As I went to publish my last entry before sending this year's blogs to print, I was confronted with an ugly message from Blogger, "Oops! You've reached the image limit and cannot upload any more pictures to Blogger" (without paying a monthly fee). So I don't know what I'm going to do. I guess the book will be without Thanksgiving pictures this year.
But it was a great Thanksgiving. Jana, Alan, Amber, Mom, Dad, and Michael Finelli came to our place. Mom and Dad showed up a little early to help me get things set up and ready for the 1:00 Thanksgiving dinner. It was really enjoyable, and made such a difference having extra hands to help. Once everyone was served, Colin read for us George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation. We then went around the table and said what we were grateful for. And I quizzed everyone on some basic Thanksgiving facts.
After dinner, some of the men went downstairs to catch a little of the football game. Monopoly was going on upstairs with both grandmas and the kids. Once Chad showed up, he was the enforcer of the rules. He likes to know the rules and to be sure everyone is playing by them. Ha ha! One day our children will realize how lucky they are that they get both sets of grandparents to spend Thanksgiving with all together. Pretty great that the grandmas sit around, laughing and playing together with them. Makes it extra-special.
We so miss those family members who are far away: Chris and Gabby; Doug and Rachel, Theron, Grant, Kate, Paige, and Juliette; Blake and Maren, Braden, Brody, and Hunter. We're comforted in knowing they all are happy and well. Our family is wonderful.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
For Mira's sixth birthday, Mom and Dad bought 4 tickets to Disney on Ice. Dad suggested we make a girls' day out of it by having me go in his place. Thank you! This was a much anticipated event by the girls. Although Mira doesn't have any solid ideas for birthday gifts, this was just something extra-special and girlie to make a birthday one to be remembered.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Halloween day had been anticipated for quite some time. Especially since the kids began to suspect that Grandma and Grandpa were going to get their costumes. This was after much questioning from Grandpa about what they wanted to be for Halloween. Mira had wanted to be Fancy Nancy last year, but it never happened. This was her year! Grandma took her out and went crazy. Look at that getup. Doesn't get any cuter! She felt pretty special.
Toward the end of the evening, we were talking together about the Jazz tickets Chad still had. Apparently, Chad could see in Michael's eyes that he really wanted to go, but didn't have someone to go with. Kind-hearted Chad, not one to leave somone in the lurch, offered himself as a partner to the game. Sacrifice is what it's all about. Right, Chad? :) So Mom and I wrapped up trick-or-treating with the younger ones. Colin and Micah were out with Orion and Pheonix and didn't get back til 9:15. The girls and I watched Addams Family and ate candy. The boys say they were the last ones out. I let them stay up and eat some of their candy and watch a movie. They didn't get to bed until 10:45. Too bad it's a school night!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Micah hosted a Halloween party for a few friends. I told him as long as he was in charge of it all, I was fine with it. He had just a few requests of me: cookies, Cheetos, brownies, donuts, apple cider (which I bought, but he was unhappy with because he'd meant sparkling cider), and popcorn. He also asked that I make slime for them. I thought, "It's an overload of junk, but why the heck not?" Here are Ella (hiding mysteriously), Caleb Anglin (white shirt), Strider Fountaine (very back), Cooper Hutchinson, Jackson Pearce (mask), Micah, and Orion Badger.
Mira screamed from the bathroom, "Mom! It's an emergency!!" I come half-running and discover an inch of water on the bathroom floor, coming out onto the carpet. Matthew had unrolled an entire MEGA roll of Charmin, stuffed it in the toilet, and flushed. (Thankfully, I had just cleaned and bleached the toilet, so I wasn't freaked out too much.) But I used every spare towel in the closet to sop up the mess.
Monday, October 22, 2012
After our night near Goblin Valley, we drove the two hours to Moab to set up camp at a great little campsite with a stream running behind our site. The older four had a blast heading down to the stream, throwing rocks, exploring, and whatnot. There was a little playground which kept Matthew entertained. The boys and girls were all really good with Matthew. If we needed them to take Matthew to the playground, they would for a bit. It was great! We brought a ton of food, and enjoyed much of it. We roasted hot dogs and did s'mores one night, tin foil dinners another. We even toasted bagels and bread for breakfast. The campfires were so nice to have at the end of the day and first thing on a chilly morning.
Inside Double Arch was a teeny tiny little cave which Matthew liked.