Sunday, January 27, 2008
The last birthday we celebrated this month was the most important... that being the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! It was a different Christmas for us this year because we made the decision to not travel anywhere and just stay home. We had just driven home for Thanksgiving and for Grandpa Glazier's birthday, so the thoughts of spending another 2 days on the road and in the car felt overwhelming. In some ways it was a bitter sweet. Sweet, because it was nice to be able to spend time with our own little family to create our own traditions and not having to add the stress of traveling to our schedule. Bitter, because we love to be with our extended family and love to celebrate and share this wonderful season with them. We really felt like we were missing out on so many family events. On Christmas Eve, we decided to drive up to the Mesa Temple to see the lights and nativities. The crowds were light and considering it was the end of December it was pretty warm. I always associate seeing the temple lights with being completely bundled up - I think I went in flip flops, but I have digressed! The boys decided to be photographers and took turns taking pictures with the camera. We've got some lovely shots! Pictures of legs, sidewalks, Mary and Joseph with their heads missing, half a donkey...you get the picture. But, they had fun! After the temple, we thought we'd find a restaurant and sit down for a nice dinner before heading home. And truthfully, I was not in the mood nor prepared to cook a big dinner for basically two and then 3 separate short orders! So, we searched high and low for a restaurant with it's doors open - no luck, not even the local Chinese food joint! Good thing for Albertsons! I madly dashed in grabbed a few things and we headed back home. So much for having somebody else make dinner! The remainder of our evening consisted of making a quick, last-minute, not memorable Christmas Eve dinner, baking cookies for Santa, sprinkling reindeer dust on the lawn and deciding to read and act out the nativity on Christmas Day because the mother was exhausted and there were still hours of wrapping ahead! Even though the day ended a little chaotic and tiring, I hope the kids will have good memories of being near the temple and understanding it's importance and understanding the significance of Christ's birth. This is truly a great birthday to celebrate!
So six days after Tanner's birthday comes our next celebration. Did I mention December is busy? Alex is now the Big 5! He is our funny little man that we love so much! He has been going to Kindersteps this year and has made some giant leaps in learning. He won't admit it, but he is becoming our resident mathematician. He loves to count and can even do some multiplication. For example, he explained to me the other day that we needed to take 2 water bottles for all the members in our family. With there being 5 members in our family, he would need to get 10 bottles of water for all of us! Maybe he will follow in Grandpa Russ's footsteps! He also is getting very good at all the XBOX 360 Star Wars games and could probably play for hours and hours if his mother would let him. Alex enjoys building Star Wars Lego sets too! Our house seems to be filled with everything Star Wars! I love that he loves his little sister Madison and I overheard him the other day telling her "Don't worry, I'm your big brother and I'll take care of you!" Even though in the background I could hear her yelling, "quit pinching me!" We love you Alex!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
We also got to spend some time with my family. We had a yummy post-Thanksgiving meal at my parents with my sister Tricia and her family. You would think that this post-Thanksgiving meal would have been left-overs, but not with Grandma Chris! It was a full-fledge delicious, homemade warm rolls kind of meal. The kiddos always have a great time with their cousins and could spend hours together running around, taking over the 3rd floor attic, putting on plays and going through the Grandma Box to find their next treasure. I am so glad they have such a good relationship with their cousins even though we rarely get to see them. After a "Cousin Production," we attempted to go bowling. Who would have "thunk" that everyone else in the SLC valley had the same idea. After several tries at securing a bowling lane without having to wait an hour or more, we found ourselves at Chuck E. Cheese. Not for pizza of course, but for all those fantastic rides, games and attractions! Woohoo! We also talked Uncle Travis into going to see the lights at Temle Square. It was a bitter cold night and we all had to bundle up with borrowed coats, gloves and scarffs! The lights as always were beautiful and it was fun for the kids to see the outdoor nativity, enjoy the warmth of the newly remodeled tabernacle and just spend time with Grandma and Grandpa and the cousins!
Ok, she is up! To Be Continued Again!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
We decided the boys needed some good exposure at an early age to Happy Valley. Carol and Mike's son Andrew May is managing the Men's Basketball team this year. So we thought why not take the kids to see their cousin at work! I'm not sure how interested they were in the game, but they did get to have their picture taken with Cosmo!!! And, as a bonus, the Cougars came out victorious that night!
Speaking of the Mays, we spent Thanksgiving with them at their home. We had a delicious meal and I secretly loved that I was in charge of....store-bought rolls! The kids had a great time hanging out with their cousins especially Eric and Sarah.
To Be Continued ... Madison tells me she feels neglected!