Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas get togethers

Santa enjoying the ladies!!

Lilly was a little scared of the"Big Man"
There is Dancer, Vixon, Prancer, Commet and Cupid!!!

Some friends of ours had a Christmas get together at their house. And Santa even came. Most of the kids thought he was really cool. My kids haven't really wanted anything to do with Santa this year. Maybe because most of the Santa's at the mall are ex-cons or something! But Santa Claus made an appearance at the party.It was fun to see how excited the kids got when they saw him. He was a really good Santa. He had the kids and some of the adults wear reindeer antlers and we sang Christmas songs. Each child sat on Santa's lap and told him what they wanted. Walker wants Lego's( I can do that) And Lilly wants Littlest Pet Shop(I can do this one too!) And of coarse the ladies all sat on his lap as well! Santa REALLY liked this , maybe too much!! We had a really fun evening eating pizza and having lots of laughs. Thanks Browers for Letting me invite myself . As always we a had a great time

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New calling

 A few weeks ago we received a phone call from the stake offices asking us if we could meet w/the sake president ,later that day. Of coarse we said, "Yes" and then had complete anxiety for the next couple hours. "What could the Stake president possibly want from us." Neither of us thought it was time to be released from our callings, Tyler has been the Cub Master for the past 18 months, and he LOVES it. I've been in the Young Women's for the same amount and that's a perfect fit for me!! But I had a really strong feeling the change was going to be for Tyler. The Stake Pres asked Tyler if he would accept the calling to be the new Elders Quarm president. Nobody ever WANTS to be the elders quarm president( so I've heard) but of coarse he accepted. Over the coarse of the week Tyler also had to choose his counselors. He really took this seriously, lots of praying, fasting and temple trips. I told him I would support him in this new calling and would fast along with him. One night I couldn't sleep and was up for most the night tossing and turning and then giving into the night and watched reality TV on MTV! As I drifted off to sleep 3 names of men in our ward popped into my head, out of no where.(I know that sounds a little weird.) I told Tyler the names that I came up with. He as well came up with the same the three names! There was some relief on his expression, but he still wanted to make sure  of his choices. He later went to the temple, and continued to feel good about his decision.He submitted the names to the bishop and the stake offices called the other 3 families. They all accepted their new calling in the elders quarm presidency.
 I have considered us 'good" people. We TRY to live the gospel and we do our best. BUT there's a LOT of room from improvement on our part.Over the past few weeks our personal and family prayers have been more thoughtful, our Scripture study has gotten better, and the feeling in our home has changed. My relationship with the Savior has grown from being "good" to 'better."  I can feel the spirit in our home a lot stronger now. I feel the Saviours love from me.Tyler is such a good example to us and he doesn't even realize it.He makes me want to be a better person, just by the way he lives his life.I think this calling has already drawn him closer to the Savior. Sometimes we just need a little change to help us become the person the lord knows we can be. In Tyler's case he's just getting a little "push" to be better, and I've already witnessed it. The Stake President set him and the other quarm apart on Sunday, He gave each of them a wonderful blessing full of promises and blessings that our ours if we live according to the gospel. The sprit was so powerful in that meeting .I was so greatful to be a part of it.
 I love this time of year. Its such a great time to be able to reflect on the Saviour and his love he has for all of us. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday and an even better New Year!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Christmas Traditions



 For the 1st time this year we made a gingerbread house. I just bought one of those pre-made kits at sams club. Walker and Lilly couldn't wait to get their hands on it. An edible house! Who wouldn't love that idea! It took us two days to finish it, and by the time it was finished so was half of the candy and frosting. And I just let the kids use their imagination. They got to put the frosting and candy anywhere they wanted. Half of it went in their little mouths.  Even little Ella participated in the fun.  They really enjoyed doing it. For next year I'll try baking the gingerbread(maybe) and see how that works. I love the smell! This is going to be a new family tradition every year! 
 I realized Walker has his shirt off in these pictures. As soon as he gets home from school he takes his shirt off. Have I mentioned its 22 degrees outside. But that doesn't seem to stop him. He thinks its the coolest.I don't know where he came up with that idea. I assure you, its not from me! But its driving me crazy. Now that its cold outside there's more steps you have to take before leaving the house; socks, shoes, gloves winter coat and ugh....A SHIRT!!! 

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bonco Christmas Party




We have the funnest, craziest bonco group EVER! Every time we get together its a total blas! This year for December we decided to have an ugly sweater Christmas party! I should have known that some the gals would dress the part from head to toe! I think these outrageous outfits made us age 30 years. We all looked like old -school 1st grade teachers! We later had a white elephant gift exchange. And I'm not going to put what these items were!(This blog is going to stay PG-13) But I will tell you, there was a lot of laughs, great food(thanks Destiny:) and even better company! I truly love all theses playas! Thanks for such a fun night!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving Indian


Lilly has really LOVED preschool this year. She goes twice a week and cant get enough.She goes to the same one Walker did. They do such fun, cute activities. For Thanksgiving they learned about pilgrims and Indians.Mrs. Tiffany had them make Indian costumes out of a grocery store bag and a noodle necklace! Lilly thought it was the coolest! She learned that for Thanksgiving we show that we are grateful. The 5 things she said she was grateful for were 1. Her brother(that came as a small surprise to me) 2. The gospel(she learned this from family prayer!) 3. her Toys 4. Yummy food and last but not least, her family. Its been allot of fun watching Lilly learn and do things at preschool!

Hambone



My sweet Ella is 9 months old.I tell her to stop growing but she doesn't seem to listen! It has  gone so incredibly fast.She's such a pure delight in our home. She has gotten 5 almost 6 new teeth.And they have just come all at once.She's not crawling yet, and that's probably all our faults in this house. She's carried and held non stop.If she makes some sort of cry Walker and Lilly are there to help. Why would she crawl if she gets that kind of service! We just love her to bits. Since she was born she makes this face that we call the "hambone face." She scrunches up her cute little nose and eyes and snorts. She does it all the time and we cant get enough of it. At 9 months she already has so much personality, I think she knows that we love this "hambone face" and she gets attention every time she does it!  She really loves Walker. Whenever she sees him her face lights up and she's so giddy happy! Lilly loves to help me dress her and even change her diapers! Its hard to remember a time not having this little baby around.We just love her! Like I said before, its just gone so fast.

The Club house gets a new paint job




 The imagination of little children is priceless. And so fun to watch. It was a beautiful day here, especially for December! in fact its scary how nice its been. It feels almost like Christmas in Az! Which I know it wont last forever, so I make my kids play outside.Walker had his best buddy over after school and they just find things to do and things to get into (like dad's tool box or trailer.) They were dressed in Halloween costumes when I checked on them outside. This is usually fine and good. I had a friend over for a few minutes. After a few minutes I notice the boys had paint on their hands and faces. When you see little boys with paint on their hands, you should always think the worse! I was scared to think of the possibilities. I then followed the boys outside and up to the playhouse to see what on earth they were doing. They thought it would be fun to paint the floor inside the clubhouse. Not only did they have paints but dads Scouting feathers as well. So the floor was covers with paint and multi colored feathers! I did do a big sigh of relief ,it wasn't on my house. I text tyler and asked if I should be mad or not. And he didn't seem to care so why should i be mad? But I had to act a little upset,so the kids wouldn't try something like this again. I had them clean up their mess. And they just kept saying, "We apologize." It was hard not to laugh.