Christmas Breakfast

We have a tradition every year where my dad makes Christmas breakfast for all of the family that wants to come out.  We all LOVE it, and I look forward to his omelets all year long.  There are omelets, pancakes, ham, sausage… so many good things that I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  It’s my favorite family tradition ever.

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My brother Cody was helping out with all of the food, and so did mom and Joe.  I think mom said they fed almost 40 people!

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There have been years when the roads were too bad and not as many were able to come, but this year was a big turnout and it was good to catch up with my cousins and relatives that could come.

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This is my cousin Scott and his girlfriend Brittani.

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My cousin Casey

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My uncle Rick

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My mom was on video camera duty.

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My cousin Clint and aunt Deona

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My cousin Conner, aunt Danielle, and uncle Russ

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My dad’s mom, my grandma Bodean

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Two crazies wrestling around the living room.

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None of our family get-togethers would be complete without them whipping out a few strategy mind games to play.  I’d be excited if it was something like the Game of Things, Taboo, or maybe even Creationary, but they like intense, deep-thinking zombie stuff.  My brain doesn’t work that way, so instead I took a nap.  lol!

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Christmas Morning

Christmas this year was amazing, and I feel completely spoiled.  Like, I don’t even have much of a wishlist anymore because it was that good.  I can’t get rid of a feeling of guilt that we were blessed with so much this year, especially after feeling humbled by a few experiences that showed us how other people in this area are spending their Christmas.  It really struck Joe and I hard to see just how blessed we really are, and I hope that we don’t ever take that for granted.  That feels so deep for me, but I can’t stop thinking about it.

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We had our own little Christmas at home in the morning… I finally let myself wake everyone up at 6 a.m. after a loooong night of waiting for it to be time.  🙂  Then we went out to my parents house around 8:00.  It was so much fun to share the morning with them, and I’m happy that Cody’s family could be there too.  We just needed Shy’s family!

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I promised I wouldn’t post a picture of Sierra, but the big news is that she let me take a picture of her!  This is HUGE!!  We all got so many fun things, but this heated throw from my parents is at the top of my most loved list.  It’s SO wonderful to be cuddled up and warm in the evenings!

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It’s totally normal that my family keeps a Halloween skeleton out to decorate for Christmas, right?  Also, seeing the cat reminds me that I tried to take a little nap later in the day where Joe is seated, and just as I drifted off, that crazy cat used my head to jump off of as she made her way to the floor!  Scared the poop out of me!  Joe was watching the whole thing and couldn’t stop laughing about it.

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Dad was pretty proud that he picked out this sentimental throw all by himself to give to my mom.  He gets bonus points because she doesn’t have a blanket with the words actually ON the blanket itself.  🙂

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I’m so thankful that my family is so close by us!  We miss Shy and her family so much, but at least we got to Skype them and visit for a while through that.  Maybe we can all be together next year.  I hope!

December

I went to update my blog and realized that I don’t even have a folder for pictures in November.  I didn’t even take any pictures of our family during the whole month!  I feel like I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon, but maybe I can get back on track now.  I don’t even remember doing anything out of the ordinary in November, so we’ll skip ahead to December!

The month of December felt really jumbled together this year for some reason.  Joe was tied up with organizing the Giving Tree project at church, and between church meetings, our normal day-to-day schedule, and some sickness throughout the month, a lot of our annual traditions didn’t get done.  I feel really sad that we didn’t do our Polar Express night, or make gingerbread houses, or even go see Santa at his house in Idaho Falls.  (We did try to do that one, but the kids agreed that they didn’t want to stop the night we were there.  Stop growing up!)  I consoled myself that Reese had just visited with him at school and our ward party, and even though I don’t want to admit it, Easton feels too grown up for that now.

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We did manage to squeeze in a lot of good things when we were all together though.  We painted some fun pine cones to deliver secretly to a few neighbors, and the kids’ new favorite thing is dropping things off anonymously at people’s doorsteps, ringing the bell and running away.  I taught my kids to dingdong ditch, haha!  I helped out at the Christmas Tree Fantasy at the beginning of the month, and had fun in the kitchen with my friend Bonnie and a bunch of others on the night of the fancy High Tea dinner.  Our family still made it to to my parents house to decorate sugar cookies, and we went to visit the Christmas Tree Village at Wendy Hoge’s house.  Those things are on our absolute must-do list every year.

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The kids did tons of melty bead projects, along with lots of My Little Pony and Pokemon cards, Skylander’s, and Legos while they’ve been out for Christmas vacation.  Today is the last day of their vacation before heading back to school tomorrow, and they’re using the time by playing Wii Party.  It’s really been a great month, minus the sickness, and it looks like we’re ready for 2015 as soon as I get the Christmas decorations boxed up.  Maybe tomorrow.  🙂

Halloween 2014

We ended up going to several parties during the week of Halloween, and had a good time at all of them! The kids and I went to the ward carnival and dinner, but Joe had to work and couldn’t get off in time to come over.  The Taufu’i family were out of the town and asked us to run their Plinko booth (fun!) and then we had chilli and cornbread for dinner.  I felt a little lost without Joe being there, but it worked out okay.  I dressed up like a rag doll again this year, Easton was Captain America, and Reese was a Rio bird!

IMG_9546resizedI feel bad that I didn’t get any pictures of the kids together in their costumes this year, but ended up taking some at the Spook Parade at school so at least we have some of them.  The picture above is Reese with her friends Anna and Olivia.  CUTE!!

IMG_9322resizedEaston kept reassuring me that I didn’t need to come upstairs and help him get ready because he could do it himself.  When did this kid get so independent?!

IMG_9328resizedDid I mention that he doesn’t want me to go on his field trip with him??  I asked if he would be embarrassed and he said ‘maybe.’  Maybe, as in YES!!  I’m a little (lot)  crushed, but people keep telling me that this is the age when that happens.  I don’t like it.  Also, I feel extra bad because I know he doesn’t want me to come on the field trip but his teacher practically pleaded for me to come because no other parents in her class have signed up to go.  I don’t want to embarrass him… but I might end up doing it anyway.  Maybe I’ll just wear the curlers and ditch the bathrobe…?  😉

IMG_9583resizedMy friend Dara is teaching 1st grade this year and I passed her on my way out to take pictures of the parade.  She and her little boy are so cute!

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We also saw our neighbors the Malm’s while they were waiting to see their kids.

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IMG_9603resizedI really liked how they took the kids for a parade down the street instead of through the crowded halls like they usually do.  The weather was perfect!  The only bad part was that some of the kids had a hard time walking so far in their costumes, and I heard one little girl say that she got huge blisters on her poor Elsa-heeled feet!

IMG_9611resizedLater that evening we took the kids to the Trunk or Treat at the church parking lot, and then stopped by a few neighbor’s houses.  This was the first year that we stopped by the Pirate Ship just a few houses down from us, and we loved it!  I have pictures on the ipod and I’ll try to add them later.  We came home and watched the new “Sherman and Mr. Peabody” dvd that just came out and had homemade caramel popcorn.  Our friends the Opheiken’s stopped by for a few minutes, and so did Todd, Tammy, and Shayna.  We had a great Halloween!

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Daddy Daughter Date

Reesie and Joe went on their first Daddy Daughter Date a few weeks ago!  The choir at the high school was doing a fundraiser and this is what they chose to do to raise money.  Such a great idea!  I can remember going on a daddy daughter date with my dad and we had to dress up like hobos, haha!  We wore old plaid shirts and carried sticks with a knapsack tied to the end.  My mom even darkened our faces with makeup so we looked scruffy.  I think I can remember eating pork and beans with cut up hotdogs on blankets on the floor. I know that we had a picture from that night but it’s at my mom’s house somewhere.

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Reese was so excited to get ready, and she even let me curl her hair!  She knew exactly which dress she wanted to wear, and then spent some extra time picking out her jewelry.  She chose some of my Lemon Sugar and Coconut body spray, and we put a little pink shimmer makeup on her eyes and lips.  Joe hurried home from work to get ready, and then he sneaked around to the front door and knocked so Reese could open the door and get her flowers.  My heart was melting at how happy and smiley she was!

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IMG_9368resizedI’m so happy that they were able to have a fun night together, and Easton and I got to watch a new movie on Netflix that he hadn’t seen before.  We also had Doritos and some mini candy bars…so it was a pretty good night for all of us!

Bike stuff

Easton was taking a picture for us and Reesie decided to photo bomb it for us, haha!  It’s one of my very favorites.

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I remember that on this day I was wasting time on the computer when I looked out the window and saw my family… having a good time together.  Sometimes moments seem to just slow down, and all of the things you’re missing out on are pointed out to you.

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This was one of the days that I realized what I was missing out on and decided to go outside and soak up some family time.

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Easton was hitting pieces of bark across the road into the field whenever the road was clear of cars.  I tried a couple of times but wasn’t so great at it!  🙂

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Joe had to come over and show us how to do a home run hit.  Then he hopped on Easton’s bike to take Reese for what she calls a “circus ride”.

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It was a pretty great evening, and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on it.

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As long as we’re talking about bikes and things (lol) I should add this last picture of Joe taking the kids on a bike ride a few weeks ago.  They were coming back home and I hurried out to get a picture of them.

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They had gone down to ride around at the church when there was an “incident”.  I guess Easton had been timing Joe to see how fast he could go around the church, when Joe got a little too close to the curb and rolled off of it.  He threw his bike out of the way so it wouldn’t get damaged, but Joe’s whole side was really scraped up and he was dripping blood everywhere when he got home!  Joe was okay (just incredibly sore for a few days!), but Easton had been so worried about him.  It was a good lesson in telling the kids to be careful on their bikes though, haha!

First day of school

My kidlets started back to school 2 weeks ago, and I think they’re both pretty excited to be back.  Easton is in 5th grade (big man on campus now!) and Reese is in 2nd.

 

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Reese wanted to hop on the bus on the first day, but Easton asked me to take them to school.  (I think he just asked me because he knew I wanted to be there with them!)  I ended up taking them both, but Easton took off on his own while I was helping Reese get situated.  She didn’t need me, but as a mom it made me feel better to pretend like she wanted me there.  Her teacher had white “magic” play-doh in bags that turned colors as they squished it.  Fun!

IMG_8616resizedI went to Easton’s classroom, and I think he was checking to see if there was room in his desk to crawl in and hide from me.  I probably shouldn’t have embarrassed him by going in to take a picture, but I just can’t help myself!

IMG_8622resizedThey got out early for the first two days of school.  Last year they were only on the bus for about 10 minutes before it dropped them off.  I wanted to get a picture of them getting off the bus, so Joe and I went outside in the 85 degree weather and waited…

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IMG_8632resizedfor about 45 minutes.  Joe had given up and gone inside long before I did.  We watched four buses go past our house, and then one of them finally stopped down the road.

IMG_8633resizedWouldn’t you know that a garbage truck pulled up just in time to block my shot of the kids getting off the bus on their first day!!  lol

IMG_8637resizedThey had a great first day!  🙂