Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 2

An exciting week!  We sent Miss A off to Spain for a semester for a college study abroad program.  She arrived safe and sound, and we are enjoying the photos she sends as she has an adventure of a lifetime!  It was a busy week getting her ready to go, and then we had some cold, cold, weather and finally got some snow!  Our first snow of the season!  Take a look at our week. . .
Miss A talking to an elementary school class that she is going to keep in touch with while she is gone so they can learn about Spain.  This was her "before" presentation, and then when she gets back she will give them her "after" presentation and will send pictures and notes while she is there.

Our family picture before Miss A left.  By the time she comes back Maai will no longer be with us, so we needed a shot before everyone left!

Miss A and I enjoyed lunch with my Dad one day this week.

And off she goes on the adventure of a lifetime!  Spain here she comes!  

And here she is in Spain!  Madrid's Royal Palace!

Ben and Jesse cuddled up in a tent in VERY, VERY cold weather!  Burr!  Winter camp outs are not for the faint hearted!

Mr J and the scouts on a very cold morning camp out!!!

And a beautiful sunset with our first snow of the season!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 1

Happy New Year!  I have been blogging since 2009, so starting my 9th year this year!  Crazy!  We had a fun New Year's Eve at friends, set our goals for 2018 which is a big deal for us, got Christmas put away, school started, basketball and life just never slows down, but it is all good!  Take a look at our week. . .
We rang in the New Year's at our friends with lots of yummy food, fun games and great people!  Happy New Year!

Time to put Christmas away.  I love to get it out, but after New Year's I am so ready to put it away and get my house back to normal :)

The first Monday of the year we make our goals as a family.  Goals are an important thing in our family.  We have been doing this tradition for years, and years.  2018 is going to be great!

Our dear friends---who we consider as family and have knows for almost 20 years, their oldest married a few years ago, and they became grandparents this week!  It was so fun to get the updates from our friends--"labor has started"  "she is in the hospital!"  and then to get this picture that the baby is here!!!!  How exciting!!!

School started back up and they announced winter homecoming king and queen candidates.  Miss O is so excited (she is the one in the white headband) Well, not really, but she will endure it :)  She would be excited if she could wear basketball shorts and a t-shirt instead of a prom dress and heals.  Can't say that I blame her either :)

Ben, Miss A and Mr J made it to the city to the temple this weekend.  A great way to start the New year!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy New Year to all of you!!!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 Blue Jeans Week 52

I am behind.  I am in the phase where I have to ask myself a few times daily, "what day is it?"  But school starts back up today, so hopefully that will help.  We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's.  It was extremely cold, but we stayed warm inside being together and playing games.  Christmas Eve is always a big celebration here, and this year did not disappoint.  I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year, but today take a look at our last week of 2017 which was a very good year....
Christmas Eve and Maai played a special Thai flute for us as part of our evening of song and music that we have on Christmas Eve.  It was pretty cool to hear.

The three wise men and their "gifts" for our Christmas Eve Nativity.

The shepherds all ready to go!

The Angel of the Lord and the star :)

And don't forget the sheep!  Miss O did a great job there :)

And our tradition of new PJ's on Christmas Eve

And Christmas morning Santa did come, we must have been good!  

Christmas day is pretty laid back at our house.  We enjoyed playing new games the kids got in the evening.

Day after Christmas my sister and brother-in-law joined us for a fun evening of games.

And we have been extremely COLD here!  Temps in the negatives, and this is our foreign exchange student Maai's first winter ever since she comes from Thailand, so it has been really cold for her!  The kids were bored and decided to go for a walk in the negative temps....they got very bundled up and last 5 minutes :)  because "baby, it's cold outside!"

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 51

Last week was wonderful!  I have my whole family home now!  Yeah!  After some delays due to snowstorms in the West,Miss A finally made it home after 1 a.m. on Thursday!  So glad to have her home!  We enjoyed lots of activities the week before Christmas.  We are so very blessed and so grateful for our Savior whose birth we celebrate at Christmas!  Take a look at our week. . .
Miss E and Maai on her first ever ugly Christmas sweater day :)

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season--Ben reading a Christmas story each night to the kids by the tree.  

On a very cold night, we went to see a live Nativity that a local church put on. They did a great job!

My mom was so awesome and hosted us to make ginger bread houses so Maai could experience that.  So much fun!

These are our pretty awesome creations!

Maai, Miss O and Miss E rang the Salvation Army bell on a very, very cold day!  Lighting the world through service!  

And She is HOME!!!!!  We love her to death and are so happy Miss A is home for a few weeks with us!!!

And Happy birthday to her!  She got home just in time to celebrate her 20th birthday!!!!  How is it possible that I have a 20 year old?  because I am not that old!!!  :)  She didn't want a cake, but an ice cream buffet, so we put a candle in her ice cream to celebrate and sing to her. 

Hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  Thanks for visiting!  Come back soon!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 50

A great Christmas event filled week!  Had three Christmas parties--wow!  Basketball and lots of cookie making in the middle of all of that too.  Take a look at our week. . .
Sunday was our day to volunteer at the soup kitchen.  Maai joined us, and it is always a great experience to serve.

My best friend is going to be a grandma next month!!!  We have been friends through our own babies being born, growing up, hers getting married, and now a grandbaby coming!  So we got together and made an adorable blanket for that grandbaby boy that is coming next month.  So awesome to have  friends that you experience all of life's blessings and major events with!

Made gingerbread cookies--a first for Maai.  Yum!

Basketball and pep band are here!  Miss O on her mellophone in the basketball pep band.  They are awesome!!

More cookies---made sugar cookies for a church party.  These kids enjoyed decorating them for me!

Christmas party #2 for the week....Ben's department and their ugly sweater party!  Amazing group of people that he gets to work with!!

Christmas party #3, our church Christmas party.  The girls did a musical number on their melodicas.  It was pretty cool.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week! Enjoy all the amazing things Christmas season brings!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 49

 We had a great week last week.  Ben and I got to get away for the weekend which is a rare treat and always so nice.  Had some scouting activities, we got our foreign exchange student Maai moved in with us, basketball started and we enjoyed some Christmas activities.  Take a look at our week. . .
Mr J got some scouting awards this week.  He is an awesome Boy Scout!  Proud of him!

Ben and I got away for the weekend and the weather was so nice to be out and walking around!

Admiring some Christmas lights!  Our weather has been pretty mild, so it is nice to be out and see them.

Doing some sub-for-Santa shopping which is always fun with these kids!

Welcome to our family Maai!  She is from Thailand and will be with us for a few months.  We are excited to have her.  Went out to do some fun Christmas activities tonight.  This is her first Christmas ever, so that is fun for us to share with her!

First basketball game of the season.  Miss E is playing, and Maai went out, and she has never played in her life, so her first basketball game ever was this week--benefits of going to a small school--everyone plays!  Excited to see how the season goes for these girls!!

Making some snowflakes to decorate with one evening this week.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 48

December, here we are!  How did that happen so quickly?  Love the Christmas season!  We had a great week of decorating, a first Christmas concert, and the girls state competition.  Take a look at our week. . .
Love seeing these kids playing together.  Love hearing them play Christmas songs!  I LOVE Christmas songs!

As we were getting out the Christmas decorations we found this picture.  None of the kids claim they made it, though :).  It says, "The Ghost of the pet Dog."  hahaha 

Getting our 12 foot tree up and decorated is a chore and requires some major work!  These kids do an awesome job, though! 

First Christmas concert of the season.  Mr J doing a solo in his Jazz band.  Awesome!

And his regular band Christmas concert.  Loved it!


The girls had their state competition this week for their medical science fair.  They got to spend two days at a medical school and explore and learn.  It was a great experience for them!  So proud of their hard work!

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