12.30.2008

Lights

We took the kids to the Temple last night, so we could get it in before it's over. The weather was perfect, not too cold, but not too warm either. It just doesn't work for me if I am hot! We stooped by QT yummiest gas station Hot Cocoa around.

AS we sat around the statue of Christ, I felt the spirit so much. I watched my kids, and was so thankful that they know how to behave in the Visitors center. There was a lady next to us, whose little girl kept running up to the statue, and then she kept yelling her name to get her to come back, and she thought it was cute. Lady, there are people here trying to feel the spirit, trying to listen to the words, not to you yelling at your kid!

Cooper came over and sat by me, and even at that young age, he could fell it too. He was so reverent, and he knew how special of a place it was. I love my kids, they bring me so much joy!

I also thought about how last year, while we sat in that very same spot, Jon got the feeling that we should have another baby(it was a huge surprise to me, he had been telling me for 2 years we were done!), and now look where we are. We never would have had sweet Macy if it wasn't for that. Luckily no such revelation came last night.

Anyhow, another tradition I love. SO glad we made it, and just in the nick of time!

12.29.2008

Fun at the Park




Macy's fine as long as she's
sucking on something!


See what I mean...


Cannonball!!!

12.28.2008

Lightrail Adventure


The kids finally got a seat, they were very happy!


Sweet little girl, she screams in the car,
but loved the lightrail!


Buffy and Chloe liked standing up


It was soooo cold!


Clowns freak Chloe out, so I had to get a picture of them with one!


As most of you know, I am very big on my kids experiencing everything. A few years ago I decided it was time for them to ride a City bus, so I packed them up, put Cooper in his stroller, and we headed off to the bus stop. We were just gonna go down the street to my mom's house, as we were waiting for the bus my mom drove by, so she made us all pile in her car and drove us. Luckily our school takes the city bus lots of places, so they know what it's like.

So Saturday after we saw Bedtime Stories with my mom & siblings, we headed over to ride the lightrail. We parked at Central Ave & Thomas and got on. It was crowded at first, but after a few stops the kids were able to get seats. We thought we would just ride until the end, and ride it all the way back. What we didn't know, was that when we got to the end (19th & Montebello) they were making everyone get off the train, and get in line for the next one or one of the shuttle buses. There were probably 1500 people in the line, for both. So we called my mom, and she headed over to the Costco to pick us up. Let me remind you that it was freezing outside, and my kids were hungry.


This is all of us stuffed in my mom's jag.
I was praying we didn't get into an accident on
the way to our car!

When we got to where we parked, we decided to head into Lenny's Burger Shop for lunch. While Jon ordered, I nursed Macy to sleep. Her second nap on my lap (the 1st one was during the movie).


Are you wondering wear the babe is?


On my lap under the table. I had to cover her in napkins so
I wouldn't drop food on her, the burgers are
super delicious, but super messy, as seen
in the picture below!

We had so much fun, and I just kept telling the kids it was an adventure. I know some people think I am nuts for dragging 5 kids around and doing stuff like that, but I love it. They have so much fun, and we are making memories they will never forget!

Christmas Day

Macy woke me up @ 4:30, so her and I
sat in the dark with just the lights on the tree.
I just sat and thought about the year I've had, and
snuggled with her. I can't believe last Christmas I
was barfing because of her. I really enjoyed that special
quiet time with her before the chaos of the day began!


Santa brought Chloe a shower radio,
we are all so excited, because now she won't drag in our huge
radio and leave it in there like she always does!


Andy was completely surprised with his BB Gun,
and he LOVES it!!!


Buffy was so excited that Santa brought her
an Ipod shuffle. What a lucky girl!


This is Cooper as he notices the Guitar Hero
World Tour set up in the Office.


The goods after all was said & done.
Jon got me my Panini grill, and we have had Paninis 3 times
since Christmas day!



Buffy's new boots from Grandma!


The boys wrestling with Uncle Johnny


The girls in their new Twilight shirts!


Playing with Flarp at Aunt Jo-Jo's

After we went to my mom's in the morning, we came home and I was able to take a nap which was soooo nice. Then we headed up to Jo-Jo's mountain. We had a great time there, and yummy food, topped off with cream puffs and our own bag of Biscotti to take home. That was great! I was so worried my kids would be disappointed because Christmas was pretty tight this year, as I am sure it was for many families. Luckily they didn't seem to mind at all. I am so glad their grandmas and aunt were so generous, I think it really helped a lot!

Christmas Eve


I think it's the 1st baby Jesus
with a sequin headband, diamond earrings,
and bright red hair!




We had our program at my Grandma's retirement home this year. The best part was all the old people that kept coming and sitting down, they had no idea what was going on. While Jimmy was saying the opening prayer, one of the old ladies was talking, so the one next to her started yelling that we were praying, over & over. It was that scene from Christmas Vacation, when they are trying to get the old lady to say Grace at the table. It was a riot!

Next we headed over to Jon's mom's house for a Mexican feast. The kids had a great time playing with their cousins, and getting their Christmas pajamas from grandma.

We made it home in time to get ready for bed, and do our Secret Santa exchange. The kids had fun guessing who their santa was, and telling their person some of the things they did for each other. The girls were total pains about going to bed, so it was a late night for us!

Weekly Photo



Christmas Eve in their jammies,
with stuffed animals from left on our door from
a Secret Santa...

12.24.2008

Weekly Photo

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Random...


Girls playing dress-up


me jumping into Cooper's picture


Me & sweet baby girl

Just some random photos from the weekend...

Weekend Review


(us caroling at my mom's front door)

Friday was a long day of trips to the school, to the store, to the doctors,to the car wash, to the pharmacy, etc... Coop and I both had strep, but felt better by Saturday morning.

Saturday was my annual lunch with my mom & siblings. We exchanged presents, ate food, and were the loudest customers (once again) in Cheesecake Factory. That night we went out to do our caroling that we do each year. We usually do it on a week night, and now I know why. Out of the 15 house we went to, only 5 were actually home. At least we got the goodies on the doorsteps, and the kids had fun.

Sunday we had friends from the ward over for dinner after church, then Jon & Chloe went caroling with the youth.

12.15.2008

Quote of the Day

Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit. (Pardon my French)

Amazing

The other night we were in the front room, an all of the sudden the girls noticed it was pink outside. So we ran out to see this amazing sunset. We are so lucky to live in such an amazingly beautiful place!

Just in case...



Just in case you've forgotten how darling this girl is, I wanted to help you remember! Johnny, have a good day!

Weekly Photo


I am really going to miss our Sunday morning snuggles when Church changes time. This is how we usually spend our morning, I let Jon sleep in, and then we all go wake him up. He loves it (actually, I think he will be fine with it being gone for a year!)

Participation welcomed

So last night Chloe had some attitude, Jon got angry, I got involved. It was bad all around. A total knock down fall out of sorts... Now I have a question for all of you, and I want comments...

Chloe bought her Ipod with her own money, so she feels that we can't ground her from it because she owns it and bought it herself.

I think it is still a privilege, and I bought most of the music she listens to, so I think I should be able to ground her from it.

Where do you all weigh in on this? I am anxious to hear.

Discuss amongst yourselves...

Weekend Review

The party was a hit Friday night. A huge turnout as always, and so much fun all around!

We broke out the Guitar Hero World Tour, which was a total blast, and as usual the cool crowd hang around until the wee hours of the night!

Saturday Jon had inventory at work, so the kids and I had a lazy morning, and finally got working on chores by lunchtime. We headed over to my mom's in the afternoon for some leftovers, and to just hang out for a bit.

Saturday night we drove the kids to a homeless shelter. It was amazing how silent the car became as they saw the hundreds of people setting up there things on the cold street. There were lines, and a few port-a-potties. I don't think they realized how close to home this type of thing was. It is literally 8 minutes from our house. It was good for them to see that there are people here in our city that are hungry, and cold. It doesn't only happen in Africa. Andy was quick to realize that he really doesn't have the worst life ever! When we got home, Jon had them lay down outside on the concrete for a few minutes. I think they appreciated our home, and beds, and warmth, and treats so much more that night!

We picked our Secret Santa names, so it is service time. I am having the kids write down the service that they do for there person everyday, so it is easier for them to remember to do it. Sunday's are interesting now with Macy. Jon and I both teach, and she is way too much of a distraction for the Deacons, so I get to have her. In my class is also our YW Secretary, with her 1 year old, so Macy is a huge distraction to him. I have a feeling it is going to take a while to get my groove back in that class! Afterwards we went to my mom's for homemade Split Pea Soup, and pasta for everyone else. We enjoyed the cold weather, and headed home. We were welcomed with brownies on the doorstep, and a few hours later, this fabulous new couple in our ward brought over more goodies. Can I just say, that she seriously makes the best sugar cookies I have ever eaten in my life! I will be tracking down that recipe this week!

Last week of school, 11 days til Christmas, it is time to get crazy! Lots to do, lots to be thankful for, let's hope it all happens!

12.12.2008

Cloud my vision

This could really put a damper on the party tonite. I am soooo keeping my fingers crossed that is clears up soon!

12.10.2008

HOW???

How do you know your kitchen is cold?

The butter you took out 3 hours ago, is still ice cold. Nice...

Hopeful


(This was our 1st Christmas card we sent out,
just thought it would be fun to share some past ones!)


It's 8:35, I've showered, have make-up on, started a load(out of hundreds)of laundry, took the kids to school, Macy is sleeping, she slept through the night last night, she only screamed halfway to school, the butter is on my counter getting soft for the 4 dozen cookies I have to make for YW's. This is a dang good start to a day that I have lots to accomplish. I am hopeful that this is a good sign that it is going to be a good day!

Jon is going to AC/DC tonight, and I am taking the kids to my mom's to start on the food for the party. I can't believe we are halfway through the week already. Christmas is going to be here before I know it, so I really need to get cracking!

12.08.2008

Going, Going, Going...

I just got my Christmas Cards made and ordered. One major thing off my to-do list. I got some shopping done this weekend, so not too much more, thank goodness! It is hard this year with a baby who doesn't want to leave her home, ever!

Friday Jon and I went shopping and out to dinner. Chloe freaked out about babysitting, she said "What if I had plans" we replied "But you don't" again she said "what if I did" back to us "But you don't." I told her I am getting as much babysitting out of her as I possible can to make up for the year's of money we spent on sitters. Plus I know in a year or two, she will always have plans.

Saturday was our ward party during the day. When it was over I sent Jon & the kids home, and I headed to the mall. I came home to a clean house, I was so happy!

Saturday night we were meeting Jon's sister, Jen, in Scottsdale to go to dinner and McCormick railroad park. They drove all the way from Casa Grande, we met at Wendy's. Then we headed to the park, only to find out that they are late in putting up their lights this year. That was a long drive just for Wendy's, so they headed back to our house so the kids could at least play with each other for a bit. I was really glad then that my house was clean!

Sunday was just the usual craziness, but we got to church ontime! Andy did FHE that night, and everyone had fun doing his little craft.

Last night we went to the Ross' for dinner and a little Guitar Hero World Tour FHE. It was so much fun. The kids had a blast, and it was just a relaxing evening. Macy was such a good girl, which made it really nice. She has really hit a good groove, and is so happy most of the time now. As long as we are not in the car, or anywhere else besides her home!

I spent today at the doctor's office. Chloe & Andy had physicals, which turned into Andy needing X-Rays and bloodwork. When we finally finished with the X-Rays, the blood lab was closed for lunch, so Jon just headed back with him to get it done. It's always something!

I have some super cute pictures of Macy, but can't find my memory card reader, so you will just have to wait! I promise I will get back into regular postings again soon just be patient...

12.04.2008

Love it!

There's nothing better than going way back into photo booth and finding random videos and pictures your kids have taken over the past 2 years. I love this kid!

I bet these are from a year or so ago.

video video

12.02.2008

Faith





Faith is something that I have to continually work on. I do the things I am supposed to, but I have a hard time believing that I deserve blessings. There are so many more people out there who are more righteous, more kind, more deserving, give more service, etc... Sometimes I feel bad, because I feel like my family gets the short end of the stick, because of me.

Things are tough all around the country right now. They aren't horrible for us, but they are definitely tougher than normal. Then on top of that, we seem to have had the most expensive baby ever. So we have tons of unexpected medical bills, dental problems that keep popping up, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc... Needless to say I have been stressing, trying to figure out how I am going to make it all work.

Tithing does not come naturally to me. No matter how hard I try, I have to do just that, try. Most people just send it off, know they are doing what's right, and things work out. So as I was sending off our check yesterday, thinking of all the gifts I need to buy (teachers, friends, family, Jon, mom, in-laws,etc...) it was a test of faith.

I just got the mail, and there was a stimulus check, that I was told we wouldn't receive because it would go to Jon's business. It's in my hand, in my name. Not as much as my tithing, but still a good amount. Maybe good things can happen to me. I'm just super glad I continue to try to do what's right, and that Heavenly Father knows when I need a little reassurance of my importance to him.

12.01.2008

~ 12 ~


"I make 12 look good!"











12 things I love about Chloe:
  1. Her voice (if you ever get the chance to hear her sing, do it!)
  2. Her laugh
  3. Her sense of humor
  4. How helpful she is (when she wants to be)
  5. What a good friend she is
  6. Her genuine concern for other people
  7. Her love for her siblings
  8. Her persistence
  9. Her sense of style
  10. Her excitement
  11. Her relationship with Cooper
  12. She's a hard-worker (when she puts her mind to it)