Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Goodies

Ok, so I am a little slow. Forgive me. Christmas around here was crazy this year. Santa was late getting to our house so his helpers didn't get to bed till the wee hours of the morning and then the kids were up at 7. They devoured their gifts and then Mom went back to bed for a few hours.
I think everyone got what they wanted and asked for.

Patrick got his new "trick" skateboard and a new Tony Hawk helmet.

Grace got her giant dollhouse complete with furniture. Barbies too.
Liam and Simon got Geo Trax train. These trains have a remote control, and they can build the tracks on their own. Woo Hoo!
Sean got new church shoes, hiking boots, a new white church shirt and 4 new ties. Of course I never got a shot of him opening his presents. I think he did it on the sly. He did hang with the little guys while they tried to wake up and realize that Santa had come. We had to wake them up and they were a little annoyed until they realized that Patrick and Grace were getting new stuff, then they perked right up!

I got and I.O.U. Santa was out of Amazon Kindles. Mine is on back order. For those of you who don't know what one is, it is an electronic book. You instantly download books, newspapers, or blogs. It has the same technology as a cell phone. If you are sitting in the airport and decide you want to read the new James Patterson novel you just look it up and buy it. The books are also less expensive due to the fact that there is no paper or publishing costs. I am very excited to get mine!! With as much as I read it will cut down on shelf space ;) (You can go to amazon.com for more.)

I hope all of you had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you too.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sean's Birthday

Sean turned 36 on December 24th. He is now officially middle aged!! We had family over and ate enchiladas for lunch and a cake of course! Every year I ask the people in my family to pick a cake. The kids all go for character cakes, cars, shoes that kind of thing. Sean usually just picks a kind of cake. This year it was a burnt sugar cake, or a caramel cake.
He got all 4 Indiana Jones movies in a DVD box set. Happy Birthday Sean!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Concerts

It is that time of year! Patrick and Grace both have had concerts. Grace had 2 choir concerts with the Cache Children's Choir, and Patrick had his band concert at school.
Grace had her first one out at the American West Heritage Center. It was relaxed and fun. She got to sing, then we went on a horse and wagon ride, wassail, hand pulled candy canes, and gingersnaps. We pet the animals and all the good stuff you do at a historic farm. Luckily it wasn't too cold yet!She really likes choir but told me she gets stage fright and can't smile. I suggested that she imagine everyone in their underwear. She smiles a lot more now!
Later she had her regular concert. It was at the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus. This concert included all the different classes. Grace is in the Cadet choir. That includes 2nd and 3rd graders. That is Grace in the front row third from the right.
Patrick plays in the percussion section of the 6th grade band. That means that he is in the back, and is practically impossible to see. Actually, last night he was impossible to see. The best I got was his ear.If you look in the center in between the rows, that black dot that looks like someone shoulder... that is Patrick!!! He did really well.
We are very proud of both of the kids. They both work hard and are doing great in their extracurricular activities.
I have discovered that my camera is not a good one. It is great for outdoor shots but indoor are really bad. I am working on getting a better one, so bear with my poor pics. If you have any suggestions for a really good camera let me know!

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Weight Tracker

If you scroll down you will see that I have added a weight tracker on the bottom of this page. I see it this way... if the public can see my weight loss or gain I just might get my butt in gear and lose those pesky 20 pounds. This is my early New Year's resolution. I have never kept one before but that is why we do it every year right!!! Wish me luck.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Simon and the Kitty Kats

Over Thanksgiving we were at Sean's parents house. They have two cats. A boy and a girl. The boy is named Loki and the girl Freda, I think. I can't really keep them straight but the boys love these cats. Especially Simon. One night we were all watching a movie and I look over at Simon and he is sitting in a chair with these cats, calm as you please. The cats were loving it and so was Simon. Of course I grab the camera and start snapping away. Simon is not camera shy at all and cheesed it up. Enjoy my favorites!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Trimming the Tree

Every year on the first Monday in December we put up the Christmas tree. Here is a little background on our tree. When we lived in Phoenix, AZ. real Christmas trees were close to $100, of course we couldn't afford that, so we went to Target and there was this little plastic put it together yourself job for $15. We bought it and have had it ever since. Patrick was about 2 at the time. Sean informed me tonight that when Patrick turns 14 we will have paid a dollar a year and that it has been well worth it. OK, whatever! It is a longstanding joke between the two of us that our opinions on that tree differ. I think it adds variety to our marriage. If I agree with him on everything then where would we be I ask???


This is the first year that Simon really gets what is going on. He helped put the ornaments on, and put the snowflake on the top. It is fun to watch him. Of course he likes to fiddle with it now and I have to tell him to leave it alone, but that is OK, I like the fact that he and Liam love the tree.


It is strange really how I can hate a tree for the way it looks and yet love it for how it brings us all together, whether to joke, or to decorate, or to even argue about where a certain ornament goes. I think we will keep this puny tree for a while longer just for the heck of it!!