Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's Christmas!

Chad looks forward to being at Jazz games. He likes to invite each of the children to attend with him. Lately, they've been a little less enthusiastic about going. I think it might be twofold. 1. The Jazz haven't had a really good season for a while. 2. The bloom is off the rose a bit. Been there, done that. But Chad manages to bribe them with the promise of a treat if they go. And occasionally he'll invite Amber, and she loves the games. 
 While I was in California at Michaeline's wedding, Chad took the children to the Barnett Family Christmas Party. Yes, it's official. The seemed to have a lot of fun. Chad took more video than he did pictures. This SpongeBob shower gel Matthew got was enjoyed in one bathtime session. Ha!
 Silly boy.
 
 So when we decorated gingerbread houses with Doug and Rachel, Mom and Dad and everyone, we also went to the Museum of Natural Curiosity. It was so fun for the cousins to run around together. Colin, Grant, Theron, and Micah did their own thing and loved it. Here I am giving my spiel about where to meet if anyone gets lost.
 Oh, and both Micah and Colin has science fair projects due around the same time. Thanks to a wonderful father, Chad worked with each of them individually on "What Effect Does Heat Have on Chemical Reactions?" Hours and hours were put into each of them. Again, thanks goes to Daddy-O!
 Christmas Eve was spent at Grandma and Grandpa Barnett's. The kids always look forward to this because we have dinner together, and Grandma spoils them with games and prizes. Not to mention the gifts. This picture is so cute! Oh, and this is when we managed to burn one of Grandma's pillows because we propped it up against her hot fireplace. I started smelling something burning, and oops! Sorry, Grandma!
Aunt Amber wanted to get the kids games they would love. She got Colin and Micah Risk. Here is Colin, reading through the instructions. This is a game he's wanted for a while.
 Matthew loved his Disney "Eye Found It" game. It's fun!
Christmas morning! Santa treated us good this year. Grandma and Grandpa Miller sent money for us to use at our discretion. My favorite gifts were the U.S. flag (I've wanted one for years!) and a new teal purse. Pretty! Chad got an RSL jacket (he loved it!), RSL shirt and hat. Colin got a bow and arrow set, hair products, and cologne. Micah got an RC car, hexspider (which batteries stopped working like the next day), and...I can't think of a third thing he got! But he did get other things. Ella got pjs, Littlest Pet Shops, and a watch. Mira got pjs, Ever After High Apple White and Hunter, and a watch (which broke a few days later.) Matthew got his mini trampoline (lots of fun has been had there!), Avengers figures (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America), and big brick-like cardboard blocks.
 Happy girls on Christmas morning! (New sunglasses.)
What else happened Christmas day? Some of this:
 And this:
 And this:
 Ella thought Jack would be so cute with sunglasses!
 
About a week after Christmas we took the kids sledding near Fox Hollow. I was impressed with how great Matthew did on the hills. Mira tried to go over some jumps. Colin tried out the snowshoes I got for Christmas. (Cool story on those snowshoes. They are a really nice pair, and I got them for free off a yard sale page. Yahoo!)

 They loved going down tandem.
 And they'd give each other pushes down the hill.
 Another great thing that happened near Christmas (ahem) was when our oven decided to die on me. And I blame myself for wishing it to die so I could buy a new double oven. It is never the right time when something stops working. All in the same week we also had the furnace need a big repair and the van needed a big expensive repair. Whew. People say they come in threes. And it did for us! We ended up getting the oven repaired by a kind friend (Landon Dahle's dad, Ryan). He got the part and fixed it for us at a nominal cost.
 Ella was stoked when her six weeks of waiting was over for her earrings. She *finally* got to choose a new pair of earrings Grandma Barnett gave her. Oh, the decisions! Mira was less than thrilled because she had to wait an additional 2 weeks since she had trouble with her earring coming out a couple of times and get it repierced.
 I love how Jack just seamlessly fits into our family's life. The kids love to have him sleep with them. (Except when he hogs the bed.) These days, he ends up in Matthew's bed most nights. While I'm in reading books to Matthew, Jack takes the cue that it's bedtime, and jumps up and gets snuggled down. Matthew told me he loves to have Jack sleep with him because Jack keeps him warm. And Matthew loves Jack.
 Matchy-matchy!
 We inherited some clothes from a friend, and sent her this picture of them wearing a couple of the items as a thank-you. I can't believe overalls are back. My grandmother Helen Oliphant hated them because they reminded her of what people wore during the depression, and I never thought they looked super when they were in style when I was a kid. But now I see them and think, "Again?!" But, actually, Mira looks pretty stinking cute in them.
 The girls are trying to follow a Book of Mormon reading schedule to get them through the whole thing in a year. Chad is reading with them here. I'm glad their hearts are right! In fact, Matthew has been choosing the children's "Book of Mormon Stories" each night as one of his book choices. And he likes to remind me about how the Nephites were good and the Lamanites were wicked, but then they switched and the Lamanites were the righteous ones. He does his best to retell parts of the stories he's learning. It makes me happy!
 Matthew noticed that my iPhone had a picture of Mira with her 8th birthday cake set as my wallpaper for a while. He asked if he could get his picture on there. So we did a couple of poses with Jackie-Baby.
 This is the one that won out and ended up as my iPhone wallpaper:
  So-o, the day after Christmas Amber drove down and we all headed out to St. George. It was awesome because a couple of kids were able to ride with her. Ahhhhh. Grandma and Grandpa Miller graciously let us use their home while they were visiting Uncle Chris, Aunt Gabby, and Eva in Texas. We so appreciated it. What a great location they are in! We were so comfortable. We had thought about going to Zion National Park, but St. George ended up being quite a bit colder than we'd anticipated. Like a high of 44. So we nixed that. But we filled our time with some other great things. We visited Brigham Young's winter home, Jacob Hamblin's home, and a few other historical spots along the way. Here we are at Brigham's winter home:

 In front of the Mulberry tree that was split by lightening:


 We went to the Washington City Recreation Center, which is awesome. Chad went swimming with the kids. We started out playing basketball and pickleball. Micah coerced me to the weight room where he tried out some of the weights and machines.

 But the Ella, Mira, and Matthew's absolute favorite activity was rock climbing. They got to go again and again. Micah made it all the way to the top once and rang the bell! (So did I!) The girls set goals for themselves to get above the dotted line. Matthew loved climbing!





 We looked for things to fill our time since outdoor activities were out. We found this Children's Museum, which ended up being such a great find! We spent several hours here doing all sorts of things: throwing "snowballs" at each other, attempting wheelchair basketball, etc.
 Ella's face, ha!
 One night we popped popcorn and pulled out all our goodies while we played games. The kids were totally on board with that!

 The day we were to head back to SLC, we stopped at Pioneer Park. Colin tried out his Christmas gift, his Chainmate hand saw. And it broke. We explored little caves. We got atop Dixie rock (holding Matthew back from getting too close to the edge), and just hiked around. Such a cool place!

 Colin and the ill-fated hand saw:
 We got back safe and sound. Then we got to spend more time discovering Christmas toys. Matthew has had fun with his new Light Bright from Grandma Barnett. He loves to turn off the lights after he puts it all together.


Our children had been asking if the cousins could come spend New Year's Eve with us. Doug and Rachel decided they'd all come down! So they spent the night. We had lots of yummy food. We celebrated Theron's 13th birthday, and played all sorts of things at the church's gym. Grant showed us his mad Frisbee-throwing skills. Colin and I are still wondering if we can learn to slap the Frisbee against the floor as he does. Paige practiced her volleyball skills with us. Theron and Ella built themselves a little fort with chairs and then played and sang together. The younger kids all put on a little show on the stage for the older folks. We love that they came to do that with us!


1 comment:

Marsha said...

Lol. You're crazy, I love overalls!