that is what you get.

December started with us decorating the tree just two days after moving into the new house.  The kids were really excited to do it, and I wanted them to feel at home in the new house and thought putting up the tree would help with that.  They pretty much decorated the entire tree on their own, then Grace and Sophia were perpetually redecorating it all month long.  I was actually really looking forward to the end of the month when I wouldn't have to deal with Grace playing with the ornaments.

Josie was introduced to the Christmas tree and seemed to get hypnotized by the lights.  The other girls like to lie under the tree and look up at the lights, too.

The week before Christmas we made sure to visit Santa.  Grace was really excited to see him, until she actually saw him, and got pretty shy.  I am not sure what she was expecting, but I don't think he was it. Sophia couldn't wait to visit Santa, but I think even she was a little uncertain once she got to him.  Richie was not interested in sitting on him lap.  He finally told Santa what he wanted for Christmas after we did a lot of convincing.
The Sunday before Christmas

On Christmas Eve we had dinner at our house with Richie's family.  It was really nice to be in our own home and be able to host everyone.  The Calls provided a turkey and ham and we made side dishes, snacks and treats.  Everything turned out delicious and we had a wonderful holiday feast!

Sophia was an excellent helper with the cookies I made.  She is always wanting to help me with things around the house and I appreciate everything she does for me.  I love this girl!

It started snowing in the morning of Christmas Eve and didn't stop until the middle of the night.  After dinner the girls, Dad and cousin Deacon went outside to play.  Grace came over to get me with a snow ball, but it turned out to just be some bits of snow stuck to her glove.  She loved playing outside and was so angry when we made her come in.  She didn't care that she was freezing, she was having fun!
For family home evening I wanted to read the nativity story out of the Bible and have the kids act it out.  I put together some simple costumes and tried to get the kids to cooperate.  First, little Richie didn't want to be Joseph, and we had to really work to get him to even be the narrator.  Then, by the time we were finally doing it, Josie was getting tired and cranky, and the little kids were tired of wearing towels.  Sophia, on the other hand, was thrilled to be Mary.  As we were getting ready she told one of her aunts, "I can't believe I'm Mary.  I thought for sure it was going to be Grace."  It was not the most amazing nativity ever, but we did get the kids to sing Silent Night at one point, and at least we talked about the Savior for a little bit, and they all looked so cute.

After the nativity, the kids opened Christmas Eve p.j.s and then one toy.  They played for a little while and then it was off to bed.

We tried hard not to go overboard this year with the kids gifts.  We decided that in addition to Santa's gift, they would get a gift from Mom and Dad, and then each of the older kids got something for each other.  It worked out really well and instead of being overwhelmed with a volume of toys, they were able to really appreciate the things they got.  They were so happy with everything and they took time to enjoy each gift as they opened it. 

 One of my favorite parts of the morning was hearing the kids thank each other for the gifts they got each other.  Richie and Sophia even gave each other a hug!  Richie and Sophia spent most of the day writing and coloring in the gifts they got each other.  It was special because they picked out what they wanted to give each other and they loved what they got.

As Richie was playing with one of his gifts he said, "This is the best Christmas ever!"  It was, but I hope he says that every year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Almost forgotten from November

With the move and the holidays I missed a few things that happened last year, but I didn't want to forget them, so here is a quick photo update of things that happened in November.

We started packing, which made all kinds of new places for the kids to play.

"Uncle" Joe came to town on tour and we had a short visit.

We did some more packing.

We drove to Blanding for Thanksgiving

Grandma had cupcakes ready to celebrate Dad and Aunt Kim's birthdays.

Cuddling with Josie was a favorite pass time.

And so was cuddling with Grandpa.

Packing kicked into high gear when we came home from Thanksgiving.  The kids really wanted to climb the tower of boxes.

The older kids had their first visit to the dentist (and another one a couple weeks later to fill some cavities).  They both actually liked it.  Sophia got to wear "fancy" sunglasses to protect her eyes from the lamp, Richie told me he wanted me to put these pictures on our blog and they both liked the prizes they got to pick out at the end of their exams.