Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas in Burley

This year we spent Christmas in Burley and had a wonderful holiday. We had a dellicious Christmas Eve dinner and had the sister missionaries as guests. After the meal they gave a nice lesson about how Jesus was the greatest gift and we should think about what gifts we can give him this coming  year. We had a really nice week with the family and the kids had a great Christmas. The kids got to open pajamas and one other gift on Christmas Eve and they were SUPER excited about Christmas morning. We told them they had to wait until 7 a.m. to come wake us up, but somehow little R got confused and he and Sophia came up at 5:55 to wake us up. Sophia was bouncing up and down and could barely contain her excitement and consequently was NOT happy when we sent them back downstairs. I'm pretty sure they spent the next hour watching the clock because they were back upstairs promptly at 7:00. They spent some time going through their stockings and then moved on to the presents under the tree. Aside from Grace's doll from Santa being broken, everything was great and the kids were all very happy with what they got. Later in the day we got to Skype with Anson and he looks like he is doing great! It was so nice to see his big smile and to talk to him. The next few days were just fun and relaxing. Dad played some board games with the kids, we watched holiday movies, I almost read an entire book, and we went to a movie that little R has wanted to see for a while. It was a great visit and a great holiday!

Grandma Call's decorations are always so beautiful!

Sophia worked really hard on place cards for Christmas Eve dinner.



After I took the first couple pictures Grace said, "Let's pretend we're looking at something up there. It's a rainbow butterfly!"

Sophia and I had matching Jamberry manicures.

The kids were actually excited about opening their pajamas this year.


Look at these goof balls! I love them!

Christmas Eve presents! For some reason all the girls chose to open their gifts from Richie. Josie got a set of Jake and the Neverland Pirates Duplo blocks.

Grace got a Doc McStuffins doctors kit and she immediately started giving checkups.

Richie loved the Minecraft toys from Josie.

Sophia was confused because Grace had told her that she got her a Flutterby Fairy, but this one was from Richie. At first she was really upset that she was going to get two of the same thing, but she got over it.

Sophia's Christmas wish was for it to snow and we were all surprised to wake up to a white Christmas! It was so beautiful, and Sophia was happy to get to build a snow man the next day.

This is some of the Christmas morning fun. I stopped worrying about getting pictures and just enjoyed the rest of the morning.

One of my favorite things this year was that Grace labeled all her gifts by herself. She is getting really good at writing her letters.

We are so blessed that we could be together for Christmas and celebrate the birth of our Savoir. We have had a great year and look forward to another one ahead.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December

In Blanding the flu hit our family. The night before we came home Grace started throwing up and then she was sick for about a week. In that time little Richie also got sick, and just when I thought the rest of us had avoided catching it, Josie started throwing up one morning at 4 a.m. That day at about 10:00 the early wake up and the illness caught up with her. We had been snuggling on the chair together and I realized I needed to put her sheets in the dryer so I could make her bed in time for her nap, so I ran down to do that and by the time I came back upstairs I found her asleep in the chair.





Between Grace and Richie getting sick, we decorated the tree. The kids helped Dad put up the lights and the kids put on the ornaments. Quite a few of the ornaments got broken this time, but we don't even miss them. The kids always do a great job decorating the tree. Now everyone is healthy and excited for Christmas Day!




November

We were much less busy in November, well, Dad was pretty busy with work and rehearsals for "Ah Wilderness", but we didn't have as many activities together. Dad has a birthday in November and we went to Blanding for Thanksgiving and that's pretty much what happened in November.

We finally got the kid's school pictures and I love how they turned out! They both look great!


We went to see the movie "Big Hero 6" as a family and for a couple weeks after that the girls kept pretending to be super heroes, and now whenever there is a commercial with characters from the movie Josie gets really excited and says, "We saw dat!"

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Halloween

For Halloween Richie was Steve from Minecraft again, but this year he had a cardboard head and real pick axe, Sophia was a mermaid, Grace was a flower fairy and Josie just wore Halloween clothes. She was supposed to be a polar bear, but the costume I have turned out to be too big for her. She didn't mind, it made trick-or-treating a lot easier for her. We have a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating and we only had to go around our block and the kids got a lot of great treats.

 
Happy Halloween!

Sophia's Birthday

Sophia has wanted to have a birthday party at The Fun Park ever since Richie had one there a couple years ago, and she finally got her wish this year. She invited friends and they had pizza and played in the soft play and went roller skating. Sophia is a good roller skater but her friends had a harder time and mostly hung on to the wall. They all had fun though, and Josie and Grace just enjoyed running around the rink in their socks while Richie and Dad played arcade games. Everyone enjoyed themselves and Sophia was thrilled about her party.




 
The birthday party was a couple days before her actual birthday and Sophia was quite happy to celebrate twice.


It was mustache day at school for Red Ribbon Week, I think the idea was something like "I 'mustache' you to say no to drugs" or something like that. I am never very prepared for things like that so I didn't have mustaches for the kids to put on, but they were happy to have me draw them on their faces. Richie wanted one like Waluigi's, and Sophia just wanted a traditional mustache. Later in the day I discovered that Grace apparently felt left out because she gave herself a mustache, too.




Saturday, December 20, 2014

More October Activities

Every year Melody Lane Preschool does a display at the Pumpkin Walk. This year it was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and it looked really great. Josie and I went with Grace's class in the morning and then after school we all went as a family. My favorite display, besides Grace's, was the Doctor Who one. I never watched Doctor Who before this year, but I love it!



For Fall Break we made a really quick trip to Blanding. One of the days we went down to the Bluff Fort with Grandma, Grandpa, aunts and cousins and the kids had a great time.


The Chinese Nightingale

Sophia got to be in Unicorn's production of "The Chinese Nightingale" that her grandpa directed and aunt assistant directed. She loved being part of the show and it was a pretty special experience to work with Grandpa Call.






October: Apple Picking

One of my favorite fall activities is going apple picking. Grace learned about apple orchards in school and was really excited to go to one. Paradise Valley Orchard has a fun little playground that the kids love to play on right next to the orchard. It was a little chilly and breezy, but still a beautiful day for picking apples.