December 2011

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Temple Square lights

Neighborhood Whoville Party

WestWind Karate Party

Hogle ZooLights with the Harris Family

Candy making at Grandma’s

Christmas Eve… new homemade blankets to go the the PJs this year.

Christmas Day

Nerf Wars (my money is on the chickens).

Wrong time

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The kids think it is so funny that three times a week they get to put their swim suits on and head out to learn to swim while there is snow outside. Easily amused sometimes those two kids.

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Oh Halloween how we love you

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A holiday that involves nothing more then dressing up however your heart desires and amassing/eating more sugar then you need- ever, that is our kind of holiday.

We went to our karate school’s annual Halloween party Friday night.  Callie won “cutest costume” this year.  We need to work on that girls humility.  When she came back to show me her prize she proudly declared “This means that I am the cutest person at this party.”  Guess my baby does not lack for self-confidence, but we already knew that around here.  We think that the last minute addition of the frying pan to her costume pushed her over the edge on the cuteness scale to help her win.

We took the kids to Boo at the Zoo again too.  One of their favorite Halloween time activities each year.  Craig, being Craig, decided that since he does not like Chick-fil-a (whose kid is he anyway) and since he was a Master Sergent in the Army and appropriately armed, he would “shoot” the Chick-fil-a cow while we waited in their line to get candy.  Unfortunately I was not prepared with the camera right then and was laughing to hard after to get a picture but when we got home we noticed I did catch him getting ready to “shoot” another cow in the back at the string cheese booth.  (Don’t worry Callie hugged it out with both cows so no fake cows were hurt in the making of this post.)

We dragged Jeanne and Jordan along to the Zoo with us (kicking and screaming all the way).  Thanks for hanging with us.  We bumped into the Wochnick’s too.  Their kids looked smurftastic.  (Look Rob and Jeanne match.)

We swung by Jasmine’s work to go to their Halloween party and the kids got their faces painted to match their costumes (had lots of other fun too).  Thanks Jaz for inviting us.

Oh Halloween.  How we will miss you once tomorrow has past.

Remembering Teaching

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I took the kids to the Utah Healing Field today before church.  I wanted them to see and understand what happened to America ten years ago.  There is a flag set up (with names attached) for each person that died on September 11, 2001.

Seeing the enormity is overwhelming no matter how many years I have come to this memorial.  We saw this man.  He was playing Amazing Grace.  I cried a little.  The kids sat in silence and listened.

There was also tributes to the Utahns that have given their lives in the war in the 10 years since that terrible day.

For my kids this is a part of history.  Something that happened before they were born.  Hard for them to understand.  For me- I wont forget that morning waking up to a changed nation.  A different America then the one I grew up in.

Third and Eight

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This one turns eight today.  We love him soooooo much and our family just would not be the same without out his sweet, loving, lego building, ninja fighting self.

It has been a big week for the big guy.  Here he is on Monday- his first day of third grade.  Doesn’t he look spiffy??  We are lucky because he continues to love school and was excited to start back up.

Craig also gets to show off his ninja skills tonight.  Stay tuned…. as of sometime around 8 PM someone will most likely be sporting a brand spanking new purple belt in Karate…. I am just saying someone mentioned repeatedly in this post just might be super cool and amazing.

Welcome to the madness

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Jeanne found herself a wonderful (brave) soul who was willing to enter into our family madness for all eternity.  Congrats to Jeanne and Travis on their marriage.  The kids are so happy to have a new uncle (victim) to play with.

Dads

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“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” — Bill Cosby

Never raise your hand to your kids.  It leaves your groin unprotected.  ~Red Buttons

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” — David M. Gottesman

Happy Father’s Day!  We love all the Dads that have influenced our lives.