Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Savior.
Love you all!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful

It snowed again. This time I took a few pictures. I really wanted to get some pictures of the house covered in snow but I didn't feel like venturing out. This is my backyard. I opened my back door just enough to stick my camera out--snow fell into the house--and you can see that it's STILL snowing. It hasn't stopped since last night.
This one is from my front door. Those footprints are where Hunter and I trudged into it to get to church this morning. Apparently some wards in the Kennewick and Pasco Stakes were cancelled today...but not in the Richland stake! I'm so glad because the Sunday before Christmas is a wonderful Sunday. As music chairman it's usually a very busy Sunday for me. Last year I wrote the program, sang in the choir, played my flute, and played piano for someone. This year I knew Jason would be working so I assigned everything out and had a very relaxed Sunday. (Well, when I wasn't chasing my kids around, that is.)

Hunter noticed me taking pictures and wanted me to take some of him. Hence the following...

Speaking of Hunter, here's a funny story about my funny boy.
I was reading my scriptures this morning when Hunter interrupted me and asked me what I was doing. I recognized a teaching moment so I put my arm around him and told him I was reading about Jesus. His sunbeam class was in charge of sharing time today so we'd been practicing his response to the question, "How can I be like Jesus?" I wanted to talk about it some more so I told him I was reading about when Jesus was born. I pointed to the nativity on the dresser and decided it would be a good moment to remind him about the reason for the season.

Me: Christmas is when we celebrate when baby Jesus was born. Do you know what Jesus did when he grew up?

Hunter: He got tall.

Me: Yes, but he was also nice, and he shared, and he helped people. So how can YOU be like Jesus?

Hunter: I don't want to be just like Jesus.

Me: (Concerned) Why?

Hunter: I want to be a policeman just like Daddy.

Me: Well, you can be a policeman AND be like Jesus too. Policeman help people. Jesus helps people.

Hunter: I don't want to be like Jesus.

Me: WHY????

Hunter: I don't want to be tall.

I had no response to that.

I hope you all had a wonderful and spiritual Sunday. I need to go talk to Hunter some more....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I Apologize...

I just reread my last post and I got really annoyed with myself. I was whining and I apologize. The snow is fine. We're fine. I've remembered how to drive in it, I've pulled out my snow boots and got rid of my "wussy-itis" as Jason calls it. It is still REALLY cold, but we really don't have anywhere to go. Hunters preschool was cancelled again today (which is so sad since today was his last day and the Christmas party. He cried about it and it broke my heart.) My voice students come to ME and my friend's husband shoveled my front walk. We've got a fire, the IL DIVO Christmas CD, and lots of hot chocolate. I'm good.

Here's some Santa pictures I wasn't going to post, but now that I look at them they're kind of funny. Saturday was our ward primary activity where the kids got to meet Santa. Santa has always been kind of a traumatic experience for Hunter and usually ends in crying. Last year was the WORST experience so I wasn't really expecting anything this year. (All I really want is a PICTURE!) Hunter LOVES Santa in theory and on paper, but in living color....not so much. This year we didn't have screaming and crying. We had tolerance. I think their faces accurately portray their attitude!

McKay wasn't very impressed.
Hunter wouldn't say ONE word. Santa just wanted Hunter to whisper what he wanted for Chritmas, but Hunter wouldn't cooperate. He wanted his treat bag and then he wanted to GET AWAY.
The crafts weren't much better. McKay likes attention from the pretty young women in our ward so he tried to cooperate. Hunter's snowflake didn't get made because he couldn't cut through the thick paper. He enjoyed spending time with his favorite babysitter Allison, but didn't get much else done.

Oh well. Maybe next year we'll get some excitement and some pictures worthy of a Christmas card!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow Day

It is one of those days to stay home. The temperature is between 15-20 degrees. Snow has filled my driveway. It's piled up in my walkway so that if I opened my front door it would fall inside. The wind is blowing. And it's STILL snowing!
Hunter's preschool was cancelled--which is a bummer since he looks forward to it so much. Don't get me wrong--I LOVE snow--as long as I don't have to go anywhere or drive in it! The problem is that I have to trudge outside to take the garbage can out to the curb AND I really need to run an errand today!!! I have to pick up ONE more thing and get it mailed before Christmas. Crummy weather!

I really do like snow. I mean, I've lived in Wyoming and Utah for goodness sake! However, in Wyoming and Utah people are prepared for a lot of snow. Snow plows are plentiful. The roads are salted. People KNOW how to drive in it. Here---not so much. My kids don't even have snow boots or snow pants because snow isn't a given every year and WHY would I shell out money for snow boots and pants if it MIGHT not even snow?

Ok. Enough complaining. I'm done. Really.

My friend Morgan (who I kind of hate right now because she lives in Vegas-- warm, warm Vegas) tagged me with this mommy tag. I think I'll tackle it now while I'm waiting for it to stop snowing.


1.What time do you wake up?
- When McKay wakes me up--usually around 7:00 am. Hunter gets up earlier but knows that mommy isn't a morning person and he leaves me alone. Someday McKay will be old enough to learn that...

2.On a good night what time are your kids in bed?
- 7:30 pm. Their bed time isn't until 8, but now that it's dark SO early I can get away with 7:30 most of the time.

3.How long have you been a mommy?
- 4 years, 2 1/2 months. And they have FLOWN by. (Unless you count pregnancy. Then add 9 months to that.)

4. How old were you when you became a mommy?
- 23. Just barely. (Unless you count pregnancy. Then I was 22).

5. What is your favorite chore?
-Cooking/Baking. I LOVE food. I love to create meals and treats for my men.

6. What is your favorite meal to cook?
- It depends on my mood and cravings. I'm pretty good at making a variety of things.

7. What are 5 things about being a mom that make you smile?
-Family cuddles and wrestling on the bed.
-Hearing joyous laughter throughout the house when Jason is playing with the boys.
-Listening to McKay learn to talk. Especially when he copies what we are saying.
-Watching McKay clap his hands and say "good boy!" when he is proud of himself.
-Listening to my 4 year old READ and feeling proud that he is SO smart!

8. If you could take your kids anywhere, where would it be?
-Somewhere with fish or animals, like a zoo or sea world. They LOVE animals and fish and we don't even have a zoo here!

9. When was the last time you went out without your kids?
-Our friend Scott had a surprise birthday party last week and we got a baby-sitter for that.

10. What was your most heartbreaking moment as a mommy?
- When Hunter was 3 months old we moved him out of the bassinet into his room and a big crib. One night the batteries in the monitor died and in the morning I realized that he had woken up and cried in the middle of the night and I hadn't heard him! I was SO sad about it and didn't get over it for weeks.

11. When was the last time you told your kids you love them?
- Last night before they fell asleep.

12. When was the last time you were told "I love you"?
- Last night when Jason said good night to me.

I tag anyone named Angie.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Easy Treats

KRAFT scores again! If you don't get the Kraft magazine go to the website and sign up! Everything in it is EASY and delicious. This is my favorite treat from it to make this year -- mostly because it is SO easy I don't even have to turn on my oven. That's because they are actually RITZ crackers dipped in minty chocolate. Really. Try them -- you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Mint Thins
*1 pckg. (8 squares) Bakers semi-sweet baking chocolate
*1/4 tsp peppermint extract
*1 sleeve ritz crackers (36 crackers)
*1 peppermint candy cane, crushed (or crushed andes mint -- it's not as pretty but it tastes better!)

Melt chocolate in microwave as directed on package.
Stir in peppermint extract. Dip crackers and place
on wax paper. Sprinkle with candy cane (or andes mint) bits.
Let dry (or refridgerate until dry) and enjoy!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time

I haven't blogged in awhile! It's that busy busy time of year I guess. Plus it seems like I have LESS time since Jason's been home. Since Thanksgiving I've been occupied turning my home into a Christmas wonderland for my children. I'm not done so no pictures yet-- (the garland for my fireplace won't light up and I'm trying to decide if I REALLY want to set up my North Pole Village- it's A LOT of work). If you came to my house it would be obvious that this is my FAVORITE holiday. I kind of go NUTS!

I really want Christmas to be great for the boys like it was when I was a kid. My mom used to go all out and I've been trying to keep up.

Cookies have been baked.
A gingerbread house has been decorated.
Festive candles are lit every night.
Christmas music has been blaring--dancing has occured!

She also used to have a "Christmas fairy" visit us every night in December to leave a treat as a countdown to Christmas. Well, the tradition continues! My mom came for a visit last week and brought the boys an advent calendar and some treats for me to use from the Christmas fairy. Every morning the boys open the door on the calendar and find a treat or a note telling them where to find it. The treats have been everything from Christmas socks to coloring books, to Christmas Captain Crunch cereal. They absolutely LOVE it!

Ok, picture time. Here's my tree--it's done except I found a spot on my tree skirt so I have to take it to the cleaners today.

Our house is merry and bright! Jason is amazing--he did this almost all in one day.

The boys have their fuzzy, soft holiday pj's! It is so fun having Jason home to play and goof off with them! Here they are playing with light up snow globes. (Thanks Christmas fairy!)

It has been really weird---and wonderful---having Jason around ALL the time. He's been feeling pretty good so I put him to work. He reorganized his side of the closet, purged some of his old clothes, and has been watching the boys and cleaning the house so I could go Christmas shopping with my mom and to the gym almost every day. On Thursday I returned home from the gym only to shower and go straight to a Relief Society luncheon. When I came home 2 hours later to a clean house I said to him, "Jason, I don't EVEN deserve you." He agreed with me. =) My adorable boys! Christmas time is more magical when you experience it with your children. McKay is actually old enough to enjoy the treats that keep coming into our house. Hunter can't WAIT for Santa. And I love dressing them up like this!!!! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!