Sunday, December 25, 2016


Christmas Eve day was spent playing together at home and giving the boys haircuts. Seth got his first haircut. :) We visited with the Spanish Fork Brysons that afternoon and opened some presents with them then we headed home for our own Christmas Eve plans. We let the kids open their one pajama present, read the Polar Express and read through the Christmas story while letting the kids act it out with the nativity set. We loved having Scott with us this year and I think he was extra excited and happy to be here after last year's experience. :)

Christmas morning was fun. We opened stockings and presents and Seth wandered around playing and trying a little bit of everything. :) It was sweet seeing our children give each other their gifts and cards. We went to church for an hour and sang songs and listened to a speaker. Then, the rest of the day was spent visiting Spanish Fork again. The kids brought and played with their toys and we celebrated another family birthday. Such a fun day. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Activities

During the Christmas season we tried to do a few of our favorite things to create fun memories for our kids. Some have become traditions and some it depends on the year, but we had some fun times.

I experimented with some Christmas magical photos...

We went to the Riverwoods and enjoyed looking at lights, eating Bajio's, and visiting Santa...

We went to the festival of lights in Spanish Fork and drove through the display of Christmas lights. Kids were allowed to get out of their seats so they could see better and that might have been one of their favorite parts.

And we made graham cracker houses. Claire is getting a lot more meticulous with her decorating while Everett just wanted to throw the candy on his house so he could eat it. And Seth just wandered around the table grabbing candy wherever he could. :)

We had some fun times, one of the best parts being that daddy was able to join us this year. :) Claire also participated in a couple Christmas programs which will be our next blog.

Friday, December 16, 2016

FHE in the Snow

It snowed pretty well on a Monday and the kids wanted to go play in it, so we had an early dinner and decided to make that our Family Home Evening activity. We have a very small hill in the backyard which was just perfect for sledding down a few times with our little ones. Seth even loved it. :) We had a little snow ball fight and daddy and the kids built a snowman. We had a little cat friend following us around as well. It was a great activity. :) 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend

So this was a fun holiday for us. This was the first Thanksgiving we've had since getting married that Scott did not have to get to sleep before working that night or hurrying off to work like last year. He played football in the morning and then together we all headed down to Spanish Fork for a yummy dinner with Scott's family. I didn't get many pictures, but kids really enjoyed spending time with cousins. After dinner, we headed back to our place where we invited all my family for dessert. It was a pretty good turn out and we enjoyed eating lots of pie and playing games. :)

April's family was able to join us for the weekend.  Scott took the 4 older kids to go see the new Disney movie on Friday and that evening we bundled them all up as best we could and went to see the light parade down in Spanish Fork. I think the kids liked it, but it was FREEZING. We warmed up afterwards with warm cookies and hot chocolate. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Halloween was on a Monday this year so we ended up painting and carving pumpkins the Sunday before. Seth was pretty intrigued with the insides of the pumpkin and since the pumpkins were kind of a ball shape, he kept trying to pick them up even though they were a bit too heavy. He was not as interested in the painting of them though. :) Claire and Everett enjoy that tradition though. Claire more and more so. We had a fun night of it. 

On Monday, Claire had a costume parade in the morning that we got to go watch. It was fun seeing the kids all walk and show off their costumes along to some Halloween music. Claire was the second to last kid to walk in the parade so we had to wait a long time before we saw her and unfortunately not all the parents wanted to wait so there were people walking out in front of us but she finally caught sight of us and waved and smiled. :) A little later I was able to take the boys and help out at Claire's Halloween party in her classroom. I was able to help them with a ghost craft which was pretty fun.

That evening, before it got dark we got our costumes on, took a few pictures, then went out to get a quick bite to eat before going trick-or-treating. Claire and Everett were pros this year. They knew exactly what to do and went up to each door confidently. Seth was a little more cautious. He got the hang of it pretty quickly though and always chose a sucker if he saw one. :) We had an "incredible" time this Halloween. :)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

california trip 2016 - part 2

so yes, our california trip continued. here is a video recap that amber made of the fun week we had...

well the day after we went sightseeing, we decided to enjoy the house while claire got over a little sickness of her own. we swam, we played games, we went and enjoyed some olive garden, and we finished the day with a movie night. the next day, the family decided it was time for a beach day. we put on our swimsuits, packed up some toys, and then headed over to laguna beach. the kids built some sand castles while we attempted to ride a boogie board with very little success. it was a great day.

after playing on the beach, we got changed into some nicer clothes and my sister-in-law was kind enough to take some family pictures. we sadly didn't get a great one of the three kids together, but we're pretty happy with how they turned out. it was a great end to a great vacation.