Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

We are getting ready for McCabe’s baptism.  He turned 8 on Feb. 2nd.  I am so happy he is part of our family and that he is a kind and sweet boy.  He is trying hard to make the right decisions.  At the moment he goes to cub scouts and loves passing off the requirements.  He is also very big into mine craft. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

This past week was filled with many activities.  It started out with kids getting out early from school because of parent teacher conferences.  I got to meet with Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs. Mitchell to discuss the children’s efforts in school.  I am very pleased with McCabe’s and Jacinda’s performances in school.  They are working hard and helping the teacher when they see an opportunity.  Xadia likes her preschool class especially the letter of the week.  Wednesday was the letter “M” and Xadia chose to take a bag of pennies and tell the class that it is money and that starts with “M.”
                Saturday was McCabe’s birthday party.  We had a great time.  We played the bean and straw game.  Then we wrapped each other like a mummy.  We took a moment to decorate some mugs…..which turned out so cute.  McCabe was not excited at first because of the pictures that came with them.  They had dinosaurs, robots, and ABC’s.  I told him that they could flip the paper over and do their own pictures.  That is exactly what they did.  We had stickers, markers, and crayons so they could decorate the mugs how they wanted.  It was really fun and the kids were super creative.  After the mug craft, we played the balloon popping game where you tie a balloon to your ankle and then you run around trying to pop the opponent’s balloon.  The kids loved this game and it got really serious when Tim joined.  I don’t know who had more fun, Tim or the kids.  After the game it was on to presents and then cake and ice cream.  By that time, the party was over and parents started coming for their children.  It was a successful party.  The rest of the day was filled with Mine Craft and some swimming at the rec. center.  We had dinner as soon as we got home.  I had a casserole in the oven which was ready as soon as we got home.  We had a delicious dinner of chicken enchilada casserole, corn, salad, and chips.  McCabe plowed through the chips and salsa.  He really likes that stuff.

                I just want to mention some favorites of my kids at this time in their lives.  Teagan loves to watch a t.v. show called “Paw Patrol.”  This show portrays dogs as rescue people like a fire fighter, a policeman, a pilot, etc…  He also likes to watch Spongebob Squarepants.  Xadia likes to watch Mine Craft videos on Youtube.  These are clips of people playing Mine Craft.  McCabe likes to play Mine Craft.  He works really quickly through his list of chores and duties so he can play the game.  Jacinda likes to cook and play Mine Craft.  She likes to make chocolate no bake cookies.  It is hit and miss with her cooking.   Sometimes she reads the recipe and puts in the correct amount of ingredients.  Other times she just guesses.  Either way, I have a mess to clean.  Just the other day, I had to vacuum the oats from the stove.  In the end, it is a good learning experience for her.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First let me say, "Happy 77th birthday Myron Nalder."
Yesterday was so much fun.  We took the front runner to temple square.  We walked around temple square and visited with the sister missionaries.  My favorite part was meeting with the missionaries from the Philippines and telling them that Tim speaks Tagalog.  Then they would have a little chat in Tagalog.  After our visit we went to the Joseph Smith building and watched, “Meet the Mormons.”  What an incredible movie.  There are so many beautiful heartwarming moments.  One of my favorite parts was seeing the Navy football coach being stern and authoritative to these big football players and then the next day being a sweet Sunday school teacher to a bunch of ten year olds.  I also liked watching the wife during the football games cheer and squirm in her seat.  I can totally relate to that as I attend my children’s’ games.  There was also an excellent example of renewal of human spirit with the missionary mom.  Wow…..I am so amazed at her dedication with turning around her life in her darkest hour.  Such incredible stories….God is good.
After the movie, we ate at Johnny Rockets, yummy burgers, fries, and shakes for everyone.  Then we got to see the trout at the City Creek Mall.  McCabe and Teagan were ready to cast in their fishing poles.  After a quick stroll through the mall we had to catch the train back to the car.  Before catching the train we handed out, to the homeless, some granola bars with $5 attached to them.  This is such a good activity for the kids.  I hope they realized how blessed and comfortable their life is.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas is over and it was a lot of fun.  Jacinda got the computer version on minecraft.  McCabe received a Nintendo 3DS.  Xadia received a pageant crown and Teagan got some battery operated cars.  Tim surprised me with a cruise to Ensanada, Mexico.  The cruise was a blast.  We karoaked, binged on food, watched some shows, and did some exercising.  When we docked in Ensanada, we got a taxi to take us to church.  It was amazing.  We got to experience sacrament meeting and Sunday school.  We also met some fellow members, David and Adrian.  David is a tour guide and after church gave us a tour of Ensanada.  We went to the markets and saw the bufadora.  We also got to eat at Adrian’s house.  We had tamales and a homney soup.  It was really yummy.
    
After the cruise it was off to the rose parade with the kids and the Stubb’s family.  It was much cooler this time at the parade.  I had to wear two pair of socks.  The floats were unbelievable.  I love the creativity and the massive amount of flowers on each float.  After the parade we found out that some items were stolen from our car.  One of the items was McCabe’s Nintendo 3DS.  What a heartbreaker….he has wanted a 3DS for over a year and now it is gone.  We are doing what we can to replace it but all I can say is that thieves suck.
     Before we left California, Jacinda got her ears pierced along with her cousins Soli and Sydney.  It was so exciting for her.  She was very nervous so she held Soli’s hand for comfort.  It is so cute.  I also had to distract Jacinda by asking her the date of her birthday.  I recorded the event and put it on youtube.
      On our way home from California, we stopped in Vegas and spent the day with Tarra at Circus Circus.  We rode rides at the adventure dome and then had a huge dinner at the buffet.  It was so fun to see Xavius and Cody.  Xavius has the cutest curly hair and got along so well with Teagan.  Cody was interesting to talk with regarding books and chemistry.  He had some pretty funny chemistry jokes.
     Eventually we made it home and now we are back in the swing of things.  The first week back to school was successful.  We got all the homework done and did well on the spelling tests.  I am very pleased with the kids and how hard they are working.  




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

      This week has been very busy.  Jacinda celebrated her 10th birthday.  We had pizza, played games, and did jib jab.  The kids had a great time but I really think they liked playing in the ball pit the best.  I am very surprised at all of the candy she received, however, I am glad they did not get her any of the items I got her for Christmas.
     Speaking of Christmas, I got my shopping done a few weeks ago.  Amazon is amazing.....I totally love it.  Now I deal with kids changing their minds.  It seems like each week they want something different for Christmas.  It is nice they share, but nothing is changing.
      I have been busy making lots of treats for the neighborhood.  For the first time this year I made buttercream chocolates.  It was a lot of fun making different flavors such as strawberry and orange.  The only problem is that I can't keep my family from eating them.  I have learned to make the candies and then freeze them immediately until it is time to compile the plates.  People wonder how I can make the treats and not eat them.  The secret is to make so many treats you get sick of them.  So I made caramels, turtles, buttercreams, coconut mounds, truffles, and toffee.  There is so much sugar it is repulsive.
      The church has put out a great program this year, "He is the gift."  What a great way to remember a loving Heavenly Father giving us his first born son, Jesus so that we can have everlasting life.  The church has a sweet  3 minute clip worth watching to remind us that Jesus is the gift.  We had an opportunity to see over 100 nativity sets and drive around the Bountiful temple.  There is a lovely display of of Jesus' birth from Luke chapter 2.  It is a combination of scriptures and beautiful paintings.  It is a great family tradition.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

     This week is thanksgiving.  We are very excited.  Tim and I keep going back and forth between getting a turkey.  Turkeys are so big. I want to get a chicken so we don’t have a lot of left overs.  However, last year we had chicken tenderloins so I guess it is only fair I get a turkey this year.
     It snowed last night.  The kids are so excited but not as excited as my niece Katie.  She has come to live with us for the next year.  Being from San Bernardino she is not that familiar with snow so this is a new adventure for her.  


Tim has made the ultimate sled from a camper shell, two water skis and a pair of snow skis.    It is meant to be pulled by the blueberry (ATV).  I don’t know who is going to have more fun, Tim or the kids riding in the sled.

     Jacinda is loving basketball.  I can’t believe how charged I get watching them play.  They are a great team, no loses so far.  Jacinda likes to throw in the ball to start the game and also likes to take the ball down the court.  Just recently she participated in a school hoop shoot.  She got 2nd place among the 4th grade girls.  I hope she continues to keep up the good work.




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

We had a busy weekend.  Our family got together to perform the annual leave collecting project.  It started out with the young men and young women performing this service but we joined because we had nothing else to do and also had a trailer to carry the leaves.  The sister missionaries joined us for the project.  It was tons of fun.  The younger kids had the job of crushing the leaves so we could fit as many as possible in the trailer.  They loved playing in all the leaves.  My back today is feeling the aches from raking.  As we say in my family, "it is a good kind of hurt."



A few weeks ago we went to California to celebrate grandma's 70th birthday.  It was loads of fun.  She was completely surprised.  Seven of her eight children were able to attend.  I took some pictures and made a little video of those who attended.   You can watch the video below or go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dfs65_p-AE