Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Last Minute

We were planning on laying low this year and staying put for the holidays. Didn't end up that way! As usual, we changed our minds last minute and booked a flight to visit Jared's sister, Jeanni and her family in Casper, Wyoming with only a week before Christmas! Crazy! After we did it we got super anxious about the whole thing considering how horrible our kids tend to be on vacations and that we'd booked our stay for 12 days....the longest we'd ever been somewhere on a trip! Honestly, I was really scared this would be a disaster, but prayed the kids would handle things well. Fortunately, Heavenly Father is aware of our mental/physical/emotional limits and so it wasn't so bad...in fact we had a great time! Jared was sick for about half the time and Dallin had weird sleeping issues. But other than those two things- everything was wonderful! Addie handled everything much better than typical trip fiasco s  and she had a blast playing with her cousin Jaidyn who is a year older than her! Dallin loved torturing the dog and having all the cousins to play with too! I really loved getting to go shopping with Jeanni and go see a movie with her (without the kiddos!) and Jared loved the opportunities he had to go hunting, fishing, and video-gaming! It was honestly a great vacation and we loved spending the time with their family- they are so great on so many levels!!

 This was a trip with many "firsts". The kids and my  first time of seeing snow fall, Dallin's first plane ride, the kid's first time playing with cousins, Addie's first movie theater movie (Wreck it Ralph), the kid's and my first time going somewhere different for Christmas day, Dallin's first time saying and audible "thank you",  Jared's first time in a long time going hunting with his nephews and Barry! Fun stuff! : )

 It really was a great trip and we are so glad we made the effort to go see them! Barry and Jeanni are great parents and we learned a lot from them! Their 4 kids are super well behaved and it was good for the kids to see examples of how to act in public and family settings. Thank you Jones family for having us! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas Day #1

Christmas day was so fun this year! Adelyn is at an age where she REALLY GOT everything that was going on- even more than last year-which made it all very exciting for everyone else. I kept waking up so excited that night, anxious to see the kids reactions that morning!

Addie woke us up and immediately wanted to go see the loot....wisely my mom suggested that we put up a baby gate the night before...and thank heavens we did! She was trying to bust that thing down before we even got out of bed! So we made her pee, we got the camera, woke up Dallin and this is their reaction:

~Well guess you'll never know...dumb blogger won't let me upload any videos! Does anyone know how to upload them effectively????~

I am pretty sure Dallin didn't have a clue what was going on, but was thrilled nonetheless. Addie was pretty impressed with anything that was out there :). Ahh to be a kid again! We all had a really great Christmas and had a fun time spending it together. Here are some of the things the kids got this year:

Okay, so the kids don't look that happy in any of these pictures- but they really were!! Nobody was in the mood for picture taking, i guess! One thing that really surprised us this year.....remember that train track from the last post that Santa probably spend forever trying to make really cool???? Well we pretty much made a bet that Dallin would be like King Kong and destroy it first thing he saw it. Surprisingly, he was very cautious and ADDIE was the one who couldn't stop stepping on it! Silly kids! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas Eve #1

 Last minute we decided to visit Jared's sister's family for Christmas this year and would be leaving on the 23rd. So before we left we did Christmas Eve, and Christmas .....#1 (since we also celebrated at his family's house too lol). We did pizza with my family and Jordan Colby, whose family had left for their Christmas destination earlier. Afterwards we did the traditional Nativity reenactment  and Addie HAD to be Mary. For some reason she'd had an weird obsession with Mary this season and kept telling me repeatedly that she was going to be Mary....because I guess it was that important to her- made me laugh....likely nobody would want to steal that role from her lol ;)

When we asked her who/what we should use for baby Jesus she insisted it must be Dallin. Which made us all laugh because if anyone knows Dallin lately- HE NEVER STOPS MOVING and therefore would not make a very good newborn baby Jesus. Well apparently he felt the sacredness of his role, because despite all our silliness and giggling, he actually laid in his "manger"! I am so surprised at what our kids understand at such young ages sometimes!

Addie shed off her "Mary" attire pretty quickly, Dallin wouldn't keep anything on we tried to dress him in so we looked pretty casual in our nativity get-up but I assure you it's a worthwhile tradition! We had a lot of fun and were glad we got to act it all out to keep in mind what Christmas is all about before we left for Wyoming.

After laying out our stockings and getting Santa some milk and cookies (Addie was feeling generous and gave him every last cookie we had in the house..), Santa came in and left some presents for the kiddos.....