Monday, December 28, 2009

Halloween '09

Achtung: The next three posts are crazy-out-of-order, thanks to my amazing blogging abilities.

So, I'm taking us back several weeks, back to the 'old place' (I say with endearment in my heart). Gettin' ready for Halloween, baby!
Mira as a mermaid princess, Ella as Cinderella, and Colin as Harry Potter. Where is Micah, you ask? We-ell...
This is where he be: covering his face with all sorts of random face paints, thinking it just makes his costume that much better!
I told the girls that, for Halloween only, I would put makeup on them. Oh, how excited they were! Mira had to keep looking at herself in the mirror and having her lipstick reapplied. Again. Again.
Darling Ella!
My sweet girls.
Yes, this would be a separate costume for Micah. He changed his mind a few times. At school he dressed up like a vampire. Colin was still Harry Potter. :)
It's pretty awesome now that Colin's old enough to participate more in the festivities. He drew on his own face for the pumpkin and carved it out!
Here are Micah, Ian (neighbor), Ella, and Mira (and my arm).

Mira's Three!

Talk about a little girl who wants for nothing: Enter Mira Catherine. She turned three the day after Thanksgiving this year and had a wonderful time! She got a special date with Grandma and Grandpa Miller all by herself--can we say shopping spree?! And then a fun birthday party at Grandma and Grandpa Barnett's where she was the center of attention.
Here she is, donning her new ballet getup, loving everything about it!

Aw, so sweet with Grandma and Grandpa!
Applying (and reapplying, reapplying, reapplying) lipgloss from her Barnett birthday party! So fancy with all those bracelets and necklaces...
Ella helping to 'do-up' Mira's new doll.
Gotta try out some twirls in the new princess dress! All things girlie, you know!
I just love this shot of her with Colin. Too sweet!

And this would be one of my absolute favorites! The little imp.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

For Christmas Eve, we headed to my parents' where Chris was visiting from Texas. It was a great Christmas Eve celebration. The first thing we did was stand outside WalMart and sing carols to raise money for the Salvation Army. Colin even made a comment that he really like doing it. The kids lasted 45 minutes, great for them in 15 degree weather! My mom took them back to the house for lunch while Chad and I braved it a while longer. But I think we made the most money when we had cute little faces singing with us.

Lunch was great--cold cuts, croissants, and quiche (recipe courtesy of Rachel-yum!). Then the kids decorated sugar cookies baked by Dad and supervised by Mom--thank you!

And then we could put off the gift-opening no longer. This was their first taste of it this year and, boy, did they love it!
Micah opening a gift with Ella and Dad watching.
Colin's turn! We should've saved the books for last. Once Colin and Micah saw their 'Guinness Book of World Records' and 'Ask Me Anything' books, they were so into those, they didn't care too much about opening anything else. They're going to devour those books. Mira opens her purple 'stole'. She and Ella felt so fancy in that and their new princess nightgowns.
Ella getting a good tickle from Chad.
Had to throw in a picture of Dad and Chris. Unfortunately, I held back on my picture-taking because of issues I've been having with my camera. I should've taken more: I didn't even get one of my Mom! But she was most definitely there, serving and loving!
Christmas morning was spent in our new home. Everyone was up by 7 and ready to go! We first did a simple breakfast and watched a short nativity movie before digging in. The kids did pretty well taking turns and watching one another open gifts. Here they are all helping get a box open.
Mira showing off her lovely My Little Pony.
Ella and her oft-requested My Size Barbie.
Mira couldn't have been happier about simple balloons!
The boys got a surprise, which ended up being their favorite thing: a double shot basketball hoop. It's already had hours of play on it by them, by Chad and me, and by visiting family. We hope it serves to occupy busy bodies this winter during school break!

Christmas day Mom and Dad Barnett and Amber came for dinner. Here they all are at our new table and chairs. For so long we've made do with a rickety table that had seen it's day and only 5 chairs, which meant someone got a bar stool or a fold-out. So having this makes life just that much more comfortable and we are really enjoying it! Merry Christmas to us, right? :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Moved in

Here we are! In our new place and all settled in, thanks to the help of both our families. Mom and Dad Barnett were kind enough to let us take over their house for 2 weeks while we were in transition between South Ogden and West Jordan. My parents took the kids overnight the day before we moved in so that we could really get things organized in the house. Both sets of parents and Amber came up Saturday and went to work for us bringing things in the house, taking things out of boxes, and putting things away. Chad and I worked like dogs the entire day. We were exhausted by the end, but it was so nice to have almost everything in place.

Fast-forward one week and our Christmas decorations are up (minus the outside lights this year), as well as framed pictures and art. It really feels like home now. The boys are walking to school (that's a new one for us). We're signed up at a gym that seems like it'll be great for our family.

There are still things to be done. A preschool to find for Ella, ballet for the girls, piano for the boys, and a couple of babysitters for our occassional nights out. And Comcast is turning out to be the biggest hassle ever with the right hand not knowing what the left is doing on their end. The kids haven't met anyone else their age in the neighborhood. We hear there are lots of kids around, but no one's outside! That's one huge downside to moving in during wintertime. Luckily the boys are happy at school and are making friends there.

The boys are now on year-round school, which is foreign to me. It should be...interesting. They will get off for Christmas break the middle of this week for 1 1/2 weeks, then right into their 3 week off-track break. Craziness!! Any ideas on how to keep Mom sane during that time? I'm just glad we have double the space here. We'll need it!!

And one little tidbit of news. Okay, more than a tidbit. Around Junetime there will be a new addition to the Barnett household. We just told the kids and they're just thrilled. I told them we're going to wait to find out if it's a boy/girl until he/she is born. They can't wait! I've never waited to find out the sex of the baby before, and this time I want a true surprise. So...carseats, high chairs, diapers, and all-nighters: here we come...again! Wish us luck! :)