Friday, December 2, 2016

2016 Daily December 2

I love, love, love Christmas picture books.  I don't think you can ever get too old for picture books--especially Christmas ones.  In the years past I have wrapped up 25 picture books and numbered them or not number them and the kids have gotten to unwrap a book each night to read.  Last year and this year I asked the kids if they wanted them wrapped or not.  They said no.  I didn't complain.  Less work for me :)  
So here is our basket of Christmas picture books by the tree where we read each night.

This was our book last night.  A great one for siblings who maybe aren't getting a long too well :)  The illustrations are great.  

What is one of your favorite Christmas picture books?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Daily December 1

I a little behind on the blog, but it is December, so my Daily December posts will help me catch up!  This December I wanted to start off with sharing this video about how Christ is the Light of the World and how when we serve others we can be like Him, so this December in 25 ways for 25 days our family is going to serve and be like Christ and help Light the World.  Please watch this short video and join us!


December first is a world wide day of service to start off this Christmas campaign to bring Light to the World and be like Christ.  So what did we do?  We made cookies for the high school band before their Christmas concert.
Lots of chocolate chip cookies for all these awesome band kids!

And then this morning I got served by my dear friend.  I have 2 friends that I walk with in the mornings and to serve me my friend gave us bundt cakes!  Yum!  How lucky am I to get served too!

So two lessons I learned today
1.  Giving service to others makes you feel great 
2.  Being served by others makes you feel great too!

So this Christmas season make yourself and others feel great by serving---Lighting the World!

This is the link to the daily service ideas and short videos for each day 

#LIGHTtheWORLD



Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 45

Still running behind, but better late than never.  Feeling better but still have a yucky cough.  So looking forward to Thanksgiving and getting to see Miss A!  Had a good week, take a look. . .
Love hearing these guys sing together.  I couldn't join them because I had lost my voice from being sick, but I could still listen and enjoy.  

Piano recital this week.  Sadly I was too sick to go, but Ben recorded it for me and the kids did great!

A pretty scary looking dodge ball team :)  Dead week at school and they had a dodge ball tournament.  Fun stuff!

After school one day this week---Mr J is so lucky to have his older sisters who can help him with math because his mom sure can't!  

End of the week we got up to the city to attend the temple with these cute kids.  And can you believe the roses--for mid November?  Gorgeous!!!

And our weather has been so mild we had to mow one more time.  Really hoping this was the last time!!!
And we had the cross country family banquet this past week--always a fun thing.  So proud of these girls and all they have done and sure love that coach!!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great a week!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 44

Running late this week because I was so sick with the flu for most of the week.  Ugh....and yes I got the flu shot.  Not fun stuff.  Anyway I am back to the land of the living except for a horrid cough and trying to get caught up.  Wrapping up Halloween pictures here and into November!  Take a look. . .
Our scary Halloween pumpkins!  

It would not be Halloween at our house without pumpkin sugar cookies to frost and to eat!!!  A Halloween tradition.

Ben's department at work decided to dress up like minions on Halloween.  Love it!  They looked so cute!

And here was our crew Halloween night to head out trick-or-treating!  Candy here we come!!

Finally got my barn quilt up!  Love it, even though I don't have a barn :)

A picture from Miss A---she and her roommates took a road trip up to Idaho and went to Napoleon Dynamites house!   Fun stuff!

And this was Saturday right before the flu hit. . . Ben and I were volunteers at a reading festival which was really cool but I didn't enjoy too much because I could tell I was getting sick.  Ugh.  But doing much better now.

Hope you have a great week!  Thanks for visiting!!!




Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 43

Enjoying a fall week.  Lots of costumes around here and pre-Halloween fun to be had.  Take a look at our week. . .
Is there ever not a reason to get a blizzard?  Not in my book :)  Enjoyed a sweet treat with this cute kid today.

The girls cross country team with their league champ shirts---love the girl with a cap on them :)  So proud of these girls!!

Miss E and Miss O did a science fair project this week on Total Disc Replacement.  They did a lot of work and it looked great!  

Halloween costumes round one---before the trunk or treat for church on Wednesday night.  

Thursday and Friday of this week there was no school.  Friday was a very nice day, and we had a picnic at the park with some friends.  The kids had fun playing with our ribbon wands.

School Halloween dance tonight and these cuties are winter and fall :)   They worked very hard on those costumes!!!  Love it!

We made homemade soft pretzels for dinner Saturday night--the kind you boil before you bake.  Yummy!  The kids were good at rolling out the dough and shaping it.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you all had a great week!  Come back soon!

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 42

We had a fun week!  Double birthdays with Ben and my dad, I made a barn quilt with some girlfriends, last cross country race of the season, and enjoyed the fall weather.  Take a look at our week. . .
Next week is our yearly primary program which is where the kids ages 3 to 11 speak and sing for our main service.  Mr J was asked to play prelude music for it next week, and he was practicing on the organ for it.  I was impressed!  He played both feet!  Organ playing is very different than piano.  My mom was watching him :)  She was impressed too!

Had an awesome Girls' Day Out and painted some Barn Quilts.  Aren't they cool?  They are meant to go outside.  Once I get mine hung up I will have to post a picture.  I was impressed with everyone's!  So much fun!!!

It wouldn't be Halloween season without making and decorating our pumpkin shaped sugar cookies.  Yum!  They are a big and important and very yummy tradition at our house!

Celebrated my Dad's birthday with his favorite homemade banana cream and coconut cream pies.  Yum!

And real life---it is full of lots of dirty laundry :)  I felt like I was drowning in it today!

And happy birthday to this amazing guy!  He loves to get his picture taken :)  Sure love him!!!

And we had our last cross country race of the season.  The girls got 4th in regionals and only the top 3 teams go to state, but we were happy with that.  We came a long way in the season!  Just Miss O ran in this race.  Miss E was alternate.  It has been a great season!  Now we have 3 weeks off until basketball practice starts :).

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 41

Running a little late as usual.  Last week was a great week.  We had regional cross country and both our girls and our boys got first place--League champs!  Woohoo!  It was fun to see the girls running together!  Miss A had a great week with homecoming week at BYU.  We are finally feeling more like fall here, and we are loving it!  Take a look at our week. . .
Mr J likes to cook and one of his specialties is bread sticks.  They are yummy!

For our weekly young women activity this week we had a lady come and show us some cool hair styles and braids to do.  Fun stuff!

A photo from Miss A---at the BYU library they own 2 of the original copies of The Book of Mormon first published in March 1830.  They get them out every so often and allow the students to see them.  She was so excited and sent me this picture from her week "Got to hold an original Book of Mormon!"  Awesome!

And another picture from Miss A---it was homecoming week for her and they had an awesome football game that she enjoyed seeing with her cousins.  Love seeing her there with family!  And even better they won the game in double overtime which she said was awesome!!!

League cross country--those are my girls!

And the league champions!  Those are my girls!!!! :)

Miss E had an awesome opportunity to attend her friend's very fancy quinceanera mass, dinner and dance.  Here she is all dressed up and ready to go.  It was a neat experience for her.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week and come back soon!