Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our Week With Visitors

We have had some visitors this past week. It has been a lot of fun and enjoyable being with family.
Grandma, Grandpa, and Sarah came for Christmas this year. We had a lot of fun hanging out with them.
Sunday Miss Z came down to stay at our house for a couple of days. The girls were so excited to have her here.
Sunday was Sarah's birthday and we had dinner to celebrate. The crazies all had a blast running around being rambunctious.
Monday we were able to go out to lunch with Whitney, Brent, Isaac, Jenna, and Dustin. We miss them and are so glad that we were able to hang out with them while they were here!
Monday night we went over to the Bellagio and walked through the garden. We will NEVER go again the week of New Years. That place was crazy!!!!




Tuesday I dropped the kids off with Dave and Grandma and then Brandy, Sarah and I went to have a girl day. We got our hair done and then went to lunch. It was a good break and I always love to get my hair done.


Wednesday we had to say goodbye to our little Miss Z. She was excited to be with her parents again, but we will miss her.
Grandma and Grandpa came over to watch the crazies Wednesday night while Dan and I went on a much needed date. We went to Outback and then to the movie.
Thursday Grandma, Grandpa and Sarah left. We were sad to see them go, but will see them again sooner or later.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas

The girls woke us up around 7am and so we got up and had them sit on the stairs while we got dressed and woke up Ty. Doesn't she look so extremely excited to be awake!!!


When everyone was ready we came downstairs and looked through the fun stuff that Santa left. The girls were so excited to get exactly what they asked for. If the gifts weren't enough proof we ran downstairs to see if Santa had really come to our house. We put flour on the porch so he would have to walk through it to the door. He left a footprint!


We then opened our gifts. It was fun to watch Ty and her excitement. We could tell she really liked something if she opened it and immediately wanted to play with it and asked us to get it out of the box. And the whole time she waited she giggled. Such a cutie pie!







After gifts we ate breakfast (which didn't really turn out), got dressed, played with toys, and watched movies. It was our first Christmas here at home by ourselves and so I was planning on making a really good dinner. Well it didn't really turn out the way I was hoping. Maybe next year I'll get it down.


We played some more after dinner and then later that evening we went over to the Roper's. Grandma, Grandpa, and Sarah were there as well and so we had fun hanging out with them.

It was such a fun and special day and I'm so thankful for my little family and the fun that we have together. It was my first Christmas away from my family EVER and even though there was part of me that was a tiny bit sad, I was excited to have the morning with just us.

I feel so blessed to have all that I have. I am extremely grateful for the gospel and for Jesus Christ in coming to this earth. I haven't been an overly spiritual person, but it has been wonderful to talk with the girls and talk about what this season is really about. About 3 years ago we started a tradition to try to make Christmas a touch more meaningful. We all pretty much know the story of Jesus' birth and that he received three gifts. Well we only do three gifts for each child. They receive an outfit, a book, and a toy. Of course they still get Santa and stocking gifts and a couple family gifts, but we want to make it simple. Plus it helps with the stress of money. :) As they get older we will be trying to do more service as well, so they know that it isn't just about getting. Of course I had my moments when I wanted to buy them more (we all want to give our children everything), but all I needed to do was think about why we are doing this and it seemed to make me feel better. I fail in so many aspects of being a mother, but this is one thing that I want to try to do right. I know there will be times that it just won't work the way I hope, but I am striving to help the crazies understand and not be completely selfish. I'm not sure if this even makes sense, but it is late and I understand what I am trying to say :)
I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas. Ours was fabulous!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve...
This day is, I think, more exciting than Christmas Day. There is such anticipation for the big day. I remember growing up that we couldn't sleep at night and when we finally did fall asleep (no matter what hour) we were pretty much up at 2 or 3am to find out what we got. I think we got yelled at every year because we would be playing with the toys and be too loud. Such wonderful memories! Ha ha ha
Actually I think my favorite memories of Christmas Eve were the years when we were able to help fill the bags that Santa was going to give out that night. In the ward that I grew up in, all the men got together and some dressed up as Santa and they went door to door and gave each kid a chance to ask for something or to check on if they had been good. Then all the kids would get a bag of treats. My sister, mother, and I would go down the road to a neighbors barn and, with the help of others from the ward, we would fill the many bags with treats. We had a blast doing it. I wish they wouldn't have given up on that tradition. It was started when my Dad was growing up. So sad when it went away!
The crazies were filled with such joy this year. It is so fun to watch the kids as they get older and see how much magic is in this holiday that has been lost by growing up.
I've been trying to talk with them a little bit each day about what Christmas is really about. They understand that Jesus was born, but right now it is more about Santa. One day we will get there! :)
Anyways, the day went by quickly and we had a lot of fun. We watched a couple of Christmas movies, made cookies, watched on Norad's Santa tracker where Santa was, drove around to see some lights, opened presents, put flour on the front porch (you'll see why later--if you don't already know), read the story in the bible, put out the plate of cookies and milk and wrote a note.





The funniest part of the night was when we told the girls to go to bed and they realized that we weren't going to bed right then. They were so worrited that Santa might not come because we were still up. We explained that he would come, but he wasn't quite to our house yet.
I think that it might have been the first time in a LONG time that they actually went to bed without ONE peep. It was heaven!
I'm so excited for tomorrow!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Activity

We decided to do a gingerbread house this year.
The crazies loved building it.
Ty LOVED eating the candy.
I caught her on the table eating the candy for days after.
We made a beautiful mess.





We had a lot of fun and I think it just may turn into a yearly tradition.

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Game

I received the game Just Dance for the Wii for my birthday. It is actually pretty fun and a good workout if you get into it.
Dan was pretty funny to watch, but that is probably because he isn't a very good dancer. Sorry Babe! Maybe we can get a video of him at some point.
The girls were better then I thought they would be. We need to get them the kid version so it is a touch easier.

Just Dance from Tiffany on Vimeo.


They are into it at first, but kinda die out by the end. I love Jo Jo's shakin she has going on at the beginning. Such cutie pies!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa


Santa was at our ward Christmas party, but we forgot our camera and so we took the crazies to the mall. They were so excited. I knew that the girls would be alright, but I worried about Ty. She is still so shy around some people and I thought for sure she wouldn't get close to him. I was wrong. She walked right up to him and even answered him when he talked to her. The girls did good remembering everything they wanted to ask for and made sure to ask some questions that they had for him. Such awesome little girls I have!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Birthday

I turned 31 today.
Holy crap am I really that old!?!
I think the older I get the more ok I am with getting a little older. I guess that is a good thing.
Dan made me a cake this year and it was yummy Better Than Sex Cake! (Who named that cake anyways?)


The crazies did NOT like the fire. Jo Jo even got down while we they were singing. They are so funny.


I got a few fun presents, but best of all I got to hang out with the fam all day long.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ready?

Am I ready for this?



Ty has been acting somewhat interested in potty training, so we bought her some cute undies and we are starting today. She absolutely loves wearing her undies and laughs whenever she puts on a new pair. I am praying that she is a little better than the girls were. I don't really need any more stress.
Doesn't she look so cute and big. I almost can't believe that she is already to this point.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sickness

Thursday we ended up taking Jo Jo to the Dr. She had an ear and eye infection so we got her some medicine and went on with our week. A couple of days later she was tons better and Annie was getting the eye infection.
Lovely.
All this time Dan was sick and then he ended up with conjunctivitis. Not such a good thing with Dan because he can't do the eye drop thing. Have you seen the Friends where everyone has to tackle Rachel to put eye drops in her eyes. Well he isn't quite that bad, but you get the picture.
Such a wonderful house we have this week.
Hope you are all doing better than we are!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Time

We put up our tree today! The girls had a fun time and loved going through all the decorations.





They did such a good job decorating. See how all the ornaments are all together.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Rest of Our Trip

Dan left Delta on Saturday to come back for work.
There were two baby blessings that were on Sunday and so the crazies and I stayed until Wednesday.
Of course it had to be awful weather on Sunday, but we made it to the blessings.
Papa blessed Ben for Ryan and Emma and Colby blessed Zaylor for Jenna and Dustin.
They were both really good blessings and I was so glad that I was able to be there.
We ate some good food at Jenna's and I broke in her new carpet with some rootbeer. Don't tell anyone though!!
We left before the second half of the storm hit, but that didn't stop us from doing a 360, which according to Annie was "so awesome".
Mom was pretty freaked out, but all was fine.
Jo Jo got sick.
Go figure.
Ty had a good time with Harlie.


Annie acted like a baby for a good chunk of one day.


We went to the movie Tangled and loved it.
Ty loved getting into things.


We played with Auntie Shai, Kix, Oakley, Harlie, Moo Moo, and Nana as much as we could.
Plans changed and Nana drove us to meet up with Dan in St. George.
Were sad that Nana and Papa couldn't come to our house for a visit.
It was a good vacation, but it was also good to be home.