Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011!

Corbin did a great job singing at his Christmas concert. I was really surprised to see that the teacher talked him into wearing the antlers and red nose. He is just "way too cool" for things like that now.

On Christmas Eve we decorated Christmas cookies for Santa, went to the movie Aurther's Christmas, watched a movie about our Savior's birth and drove around and looked at Christmas lights in our new pajamas that magically appeared on our doorstep every Christmas eve... It was such a fun day!

Titan enjoying his sugar cookies topped with all sorts of candy!

Corbin's plate looks amazing! I was so impressed with their cookies.

I told Orion i needed a picture before he could eat the cookies so here he is waiting patiently for me to take the

Jana was so proper and used her knife to decorate her cookies. Her brothers were just the opposite and used their fingers while licking the frosting every now and then.

We tracked Santa most of the evening. The kids went to bed as soon as he hit Canada. Shay and I stayed up and watched A Christmas Story. Love that movie!

Shay couldn't sleep all night. He got up at 4 am and waited. He finally started making breakfast at 5:30am which woke up Corbin. Next was Orion and Titan. Our bedroom is downstairs so they all started stomping to wake me up at 5:45! Poor Jana was so tired. Caden didn't want to get up so we took one of his presents down to him to lure him to the tree. It worked! We were all sitting by the tree by 6am!

We drew names this year. Titan drew Caden's name and gave him this Joker castle. Caden loved it! Caden got batman toys from Santa, a remote control car, play dough sets, Super hero sets, marshmallow gun and more! He loved it! ( he is not naked...but close! He doesn't like the feeling of clothes so he runs around in his undies all day...BURRR!)

Jana kept asking me with each present if it was ok to open Even though her daddy said it was ok she would still look at me to make sure. She got a dollhouse and baby doll from Santa, a baby alive doll, pink dress, a few more baby dolls and princess dolls and from her daddy ( he drew her name) she got a jewelry box, a beautiful picture, and princess dress up stuff...she loved it!

This is the picture that Shay got Jana for her room. The little girl in the picture looks a lot like Jana. It's a beautiful picture and brings tears to my eyes when I look at it. Shay is so sweet!

Corbin had a blast Christmas morning! Orion drew his name. Orion got him some legos, a Nerf sword and a Nerf axe. He got a 3D ds and spy stuff from Santa, soccer ball and a wii soccer game, army men set, Nerf guns, marshmallow guns, walkie talkies, signed up for a soccer team, and some board games.

Orion loved his Christmas! He got and Ipod touch and an Itunes gift card from Santa, some BYU cloths, hunting clothes, mom got him a charger tie ( i drew his name) and from the family a trip to Casa Grande! We wrapped up this suit case and put his airplane ticket inside of it! He was so shocked! He will be spending New Years Eve with his best buds in Casa Grande! It was so fun to give it to him.

Titan got a 3D ds from Santa, spy stuff, Nerf gun, marshmallow gun, BYU clothes, Kick boxing training video, Corbin got him a huge pack of Pokemon cards and a chess set and from the family he got a cell phone! We wrapped it up in this huge box. We put a gift certificate for Cafe Rio inside it. After he read the certificate his phone started ringing at the bottom of the box. He was so surprised! He kept digging and then came to a smaller box that was all taped up...he was struggling to open it. It was so exciting!

He had to get out the tools to get it open! It was so fun to watch!

I got spoiled! Caden drew my name. He got me a beautiful necklace set and some ear rings. Titan made me a beautiful necklace. He has been secretly working on it for the past month. So sweet! Shay really surprised me... I got this gun! I'm going hunting this year!! We went out shooting and I nailed my targets! I also got this new super warm Columbia coat, ear rings, necklace, a beautiful bracelet, and shay got me a picture of one of the ten virgins...the picture has a lot of meaning to me. We just did a RS lesson on each one of the Virgins and what they represent. It meant a lot that he was so thoughtful in the picture he choose for me. It is so beautiful. The spirit is so strong when I look at it and reminds me to stive to be pure in heart... I love it! He is so good to me. :)

Jana drew her daddy this year. She wanted to get him a snow man! So we found a snowman ornament. She also got him a New York Yankees leather wallet. He got a new outfit from American Eagle, a Cabelas hoodie, a new hat, some awesome binoculars, and a gym membership with workout clothes, shoes and vitamins. I think he was a happy man!

Jana dressed up all day on Christmas day. She loved all her new dress up stuff! Here she is as Sleeping Beauty!

Snow White!

A Pink Princess!

Cinderella and holding her Cinderella doll. She loves her new dress up stuff!
Christmas day was a blast. We opened presents, had a yummy breakfast, went to church and then came home and played with all of our new gifts. We got Mario Kart wii which was a huge hit all day! It was a nice relaxing fun day!

So this picture is a little blurry because I had to take it really fast before he saw me. I snapped this picture of Santa around 12:45am on Christmas day. I heard a noise and ran up stairs to see what it was. Corbin had put my camera on the piano just in case. Sure enough I got it! I ran back to bed and went to sleep so he could finish our stockings. I had to be pretty sneaky and we got it!

Merry Christmas everyone! We are so thankful for this wonderful holiday. We are thankful for all our friends and family. We are so thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ. We feel so very blessed to know Him.

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Brag time!

Titan got to dress up for a special Colonial party at school. He looks pretty good! He is doing really well in school. He has all A's and one B. He works hard. His teacher always has great things to say about him. He loves science. He has to do one science project a month in his school. Keeps us busy but he loves it!

Orion did his science experiment on heating a room with a window covered by a plastic black sheet. He raised the temperature of our kitchen by ten degrees Fahrenheit. His science teacher picked 50 science projects out of 400 to enter into a science fair at Utah State University. He had to present his science project to the judges and tell how his project would help the community. He won first place! We are so proud of him! He is also doing really well in school. He made the high honor roll!

Caden started preschool! YAY!! Noticed that he is not wearing It takes about 20 minutes to get socks and shoes on him. He doesn't like the feeling. He was diagnosed with a sensory disorder recently. He is doing much better though. At school he gets therapy and they help us with things we can do at home. He is sleeping better too! :)

This little girl is sooo girly! She loves anything pink. She walks around with a baby doll in her hand. If you ask her what Santa is going to bring her she says a "Pink Doll". She has her daddy wrap around her little finger. He told her no no today and she began to cry. She milked it. He held her and she kept saying "my daddy told me no no." She is so fun!

Corbin is still a character! He is always making us laugh. He is getting straight As. His teacher loves him. He has a ton of friends. He is so out going. He has been such a helper with Caden. He comes home from school and goes straight to Caden to play with him. It's a nice break for me! :)

I love being a mom...I have amazing kids! :)

Love this time of year!

I love Christmas time! We went to Salt Lake City for Caden's EEG appt a week ago. The Temple lights were so beautiful. We went for a carriage ride around Temple Square. The sweet Spirit around the grounds was amazing.

Everyone helped out decorating the tree. I love getting our Christmas boxes out. We always put up the ornaments and crafts the kids made. We have ornaments from 10 years ago. It brings back so many memories. I'm so glad I saved all of these crafts and ornaments that the kids made in school. They laugh and talk about their memories each year we put the tree up.

Caden loved the Nut Crackers! He played with these for days.

Caden put the Star on the top of our tree this year. We feel so very blessed that he is with us right now. Back in July he had a drowning accident. I haven't blogged about it because it still gives me anxiety. Someday I will tell the story. Heavenly Father placed a wonderful person, Chad Smith, in our path that day. Chad hadn't swam in years. He just felt like he needed to be there that day. Caden had no pulse when Chad grabbed him from the lifeguard. I know Heavenly Father sent angels that day. I feel so very blessed that we get to enjoy his sweet little laugh today. I don't take it for granted. Sometimes I will just sit and stare at could have been so different. Our lives would have been so different today. My heart would have been so broken. I'm so grateful for this little boy's life. That we were given more time with him. He is such a sweet little boy. We love him so much.

I am so thankful for this time of year. I love reflecting on our Savior, Jesus Christ , and His life. I feel so blessed to know Him. I feel so blessed that I have been given a chance to have the Gospel in my life. I'm grateful that my husband invited the missionaries into our home 14 years ago. I am so grateful that my children are taught about Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be with my family for all eternity... I am feeling so very blessed. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

October Fun!

We have a awesome little park up dry fork canyon that we love. Its only about 15 mins away from our house. It's so beautiful up there.

Jana rarely smiles for the's always a funny face now.

Orion is such a good big brother. Jana adores him.

His brothers love him too! :)

Jana's new obsession...BOOTS! She loves them! (along with her daddy)

It snowed! The beginning of Oct we woke up to this so Dad helped the kids build this cool snow man. It was a blast!

Jana loved the snow. I don't think she has ever seen it snow before so this was so cool for her.

My boys have all kinds of plans for this winter. They are so excited for the snow!

Jana dressed herself...look at her "cool yellow boots". I tried to tell her the boots were cute and she keeps saying "no mom, they are cool yellow boots." She is hilarious!

We have a ton of wigs in our Halloween box. Caden found this one...he looks great huh? lol

These two are growing to be pretty good friends. This is at a park by our house.

Jana watching Titan's football game. She just stared at the game like this forever.

The Raiders!

Orion is getting too big. He decided to stay home this year (again) and pass out candy to the trick or treaters. He thinks he is too old. I told him to throw on a mask and go get me some candy... lol. That didn't work either.

We went to a cool pumpkin patch this year. It was at a big corn maze in Bluebell. We got to ride on a trailer behind a tractor down to the pumpkins. Orion and Titan were with their friends getting ready to go into the haunted maze. And it was freaky! I was scared to death!

Jana picked this little pumpkin

On the hay ride headed back to the mazes.

Our awesome pumpkins!

Jana had a hard time deciding what to be this year. For the ward party she was a princess.

Caden had the same problem. We have tons of costumes and each year I just open the containers and let them choose. Caden was batman for the ward party.

On Halloween night, Titan was a were wolf...looks freaky huh?

Scooby-doo, bumble bee, and a transformer. And see the little witch in the back left, that's their cousin Sofie...she is so adorable!

Caden loved this costume and wore it about 2 weeks straight.

Optimus Prime! We love transformers!

Jana the bumblebee. She loved her black boots the most though! She asked me to take a picture of We had a great time Halloween night. We went trick or treating with my cousins Ricci and Curt and their little girl. Then we came home and ate all the candy and watched a movie. We are loving Utah...but I'm not so excited about the winter. I have been freezing cold the past few weeks. Everyone is doing great and getting big! Including me, dang!