I can not believe that I went two days full of fun and family and I didnt pull out my camera once! This year we met up with some stray family at a chapel and did thanksgiving there. Pam brought the fixings to do gingerbread houses and we ate and created and played. Afterwards we met up at Daniel and Pams house to watch a movie and eat leftovers. This morning we slept in and enjoyed a lazy day. Dad took the kids to Lowes while Abby and I ran to Smiths for a few provisions. I made some cinnamon rolls and we went tree hunting with Malissa'a family and Daniel's family. We all met up at the house afterwards for hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. Ryan got an awesome fat lip from a little accident outside and now we are getting ready to have some more yummy leftovers and pull out the Christmas stuff. Cassie put it best when she said "This was the best Thanksgiving EVER!" Amen Cassie!
This year our ward had a Christmas Luau and unfortunately it was the day after my surgery. I braved the crowds with my "surgical mustache" so I could see Cassie perform. She did such a great job and it was totally worth it to see how much she has improved since she bagan.
This was the twelve days of christmas and Cassie represented 9 sweet pineapples. I had to make the costume and I am quite proud of how it turned out. Great Job Cassie I cant wait to see next years performance!
For as long as I can remember I have had a super hard time breating through my nose. I thought it was normal until last year when I tried using a netti pot for the first time and nothing happened. So I went to and Ear Nose Throat doctor and he informed me that I had 100% blockage on the left side of my nose. Last Thursday I went in to have that fixed. I can not believe what a miserable process it has been I go in today to get the splints out of my nose and hopefully we will have free flowing air again!
the great grandkids practicing their song (somewhere around 30 of them, not all shown)
The Pall Bearers
And ah the highlight of the day luch at Chck A Rama after the funeral. This was one of Grandpas favorite places to eat.
My grandfather was finally reunited with his eternal companion and we were blessed to be able to make the trip to Salt Lake to celebrate his life. He was an extremly giving and caring man and I am so blessed that I got to call him grandpa and I am so happy that he is home again. It was a good weekend with family and memories.
Dear Cassie Jessie and Ryan, This was documented so you can see what fun ways you found to occupy your time while I was taking a nap on Sunday afternoon. We kept hearing you giggle and couldnt figure out what an earth you guys would be doing. It was cute but naughty, Daddy told you not to do it again. SO what did you find to do today while Mommy was feeding Abby and folding laundry? Cupcakes and popcorn all over the floor grrrrrr. Someday (hopefully) I will look back on these times and laugh. And someday (for sure) you will get your comeuppance, just you wait!
My little man turned two today. We had a low key day but I did take him out to get popcorn at Target while the girls were at school. He also got to spend some time at Preschool with Jessie. We took him to Applebees for dinner and opened presents there. He got socks and undershirts, sorry bud, and some shake and go cars and a soccer ball. Grandma and Grandpa Hilton gave him a bucket of dinosaurs some board books and some little treats. He slept with the dinosaurs under his pillow. Hope you had a super birthday buddy!
Some things Ryan enjoys doing are hitting the baseball around the yard, Kicking soccerballs, playing in the mud and dirt, playing in the gutter, holding Abby, and anything his sisters are doing. He can speak in simple sentences like "where Jessie" "hold it" "help you" oh and he LOVES to be a helper. Anytime we are carrying things into the house he will run out and say helper helper and grab whatever it is we are carrying. Sometimes it is not so much help but it is way cute.
We are so happy to have you in our family. You add just the right ammount of boy to all the girls but you arent afraid to get dressed up when the occasion calls for it. Thanks for keeping me active and for loving your sisters so much. Right now you are quite the handful but you always do it in such a cute way we cant get mad at you. I cant wait to see what a handsome young man you become. Love you forever! Love Mom and Dad
Every time we did something Halloween related this year I never had the time to blog about it so it is all condensed into one big Halloween post. So here we go! We gutted and carved pumpkins. The girls were having so much fun playing in the guts and Jessie thought it would be a good idea to shake her hands and get the guts all over the place. I found them in her hair days later.
We went to a Halloween party at the college. There werent a lot of peopl there but the kids enjoyed getting dressed up and getting their faces painted.
Jessie had a costume parade at preschool on wednesday and Thursday. I went on Thursday to watch them sing. Ryan came too and followed her everywhere and tried to sind with the big kids. Very cute!
Friday was Cassies big day at school. The whole school weaves in and out of every classroom in a giant parade and all the parents come to watch. I really enjoyed seeing all of our ward friends in their costumes. After the parade was her class party which I had planned since I am the room mother. It went over well with Halloween bingo, donut eating races and balloon games. I was so relieved when it was all over though.
Saturday we spent getting our chores done so we could have fun that night. The ward had a little party down the street so we stopped off there for dinner first. Everyone loved Abby as a cow and ryans big chicken butt.
Here is abby and her treat bucket. She really got a big haul by the end of the night.
After walking our neighborhood for a bit we drove over to another neighborhood where things were really hopping. Ryan took a quick cat nap on the way over and was ready to go again when we got there.
There was a great house with Mr and Mrs Santa passing out ice cream cones. That was for sure the kids favorite house and a nice breather besides.
It was a fun and busy Halloween and we cant wait for next year!