Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Blue Jeans Week 3

 It has been cold outside here this past week!  Winter is so here!!!  Got to the city with a friend, cookies, Grandpa time, cold outside work, and a happy pizza.  It has been a good week, take a look. . 
Miss E is involved in her school FBLA club, and they had their regional competition this past week.  She did awesome, and made it to state in all 4 of her events!  Woohoo!  A great group of kids!

Our snow sculptures are more well defined after things have melted a little.  Love how they look in front of our house.  People slow down to look at them as they pass.  Especially the school bus! 

Got up to the city this week with my dear friend.  We served in the temple for our church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which was wonderful and then we went to lunch at this amazing new chicken place--Raising Canes.  So yummy!  I can't wait to go back and take my family!

 Making chocolate chip cookies is almost second nature to me.  We take them to everything, and everyone knows and loves our chocolate chip cookies.  I must admit they are really good.  I have eaten my fair share or more over the years.  They are my signature dish :)

Enjoyed having my dad over for dinner this week as my Mom was out of town.  He is such a good teacher and took the time to teach Mr J some things after dinner.

These two crazy boys were outside in the negative wind chill moving firewood.  They tired to use the lawn mower to help them move it, but it wouldn't start.  Burr!  It was cold!

Mr J and Miss E were in charge of dinner one night this weekend, and they made some amazing homemade pizza.  Mr J put this on his before he got it all done and texted it to his sisters at college, 'It's pizza, and he's happy to see ya" 

Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 Blue Jeans Week 2

Winter finally hit us!  We got snow, and lots of it which is really fun for us because we don't normally get much snow.  The kids had a lot of fun playing in it.  It was perfect packing snow.  Got our new year's goals done and had a home basketball game which was nice.  Take a look at our week....
Playing one of the games we got for Christmas--Tripoley.  It was a game Ben played at his grandparent's home growing up, and then Ben's parents introduced our kids to it when we were there for Thanksgiving.  We got it for Christmas and have enjoyed playing it a lot.
Per tradition, the first Monday night of the new year we make our goals for that year.  We focus on 4 areas--physical, mental, spiritual and temporal.  There is no limit on how many or how few goals you can make in each area.  We have been doing this for years and years.  We hang these up on our closet doors so we can see them daily to be reminded what we wanted to do. 

Home basketball game this week.  Love watching this year play!

And we woke up to this Saturday morning!  Hello snow!  We haven't had this much in forever!  At the end of the day, I think we ended up with 6 inches!!!

Perfect packing snow, and the kids made an Egyptian Sphinx and pyramid.  Pretty awesome!

Miss E on the sphinx


Mr J and the pyramid

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Blue Jeans Week 1

 Happy New Year!  Welcome 2019!  Welcome to another year of blogging and recording my family's memories.  I love this blog because it keeps me on track to record the activities of our daily lives.  Thanks to those who have been along for the whole journey and welcome to those just joining us.  Life is good!  2019 is going to be great!  Take a look at our first week of 2019....

Happy New Year's!  We have our sparkling cider and had a fun night full of games, a movie and good food!  Great to all be together to start the new year right!

Miss O had some friends over to play some games over the break.  It was fun to have her friends back over as they have all been off to school.

And basketball games started back up this week after the holiday break.  Miss E had an awesome game!  Scored 6 points and they won the game.  Blurry picture, but I love watching her play!

 Enjoyed BBQ dinner out this weekend, but missing our oldest two.  School starts early for them, so they left end of this week.  Glad I still have these guys!

Cleaned the church this weekend.  We take our turn to do that about every 3 months.  Miss E does a good job of washing the windows :)

Thanks for visiting!  Hope 2019 is great for you!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Blue Jeans Week 52

Goodbye 2018,  it has been a good year, but sadly our computer died right after Christmas and I haven't been able to get some of my pictures off of it yet...lesson to remember for 2019---back up pictures more often!  So I just have a few from last week.  Miss A had a birthday, but don't have pictures of that.  Don't have many from Christmas Eve which is always a big deal, and not too many from Christmas, but hopefully I can get those back!  We loved having everyone home for Christmas!!!  It has been a wonderful two weeks with all my kids home, and I have loved every minute.  Hope you had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Here is to a great 2019!

 Christmas Eve is always full of music at our house.  Mr J accompanies a sister missionary on her violin for Silent Night.  Lots of music, food, singing and a Nativity reenactment fill our Christmas Eve.
 Merry Christmas!  The kids are sporting their awesome gifts from Ben's dad.

 And a Very Merry Christmas from all of us Cougar fans!  Santa found us with some good stuff!

 Christmas fun :)

We all got new water bottles for Christmas and Santa left us all BYU stickers so we wouldn't get them mixed up.  He is so smart!
Family day at the temple!  My mom joined us!

Me and my girls,  We got new dresses for Christmas.  Sure love these girls!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Wish you a wonderful 2019!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 51

Finally got all my kids home end of last week!  Yeah!  We had a wonderful Christmas and hope you did too.  Will share pictures of that later, but this is last week.  We had a great week. Take a look....
We have been serving at a monthly soup kitchen for the past several years, and this amazing lady organizes it.  She is pretty awesome!


 Making some pretty fancy candy cane cookies!

Finally got a pictures of our outside lights.  Mr J and Ben did a great job!


 Our weather has been sooooo warm!  All my kids are home finally!  Enjoying the nice weather and making sidewalk chalk masterpieces.

Making paper snowflakes is a favorite family tradition.  Some pretty cool ones up there!

Another Christmas time tradition is having a bonfire in the backyard and making s'mores.  

Another favorite Christmas time activity is playing games around the Christmas tree.  It makes me happy to see everyone in this picture at HOME!

Hope you have a blessed Christmas!  Thank you for visiting!  

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 50

Busy week with 2 Christmas parties, a Christmas band concert and two basketball games.  Found time to get some Christmas activities in and enjoy time together.  We have been having very warm weather for December--high of 60!  We will take it!  Take a look at our week. . .
Ben and Mr J had a nice day this week to get the outside lights up. We got our inside decor up before we went to Utah for Thanksgiving, but didn't get the outside up until now.  It looks good!

A picture from Miss A for the week--she has several cousins that attend BYU and one of them is on the BYU folk dance team, and they had their Christmas Around the World dance concert recently.  Lots of family was there to support my niece and Miss A loved going to the show.  

Winter blues and being sick--no fun!  The school called me one day last week and said Mr J was sick.  He was the 7th kid they sent home that day--all with upset stomachs.  Ugh.  So Mr J slept on the bathroom floor for a few hours. Not fun.  But thankfully it was a short lived illness!  And (so far) he didn't share with the rest of us which we are very grateful for!!!

Thankfully Mr J got better for his Jazz band Christmas concert a few days later!  It isn't a big group, and he would have been missed!  He did a great job!

My dad was having an art exhibit at a local gallery, and we got over to see his work.  Love it!  My dad is a professional artist, and is amazing!  Love to see his stuff out and set up!

Making gingerbread cookies is a must at our house during the Christmas season.  We have lots of fun decorating them and eating them (of course!)  We love this recipe here from Mel's Kitchen Cafe Thick and Chewy Gingerbread cookies

And this poor gingerbread man lost a leg, so Miss E made him a crutch.  It is tiny Tim!  :)

Hope you are enjoying your Christmas season!  I love the Christmas season as we focus more on Jesus Christ and celebrate Him in song and stories and remember all he has done for us!!!  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 49

Okay, getting caught up....first week of December here we go!  Basketball tournament, Christmas stuff and service #lighttheworld  Take a look at our week. . .
On this cold December evening Ben is working on making Christmas cards and Miss E is trying to keep warm (or hide from the camera) as she does her homework

The kids love their chocolate countdown calendars!

Our tradition of a countdown Christmas chain.  Some of the links are special and have activities written on them, like "make gingerbread cookies" or " watch a Christmas movie with hot chocolate and popcorn."  Those are our favorites!

Our countdown Christmas candle that Ben's dad always makes us is the center of our table.  We light it each night at dinner.

Basketball tournament and I am in charge of feeding the team tonight.  Miss E requested that I please NOT make sandwiches, so I went with quesadillas, which the girls really liked.  Fed 25 hungry girl basketball players tonight!

And one of the 5 basketball games Miss E had this week. It was a long week!  They won 4 of the 5 games, so that is good!  

And then Saturday, after all that basketball, these two rang the Salvation Army bell.  It was Cold!  Proud of them!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!