I love the Snow we had some snow earlier this week and had 2 hours late for school on Monday, and today they canceled School, Colby was so happy.
I know all of you people that dont live in western washington are probably thinking that is Pathetic they canceled school for that. We do have alot of hills here and we do only see snow for less then two weeks a year. So lets just say we are not all that good at driving in it, I am though very good at driving in the snow it probably helped that I lived in Idaho for 3 years and all those times driving up to go snowboarding. I think I am even better then Dereck, dont tell him that I said that.
The boys had so much fun decorating this, all I did was build the train and put the frosting where they wanted it. I think it looks more like a tractor then a train. I think I made the gingerbread shapes to big, oh well. At least the boys had fun making it and that is all that counts.
The supplies you need: Wax paper, print off some snowflakes, & 3D Paint (Get ones with sparkles) I got silver, clear w/silver glitter, white, & clear with white glitter. I think any color would look awesome though.
Lay wax paper on top of the snow flake & trace with the 3D Paint.
Finish let dry.
Do as many as you want and then you can put them on the window. It is really easy and gives you some fun decorations for your windows.
Its fun to remember all the fun memories of the stuff you have done. Thanks Honor.
Here's how it works: Bold all the things that you have done in your life.
1.Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3.Played in a band4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language 37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing- 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie- 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar 72. Pieced a quilt73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82.Bought a brand new car83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95.Seen the Alamo in person96.Swam in the Great Salt Lake97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee
So for the month of December we do all of our family nights centered towards the birth of Christ so that our kids will know why we celebrate Christmas and also that they will be reminded every week and hopefully wont forget. Well tonight we had a lesson on Celebrating the birth of Christ, We even had a movie to watch from the living scriptures. Within 5 minutes the boys were asleep I kept telling Colby to stay awake because we were going to have desert (brownies with ice cream his favorite) but that didn't even help. Next week we are doing the one I posted about last week on the Symbols of Christmas. Hopefully they will stay awake for that one. By the way it was 6:45 pm when they zonked out. But hey lucky for Dereck and I.
This is why I should get rid of markers in my house.
He showed off his artistic ability all of the refrigerator, But I had already cleaned it up before I got my camera. At least I got a picture of him right. I thought he was out of this phase, apparently not. So for now the Markers are back up in the closet.
So Colby and I made this Thanksgiving Trail Mix for his class last Wednesday. I think his favorite part was picking out the m&ms and Peanuts, It's a cute treat idea for Thanksgiving.
THANKSGIVING TRAIL MIX: Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or horn of Plenty. A symbol of our nations abundance. Pretzels: Our arms welcoming others. Candy Corn: The Sacrifices of the Pilgrims’ first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day. Nuts or seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.. Dried fruit: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land. M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future.. Hershey Kiss: The love of Family and friends that sweetens our lives.
Get ready you guys, this week I have a lot to blog about, I just haven't done it yet, So stay tuned. But first since it is Thanksgiving I wanted to write about a few things that I am thankful for. *I am so thankful for my husband, he works so very hard in a very stressful job, and makes enough for me to stay at home with my little ones. I love him dearly. *I am very thankful for those people who helped him get to where he is today. *I am thankful that he is a worthy priesthood holder, and can give father blessings. * I am thankful for my kids, they bring so much joy, laughter, and love. * I am thankful for my Parents for always loving me unconditionally, pushing me to do my best, Supporting me through school, This list can go on and on, I still look up to them. * I am thankful for my Brother Tony and My Sister Tami, When we all get together we always have so much fun, I am thankful for that bond that I have with them. * I am thankful for my Brother Ricky, always reminding me that someday we will be together forever. * I am thankful for my Country and the People that protect it. * I am so thankful for My Extended Family for the wonderful examples they have been. * I am so thankful for my Calling in church, Being in the nursery, I love those children, they are so much fun and I enjoy it so much. * I am thankful for the Church I Belong to and the Truth I feel everyday from it. * I am thankful for so many things and most of all I am Thankful for My Savior and My Creator. * I am also thankful for all of you guys, believe it or not your blogs can be very inspirational to me, So keep doing it.
5 tips for successful Family Home Evenings 1. Pray. Pray about the needs of your family as you consider topics for home evenings, and pray as you prepare. 2. Prioritize. Make Family Home Evening a priority; learn to say no to other activities. 3. Involvement. Involve everyone in the family; help little children take part. 4. Commitment. Be committed and be consistent. Set a designated time and stick to it. Holding Family Home Evening on a weekly basis takes dedication and planning on the part of all family members. 5. Relax and enjoy it. The most important thing your children will remember is the spirit they feel in your family home evenings and activities. Be sure the atmosphere is one of love, understanding, and enjoyment.
The Birth of Christ
Thought: The most important event in the history of the world was the birth of Jesus Christ. From the days of Adam to John the Baptist—some four millenniums—righteous men and women looked to the day of His heralded birth. Prophets foretold the event, and sacrifices, symbolism, and signs portended His birth. (Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ: Our Savior, Our God,” Ensign, Apr. 1991, 2)
Song: “Away in a Manger” Children’s Songbook, p. 42.
Scripture: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
Lesson: Invite family members to show with their fingers how many wise men came to see Jesus. Show a picture of the wise men with King Herod. Ask why they think most people believe there were three. Have your family look for how many wise men are mentioned as you study Matthew 2. Read together Matthew 2:1–11 and discuss the following questions:
• Where was Jesus born and who was the king of Judea? (Verse 1.)
• Who were the wise men looking for? (See Matthew 2:2, footnote a. The wise men were not seeking just a “king” but the “Messiah.”)
• Why were Herod and “all Jerusalem with him” troubled? (Herod was a jealous king and didn’t want anyone else, not even a son, to take his throne.)
• Why do you think Herod really wanted to know where and when this “King of the Jews” was born? (See verse 16.)
• How did the wise men find Jesus?
• Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Invite family members to mark the words house and young child.)
Ask family members if they noticed the words manger or baby or any mention of the number of wise men. What does this tell us about the Christmas story as it is told year after year? Share the following statements by Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “There came from unnamed eastern lands . . . an unspecified number of wise men. Whether they were two, three, or twenty in number is a matter of pure speculation.” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:102–3.) “It appears from Matthew’s account . . . that . . . the wise men came two or three years after the birth of our Lord. It was a ‘young child,’ not a baby, they were seeking; he was found in a ‘house,’ not a manger; and Herod ‘sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under.’” (Mormon Doctrine, 230.) Invite family members to look once more at Matthew 2:10–11 and mark phrases that show how the wise men felt about finding the young child. Have family members talk about how they would have felt if they had been the ones who found the child Jesus. (Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The New Testament, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006], p. 6.)
Story: The Wondrous Gift (Spencer W. Kimball) We set up the evergreen tree with its gleaming, brightly colored lights; we hang wreaths and bells; and we light candles—all to remind us of that wondrous gift, the coming of our Lord into the world of mortality. We send Christmas cards to numerous friends and relatives, pulling back into happy memories the loved ones who have moved out of our immediate association. Like the wise men who opened their treasury and presented to Jesus gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh, we present to our loved ones things to eat and wear and enjoy. Though we make an effort to follow the pattern of gift giving, sometimes our program becomes an exchange—gift given for gift expected. Never did the Savior give in expectation. I know of no case in his life in which there was an exchange. He was always the giver, seldom the recipient. Never did he give shoes, [socks], or a vehicle; never did he give perfume, a shirt, or a [coat]. His gifts were of such nature that the recipient could hardly exchange or return the value. His gifts were rare ones: eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. . . . His gifts were . . . light in the darkness, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing. His friends gave him shelter, food, and love. He gave them of himself, his love, his service, his life. The wise men brought him gold and frankincense. He gave them and all their fellow mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life. We should strive to give as he gave. (The Gifts of Christmas, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999], p. 129.)
Activity: Pass out Pictures of all the symbols of Christmas to the kids example: Christmas Tree, Color Red, Candy Cane, Star, Candle, Wreath, Gifts, Bell , Bow, and Santa . Have them go around the house and try to find there symbol(s) in the house. After they have found there Symbols ask if they know what they symbolize. Explain to everyone the meaning behind the symbols of Christmas.
* The Green Christmas Tree represents everlasting life and pointing heavenward. * The color red Symbolizes the Savior’s Sacrifice for all. * The candy cane Symbolizes the crooked staff of the shepherds. * The star Represents the Bethlehem star marking the Savior’s birthplace. * The candle Symbolizes the light of Christ, Our own inner Light. * The wreath symbolizes the eternal Love, no beginning, no end. Love comes in full circle. * The Gifts represents Giving, Sharing, Thinking of others. * The Bell Symbolizes Rings to bring the lost sheep home. * The Bow Represents Tied in the bonds of brotherly love. * And Santa Clause, The Spirit of Christmas, Giving and receiving love, Caring, Sharing, Goodness, Cheerfulness, Happiness, Peace, Goodwill to all, Christ-like Giving. (Kimberly L. Bytheway and Diane H. Loveridge, Tradition, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 89.)
Refreshment: Make Sugar cookies and decorate them. Use cookie cutters such as a Christmas Tree, Bell, Candy cane, Wreath, Star, or Ornament and then ask the kids again what they Symbolize to see if they can remember what they were just taught.
We got some cute pictures of the kids. Didn't get any of Dereck he is always the last one to get ready. Tate was so excited because he looked just like his brother and daddy, He finally fits in Colby's old suit. Colby had his Primary program on Sunday, he had his part memorized for the last 2 weeks and as soon as he got up to the stand he forgot it all. Don't ya just love that. He did do a great job though his Grandma and Grandpa even came to see his big performance.
Payton is getting so big, she can now roll over both ways she is so funny when ever she does it she gets so excited and starts kicking her little legs so fast. Her first word was Dada, it is her favorite word to say. All my kids said Dada before Mama, She is grabbing at everything she can get her hands on, She knows when mommy is walking away and lets me know that she is not OK with that even if daddy is holding her. She sleeps really good at night but I know that will change as soon as she starts to teeth. She is so ticklish and has such a funny giggle. She brings such happiness to our home. We all love her so much.
1. Where did you meet your husband? We met on a dance floor at college in Rexburg Idaho.
2. How long did you date before you got married? 5 months
3. How long have you been married? Going on 7 years
4. What does he do that surprises you? Well my husband is not a very creative person when it comes to romance but he does let me sleep in every weekend and makes dinner too. Which I really appreciate.
5. What is your favorite feature of his? His smile if you have ever seem him he has the most perfect teeth.
6. What is his best quality? He is a very grateful and humble guy, very thankful for everything we have.
7. Does he have a nickname for you? Hunny
8. What is his favorite food? Any of his Tanzanian meals, Rice and beans, Sakumawiki, Mandazies, Japati
9. What is his favorite sport? Football and Soccer, He is really good at soccer, Very fast runner.
10. When and where did you first kiss? On our 3rd date
11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Go to the Temple and then out to eat. Or anything that involves us working on our house together.
12. Do you have any children? Three little ones!
13. Does he have any hidden talents? He is VERY good at math
14. How old is he? Turning 31 this month
15. Who said 'I love you' first? He did!
16. What is his favorite music? He likes the good old school R&B, Phil Collins, Oldies, some country,
17. What do you admire most about him? That he was able to overcome the hard life he had growing up, he suffered through some horrible things that no child should ever go through, And He found the church went on a mission went to college is a wonderful father and husband, that is one of the biggest things I admire about him.
The Trick or Treaters. If you don't know what they are then your Crazy.
Payton with her serious ladybug look.
Payton's Happy ladybug look.
The boys got a kick out of Daddy, He kind of looks like Prince with an Afro. Trunker Treating, This was our car.
The loot they Got, But they only got to keep 10 pieces of candy and the rest they put outside for WITCHALENA. She comes and leaves toys for there candy and Guess what She came, they got these fun speed racer cars.
I wanted everyone to see what our House looked like on Halloween.
We went to the Pumpkin Patch with some friends of ours on Friday, This is Dylan and Colby, They are best buds. Tate fell asleep in the car on the way there, He was in such a grumpy mood the rest of the night. Isn't she getting Big!! Next year we will go with our hubby's, they were working late but we met up with them later. I just have to say that was a little tricky trying to get pumpkins when we both have little ones. But we made it work.
Well Payton, Tate, and I have got the cold, Tate is just getting over his and he just gave it to us, probably by him kissing his sister with his snotty nose when I wasn't looking. Now every time Payton sneezes Snot it is sure to be everywhere. So fun. I wish that I was just the only one sick cause its no fun when my kids are sick they are just so helpless, and cranky.
Payton has been chewing on anything and everything she gets her hands on, she loves her phone as you can see. Now when people hold her she drenches them with her drool. I hope she is not teething she is not even 4 months yet, but with my luck she just might be, she has already chomped down on me while I was feeding her, I said ouch really loud and I think she thought it was funny. So please I hope no teeth yet.