Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Got to love this

We went to story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus and McCall wasn't to sure about Mrs. Claus!


Well we've been trying to keep busy this holiday season. I've tried to find some fun things for the kids to do. Best of all they have all been free. Earlier this month I helped out with Tanner's class christmas party. It was a Polar Express theme so I made a train to hang on the outside of the classroom. I had a spot for all the kids to color their own picture and I think they really liked it. I let Tanner be in the caboose which he thinks is pretty awesome.

Tanner also had his school Christmas concert that they sang several songs to. Unfortunately my camera didn't get any good pictures. Maybe I'll download a movie of his performance sometime. He did fantastic but told me that no one liked his singing. They only liked the other kids singing. I thought he did awesome considering he won't even sing with the primary kids in our ward on the stand. The Museum here has a free entry to see all of the Gingerbread houses, Santa Clauses and Nativities.

One of the nativities was made out of rocks and this one was made out of gum wrappers and foil.
The kids enjoyed playing in the discovery room there which has a teepee, caves, a log cabin and other fun stuff. I took them back again just to play in this room and they had a blast. They all wanted to ride on this horse named woody.

We also went to see a man's train exhibit. He converted his workshop into a city. It was unreal the detail he had there. Him and a friend have been working on this thing for years and are still not finished. It has a ski hill, with skiers, a working coal mine, an ocean and boat dock, and entire city and they are still adding things to it. (Terry your neighbors trains were pretty impressive but they don't even compare to this thing. It's pretty cool) They ran most of the trains all at once for us! The boys were in heaven. They even had little tiny people swimming in the rivers with little tiny ducks. It was amazing!

And of course we made "GIngerbread Houses". Well we sort of did. We just used things we had at home like graham crackers, pretzels, and cereal. I was quite impressed with mo's work. He had fun building whatever tanner suggested. They even had a 2nd story deck. And then there's McCall. Well she just wanted to eat the frosting!

We had a great Christmas and are enjoying all of the gifts from family. Thank you, we are loving them all. We got a new TV that according to Tanner is "AWESOME BECAUSE IT TAKES UP THE WHOLE SPACE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER". We also got a ping pong table and let me tell you Mo and I are getting our exercise from chasing the boys balls when they play. I didn't get any pics of the kiddos opening presents only video. But here we are enjoying Christmas breakfast with eggs and Kolaches.
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree

So the last couple of years we have gone out to the middle of timbucktoo and we cut down our christmas tree. It's always fun and the kids love it. Well this year when we were packing up to cut our tree down. I saw that Mo had collected everyone's snow pants and the majority of the gloves and hats etc. So I grabbed the remaining gloves and scarfs and we headed out. When we had pulled over and told everyone to start getting their gear on I was surprised when tanner said "I don't have a jacket" which was quickly followed by brayden who didn't have a jacket either. AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! So we improvised and gave Tanner Mo's jacket, brayden wore McCalls jacket and McCall and I stayed in the car since we was feeling a little under the weather anyways. 1 hour later the boys returned triumphant and tired. Mo ended up pulling the boys back on a sled and in the other hand he carried a tree. (He's buff what can I say) So we got a tree... Yeah!!! The kids enjoyed decorating it and enjoyed playing in an oversized stocking! Good Job Mo! (Notice how short the sleeves are on brayden. The bare part of the arms was red and freezing.)

McCall also uses just about anything she can as her purse. She is definitely a girlie girl. Hopefully she will be able to fit in with her cousins alaina and abby!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Candy Calendars

So we have this tradition to make a countdown to Christmas candy calendar every year. As soon as the boys saw my stash of candy I'd purchased they couldn't wait to make them. Unfortunately they don't want to decorate them as much as we did when I was a kid. They just want to candy. Understandable!

So I have helped my mother make jam lots of times growing up but never did I make it on my own just because. Well I had some extra blueberries and so Tanner helped me make some.
I think it turned out ok!
Our school district has this night called Teachers as Parents. Each month they have different activities and a free dinner. This last month we got to play with a bunch of building blocks. The kids had a blast building and knocking things over.