Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Steven's new blog

Steven has been a little bored over this Christmas break, so he decided to start a BLOG! (Thanks Davin for the idea.) :) His blog is at the top of my links. Enjoy!

Christmas Eve

We did a lot of new things this Christmas and it was lots of fun. First off, Steve found someone from church to go hunting with, so for the past week he has been hunting five or six times. After a couple of times of going by himself, Steven decided he wanted to join Dad, so they have been going together. On the morning of Christmas Eve they left at 5am to go see if they could shoot a deer. Steve has gone hunting a number of times in his life, and has never even seen a deer. Well, on the 24th he calls me from his tree stand at about 9:30am and tells me that he just shot THREE Deer. There was a group of five, and when he shot the first one, the others did not run away like he thought they would. They just jumped a short ways down the road, and so he shot two more before they finally got the idea. Pretty crazy. I asked how Steven felt about the whole thing, and I guess he was OK with it, until they skinned one of them. Then Steven was bothered by it. But I guess he was OK with the shooting part.

It has been pretty cold here, especially at 5 in the morning, so Steven is trying to stay warm, not getting ready to rob a bank. LOL

So, later that night after Steven had a nap, and Steve had put his deer on ice, we began our festivities. We had our traditional KFC for dinner, but this time I bought some cute Christmas plates to eat off of, and we lit some candles to make it a little more special. YUM!

After dinner we went out caroling. Our backyard neighbors have a tradition of doing this, and we wanted to join them this year. We needed to give our twelfth day of Christmas anyway. So we drove around to about nine different houses with plates of cookies and sang a couple songs to each. It was so much fun, we all really enjoyed it. The only problem with it was, we still wanted to do our traditional Christmas Eve play and open one gift and get things ready for Santa, and by the time we got home from caroling we didn't have much time to do what we wanted to. We did get it all done though, even if it was in a rush and then the boys happily went to bed to wait and see what Santa brought.

Robes for Steven and Nathan

A toy for Brandon
and a Snuggie for Jacob

Early December

We had a very busy and fun month of December. We had a pack meeting Christmas party where all the boys got a present.

The three oldest boys participated in the school Christmas program. Where Steven's class sang a song with instruments.

We decorated the house and tree for Christmas.

And we also did the twelve days of Christmas for the first time this year. It turned out so great. We really enjoyed doing it, and it didn't complicate my Christmas like I was afraid it was going to.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

November in a nutshell

So, did November go by quickly or WHAT! One of these days I will stay on top of things, I am sure of it.
But for now, here are some of the things we did in November.

{OK, well this is actually the middle to end of October. That is when the cotton fields are ready to be harvested, and it is such an awesome sight. There are these fields all over the place that are covered in white, and some of the fields are huge. So, it looks like the cotton goes on forever. I love those couple of weeks that we get to see the cotton when we are out driving around}

{Steven did his first diorama the week before Thanksgiving, and we had a lot of fun figuring out what to do. We made the swamp water out of vaseline and food coloring. Oh, and that is an alligator in the water if you can't tell.}

{Steve got his gun out for the boys to practice shooting some cans. It is a good thing there is a field behind us.}

The boys had a whole week off for Thanksgiving break, so we headed up to Virginia again for the week. Nathan and Jacob had to get fillings in their cavaties the first half of the week. Poor Jacob had cavities in all four corners of his mouth. After his first shot he was a little shocked by the pain of it, and was shaking while the Dr. drilled. Then before he knew what was happening the Dr. gave him another shot for the bottom part of his mouth. When the Dr. got to the other side, and was about to give him a third shot Jacob freaked out. He covered his mouth tightly with his hands and got up out of the chair. Through some coaxing we got him back in the chair and the Dr. tried to get the cavity out without the shot. He was successful thankfully and Jacob preferred the pain of the drill over the pain of the shot. Nathan was next and had been crying for the hour Jacob was in the chair about not wanting a shot. So we went directly to the drilling with Nathan. The Dr. said he didn't get it as good as he would have liked, but it will stop the problem for a time until Nathan is older. What a PAIN!

As my reward for comforting 2 crying boys at the dentist office for two hours, I got to go see the Blind Side with my in-laws while Steve babysat. It was a fantastic movie, and I am so glad I got to go see it. Now, I need someone to go to New Moon with me.

Finally we got to Thanksgiving, and had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was just perfect! We started off the day by taking family pictures, which I will be posting soon.

While we were in VA, I realized just how terrible Brandon's hair was looking. He has crazy cowlicks all over the back of his head, and his hair was ten different lengths. So as soon as we got back I got out the clippers. I think he looks much better.

Now we are on to Christmas festivities. I am going to do better with blogging this month for sure. I like to look back and see what we did during the holidays, so expect more soon.

Happy Birthday to ME

Way back on November 10th, I turned 33 and I had a wonderful birthday. Steve was out of town for the week, but was just in Augusta so planned on coming home that night. That morning I had playgroup, so I went and spent some time with my friends there. Because of wonderful Facebook, people all over the place know when it is your birthday now. Well, my friend at playgroup brought a balloon and cupcakes to playgroup to wish me a happy birthday.

After playgroup, I had a lunch date with my visiting teachers at a thai restaurant that I had not tried yet. I was already excited to go, but then another friend of my from playgroup offered to take Brandon for an hour so I could go out to eat without him. Yippee! then I was even more excited. So, Brandon went to burger king with his friends, and I went out to delicious thai food with my friends.

Next we came home and took a nap of course. I made something very simple for dinner (can't remember what) and then talked on the phone to family until Steve got home. He walked in the door with a dozen roses, a wrapped present, and a cake lit on FIRE! Those candles were blazing and he is juggling all this stuff while he comes in the door singing Happy Birthday. It was so funny. So, we go in and have cake and open presents. Steve got me a Wii fit! I love it, it is lots of fun to play with, although it doesn't give you that great of a workout.

{I was surprised}
Steven also wanted to give me a present, so when he got home from school, he went in his room and went to work on something. He was making coupons for me to use like clean bathroom, clear table, etc. What a thoughtful gift, I loved it! But this one was my absolute favorite.Haha, I got five of these and I think I only have 1 left.

I had a great day and am grateful to be 33.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Brandon's good night song

I was singing to Brandon tonight, and noticed that he was singing with me, so decided to get out the video camera. He is so funny. He is a decent talker for being 27 months old, but not fantastic. But he wants to be understood so badly. Watch how he moves his mouth to every word hoping that will help him be more understood. He is actually very good in the conversation skill, but of course, can't always be understood by anyone but me. He will get it soon enough though. Enjoy!

Fun Halloween!

Well, we had a fun and successful Halloween. Steve spent the day at the temple with the youth, and the boys and I had a Tiger cub hike to go on. Nathan is doing Tiger cubs this year here in Brooklet, and they asked me if I would be the Tiger cub leader. Of course I will! Why not? So, we planned our hike for Saturday morning and had a marvelous time. Since Steve was gone, all the boys came with me. Steven wore his uniform so he could be the assistant leader to the younger boys. I loved it.

We just went to the Botanical Gardens at the university here in town and it was a very simple hike. Halfway in to the hike we came across this stage that the boys thought was pretty cool. They all got up on it and then decided that they wanted to sing a song for the parents. While trying to think of a song Jacob yells out, " I know Mom, we could sing I am a Child of God!" I just laughed and said that the other boys didn't know that song because it was a church song. This was with a group of 6 adults and three other scouts. So, they sang a school song instead.

After the hike, a nap, and dinner we were ready for trick or treating. It was 90 degrees and humid, so the boys were a little hot in their costumes, but they did OK.

Here is Steven as Obi

Nathan as a Ninja

Jacob as Spiderman

Brandon as a cow (the black pants got put on later)

Since the houses are a little further a part here, people all drive their kids around. They either take golf carts or just keep the trunk of their van open and the kids just hop in and out. Do they do that in other places? The street was lined with cars moving at a very slow pace. The boys made out with plenty of candy, and now we are done until next year.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Week before Halloween

Boy have we had a fun filled week! I don't remember Halloween being this eventful when I was growing up.

At the boys school they have their drug education week the week before halloween, and each day the kids got to dress funny. I didn't get my camera out for this, but they had lots of fun with it. They had Tacky Day, Backwards shirt day, Pajama day, Camouflage Day, and then today (Friday) they had to dress for their parade, which I will tell you about later.

On Wednesday Steven had to bring snacks to class, and since I was in the festive spirit, I made pumpkin muffins in the shape of pumpkins for snack. OOHH, they were so dang good.

Then Wednesday night was the ward Trunk or Treat! It was tons of fun, and I love that we get to go once a year.

Steven as obi wan kenobi
On Thursday morning Brandon and I got to go to a Halloween party where all the nursery age kids from church were invited. It was so much fun and such a creative party. He dressed as a cow for this party. When we got there, they decorated haunted houses that were made out of rice krispie treats. Then the kids went on a treasure hunt, and then ate lunch. Brandon loved the mummies he ate for lunch which were hot dogs wrapped in crossaint dough. Heather(the hostess) had such neat ideas for the food that were all very halloweeny.

On Thursday night Steven won his final football game, and the team walked away undefeated. To make things exciting the coaches let the boys spray them with silly string and colored hair spray after they won. The boys LOVED that.

Today (Friday) was Brooklet Elementary Schools annual Pumpkin Parade. They block off the main street of our little town, and parade the elementary school kids down it. Each class chooses a book that they have read, and then they dress as the characters for that book. It is lots of fun, and very exciting for the kids.

Principal and Assistant Principal
Jacob and friends dressed in pj's
Nathan dressed as a pig
Steven as a caveman
Steven acting like a caveman

After school today we went to an elderly home in Statesboro, where the boys went trick or treating to each door of the residence. We did this with some other families from church, and it was a good experience.

Tonight we finally got around to carving the pumpkins. They would have rotted had we done it any earlier anyway. The boys had a grand time, and now we are all set for the big day tomorrow. Even though the boys have already eaten and still have a huge stash of candy. What a sugary week!

Brandon got to use his pumpkin carving tools on an apple
When he got bored, he helped me get the seeds out to make pumpkin seeds.

More Updates Tomorrow. Happy Halloween!