Monday, November 30, 2009

Traditions

I enrolled to take a holiday class at my favorite digital scrapbooking site. One of the assignments is to blog/journal every day in December. To help you along they have prompts for blogging.

The prompt for today is:

What is your earliest holiday memory?

Every Christmas I can remember we would get up, open presents and then go to Rexburg and Idaho Falls to visit my grandparents. Every Christmas that is, except one. There was a terrible storm and we were snowed in. There was no choice but to stay home. We had all gotten games for Christmas and we spent the day playing games and putting puzzles together.

I love the time we shared as a family and the fun we had just being together. This is my absolute favorite Christmas memory up until I was married. I love my family so much and the memory of the love and time spent enjoying, and getting closer to, each other really stick out.

Because this is one of my favorite memories I always try to give the kids a game, a book and a puzzle that we can spend time playing, reading and putting together during the day.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving

Things I am thankful for today:

The imagination of Gordon and Ellis.

Playing in the snow. Rather, watching Ellis and Gordon going around and having a taste of snow off everything that had snow on it.

Family Home Evening.

A husband who helps our 4 year old plan a lesson for Family Home Evening that is obviously something Gordon would want to do. To begin, Gordon gave everyone 1 chocolate chip then he went over and took Mia's and ate it. He said the lesson was on being sorry. He went through the steps; 1. Say you are sorry. 2. Make it right. (Gordon gave Mia his chocolate chip.) Then he went and took Seth's chocolate chip and ate it and asked everyone if he was really sorry. After everyone answered no, he held up 3. Don't do it again. I think it was very effective.

Playing the "Hide" game Ellis made up. It goes a little like this: One person hides under Ellis' blanket and everyone else gets to go and find them.

Picking Jared up from "Chimes Club" and having him say, "I LOVE CHIMES!"

Reading "James and the Giant Peach" to my kids. Whenever I stop at least one of them says, "Awe. You always stop when it is getting exciting." I remember when my teachers would read out loud after lunch recess and I would always feel that way.

Having 4 happy and healthy kids help me with dinner tonight.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving

Things I am thankful for today:

Sleepy smiles when I kiss Ellis at night.

Gordon asking for 10 more kisses before he goes to bed and then asking to kiss me 10 times before he goes to sleep.

Mia's excited squeal over birthday party invitations.

Jared giving a talk in Primary.

Seth taking over with the kids so I can take a nap on Sundays.

Snow 2 days after buying snow boots.

Cooking with Seth.

The little notes Mia leaves around the house for me to find. I love every misspelled word and the thought she puts into them.

Jared playing with Gordon until the two of them are laughing their guts out.

The way Mia is so tender and always trying to help Ellis.

Seth playing "Steam Roller" with the kids.

The magic of being a mom.