Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turnin' Four, Baby!

Purple and black were the colors. Streamers. Balloons. The birthday outfit. Lovin' it! She loved the ruffly, fancy skirt (Target has such adorable girlie clothes!). And the black purse. Oh-so-cute!
She awoke to a decked-out kitchen. (Well, actually, she caught me in the middle of putting it up the night before and I had to shoo her off to bed.) It was a day full of birthday events. But throughout the day she reminded me that she wasn't officially four until she had her birthday cake and ice cream. And it didn't happen until that night. So she refused to be four before then.
I took the girls to see the new Disney movie, "Tangled". It was great! Ella sat on my lap for about 1/3 of the movie because she was scared during some of it. But I was impressed! I'd buy it to add to our movie collection, for sure.
That evening for dinner, we took the family out to eat. This is something we hardly ever do! So they thought it was really something special. But Chad and I were reminded one of the reasons we rarely do it. Our kids will probably learn to keep their voices down in public places...someday.
And Mira taught us the most valuable lesson of all. A four year-old reserves the right to throw a righteous tantrum any dang time she pleases! And that's the truth.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving '10

This year we had Thanksgiving at the Barnett's. My parents came over as well. It's times like this you really feel the emptiness of missing family members. And so many of them! Chris, Doug and Rach, and Blake and Maren. We missed you!!! And we so look forward to being together again.
Mira has to share her birthday with this holiday. Since we were together anyway, we sang her happy birthday and opened gifts. You could tell she felt special. I can't believe my baby's going to be four tomorrow.
Look at all that pink and purple!
We headed to my parents today to decorate gingerbread houses (our yearly tradition). The boys took on one house with Grandma's help, and the girls and I worked on the other. The most important thing they wanted to know was when they got to eat the candy off of the houses!
So while we freeze here, what was Chris doing for Thanksgiving? Lucky dog.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

At Home

We contemplated keeping the kids home from school yesterday, what with the impending blizzard. After all was said and done, the blizzard turned out to be just a windy night with a little snow. Besides, Ella's kindergarten class was celebrating with a little Thanksgiving mini-feast. How could we let her miss it? It's just when Chad has the rare 6 days off in a row (wahoo!), it feels like vacation. Like we can do whatever the heck we want! Watch 2 movies and play computer games? Sure!

Micah had his little friend Ashley over. I love it because they get along so well.
Ella lovin' her baby.
I just love these little shoulder-up smiles Mira gives me. So ready for the camera!
I think the girls wanted me to snap this one. (Nevermind Mira's see-food!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November Pics

Matthew was on the counter, in his car seat, while I was preparing dinner. He was just so adorable sitting there, playing and smiling. I snapped a few close ups of his smile (notice the pearly whites on the bottom?). He is our family's pride and joy. Each of the kids just loves him to pieces and helps me so much. They give him attention and loads of affection.
We woke up to a white wonderland today. We got at least a foot of snow. (It's a good thing we took inventory of all the winter clothes yesterday!) The kids went out and played around. What a change this year for me--this is the first year I haven't had to dress at least 2 kids in their winter gear. Mira only needs a little help. They can all dress themselves. Whew! Here is Micah enjoying the snow in our backyard:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gettin' Ready for Christmas

Today the kids and I worked on a few Christmas crafts Mom and Dad picked up for them. They had a lot of fun. It was something different to do and they enjoyed getting creative. Colin was hard at work on his project, a "Makit and Bakit Ornament":
The girls loved their necklaces:
Ella striking a pose:
Mira with her ready cheese:
Micah absolutely loves anything creative. Drawing, collecting, gluing... He made the Christmas house and was proud.
Don't they look adorable?
Colin got a new outfit (thank you, Mom!). He is growing so quickly. The new clothes he got not too long ago are already getting highwater. These are size 14-16!!
And the bottom shot of Matthew. I just had to get this because I walked in to check on him during his nap and found him all bottom's up. I loved it. I had to call in Chad and the kids to see how funny it was.

Piano Recitals

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Harmony and Veteran's Day

Micah's been participating in the school's choir, Harmony. They've been practicing patriotic songs to perform for the school and family since Veteran's Day is today. Last night families were invited to come. His little friend, Ashley, also came. It was really cute and he showed lots of enthusiasm.
Here he is with his two singing buddies.

Since they're singing today for the school/community and veterans are invited to be honored, Micah's been asking who in our family is a veteran. We explained Grandpa Miller served in Viet Nam in the army and Grandpa Barnett was a reservist. He wanted to call them up and invite them to the program. So (the morning of!), he calls Grandpa Miller and explains, "Grandpa, I know you were in the army and I want to invite you to my school because we're singing for all the veterinarians." (A stifled giggle from me.) Unfortunately, Grandpa had other plans. Next year we'll plan ahead and invite the grandpas.

Thank you , veterans!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Enjoy Being a Girl...and other happenings

Ella and Mira can be such good playmates. I love hearing them do this. It's all, "Now pretend I'm falling and you're coming to save me" and "Oh! Oh! I'm the loveliest princess in the world. Pretend that, okay?"
Imaginations at work:
Ella wanted to spend some of the money she's been saving up on a new Disney Polly Pocket. She's also saving up to buy her siblings Christmas presents, but it's important to be able to enjoy some of your hard-earned money. And since Ella was buying something, Mira wanted to as well.
New toys are always very exciting!
And our Matthew is getting stronger. He's rolling more. I still am unsure if he's aware he can do this, but he's doing it more and more. And he likes to try to hold a toy and everything goes into his mouth. He's cut his first tooth (which I'm not thrilled about). He's a drooling maniac right now.
Saturday morning Micah prepared breakfast. I haven't spent time with him, teaching him how to prepare food. I guess it's about time. Especially if he's showing an interest. Pancakes were the dish. He did a really great job and got creative with them. He made snowmen, Mickey (and Minnie, for the girls) Mouse, and litte itty bitty pancakes. He said the next thing he wants to learn how to make is Farmer's Breakfast. This is Colin's favorite breakfast.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bountiful Baskets

This is a really great food co-op that I've known about for some time, but only recently tried out. I shouldn't have waited so long. What a great way to get wonderful fruits, veggies, and breads. Just in the past three weeks we've tried things I would not normally buy: persimmon, parsnips, collard greens, brussel sprouts, pomegranate, etc. I'm trying them alone in simple dishes, and will branch out more and more as I get used to preparing them.

The kids really especially enjoyed the pomegranate. We decided it reminds us of a mini Popsicle. They are discovering this earth has an abundance of varied foods. We're not confined to apples, bananas, peas, and broccoli. I'm loving it!

If you live in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Washington, or Texas, there may be a co-op near you. You can check it out here: http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/

You place your order online (and you want to be one of the first ones on when they open up the website for orders--Mondays at 8pm for Utahans). Pickup is Saturday morning around 7am. Every 8 weeks you're supposed to show up about an hour early to help unload the truck and divvy out the goods. (Honor system.)

If you can, try it once!