Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Crafting

Having a four year old girl is so much fun! She loves to make crafts and we have been doing everything we can think of this Christmas.

The kids went crazy over the snowman. Even though we have no white doors in our house. To the left is our Christmas paper chain countdown. Which is one of many countdowns we have going.

Another one is gluing cotton balls onto Santa's beard.

And of course the chocolate advent calendars Brandon's dad buys the kids each year. They loooove these!

Here's our tree. I added ribbon to it this year. Tyler and Kallie surprised me and pulled ornaments off like crazy the first little bit but they have been doing really well lately and are finally leaving them on.

Mckinley comes home from school every day dressed up as an elf or a reindeer or something else. her teacher is so creative and they are celebrating Christmas all month long.

 After we made our marshmallow tree I let the kids make "their" letters.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas season

This Christmas has already been a magical one and I am so excited for the actual day.

Tyler and Kallie are at great ages. They will have so much fun. And of course Mckinley is loving every minute of all of it.

All of the kids love seeing the lights on our tree and garlands and love seeing all the Christmas lights outside. It is so fun to enjoy Christmas through your children's eyes.

The first Monday in December we watched a 7 minute clip called the Nativity for FHE. The kids were enthralled and have asked several times a day since to watch it. They absolutely love it. It's so fun.

This week for FHE we put together a gingerb

 We haven't done one in quite a few years. The kids loved it of course.

A Christmas miracle would be if we could get all three kids to hold still and smile for a picture.

I am just soaking up every day of this month and have never been more excited for Christmas in my life. Last year was a pretty awesome Christmas and this year the kids are at even better ages and I just can't wait!

Live Nativity

Last year we rode the Christmas train in Lindon and this year my mom took us all to the live nativity in Alpine.

They had all sorts of animals, horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, camels, pigs, ducks, goats, and more.

Two hours later we finally got to see the baby Jesus. Kallie only asked to see the baby Jesus about 200 times along the way. The wait was way too long for me and I probably won't be doing this again, but it was cool to do once.


This has been such a fun month. We have had beautiful weather and have had so much fun enjoying the Christmas spirit and the holiday season. A few random pictures from December to start out.

We patch one of Mckinley's eyes for two hours a day to help strengthen her other eye. Tyler and Kallie think it's fun to wear a patch too.

Mckinley had her first cavities filled this month. She had two done already and has one more to go. She did really well and didn't have to be put under.

Kristen made these cute leggings for the girls. I love matching kids! Now I know why my mom did it so much to me and Kristen growing up.

Mckinley got really obsessed with this Edible Arrangements calendar (thanks Anna!) and insisted that I make her one. I did the best I could. :) She loved it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Thanksgiving was pretty low key this year and we loved it. My parents went to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving with my brother. We got together with Brandon's family on Wednesday night for soup.

Then on Thursday we had Thanksgiving dinner with Brandon's parents and two of his siblings. Such a small group. We all fit around the dinner table. Tyler and Kallie napped while we ate which was perfect.

Mckinley wanted to have a tea party as soon as we were done eating.

Tyler and Kallie had cereal. :)

I absolutely love this time of year. I am so excited for Christmas I can hardly stand it. Our kids are at such fun ages! It's going to be the best!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Pics

Tyler feeding cereal to his skeleton the morning after Halloween.

Of course Kallie had to follow suit...

Mckinley is such an amazing artist. All she does is draw all day. And I love it.

This was after a nap where I couldn't get into Kallie's room because she had fallen asleep RIGHT against the door. And when I finally did peek through I thought her face looked weird. She covered herself in marker.

Mckinley loves to embellish her clothes. Everything is attached by tape. We go through tape like we go through milk.

We find Kallie in lots of different places in her bedroom.

Tyler and Kallie love to get out of bed and read books together by the door.

Kallie insisted that I put Tyler's pajamas on her over her clothes one day. Tyler threw a fit like you wouldn't believe.

This also describes Mckinley very well. She is always gathering "collections." She picked a bunch of flowers from the yard and put them all in cups and bowls of water.

Tyler and Maverik are the best of friends. I absolutely love watching them play together.

All ready to head out in a small little snow storm we had.

No caption needed!

I'm glad they got to go out and play in it because it didn't last long. They are all so excited for there to be enough snow for us to build a snowman.

Our thankful tree didn't last more than a few hours.

Brandon and I got to go to a freezing cold football game on a Saturday. We had a blast.

Love this!

This is how we all feel about 1:30 church. Mckinley falls asleep in sacrament meeting or primary every now and then. She doesn't even take naps. But Sundays are brutal. For all of us.

After Kallie handed me about 200 of these, I chopped her hair so we could leave it down and it wouldn't be in her eyes.

Mckinley all dressed up as Elsa singing Let it Go.

Tyler in one of the most uncomfortable sleeping positions ever.

We love our Macey's ice cream trips.

We got to go to the Bean Museum for Maverik's birthday.

We had so much fun watching a Jazz game from the NuSkin suite.

 Mckinley is definitely my daughter!

Tyler found his pockets and he was pretty happy about it. Side note: he picks out his own clothes.

These guys are so funny!