Sunday, December 23, 2012

Lights at Temple Square!

This Christmas season we were able to go to Temple square and take a walk around. It was pretty cold, but overall, we had fun. 

Ben was our tour guide.

It was bitterly cold, but so beautiful

We even got to hang out with the Backmans. They were the first family we became friends with when Steve and I got married. When I met Christina she was pregnant with her first. Her family has grown! 

 The boys enjoyed walking around City Creek because of their floor lights and the fountains.

With cold fingers and cold toes we managed to still have a great time!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

All aboard the Polar Express!

My friend Liz decided to have a Polar Express party just for the kids. The kids showed up in their PJ's and there were delicious treats as we watched the Polar Express.

The night started with a delicious and healthy appetizer- shaped like little trains.

and it was quickly devoured by the little ones- and they went for the salami first.

The movie started...

There was a deluxe hot chocolate bar that included THE BEST hot chocolate ever. I mean like real hot chocolate. Where you actually melt the chocolate in the pot. Yum!

Here's Liz serving it up!

 Ben topped his hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. He really loved it. 

Andy loved it so much that he hardly let go of his cup

 His chocolate mustache was HUGE. He got even messier after this.

The kids even got some fabric snowballs to throw around and have an indoor snowball fight. 

and they aimed them all at me!

What a fun night! 

Liz is so awesome! I'm glad she and I became friends. Back in 2007, I was in charge of a service activity at BYU-Idaho called Happy Factory and Liz served on my council. She was phenomenal and she made the activity so much fun and we had so many good memories! She and I reconnected when I moved to Sandy and we found out we live like 10 minutes away from each other! We will definitely be hanging out more often! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter is here...

So winter is here... So far it has snowed twice, but then melted again a few days later. It hasn't been cold at all either. I am used to Minnesota/Rexburg below freezing temps, and windchills of -20. Luckily the weather  hardly has been in the single digits (yet).

We took advantage of the snow and built a snow man.

with a baby carrot nose..

Ben loved it and the snowman proudly stood there for 2 days, then it collapsed from a heat stroke. RIP snowman. haha

I got hit by a few snowballs.

But I attack back!

 This kid loves snow and loves his dear mother 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fun with leaves!

A few weeks ago we all went to a park just outside of town. Most of the time parks are very well kept and all the fall leaves are picked up and everything else looks so clean. Well, lucky us... That specific park still had leaves everywhere! We definitely took advantage of it.

 The kids started out picking up the leaves and looking at them up close. Then... this happened!

 So the fight was on. Steve and Andy vs. Ben

Then Andy joined in alliance with Ben. 

The kids were So thrilled!

Even Andy couldn't get enough!

They were having so much fun, that even another little kid joined in!

Then, Andy and Ben decided to throw the leaves on top of me!

 Little Stinkers!

Watch out! I'm pretty sneaky!

We had a BLAST!!! Memories were made. I LOVE my family. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

October and Halloween

September came and went, and nothing really interesting happened to us in September. Ben and Andy both took full advantage of playing outside in the playground before it got cold. It's so sad that all the leaves are gone :(   Oh, well... Christmas will be here soon anyways and I can't wait!

Lately both kids have been really into eating cereal. That's all they want to eat! When Ben is hungry, he wants to eat cereal. So, here they are enjoying their new favorite snack.

As you can tell, Andy is still mastering the art of eating with a spoon. 

So around Halloween, we took the kids out to the ward "trunk-or treat"
Ben wanted to be a superhero, so his costume was easy. We used a double sided cape that Grandma Debby made for him. He had a choice to be Superman or Batman, so he picked Batman. 

The only thing he really wanted to do was to fly, but we told him that Batman doesn't fly. He's just cool like that. Andy was a puppy.. hehe. He hated wearing his costume.

 But we thought he made a really cute puppy. 

This year I decided I wanted to hand out something different other than candy. As my lifestyle has changed from eating practically anything to whole foods, I want to practice what I preach. I handed out some packaged all natural kettle corn (and mini twix bars in case the kids hated me, haha!) . So kids got to pick. I was surprised that my popcorn ran out faster than my candy. I'll have to try it again next year. 

Ben really enjoyed pumpkin bowling at the trunk or treat activity day
Andy kept on tossing his bean bags from close range and picking them back up.

We also went to a pumpkin patch/farm where Ben and Andy got to pick their pumpkins.

Ben picked out a huge one and we picked out a little one for Andy. Then we carved them. Andy really enjoyed taking the guts out of his pumpkin. Ben preferred to leave the dirty work to dad. 
On Halloween day we went to Steve's work (VBFA). They hosted a trick-or-treat. I took the boys in and we were met by lots of other kids with overflowing buckets and bags of candy.

 To my surprise, the big executive engineers were handing out full size candy bars. So very quickly the pumpkin buckets were filling up. We met some of Steve's co workers and got to see where Steve's "cubiffice" is ( an office split into 2 cubicles). Anyways, we ended up with TONS of candy, so we decided to skip the door-to-door trick or treating. I had to give Steve all the big size candy bars and left the fun size candy for the kids. I HATED having all that candy around. It was tempting me! I did have a few kit kats and snickers but I tried to keep them out of sight. It's hard to be losing weight and seeing all the junk food around. Overall, it was fun for the kids though. They LOVED getting candy and I loved watching their reactions. Too cute! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Cool Trick! A Cool Trick!

So Ben has been watching "Yo- Gabba- Gabba" a slightly annoying, bizzare, but musically awesome TV show for kids. They have this segment called "Cool Tricks." In one of the episodes a kid makes a spoon stick to his nose. Lo and behold a few days later, Ben comes to us with a spoon and says, "Cool Trick- a Cool Trick!" He grabs the spoon and tries to do the trick. To our astonishment- He got it on the first few tries.

I just had to get a picture of him doing it. Yes folks! This is my very talented son!

Andy has a talent as well. He smiles ALL the time! His smile is contagious!

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