Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

Decorating Eggs
Finding eggs left by the Easter Bunny!
 Sunday Easter Outfits!
 Silly brothers!
Happy Easter to every one!  We're grateful for the knowledge that our little family can be together for eternity!  I just love these boys and couldn't imagine it any other way! xoxo

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thanksgiving in Kansas

Hanging in Kansas City
Our first stop... the Lilyquist's abode.  We spend a couple of days hanging out...
 ... reading books...
 ...holding hands...
 ...getting to know little Jude...
...and eating way too much food and junk.  All in all our time there was too short, but we always enjoy a good laugh from these fine folks.
Thanksgiving in Topeka
After a couple of days with the Lilyquists we hunkered down for a week with my family in good ole' Topeka.  While there, we had the chance to celebrate my brother, Brian's birthday...
... we got to meet my sister's boyfriend, Tyler (such a nice guy)...
 ...we hung around (literally...
 ...vegged and watched movies...
 ...cuddled and played...
 ... cooked LOTS and LOTS of food...
 ...attempted to take family photos while we were all together...
 ... played in the backyard (some of us tried to escape through the fence)...
...some of us still have to do homework (boo!) and Tim makes an excellent tutor...
...and we fought over who could lay next to the fire on the Thai mattress.
It was a blast to catch up and see everyone and we were beyond sad to leave.  I miss all my sibs already and wish we all lived closer. I hate that we're all grown up now and live all over the United States.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Desert Christmas

Putting Up The Tree
 This was our first year spending Christmas in our own home and waking up to our own Christmas tree.  It's bittersweet-- I love celebrating holidays with just our little family, but I miss all of the family parties, Temple Square and the snow in Utah.
This year, my little M started drawing me "spooky santas" and "scary reindeers".  Not sure why he was still in Halloween mode, but his sweet little drawings melt my heart.  I love watching him expand in his abilities.
Putting ornaments on the tree 
 Of course, we have to celebrate in the nude.  We wouldn't be true to ourselves if I posted clothed children.  These kids LOVE their underwear!
Visiting Santa at The Bugg Light Display
This was an ominous night.  Earlier in the day was the Sandy Hook shootings and we debated if we should still go to see the lights or not.  However, we opted to go, but the crowds were minimal and their Santa Clause was weak, to put it nicely.  Next year we will be going back to the Mall for our Santa picture needs.
 The Bugg Light Display is put on by a private school and all of the light displays are obviously pulled together by children for the children.  My kids absolutely love the wood train and playhouses so I'd say that even though Santa was a bust, the displays were a hit.
 Ward Christmas Party
This year I was in charge of the decorations for our ward party and boy was I glad when it was all said and done.  Phew!  It's a lot of work to decorate a plain square box room. :)
I found these fun prints on Pinterest and they fit the need of making this ward Christmas party more about Christ than Santa. 
 Homemade Christmas Gifts
Anytime we can pull out the paints and get our craft on we take advantage.  This year we painted picture frames for some of the Grandmas.  After the paint dried I covered the entire thing with Mod Podge to give it a glossy look.  They turned out so darling!  We will be doing this again.
Christmas Book Tradition
Each year we pick out a new Christmas related book, wrap it up and let the boys open it a few days before Christmas. This year it was a nativity pop-up.  It's a fun tradition and a way to build our Christmas book collection. 
 Reindeer Run
On Christmas Eve morning we met up with a bunch of families from our ward for the 2nd annual Reindeer Run.  Dressing up is optional, but we took full advantage of our reindeer headbands and red paint.
 Half way through the run Miles asked for a drink, but it ended up in his lap and the rest of the run he spent with his pants around his ankles.  He HATES wet clothing.  Funny kid.
 Gingerbread Houses
A couple of days leading up to Christmas my mom and Kailee came out to Albuquerque.  With our red noses still painted on our face from the earlier reindeer run, we constructed than ate our gingerbread house.
Christmas Morning
I'd say we have some lucky kiddos!  Miles finally understands that Santa is watching and if he was naughty he would not bring gifts.  I played that one up-- big time. 
 Christmas jammies from the Christmas Elf (Tim's family tradition)
 Their first look at the tree!  I believe we woke Grahammy up so he was still a bit groggy.
Sadly, Kailee came down with the stomach flu Christmas morning so she spent her time sleeping. :(
After our presents were unwrapped, we ate a delicious breakfast and played with our toys.  While the boys were napping Christmas came down!  I know-- I'm OCD, but we were leaving the next morning for Utah and I didn't want to come home to it all, so down it came.