Thursday, December 17, 2015

Logan's Preschool Christmas Program

Logan did a great job at his Christmas program for his Preschool. He was so excited to sing song and to meet Santa! He told Santa he wanted a Green Robot for Christmas. He also insisted we write a letter to Santa too (because that's what the Bernsteine Bears do when they meet Santa). I told Logan previously we could mail Santa's letter, but he was insistant we give it to Santa. And man, it was a nightmare trying to not loose that letter in the two weeks between writing it and meeting Santa.

Dustin had a grand time too. He didn't tell Santa what he wanted, but he did wave and yell loudly "HI SANTA!" every time he was looking in our direction.

After the songs all the kids traded White Elephant gifts. They were supposed to be $5 gifts, but we came home with a $20 Olaf toy. Logan and Dustin have been really good about sharing it.

Logan giving his letter to Santa

Getting ready to sing!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sick, Sick, Sick

We've all been sick with a cold for the past week! It's been rough, and we had hoped we would be over it by now, but it's still holding strong. This week was supposed to be the week to Deep clean the house for Christmas, but that didn't happen! Hopefully we will be feeling better by Christmas.

This week I turned in the clothing and household supplies we collected for the local refugees. It was great the response I got from everyone! I had a full car of stuff to drop off. It might be something we do every year between Thanksgiving & Christmas. Maybe different causes, but we'll see.

The boys have been really into music lately. Logan requests either Bastille's Pompeii or Church Music. Dustin's favorites are Pharrell William's Happy and "Spicy Girls".

I also finished sewing 13 scripture cases for the Young Women in our ward (green, turquoise, blue, purple, pink, and red). They turned out pretty good. The leaders will give them to the girls for Christmas. It was an easy way to make some extra money.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Decorations & Exciting News

We've had a fun week! Slowly over the week we got out all the Christmas decorations (finishing with the Tree on Sunday). The boys are in HEAVEN with all the decorations. They love the nativities, and I've only had to threaten them 3 times today that if they keep playing with the ornaments we'll have to take the tree down (they were playing baseball with the glass bulbs). Each time I get a real repentant "Sorry, we'll never do it again"... and then they hug the tree and apologize to it too.

This week was also big for Dave! He accepted a Graphic Design job at IBI Group Inc. They are an international architecture firm based out of Canada, but the Salt Lake office is just down the street from where he currently works. We're all excited for him to start in January. 

We also got to go on two dates this week! The first was Dave's work Christmas party. The food was fabulous, and we had a good time, second we got to go to the temple Saturday and do sealings! We were glad to get to go early in the month (since they're closed from the 7th - 21st and my parents will be in town for Christmas).

So life's been good and we're looking forward to Christmas! Hopefully we can get everything ready in time!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend! We didn't plan a lot, and it was a nice break not to have to do anything we didn't want to. It snowed for the first time this winter at our house. It didn't actually snow any more than the pictures, but the boys didn't need an excuse to play!

Dustin spend 90% of the time eating the snow (whether catching it on his tongue, scooping it off the floor, or licking it off the car). He just loved it!

He also made two little snow men. The first Logan jumped on (ending in Dustin's tears). Thus the need for the second one (with strict rules no jumping on it).

The boys were so excited, they decided to shovel (not at all necessary)!

For Thanksgiving day we had a casual morning, and went to dinner with Dave's family. It was good to see everyone. Logan and Dustin also decided to make book marks for gifts for a few people, and they had so much fun punching them out and decorating them.

Saturday we decided to head out to Temple square and see the lights! It was tons of fun, not too busy, but really cold! We parked at Dave's work and took the train to the lights. We always love seeing all the colors and  we really enjoy the big Nativity (with life size plastic people).

Over the past two weeks Dave and the boys got sick. It was a stomach virus, and it wasn't pretty. But fortunately everyone was better by Thanksgiving.

I decided over the weekend to start a collection of gently used clothes and blankets to donate to local refugees. I've wanted to help for a while, and this is the perfect opportunity. I'm so excited to help, and have collected 3 trash bags so far.

This week we've been preparing for Christmas! We got the decorations up and I've made a list of all the things that need to get done before Christmas. So I've started cleaning and baking (and freezing). That way Christmas won't be a big stress, hopefully we can just enjoy it. Last night Logan and I made 9 apple crisp freezer kits. It was necessary (the apples were starting to go bad, and I think I'll give 3 of them away as a VT gift and use the other throughout the winter).