Friday, February 10, 2012

It's a Merry Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas, it is my most favorite holiday, and get so excited. I love shopping, and planning and well maybe not wrapping, but everything else I love! I was very worried about how this Christmas would go, as it is our first Christmas, not as an entire family. Dallin told me he wanted his dad here to watch them open presents. It was decided that Neil would come really early in the morning and be at our house when the kids woke up. I was so worried that Neil would not wake up and be here, (he is NOT a morning person). I was very relieved when he was here at 5:00am, I woke up the kids at 6:00 since we had church at 9:00. My parents and Brett also spent the night, so we had a great Christmas morning.

I stink at taking pictures Christmas morning, I get to involved in opening presents and making sure the boys are taking turns. Neil was videoing it, so at least we have that! We have the kids opened 1 present at a time, and they take turns. I love it this way! You get to see each one open their presents, they get to see each other. They get so excited when they see their brother get something they had been wanting. It just makes Christmas!

Dallin can hardly stand waiting, he always looks through his stocking first. It is funny to me, because as a kid we always opened our presents first and then looked in our stockings! He was thrilled there was an orange, he is so funny!
As you can see by the expression, he was even more thrilled to get his 3DS!

Camden was happy with his Walkie Talkies and of course...
thrilled with his 3DS.

Bryson got the cutest Mickey Mouse scooter. The first time he got on it, it was in reverse and so when he pushed the gas, he went backwards and it kinda tipped. It really scared him, he wouldn't really ride it the rest of the day. I was thrilled when later that night he went for a ride and then he loved it.
Admiring his Mickey Mouse slippers.

The kids got all sorts of stuff, and lots of family gifts too, like movies and Wii games and such! Santa really lightened his load at our house! Christmas turned out pretty good, Neil stayed and had breakfast with us, and then he ironed the kids clothes while I got ready for church. He stayed at the house while we went to church. While we were gone he got cleaned up, and then we all played until it was time to go to my mom's for dinner. I am grateful that we are able to get along and do some things together. It is hard in some ways, but it is really a blessing especially for the kids.

Random things!

I had some random pictures I wanted to get in here, so here are some odds and ends.
If this isn't the cutest nerd you have ever seen in your life, you must be blind! Bryson is so much fun, and he has so much energy! He makes me laugh everyday and I am so blessed to be his mom!

Dallin and Camden took hip hop dance class this fall, they really had fun (after they went). Their teacher wasn't the best and it is sad because it made it really hard for them to want to go. I made them stick it out until after their Christmas performance and they both decided to quit. Here is the picture before their performance, little gangsters! Bryson had to be in the picture too! I am so blessed to have three of the most handsome boys ever!
Bryson was playing Dallin's 3DS and then the next thing a know he is sound asleep next to Camden. I thought it was pretty sweet, he is always so sweet when he is asleep!


Wrestling season was quite a bit different this year. This year Camden was able to wrestle, I was pretty nervous about it. Neil was out of town for the first meet, and I was very worried about that, so I asked if Tyler Rackham would come and coach the boys for me. He was so nice to come and help me, I would not have made it without him. He helped the kids a lot!
Here is some pictures of Camden, I know this picture isn't good, but I loved that Bryson is laying on the match watching.
He is too cute and sweet to be a wrestler!

Camden was so much for to watch, whenever he would be on bottom and trying to get up, he would growl and then it would help him escape. It was pretty funny!

If you look close you can see how red his face is. He was on bottom and trying to escape. Dallin took these pictures for me, while I took video. He did a good job, he took a TON of pictures, but they are cool to look at. He took so many and so quick, if you just click on next it looks like a cartoon and you can see his motion.

I don't have very many pictures of Dallin for a couple of reasons. One being Camden doesn't take pictures while I video, and two; his matches are a lot more intense and it harder to take video and still pictures! This is of the first tournament when Tyler helped coach him.

This was a pretty tough year for us in wrestling. Camden had a lot of fun, but he didn't win any matches. He was sad when he placed fourth, it broke my heart. Dallin really struggled as well, it was pretty hard for him to go from winning most meets last year, to placing 4th in all the meets this year. I was really hoping for a good year for him, he really could have used the confidence booster, with all the changes at our house. I am so proud of both my boys, they worked hard and that is more important than the wins. Neil always says you learn more from the matched you lose, than the ones you win. I hope Dallin will be able to learn from this experience and keep on going, he loves the sport, and honestly I love watching it!