Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Have I already mentioned the fact that I LOVE CHRISTMAS???? On Christmas Eve, we had all of my family over for dinner and then we played a game, read about Jesus' birth and a Christmas story. My mom always gives each of our families a new book.
For the game we were each give a pair of nylons and 14 balloons and a red bow. We were suppose to blow up the balloons stuff them into the nylons and make one family member Rudolph. It was a close race, and Trisha's family won. I have to say Neil and I were right behind them and we had no help from older children.
Now to say our reading of the Savior's birth was spiritual part of the night would not be an exact account of the evening. It was pretty funny though. My dad took pictures or I would post them. All of the grand kids dressed up as either a Shepard, angel, Mary, Joseph, Wise Men and Camden was a camel. We had some balloons from our earlier game and we stuffed them up Camden's shirt to make a hump, and then there were some balloons hanging down like a tail. It was so funny, I was suppose to be reading the story from the scriptures and I had a hard time reading, because I was laughing. I really wish I had the pictures to put here and it would all make more sense!
It was great night! After everyone left we let the kids open one present and it was of course new pajamas! So here are my little angels ready for bed on Christmas Eve.

Dallin and Bryson


My little ham, Camden!
I was hoping (the only morning each year) that my kids would wake up early. I did get my wish, Dallin woke up at 6:15. I was so happy, he crawled in bed with me and asked me if I thought Santa had been to our house and left any presents. It was such a sweet little time that he and I had. We talked for about 5 minutes about what he thought Santa may have left for him and his brothers. Then he asked if we could wake everyone else up so we could all open presents. He certainly didn't have to ask me twice, but we did have to wake up Dad, Camden and Bryson.

This is the pile of presents Santa left for the family. Dallin was very happy to get a snowboard. The other presents were a Wii, games and some movies.

I wanted to get a picture of each of the kids by their pile of presents, but Camden started opening before I could. I have them each open one present at a time. I love it, then Christmas lasts a little longer and I can see each of their reactions for each present they open! I have asked Santa to wrap every present and he is so nice to comply with my wishes!

Bryson opening one of his presents, he didn't really try very hard to open them. He, of course, was more interested in the paper. Dallin jumped right in to help him unwrap.


I think this is such a sweet picture, Bryson has such a cute smile on his face. Dallin is trying to open the book to show him.


Camden opening his Batman Helicopter. Though I am not sure what caught his eye that got him so excited.



Dallin opening his Bat Cave!


Camden opening his Dragon Castle. This is the only thing he asked Santa for, and every time anyone asked him what he wanted he would say Santa is bringing me a Dragon Castle. I am so happy Santa brought it for him.

Santa brought Bryson this Microphone. It is really cute and he loves it!


Bryson playing with his new toy, what an angel!

Dallin playing with Camden's T Rex

I was trying to take Camden's picture with his dragon castle. I told him to look at me, as you can see he could hardly pull his eyes off the caste. SO MUCH FUN!!!



He finally looked!


Bryson singing with his microphone!
Dallin has been wanting to feed Bryson, so today I let him feed Bryson his fruit. I love this shot because you can see Dallin's mouth is open wide! He is such a good big brother.


Here is Dallin and Bryson!

Camden wants to help make Mac N Cheese! Yes it is lunch time and he still has his pajama's on. This Christmas break has gotten me lazy!

Bryson's new discovery ......
the cupboard with the bowls!
He is now getting up to his knees to things. He hasn't quite made it to his feet just yet, but he is trying. Bryson turned 10 months old on the 26th, I can't believe it. In just two short months my baby will be 1!







Last wrestling meet of the year.

I really wasn't going to post any more pictures of wrestling this year, but when I saw this picture, I couldn't resist. I absolutely love it! This is Neil and Dallin watching other kids in his group wrestle. They will sit and watch the wrestling matches and Neil coaches on what they are doing right or wrong.

Watching and waiting!
This is Camden giving Dallin a good job hug!

Dallin took 2nd place at the meet. I seriously spent the rest of this weekend trying to convince Dallin that 2nd place was good. He was very disappointed he didn't get first and he hated the fact that his ribbon wasn't, red, white and blue like the rest of his first place finishes!


The night before the meet when Dallin was saying his prayers, he said and please help me have fun wrestling tomorrow even if I get 4th place, but I really want to take first! I love it, it was a very sweet prayer!




Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I decided this year, I really needed/wanted a new tree. I was looking for a taller and skinnier tree. I found one I really liked and made the purchase. It was a pre-lit tree, or so it was called. After I had the darn thing put together, half of the lights weren't working. I had also purchased a "light gun" to tell help get your lights on and be able to tell which light is causing the problem. I worked for a couple of hours and had all but three strands now working. When Neil got home he was able to get two of the strands to work, but the top strand was not so cooperative. We could not get it to work, so we pulled it off and put on a new one! I am very scared for next year, all the lights better work. So Dallin and Camden "decorated" the latter, while we were waiting for Dad to get home from work. They are so funny! Last year we moved into our new house on December 2o, so needless to say I didn't do much decorating. I put up our christmas tree of course but nothing else. As I was getting out the decorations Dallin was getting really excited and was saying, I remember this one mom! It was fun to see his excitement. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Decorating the tree has begun! My mom has given us ornaments every year at Thanksgiving, so the boys love to put "their" ornaments on the tree.


Daddy helping Camden!


They thought is was really cool to be able to climb to the top of the ladder to put the ornaments on.


This is Dallin putting on one of his ornaments!


Camden and Daddy having fun on the ladder.

Dallin and Daddy take their turn on the ladder.


It had to be Daddy's job to put the star on this year. Dallin was a little disappointed he has always been able to put the star on, but since this tree is 12 feet high, there was no way daddy could have an extra helper!

Dallin and Bryson! Bryson just army crawled around on the floor trying to get the ornament boxes while we decorated the tree. He is such a good baby!

My three handsome boys and our lovely decorated tree! Hurry Christmas, Hurry fast!











How Embarrassing!

So my lovely sister-in-law Kristen has an amazing gift for writing the most hysterical stories. I was telling her the most embarrassing moment of my life and she said she couldn't wait to read it on my blog. I am going to make an attempt at writing such a story.

Last weekend we had a couples Christmas Party for our neighborhood. I was really excited to go, my mom had all three of my boys (I haven't left Bryson for a night out since he was born.) Neil and I were going to have a great night out!

We enjoyed a lovely evening out with many of our friends. There was excellent food and lots of chatting, it was great! I get really chatty when I get with other adults, since I get so much adult conversation at home. Anyway after dinner, there were about 5 couples, and we were helping put chairs away. Neil was behind me, so I reached back and patted his bum and then leaned back to tell him something. However when I leaned to tell Neil whatever I was going to tell him, to my horror the only thing I could say was "You are not my husband"! I could have died! The poor guy held up his hands and said to his wife ~ I didn't do anything. I think my face turned 20 shades of red while everyone had a good laugh. It was so embarrassing.

Friday when I went to lunch with my parents, my dad came up to me and said, Jodi I heard a funny story about you. He said he heard I was molesting other men at a party. I told him we certainly didn't need to use such harsh words! The guy whose rear end I patted, is married to my dad's cousin. This is certainly one of the most embarrassing moments of my life! It was a good thing I just patted, rather than a full on grab. I have to keep reminding myself it could have been worse!