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Sunday, December 30, 2007


On Christmas Eve we drove back to Lehi from St. George and had pizza at our house with Grandma and Grandad Small. Then Grandad and the boys enjoyed a great game of Candy Land. The evening ended after we drank hot chocolate and took turns toasting to whatever our hearts desired. We toasted to families, Mary and Joseph and on Porter's turn he exclaimed, "To cats and dogs!" The excitment peaked when Glenn thought he heard something and candy came shooting through the open sliding door. Santa was nearby!!!

On Christmas morning we read from Luke and Christian, Porter, Warrick and Grandma were the main characters. We opened a few presents, ate a great breakfast prepared by Dad and then opened the rest of the presents.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Birthday Boy and Christmas Toys

There are two great things that happened this week.

#1 is that I got all (except two things for Glenn that I can get while the kids are with me during the week) my Christmas shopping done. IT feels so good. I've always wanted to get it done by Thanksgiving, but I never have and I'm happy with getting it done by Dec. 14th. Now to make candy plates to share and send Christmas cards.

#2 Christian had his 7th birthday party.

Note for anyone who is going to have a party made up of a bunch of rowdy boys - Soldier party is the way to go. I was the drill sergeant and I would call for attention and expected everyone to stop and freeze at attention. Sometimes when they would get really crazy some would mess around at attention. Here is the hilarious part. Since we were in basic training and I could get away with having them drop and give me five. It really worked and the boys were soaking it all in. They were great and we had rescue missions all throughout the house. I don't know of any party that you can get away with getting them to do just what you want and for them to think it is fun. This has been my favorite theme so far.

Christian wanted a Christmas Tree Cake from the cake pan he got as a white elephant gift at the reunion in Idaho. One man's trash is Christian's treasure.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Our week

Glenn usually is the family beautician and at times will give me a little trim, but last night we got really adventurous and he put layers in my hair. It turned out quite well. The money we saved on the cut will probably have to be paid in marriage counseling, but I think he’s got himself a new client.

Some other eventful things this week were Christian had his first choir concert in his life. He has been going to choir every Wednesday before school all year. It was really fun to see him even though at times he wasn’t paying attention to his conductor and was paying attention to everything else – especially the kids behind him. (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree- my A Cappella friends know what I’m talking about.)

Without contacting the household authorities, Christian rallied his brother’s together. They got a shoe for each person (including Glenn and I) and put it in front of each person’s bedroom door. Some of you may know that in Holland the kids put out their shoes on December 6th and then there is a gift or treat left inside of them. We have done this in our family before (we did it as I grew up too) but I figured I could do it when I got around to it and that the date December 6th didn’t really matter. I’m not sure if Christian picked this date randomly or if he remembered, but all of our shoes were placed nicely in front of our doors. He didn’t say a word to Glenn or I, but just went to sleep. I mean why would he tell us since putting the candy there had nothing to do with us, but everything to do with the elves? Glenn and I knew something was up when he said he would sleep in his room. Here is a little background. About a month ago we moved Christian’s room downstairs into Glenn’s old home office. His excitement lasted two nights and then he got scared. There were a lot of cords down there for the computer and phone and such and he was sure it would start a fire and he’d be the first to get burnt. So Porter let him share his bed since it was a queen size and they have been sweetly sharing ever since – even though we cleared out the cords from his room. Anyway, back to the shoes in front of everyone’s door and nothing to put in them. It is late. I’m ready to jump into my warm bed. Our sons are expecting some kind of treat from the “elves” and the last thing I wanted to do was go to the store. I thought of making a treat, but that would be a pain too. This is where my testimony of the church’s preparedness program begins. Our 72 hour kits! Yes! I had found a solution. I crept out to our garage and dug through a couple of the bags and there I was with new, exciting candy ready to be deposited in their shoes. Kids were happy in the morning and all was well thanks to the church’s council to put together 72 hour kids for a time of emergency.

I’m warning all of you that are reading this update to PLEASE get your houses in order. Get your food storage together and get your 72 hour kits updated. Don’t delay. I bare witness that you never know when you will need them. It may be in the middle of the summer or it may be on December 6th, but there is a good chance that you may need them – or at least the candy in them.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Family Traditions

Family Traditions
(A friend of mine is putting together a book of family traditions and asked me to write ours down. I decided to post too. This is what I could think of right away.)

Easter we meet with my dad’s side of the family and go to “Easter Mountain” in Zions National Park. The Easter Bunny leaves candy and then the kids search the mountain for it. The next day we have an Easter Egg hunt with my Mom’s side of the family.

May Day (the first of May) we give flowers to our Grandmother on her doorstep or if we live far from family then we find someone else’s grandma so share flowers with.

One tradition I would like to start is for Mother’s Day all I ask for is time to go to women’s conference which is around the same time. (at least when I don’t have a nursing baby) Anyone want to join me?

We spend the 4th of July with my family and sister-in-laws family and go to the Cedar parade and then Paragonah's City games and races. (Porter has won his race every year. I think it helps that he is about a foot taller than the kids his age. That is a hard tradition to keep up with.)

The Monday after Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree and dance to Christmas music.

On December 1st we open a gift that my mom gives to us. It is usually a Christmas decoration.

Throughout December the elves leave little candy skittles in the kids shoes that they leave out. It shows that the elves are watching them.

We camp at least once a year.
Boys go on Fathers and Sons outing every year.
Our cats get special food on holidays.

We go to Lagoon every year with the cousins on my side.

We go somewhere different every year for a reunion on Glenn's side of the family.

On birthdays we measure each kid on a special 2x4 piece of wood so it is easy to see how tall each kid was at each age and compare for fun. The birthday boy/girl gets a special plate and cup to eat from.