Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
What a wonderfully crazy Christmas!
Starting last Sunday night, Garen woke up and threw up everywhere! It was 2AM before we got it cleaned up and Garen back to sleep.
On Monday (Christmas Eve Day) he seemed to be feeling better. Andy worked the whole day while I prepared for Christmas Eve dinner and tried to clean the house while Garen followed me around whining. We had Andy's parents over for dinner, dessert and a Christmas Eve lesson. The food was all out and we were just about to pray when Garen started crying, I picked him up and he hid his face against my chest-Then it happened. A days worth of pedialyte and crackers down my shirt, all over the couch and all over the carpet; and it just kept on coming! Of course the food was cold by the time I got Garen bathed, me showered, the laundry started and the floors cleaned up. The food was still good, but throw-up can put a damper on a meal. Andy's parents were so nice and still held Garen even though they ran the risk of getting sick themselves. But we went on and read the Nativity in the scriptures and had an enjoyable evening. The kids weren't asleep until about 10PM and then Santa's work began.
Christmas morning, Maddie was soooo excited! Garen enjoyed his presents, but wasn't feeling very well. It was nice to be home together, just our little family and enjoy playing with all our fun new things. After all the presents were open we made waffles and just hung out.
Garen took a long morning nap and once again was acting like he felt better. So about 1pm we headed to Andy's house in Clarkston. Out there, Maddie enjoyed her 4 grandmas and 3 grandpas, her aunt, uncle, and baby cousin. Maddie made sure to sit by each grandma at different times throughout the afternoon.
We had a wonderful Christmas lunch followed by opening more wonderful gifts. The highlight was Andy's dad opening his Foosball table we all chipped in to get. He was very surprised. Andy and Zeb put it together and we all played Foosball as well as other games. Garen was good and happy the whole day, but we were careful not to feed him more then toast and Gatorade, just in case.
We returned home at 11pm, as I walked in the door cuddling Garen, it happened again. Throw up all over the front me! So it was another late night once I got everything disinfected and Garen to bed.
I can't believe how quickly Christmas came and went, but I truly enjoyed every minute (except the minutes I got thrown-up on :))
Wednesday, I had Avery starting at 7:30AM and Garen was still not feeling well. Maddie woke up not feeling well-she never throw up thank goodness. But it was quite the day. The house was covered with presents and boxes that needed to be put away, but Garen refused to let me put him down. He throw up 2 more times! He has now had this flu for 4 days! Help! Things relaxed a little when Andy got home about 5 and Avery's mom picked her up about the same time. Andy help me get things put away and cleaned up. Once the kids were in bed we watched one of our new movies and folded laundry! What a great husband I have, now if only he could be home for more then a couple hours a week.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas-with no throwing up! :)
Since we weren't with you when the kids opened your presents, I thought you might like these Mom and Dad. Garen loved his gifts and he kept say 'puppy' because of the Clifford paper, but I didn't get a good vidoe of him on this camera.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Maddie and Carrol's baby Emi-
Carrol cutting Maddie's hair-
Saturday afternoon I went to Chanc's baby shower. It was so fun to see all you girls and get caught up on your lives, and children, and pregnant bellies!
Saturday night I took the kids to my grandma and grandpa's house. They are so fun to be around and talk to. Unfortunately, Garen doesn't do well in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people so he screamed a lot. But Maddie enjoyed her time with her great grandma!
I went to church with my parents on Sunday (I didn't see you there Carrol). I was pleasantly surprised to find out my dad was talking in Sacrament meeting-he gave a beautiful talk about Christ. Right after church I headed home to beat the up coming bad weather.
It was a wonderful weekend and well worth the trip! Thanks for being pregnant Chanc so we could all get together! :)
Grandma Sue, Garen, and Maddie. Garen didn't appreciate us trying to get a nice Christmas shot-
Merry Christmas from my lovely kids-
At Grandma Sue's house Maddie spends a lot of her time on the piano. She loves to turn the primary book pages, sing what song she thinks it is, and play the made up tune. Even more than playing herself she loves it when grandpa Paul plays her favorite primary songs. She tries to help by playing some of her own notes and she likes to sing along. Maddie's other favorite thing about grandpa Paul is the fact that he speaks Spanish. Maddie makes up words all the time and tells me it's Spanish for ____. Thanks Mom and Dad for being so kind and teaching Maddie new things!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Maddie and Jacob working on their beautiful creations
Garen eating his creation
Doesn't Maddie's house look great!
"Don't take the candy away!"
The kids were both wearing red the other day and I wanted to get a picture of them together, but this is all I got-
Maddie singing 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer'
She sings beautifully and the little burps in the middle just add so much more to the song :)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Of course Santa came. Garen loved it when Santa came in and he kept pointing and saying 'Santa', but as soon as he went to sit on Santa's lap-he changed his mind about liking Santa. So there is no picture of him. Maddie on the other hand was sooooo excited! She told Santa she wanted a farm and a Hannah Montana doll. :)
When the angels came on stage they were suppose to go behind Mary and Joseph, but Maddie picked a nice spot right in front of baby Jesus with her back to everyone-
We finally convinced her to scoot to the side. It was fun to watch her be part of the Nativity. I remember being in it not much older then her-I was a sheep, not an angel ;)
Friday morning when Maddie woke up we had about 20 minutes for breakfast and changing clothes before we left to gymnastics. She worked so hard for 1 hour with her one-on-one coach:
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Maddie and some of her dancing friends-
Here is there dance. This recital is just a small one to show parents what the kids have been learning. The big recital is in May.
If you can't tell, they are trying to do the grand finale. Maddie likes to try and be in charge and keep the girls in order. Watch her at the end as she makes the girls line up in the right order and hold hands and then she's the one to let go and run just to make sure she is the first one out. Silly girl.-
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This is my little tribute to Garen who is now 18 months old. He is so much fun and is always making us laugh. He has started to say all kinds of things. His new favorite is "knock knock who"-He's trying to copy his sister's knock knock jokes. This Sunday will be his first time in nursery, I can't wait. We had a bit of a rough start with Garen, but I wouldn't trade my little boy for anything!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
The weather wasn't very good, but I'm glad I went! We got to sit by Jenny (Brian's sister) and her beautiful twins. I also felt I needed to be on my best behavior (not really) at our table since we had old bishop Garth Williams, Bishop Filmore, and my dad, plus bishop Wayment wasn't to far off.
It was just a fun afternoon with my dad and sister and a break from the kids (Thanks to Jann for babysitting for me.)
Just some random pictures:
Garen's bath time-
We got home from preschool and errands and thought I'd get a shot of the beginning of the new snow storm-