Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve: Madagascar Style

We are gearing up to celebrate the beginning of 2015 tonight, Madagascar style! :) Netflix sent us a King Julian New Years Eve party kit with all kinds of fun stuff so we will be partying it up! I'm pretty sure, "I like to move it, move it" shall be played. . .if you haven't had a chance to check out Netflix's new original kids series with your family, All Hail King Julien, its a must! Its all the crazy antics you love from the movies. He has to be one of my favorite characters of all time. I don't love or enjoy all the kids movies and/or shows out there. But I do love this crazy dude and all the Madagascar stuff. The humor is right up my alley. My younger kids are already really into this new hilarious show. I believe they've watched every episode already and are waiting for more!

KJN HERO KA 1s w4.0
We  had a wonderful 2014 full of lots of great memories: Aubrey's first performance in a school play, Ella's gold medal at her ice skating competition, Cali's discovery of a sport she loves:tennis!, Ammon getting potty trained(hallelujer!) and becoming a Sunbeam, Wesley turning two and surprisingly LESS terrible;), finding out we are expecting a new little boy soon, and a wonderful summer vacation full of awesome memories. Those were our highlights! I'm grateful for a great year full of good health and happiness.  2015 already looks exciting with two huge events right around the corner: A new baby! And Cali's baptism! And then in the fall, Ammon starts preschool, Aubrey becomes 14(Official church/school"dance" age) and we end the year with Ella entering YW! Wesley, well, hopefully he'll learn how to talk? lol.

Heres wishing you and your family a Happy 2015!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ella's 11th!

Ella is 11!! My little snuggly happy finger sucking blanket rubbin baby girl is 11:) Can't believe it! She waited a long 364 days since her last birthday to celebrate ;) She is so funny...she was counting down since like September? I remember her telling me a few times something like, "Mom only 105 days till my birthday!" But who's counting? hehe. She also once again did a little paper chart countdown in the hallway once we were down to ten days. I love this girl and the way her mind works. Such a planner and so organized. The day of her birthday she requested donuts for breakfast and we also had her open gifts from us(because they were ice skating pants and a jacket and I knew I wanted to take her to the rink to get some skating in that day:) Joey had to go to work that day so we did everything bright and early that morning. One of her gifts was a skating pass so in the afternoon I took her to the rink for about an hour or so, just her and I, and let her practice. She is getting so good! She is taking a break right now for basketball so it was fun for her to be on the ice again. She looked all pro and legit in her new ice gear ;) Then that evening we did our family party when Joey got home from work. She wanted a homemade bundt cake and I will say it tasted pretty amazing. Aubrey decorated with the frosting. It totally looks like a Nothing Bundt Cake! Great work Aub! :) We also had a little dance party(the pics below are are a riot-the boys like to belly dance I guess? ;) The next day Joey had off  so that was the day of her "fun" thing to pick to do. She had a hard time choosing what she wanted to do for her birthday this year. She couldn't decide! So I mentioned Amazing Jake's because its somewhere we've gone for Aubrey and Cali's birthdays but never for hers. As soon as I said it, she said, YES! We all had a great time that day!!

I am so grateful for our Ella. She helps me so much and helps at just the right times. There are times I feel overwhelmed with housework and she just steps right up, most of the time without me even asking her! She is super nurturing and will be a wonderful mother someday. She is so patient with the boys and talks to them in such a sweet voice. She is cheerful and crafty and creative! Though she doesn't do rainbow loom or duck tape or scavenge for boxes to build things the way she used to, she still finds ways to create things that are useful and really awesome. She amazes us in that way. And she is so graceful and has a sense of balance I will never have. I love to watch her ice skate and board/rollerblade.  She is a good example to her siblings and friends. Her primary teacher has told me she is one of her favorites(she may have said her favorite even:)...and always comes up to me and tells me what a great daughter I have, how helpful and sweet she is in class. It doesn't surprise me at all! She is a wonderful daughter and righteous young lady. She even finished reading the Book of Mormon this year! (thats another blog post too:)We love you so much, Ella! Happy 11th Birthday!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The perfect morning for a parade

So the end of November meant a lot of stomach viruses over in this house. Nasty ones. Two different ones that played a number on pretty much all of us. The kids took turns with a 48 hour puke fest(sorry for the tmi but thats life yall;) which then ended in bathroom fun for several days. Which is always fun when two of them don't make it to the bathroom. . .good times. The one that hit me was one that was about 5-6 days long, no fever, just feeling nauseated/stomach pains/weakness to where I literally had a hard time standing up and doing anything. Joey even took off work one day, it was that bad :( I started to wonder if it was part of pregnancy and remember fearing that I would have this for the last three months. I didn't know what I would do or how I would survive! But thankfully it ended. Thankfully indeed. Anyways, what I'm getting at is even with all of the sicknesses we had we were still able to do all of the fun things we had planned for this season. Everyone was healthy on the weekends! It was the weekdays that killed us for about 3 weeks off an on. We had planned on trying to go to the downtown Dallas Christmas parade this year and I was REALLY looking forward to it. The weather forecast was amazing. Sunny and cool. But the day before I was still feeling so weak. I told Joey they would have to go without me and it made me sooo sad. The boys had never been to an awesome parade before, just our small town one(which is great and all...but doesn't compare to the Dallas parade!) I didn't want to miss it, but thats how awful I was feeling. We all prayed I could feel much better the next day and sure enough I woke up Saturday and could actually walk a few steps without feeling faint. So we all made it! I was so thankful that our prayers were answered. There was a moment during the parade, actually when it very first started, that the boys were so excited and I actually got teary eyed just feeling so happy I was there to see it all with them. The bands were playing Christmas music and joy was in the air.  I will say by the end of the parade I was dead beat, still not 100%, and took a little nap when we got home though :) It was a great morning. The kids were all so happy and excited. Lots of fingers pointed and oohs and aahs. I love doing these kinds of things together as a family.