Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Photo Session

For the grandparents this year, we gave framed photos of our children. I thought they turned out very nicely! Actually, better than I was even expecting. Chad and I were not included in this one. But we'll have to be sure to get a nice one of us soon...






Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Little Man's Stats

Took Matthew for his six month check up today. His stats are:

weight: 16 lbs, 3 oz; 27th percentile!!! But Doc isn't concerned.
length: 27.5 inches; 85th percentile (steadily dropped from 99% at birth, 96% at 2 months, 93% at 4 months)
head circ: 43.5 cm; 44th percentile (none of our kids have large melons--they do not take after me in this way)

I am indeed feeding my child. And, yes, he is mine. I dunno...

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Few Select Christmas Vids

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Christmas Afternoon at the Miller's

After all the hoopla at our place Christmas morning, we went to Mom and Dad's. They'd prepared a yummy meal, but the kids saw nothing but the gifts under the tree. So we let the food go cold in order to do some unwrapping. Dad had picked out a game I'd never heard of: Skittles. He played it as a kid. It's a wooden box with a top you spin, trying to knock down bowling-like pins. It will be fun. The boys got some neat books, like my parents do every year: World Record types.
Dad, the grand master of ceremonies.
Okay, this would the crowning moment of Christmas Day: Mira Being Rapunzel. Check out that hair. She was in heaven. (Especially considering the hack job she'd done to her own hair.)
Ella loved her Snow White and Littlest Pet Shop.
The hair again!
Matthew was anxious to chew on his new toy. We couldn't even get it out of the box first.
Mom and Dad got a couple of Wii games for our fam. One was a karaoke game, and the other a dancing one. Both very fun.
And...again. The final product. Dress, hair, crown, earrings. For a 4 year-old girl, it doesn't get any better than this.
So what if we had to reheat the food? Later we plugged in our Wii and did some dancing and singing. Many hours of fun to come with that! We were sent home with loads of leftovers and more high-cal treats. Just what we need!
When we got back home, I tried hiding the bags of candy we have (from parties, neighbors, etc.) from myself. In the trunk of Chad's car. Later he wondered what had happened to all the goodies. I noticed he moved them out of his trunk and into our closet so he can get to it. Fine for him, but what am I going to do with that stuff calling my name all day??
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(Back at our house.) Look at our big boy learning to sit on his own!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa Came!

Here's our tree right after Santa finished up:
Christmas morning, waiting for the girls to get out of bed, the boys tried to quiet their excitement by playing a game of Sequence. Colin woke up at 5:50am and tried to wait patiently for everyone else. He didn't have to wake me. I was already up. Got up at 5 to feed the Matthew-boy and then couldn't go back to sleep because I was too excited!
Morning of! We are cruel parents, we make our kids sit down and eat breakfast and watch a 5 minute video on Christ's birth before we tear into gifts. Oh, the anticipation!

Christmas at the Barnett's

We did the 23rd with the whole extended Barnett clan. There are so many people we have to have it at the church's Cultural Hall. We can count on: food (naturally!), a talent show, a reading of some Christmas story (used to be that Great-Grandpa Barnett would tell about part of his life), chimes, a pinata for the kids, white elephant gift exchange, and always ending with a game of Lightening. The aunts and uncles (and Mom and Dad Barnett) head this every year, without fail. They are so organized and we know we can count on it happening. It's neat to see the cousins grow. And our kids always have fun getting reacquainted. I'll have to get a picture of the group for next year...

After spending the night in North Ogden, we enjoyed Christmas Eve with Mom and Dad Barnett and Amber. Janna was so organized! She had some great activities planned for us. We painted a ceramic nativity set. You should see what it looks like after the kids and I took to our paintbrushes! The one redeeming individual is the camel Amber painted. We played Bingo (with prizes!!), decorated sugar cookies, and played other games. We ate three large meals, enough to tide us over for the week.

Here is Matthew and his first Christmas:
I wish we'd got Micah's reaction to opening "Toy Story 3". But then they opened "Karate Kid." Oh, the excitement!
Grandma and Grandpa sure did great with the kids' gifts. The top items were: Jazz Deron Williams warm up jersey for Colin, Toy Story lunch box for Micah, a Tinkerbell fairy for Ella, and Rosetta fairy for Mira.
Bingo, baby!
Decorating sugar cookies:
Thanks for such a wonderful Christmas Eve!!
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And Ella's kindergarten class, along with a few others, performed a Christmas program for all the families last week. It was so great! They sang a whole bunch of songs, which they'd all learned so well. I was really impressed. Paired with that was a media presentation with each child's picture projected onto a screen with a picture he/she had drawn related to the song they were singing. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One Week to Go

Sunday we went to Temple Square to see the beautiful lights. It was a nice evening to go. This time we thought the trees that had orange and yellow lights on them were the most beautiful. It gave a warm peachy look to the trees.
Inside the Visitor's Center we listened to a flute quartet. I mostly enjoyed people-watching as I sat in a corner, feeding Matthew. Chad took the kids up to see the Christus statue. A "must" when we go. Love!
Inside the Tabernacle we marvelled at how Conference used to be held here for so many years. What a difference it is to have the Conference Center, now. So many people can watch in person. This is a beautiful building, though, and served the church members well for so many years. And continues to do so.

The kids had fun playing around the fountains. They were determined to get a coin out of the water, which I discouraged. We talked about wishes. :)


Micah requested a picture for the blog of his Lego creations.
And...in other news. Guess who took scissors to her hair--again? This time, thankfully, she left the bangs alone. She was already banned from using scissors because of problems cutting clothing, dolls' hair, etc. But yesterday she and a couple of girlfriends got together and were playing "Beauty Shop," you know, wetting each other's hair, styling... Later that night I took a good look at her and noticed she had somewhat of a mullet hairstyle going on. Then it hit me. I marched her right into her room and discovered chunks of hair hiding under her bed...along with a newly-bald Barbie's pink hair. So today we made a beeline for our hair stylist to get it fixed. She did a pixie cut on Mira. What else could we do? So...another talk about scissors. Another banning of them. And here we are:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ho-Ho-Ho!

Captured at bathtime!
This morning Mira's preschool had a little Christmas program. She was the rockstar singer! Front and center. There were a few of her classmates in tears during the performance. I think Mira did so well because she's seen her older brothers and sister do things like this. She was ready for her chance to shine!
Ella was in the audience singing right along some of the time. It was cute, but I had to remind her that the parents were there to listen to the preschoolers. :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Prep

Ah, all the to-do's for December. We have a full few weeks with concerts and programs. Mira's little Jazz class put on a dance to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" (my favorite campy Christmas song!) It was adorable, naturally. A room full of 3 and 4 year-olds, eyes glued to their teacher, following the steps. And feeling special because they have the spotlight.
At our neighborhood Christmas party, many children shared a Christmas song. Colin played "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" medley. (I was the honorary page-turner.)
And Micah played "Carol of the Bells".
Today I was trying to get a picture in the same vein as I remember one of Doug at this age. On his belly, pushing up on his hands, big wide smile. I missed it. But I see more and more of Doug and Chris in this boy.
Colin had an orchestra concert at his school. He's spent a lot of time working on this. And his teacher gave him a nice compliment, saying she can tell he loves the violin and he's one of the best students she has.
Sweetness!!
Stay tuned for Micah's and Ella's mini ballet recital pics next time. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Guess Who's Back?!

This guy! After weeks of him gone, we heard in a roundabout way of a family who had taken in a stray cat. Micah begged and begged me to follow up on this lead. We stopped by this afternoon and found him there. The family had taken such good care of Tiger. I felt bad taking him back. But the kids are very happy. The mother told her sad 11 year-old, "Well, the children probably prayed that they would get him back. So this is probably an answer to their prayers." And it dawned on me that she was exactly right. Happy early Christmas to us!
Mira took this one of Matthew:
Mom and Dad came up for Colin and Micah's basketball games. Here is Mom with Mira:
And loving Matthew:
I got the boys' basketball games on video. They had fun. I enjoy going to their games. Next time I'll be sure to get a few pictures of them!