Sunday, April 20, 2014

Finding their Easter Baskets

I’ll have to do some speed blogging to catch up…  no picture editing or spell checking (not that I do much editing anyway), just keeping the memories


What a wonderful Easter with these sweeties!

Since the girls found out about Santa last Christmas, figuring out the Easter Bunny was bound to come next…  Now, they have one Easter tip, to hide their Easter Baskets harder, lol (they love a challenge).  Growing up, my  mom hid our baskets each year until we moved out, I’m sure I’ll keep that tradition.


So we hid them good… and they looked hard.


Sage found hers first, behind my mirror (well, there are only so many places you can hide a basket) 



We just returned from Spring Break, so their baskets were quite simple, but they didn’t seem to mind, or notice :)



Sophie was finally hot with her searching and climbing



She found hers in the office


Trevor’s turn


He’s lukewarm


Ha,ha, he found his out on the grill

What a nice day celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!  The best part for me was attending church, the uplifting talks, and hearing my husband sing a solo for the musical number.  He sang “Peace, I Leave With You” from John 14:27.  I had to hold back the tears.  The ward loved it and most of them let him know.  Great job baby!!  It added so much to our meeting today! 

Thanks Mom B. and D. and Uncle Mike for coming!


Hope everyone had a peaceful Easter

Friday, January 17, 2014

Ringing in the New Year

It may be half way through Jan, but better late then never right?  The “Eve” celebration our city put on was a hit!  You buy the wristband and have access for three days of family fun venues downtown, with free commute on Trax to and fro each place.  Even included a Jazz Game, but that filled up fast. 
We started at the Children’s Museum.
It’s been awhile since we’ve been here, forgot how much the girls enjoy it!
A great hands on, educational kids museum.
You can do anything with a sister’s help!
Frigid temperatures outside (really was), just ask these future News Broadcasters…

Off to… somewhere tropical, wishing.
Flying the medic helicopter
Then we visited the Clark Planetarium, heart this picture of them looking at our beautiful earth.
Moonwalk, Trevor teaching Sage all about walking on the moon (left), big brothers rock!
After lunch at Gateway, we hopped on Trax to the Convention Center
“Luke, I am your Father”
The kids enjoyed the Bouncetown, glow in the dark hula hoop room, and the girls favorite, the Ballroom filled with clear balls all over the place, a soccer players dream!  There were live bands and entertainment throughout, Sophie and Sage were head over hills watching the local band “Beyond Five”, what?…  New Years is a busy time at Paul’s work, but he hurried, then joined us for a nice dinner at Olive Garden across from the Convention Center, then back to Ring in the New year, with concert and fireworks.  Thanks SLC for a fun family celebration!  A fun new tradition for us!
Here’s to a GREAT 2014!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Christmas Wrap-Up

Just when I get on a blogging roll, my computer gets a virus, so much for my expensive anti-virus program, Oh well.  Thanks Paul for fixing it!  You computer whiz! 
Our ward Christmas party/ dinner was pleasant.  Sophie and Sage were angels in the nativity, very fitting!  I made a Red Velvet Bundt cake and my favorite sweet potato casserole.
Our girls continue to improve on the piano, they were asked to play piano solos- Hark the Harold Angels Sing & Deck the Halls by Sage, and a beautiful Carol of the Bells/ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen medley by Sophie.  Less then 2 weeks to prepare, it wasn’t easy but they did great, although they were the first to say it wasn’t perfect, they had many compliments!  They’re little hands amaze me. I had to help with something and didn’t get picture of Sophie :(  A nice evening to kick off the Christmas season.
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Trevor’s favorite Christmas tradition is seeing A Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theater, they put on a fabulous show (play)!  This year we took the girls, now that they’re old enough to handle the scary parts.  We all loved it and the kids look forward to the huge cookie and drink we always get at intermission. 
The girls friend was in the play, her older sister played the ghost of Christmas past and Tiny Tim’s brother (left), she was awesome.  With Scrooge on the right, what a great actor!  Trevor wants to audition here sometime soon.
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Our friends had a delicious, fun cookie exchange party.  I’ve never seen so many cookies and Christmas treats in one place, topped off with a chocolate fountain and many fruit options (my favorite), the kids were in heaven.  This is only one of the tables, everyone brought their favorite Christmas treat for a delightful mingling evening!  Thanks for the invite Devon and Crystal!
Sage’s favorite Christmas event is going to “This is the Place” for an old fashioned Christmas evening “A Candlelight Christmas”.  We met Grandma and cousins there this year, had dinner and enjoyed the festivities.  It was such a cold night, I didn’t get pictures, but we enjoyed dancing around the Christmas Tree, seeing the Live Nativity in the barn, making homemade ornaments, and seeing Father Christmas.
Snow queens heading out in the snow.
Well, S & S are smart little 10 year olds and have Santa figured out this year, they questioned it a couple years back but we held on to the Santa belief as long as we could.  Mixed feelings, but I have to admit, it’s kinda nice not having to sneak around and do the Santa thing, and it’s just as special as we focus on His birth and celebrate with our loved ones.  But they are growing up super fast.
Hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!!  So happy for my friend Kelleyn in China right now, just adopted her beautiful daughter Avery!  Follow along here

Sunday, December 29, 2013

ho, ho, ho- Christmas Day

This year I did the 4 gift idea I heard about a few months ago- “Something to wear, something to read, something you want, something you need.”  A new tradition for sure, sweet and simple and we can focus on giving more then getting, keeping Christ in Christmas.  The kids were actually good with it.


Journals, Harry Potter DVD’s (fun find on black Friday).  Below is their want, Flying Helicopters.  The girls fly them every chance they get, and although Trevor’s a little old for one, it’s cool to fly with his sisters.


Something to wear…  I could do a whole post on my girls style and taste in clothes.   They were happy to get these and the Avalanche jackets Sophie really wanted (official Puma jacket for their team, getting their name and number on them right now) and skinny jeans w/ cute T-shirts was what Sage wanted.  They know me well at Justice and show me all kinds of soccer gear and clothes my girls would like as soon as I walk in the door.  A little dangerous for me to walk in there, but they have cute bright clothes that my girls like, and we always shop there for their friends birthdays.  Sophie likes anything athletic, and Sage prefers a cute T-shirt and skinny jeans, neither of them like leggings.  On Sundays I get a say, they dress up and will even wear ruffles and/or lace, but they prefer skirts over dresses.  I have to say, their style is growing on me, it’s totally them.


The older boys got their want and need, a Craftsman Tool Kit and Auto Safety Kit for their cars.  Equipped w/ jumper cables, flashlight, gloves, expandable shovel, etc.  Makes this mama feel good they’re prepared!


Nick and Josh gave such thoughtful gifts, especially for poor college students- Nick works at a guitar/ music store and got Josh & Trev a nice guitar stand, the girls cool music bracelets, and Paul and I some yummy Godiva chocolates (mine dark choc).  Josh got Nick a harmonica set (just what he wanted), Trevor a pocketknife, the girls those cute Asian jewelry boxes, Paul a nice shirt and tie, and me a beautiful scarf.  Very nice gifts, thanks N & J! 


Something to read… The older boys were happy to get “Ender’s Game” book, Trevor- “Maze Runner” & “Sound Bender” and the girls a Judy Blume book set and some national geographic books on animals, which they LOVE!


It was a pleasant morning, Sophie our morning police, even let us sleep in until 8:30.  I made ham and cheese omelets to balance all the chocolate, then off to see Grandma’s, Grandpa, and cousins.  Nice scarf Josh!


One blessed mom! how’d they get so big?


Paul and the fam


M & D liked their gifts… Sweater and jewelry for mom, Flashlight, thermal socks, and Clint Eastwood DVD for D.  Plus the fun “Five Crowns” rummy game.


They got T an Under Armour Basketball since he’s started Jr. Jazz this month.


Cuties, Sage and her little cousin.  She enjoyed hanging out with the older girls, so they taught her some soccer skills.


Thanks Grandma and Grandpa D, you always make it special, food and all!

Then some nice visits with Grandma B. and Uncle Mike…  Such blessings to have our family close!


Do we still have Santa believers in the house?  One more Christmas wrrap-up post.