Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Last few weeks of December

The Tuesday before Christmas, we got tons of snow...It seemed like it took us hours to shovel...it was so much fun and the boys didn't mind...




 We saw a whole lot of this around our house on Tuesday...


 On Tuesday night, despite the storm, we headed to Salt Lake for a little trip.  Ryan had a few appointments so we decided last minute to go.  Thankfully, we made it...and Our hotel had a great view of the temple....
 We have just about out grown the double beds...so we get to make our own beds...

On Wednesday, Ryan had an appointment so while he worked, the kids and I swam....We got a few hours in.  When we got back to our room, dripping, Ryan texted me that his Thursday appointment was canceled and that we should probably just check out and head home.  So we hustled and checked out.  We then met up with Michelle for lunch.  I really wanted to go to temple square and since the weather was a little unpredictable, we decided to stay with Michelle.  I helped her wrap all her presents and then we headed to Temple Square.  It had been a few years so it was a lot of fun to take the kids!  It was beautiful!
 The lights were bright!
 I Love this picture!




 I was delighted to see the boys interest in the book of mormon stories...We had a little Christmas Surprise for them so it was exciting to see them so interested ...they did not want to leave...







 It was a very nice ride home...I love the snow capped trees...

 On Thursday, we got home just in time to make a little something for dinner and head over to Grandma and Grandpa Snow's home for dinner (we cannot wait for them to come home) We had a nice dinner with Michelle and her kids, Kyle and Mindy and their kids and Brooks Amy and Claire.  We had a good time!  I didn't bring my camera Thursday...On Friday we met again for breakfast.  The kids then did a little sleigh riding.  Thanks Marissa!  The girls ahd a blast!


We had a good day and the kids were exhausted Christmas Eve.  Although they each fell asleep at 5 (ahh)  We managed to wake them up to open new jammies, read the rest of our Christmas scriptures and get tucked in bed...
 We had a very nice Christmas! 

 On Christmas day, Bekkah managed to stay asleep until 2 am!  She was so stinking excited and cute!  Before she came to us, she had slipped down stairs and noticed the trail and Santa toys...and she had to tell me everything at 2.  She absolutely loved her new doll!  Now she has two cuties named Emma and Elizabeth.  Luckily I got her to go back to bed. She finally woke up again and could hardly wait to wake her brothers.  It was so fun! I love their ages! We had a good time!

We are all excited for Legos this year!  We seriously spent ALL DAY in our jammies building things...it was so nice to just stay home and play...

 And the kids are loving their new Book of Mormon Heros...I have only heard batmans name mentioned a few times this past week...It's so nice to hear the kids talking about the stripling warriors, Lamanites, Ammon protecting the sheep, King Benjamin teaching about Jesus, Missionaries, Nephi shocking his brothers. etc....


It was a very nice Christmas!
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Birthday...32?!

We couldn't have a birthday without Balloons...
We are still seeing these balloons around my house...gotta love it!  Dustin keeps shouting to me "Happy Birthday!  Happy Birthday!!!
Since Bekkah had strep throat, she was delighted to stay home from school for my birthday...

 The fun thing about having a December Birthday is the fact that we usually get to make friend gifts around the same time...These were for Kaden's Preschool class...he had a great time putting them together...

 And I attempted my first chocolate swirl cheesecake...not super pretty but it was delish.  Enjoyed it with my Barbara Steisand chic flick after the kids and hubby were in bed...
Thanks to all those who remembered my birthday:)

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Little Bekkah

I feel so bad...my happy little girl who loves to go to school, is not so happy today and hasn't been all weekend.  We went to the Dr. today and found out that she has strep throat.  I knew it was going around and I was hopeful that we could avoid it but...I guess we will be hanging out at home for the next few days....

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Callingless...for a little while

Ryan was callingless for exactly 1 week. Today, he was put in as our wards Assistant Ward Clerk over Finances (I think that's what it's called).  He helps with tithing settlement etc...I think that this is his 3rd or 4th time serving there.  The last few, he was put in and we moved soon after (somewhat of a trend I guess)...He seems to be very comfortable with this and I am happy to support...We have so much to be thankful for and happy to serve!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ryan's "quick" little trip...

I have been putting off any information as to Ryan's Job for quite some time...but seems as though I have what seems like a good story, I might as well tell before I forget...

As I have noted before, Ryan's Job and responsibilities have changed quite a bit...some good and some not as good... But with those changes have come new opportunities.  Wendsday, Ryan was to fly to Atlanta, Georgia for an interview.  He has been communicating with "Charlie Brown" for about a month or so now (He's pretty high up on the chain apparently).  This trip to Atlanta has not been without it's complications.  His 3:30 (perfect) flight from Vernal was canceled due to weather in the basin.  It was important enough, that Ryan took a later flight Thursday morning, 12:50 am...We were not sure what to do about the extra vehicle so I drove him to Salt Lake (3 hour drive)...with the 3 kids in tow...they did great! It's amazing what some fun glow in the dark buzz lightyear candy sticks can do to an additional 3 hour trip back home...He made it to his meeting just in time...which meant that he pulled an all nighter...as much sleep as you can get on an airplane.  Ryan arrived in Atlanta at 6 am.  He took the train arriving at the train stop at 7:30.  He began walking and got about half way to the building and someone picked him up.  Ryan had forgotten his coat and the man didn't think that he should be walking in such cold without a coat.  It was about 45 degrees.  He gave him a ride the rest of the way.  Ryan arrived at 7:50 to start his 8:00 interview (that's late on Ryan's clock..he is always running about 15 minutes early) 

Ryan had a great 4 hour interview and lunch with a good group of people.  They loved his travel story...Then they gave him a ride back to the train station and he was off to the Airport.  We checked the flights and everything seemed to be going so smooth.  The previous flights had all left and landed and there was no report of cancelation.  He got to Denver Colorado just in time for his other flight to Vernal and they canceled that flight...AGAIN!!!  The flight to Salt Lake was already completely full and the next flight to Vernal would not be until 2:30 the next day!  The only other option was to get a rental car and drive the rest of the way....I felt so bad...he was exhausted!  I made him promise that he would stop if he got too tired...I picked him up in Vernal at 8:30 am Friday morning and we were so happy to have Ryan back!

I really don't know what is in store for our little family but whatever it is, comes learning and growth.  I am ready to do whatever it takes to keep my honey happy...He means the world to me and I can see his desire to improve, grow, and really make a difference...He is truly amazing to me!  He always accomplishes what he sets out to do without losing focus of what is really important.  I know that if we put our trust in the Lord, all will fall in to place.  I am reminded lateley of the scripture, "where much is given, much is expected in return".  We have been so blessed!  Wow we sure have a lot to do in return!!! I love being married to Ryan!  and I love our family!  What was life like without them?  I cannot even imagine!!!

Conner's Preschool and Another Quiet Book

 On Thursday, Conner invited Kaden to Preschool at the Junior High...Although Kaden liked the sound of it, He was being a little Stink...He didn't want to go...As soon as he realized he would be going inside with Conner, he started backpedaling real quick...When we finally arrived to the classroom, after much pushing on my part, I think there were about 20 12-13 year olds hovering over about 10 kids...Kaden does not do well under pressure...Fortunately, they had another child that canceled so they invited Dustin to stay which meant I had to stay with him because he was under 3.  Dustin had no problem.  He is always so happy to do whatever.  He was a cutie and the kids got a big kick out of his enthusiasm for the chocolate..
 
 Kaden warmed up about  5 minutes before it was time to go...I think this was the only smile I got out of him...like I said, he was a little nervous...

 Conner was a good sport and he does so well with the kids...I really thought that Kaden would love to go, especially with Conner...He loves that Kid!  He is always talking about how cool he is...

 Thanks Conner for Invite!  I hope my boys turn out to be like you when they are your age!  You're the best!
I finally finished up on Dustin's Book...Quiet Book #2...Who would have thought that it would take me nearly 4 months...I got one more left...


If you want to see more of this book...go HERE.
If you want to see Book #1...go HERE.
I have really enjoyed making these...Hopefully the kids will have them for a while...