Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pinterest likes

I'm following my sister here and showcasing some goods and bads from Pinterest.  My likes and dislikes.  (I think, actually, this post will just be on my likes. . .)

Food likes:
1.  For a "healthy cookie" these are actually pretty good (despite Emmy's remark when I told her we can make a healthy cookie - "Oh no, then they will taste bad!")

2.  For our breakfast nite.  I think I was the only one who loved this.  But I did.  Even without the chocolate chips.  (We had chocolate chips that night but I didn't add any to my breakfast left-over meal.).  I did sweetened coconut and still sweetened it up a bit with some sugar.  Not as much as I normally do, though.

3.  Holy YUM.

4.  Probably my favorite soup ever.  I feel like I'm eating at a restaurant.  I 1/2 the "roux" so that I only use 1/2 the butter it calls for.  And it's still delish.

5.  Best pre-Sunday-fast smoothie evah.  And we add a little bit of sugar - just a little, though.

Craft likes:
1.  I haven't done this yet and am unsure about dowloading the acutal document, but I would love to make this for Jonas' birthday decor:

2.  Totally fun!

3.  Best DIY rocket in the world!  This rocks.  It would make an awesome present for any child or child's friend.  Ben could shoot those rockets hundreds of feet in the air.

Christmas likes:
1.  I did this to my front porch and adore it.  I smile every time I see it.  I just makes me happy.

2.  I made Emmy a Christmas tree out of some lights.  It was really cute - but didn't hold up with the all-I-could-find electrical tape (plus, she has "textured" walls).  I knew it wouldn't last and it didn't.  But Jonas then just made one on the floor that was fun.  Then, he just decorated her bed with Christmas lights and oh wow is that delightful for Emmy.

And that's enough for now.  Because I have oodles to do - and, really, this was not a "must-do," but my mind needed a break from all my "must-do's."

Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Introducing our tree, Mr. Willowby

Our tree got his name from this dandy of a book we have checked out from the library:  Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.  And, like in the book, after Ben had cut off about 4 feet from the bottom and brought it inside, the tip was a little long for our ceiling. . . just like Mr. Willowby's tree.  (I like the book, by the way.)

I don't think pictures do our tree justice.  :)  Really, she's a beaut.  In the most Charlie Brown way, of course.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our 9th annual Christmas Tree Hunt

It's a little early to get a Christmas tree, yes, but it was also the right time to do it for us.  Ben will be gone next weekend.  And I really wanted a nice scrawny tree this year - more Charlie Brownish than our trees have been the past few years.  And that meant we go on our hunt to the Grand Mesa, as opposed to a closer spot (that has the bushier trees).  Comprende?  So usually the Mesa can be quite snowy and quite cold and quite miserable for little kids and, thus, little kids' parents.  So if a trek to the Mesa was what I wanted then today was the day to go - little snow and very unseasonably high temperatues.

(Man, I don't know why I'm so wordy. . . )

It turned out to be a great day to go.  Yay!  In fact, as we were driving up there - and literally about 5 minutes from our destination - I told the kids, "Bummer, I don't think there will be snow."  Jonas replied, "Then why did you make us wear our snow pants?!"  Luckily there was plenty of snow to be played in.  Yay! And it was also very warm (relatively speaking - I think it was in the mid-30s).  Yay!  And we got a great "Charlie Brown" tree.  Yay!  And there were only a handful of tantrums!  Yay!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

So we had a pretty good Thanksgiving.  We were on our own this year and it was kind of nice.  It would have been great to have friends or family, too, but it just worked out this way this year and - like I said - it was nice.

I organized my friends (via facebook - thanks!) to run/trot the local Turkey Trot.  There were 8 of us that agreed to do it and that made me so happy!  We all met at my house and then headed out.
Here are all the trotters.  It was a beautiful morning and a great run.  I had a fantastic time and was happy to have friends do it with me, too.  I made us all some super-easy "Thanksgiving headbands" for our race.  What a fun way to start Thanksgiving!

When I got back the rest of the gang had done a lot of "Macey's Thanksgiving Parade" watching while I was gone.  Then the boys, mainly, headed out back to work on the ice rink. 
 Jonas has been super in to helping.  It's awesome.  And I find this picture completely amazing because it shows 2 boys multi-tasking!  What?!  Jonas is eating a sucker and drilling.  Ben is talking on the phone and helping Jonas.  Whoa.

 Emmy enjoyed some swinging time on our nice-weather Thanksgiving day.

 This was a favorite part of the day for our young boys!  In fact they declared it was the best Thanksgiving ever while painting (of course 30 minutes later when I told Jonas he needed to shower he declared it as the "most boring Thanksgiving ever!"  Kids.  Kids!).  They really had fun painting and it was the perfect thing for them to paint.  It was a little ironic working on the ice rink in almost-60 degree weather.  But Ben has high hopes for freezing temps soon. . .

Then we got cleaned up and got the food all out and feasted.  It was all pretty good.
Happy feasting!

We ended the evening watching our traditional Thanksgiving-day movie:  Jack Frost.  (The old one, not the new one.).  After that was pie and then bed-time.

Happy day.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Emeo (you know, Emmy+Video)

Emmy and her new do and her revealing crush on. . . Luke Skywalker.

This girl gets so girlishly giddy when she talks/thinks about Luke Skywalker.  Seriously.  She's 5!  One day we were driving in the car and I look back and Emmy has this dreamy smile on her face.  "What are you thinking about Emmy?"  "I don't know. . ."  Then I thought and my mother's intuition told me "Luke Skywalker!?"  The incessant giggles from the backseat was the only answer I needed.  Miles then proceeded to tell me how whenever he would show her Luke Skywalker on the DVD, she would fall over (i.e., faint!).  WHAT!?  It's so hilarious.

P.S.  I adore her haircut!  It's super cute and perfect for her.

Our Weekend. . .

Not really an exciting weekend, but a good one.  Ben had a church meeting he had to go to in Grand Junction (70 miles north) on Friday night.  So he was gone.  So I busted out some spoils from Japan my parents had sent:
 No doubt Lucy loved all the candies -though truly the chap-stick was a close second.  (P.S.  'Though it is definitely not beyond me, I did not dress Lucy in her PJs.  Emmy did.  Thus the inside-out and backwards shirt. But, as Ben can attest, I have done that to my own self before. . .)

 Emmy really loved her super sweet and adorable gloves.

 Joe-cool soaking it all in.

 And Miles.  The boys both loved their bakugans, or however they are spelled.  Miles also loved the "neatness" of the Botan rice candy - you know, where you can eat the rice-wrapper?  So cool!

Saturday we spent a good part of the late morning working out back on Ben's backyard ice rink.  Remember this from last year?  Well this year it's going to be "bigger and better" according to Ben.  An ice rink with walls even.  I'll show pictures as it comes together.  Hopefully it will be a cold winter!

When Lucy went down for a nap I gave Ben some time to work on some church responsibilities and rode bikes with the kids to the library.  It was a nice day and perfect for a bike-ride.  The library was super great and, once again, I came home with oodles of books.  Many Star Wars one included.

That evening, after dinner, we watched the "final" episode (VI) of Star Wars.  Ben had to miss a little of the beginning as he had church "stuff" to do and I used the beginning to finish up my lesson-prep for the next day.  But then we all got in to it together and had a fun night watching - or not-watching (see pics below) - Star Wars.
When movies get scary Miles usually "hides" behind something.  He just can't bear to watch!  It's goofy, yet sweet.  :)  Emmy joined him, too.  Though not for as long as Miles. . .

I love this shot of Emmy!  And Miles kept himself distracted somewhat with his Halloween candy.  We let the kids "binge" last weekend (while watching episode V) and last night was their final binge where all candy was too be consumed or thrown away.  For the most part, candy was consumed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Emmy's Soccer Pictures

Emmy's professional pictures arrived in the mail today.  What a cutie.

Monday, November 12, 2012

School Pictures 2012

Such handsome boys.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Family Photos 2012

Here are not-a-few of some of my favorite pictures of our kiddos:

 Lucy and her beloved Boo.

 Emmy and her beloved Boo.

 Miles chose this spot (I think?!).  It's so him.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Last Weekend

I have a feeling this is going to be a very wordy post.  Just a fair warning.

Friday afternoon, after the boys came home from school, Miles and I rode our bikes downtown and voted.  Okay, just I voted - but I did let Miles push the "cast ballot" button.  It was grand to do it with Miles (I did it to help fulfill a cub scout requirement).  The whole entire bike ride there and back he's just chatting about one thing or another.  Pretty adorable.

Then at dinner time Ben's folks arrived.  We had a good evening and after the kids were up in their rooms, we adults watched the Halloween episode of The Middle.  So love that show.

Saturday morning.  Ben suggested earlier in the week that we do something on Saturday morning since his parents were going to be here.  While Ben probably would have rather gone out to breakfast or something, I suggested he tag-a-long on his bike while I ran.  I treasure (deeply treasure) my Saturday long-runs.  Ben kindly agreed and I loved having him with me on my 8-mile (give or take) run.  How did he fare?  Well he froze for all of it, but hopefully he still had a good time!  I'm sad we can't do that every week. . .

Later that morning we all drove down south of town and showed Ben's parents the new LDS chapel.  On our way back we stopped at the "boardwalk shops."  One of the shops there, a wood-carving shop, has a gigantic tree-house in front that the shop's owner built.  It's awesome - and that is an understatement.  The kids love running around and exploring the top and bottom of this great tree-house.

After we got home we helped Miles make an "outdoor meal."  Another cub scout requirement.  He loved it and it was fun to do it all together.  Jonas helped Grandpa mow/chop up our leaves - Jonas was super excited about helping out.

 Miles had planned to make sloppy-joes and serve chips with it.

 I show this picture for my sister's sake:  Chuck isn't the only husband who takes blurry photos.  :)

 Go, Jonas, Go!

 YUM.  (Well, kind of.  It wasn't my favorite - but I do blame it on the recipe.  I'll have to find a better one.  But it was still good, for sure.)

 Saturday afternoon was spent reading books, among other various things.

Once Lucy woke up from her nap and get fed, we got ready for our family pictures.  I'll post a bunch in a separate post.  The photo-shoot was pretty painless and I love the pictures we got.  As always, thanks to Ben's dad Jim!  Lucky us.

We got treated to Wendy's for dinner and that was perfect for us and the kids.  When we got back from Wendy's, I got Lucy down and then Ben and I left for a date.  We got some ice-cream and then went to Target to get a few miscellaneous items.  I like being with Ben and we figured we'd better take advantage of 1.  Ben's parents being there and 2.  Ben not being the bishop quite yet!  The older kids stayed up, had ice cream with Halloween candies for toppings, and watched a couple episodes from the original Addams Family.  That evening before the adults went to bed, Ben's dad gave Ben a father's blessing.  It was truly wonderful and inspired.  We wrote down all we could remember in Ben's journal before we went to bed.  We also watched a couple of LDS.org training videos on bishops.  In preparation for Sunday. . .

Sunday morning. . . was pretty long.  It was fast Sunday and church doesn't start until 1pm.  But it was nice to have Ben home (though he was working on other things, of course) - because 1.  he usually isn't and 2.  he won't be.  We got to church just a few minutes early.  Announcements were made and then the newly called bishopric was announced.

Miles had a huge grin on his face.  Jonas' jaw literally dropped open and he grinned - open-mouth and all - at me.  The girls were pretty oblivious at that point, I think.  Then Ben had to leave he little family and sit on the stand.  Sniff, sniff (then and now!).  It was fast-and-testimony meeting, of course, but instead the counselors and their wives (two counselors with ONE wife each :) spoke, as well as myself and then Ben concluded.  I was pretty darn shaky and flustered while I was speaking.  Sigh.  Ben was wonderful, in my opinion.  :)  I had to leave about 1/2 or 2/3 of the way in to his speaking because Lucy was becoming quite unruly.  She had demanded to go to her dad and when I wouldn't let her, she just got more mad.  As I was walking her out of the pew and towards the chapel doors, she did declare, "I want to kiss my daddy!"  It was so cute.

After the meeting Ben was ordained a High Priest by his father.  He was then set-apart to be the bishop (I once again had to leave as Lucy was again being unruly - that girl.).  I did get to go back in while Ben's dad went out and watched the kids.  After all that we - minus Bishop Ben - went home.  Ben got to come home for about 1 1/2 hours to eat dinner, etc.  Then he went back to the church at 7 and came home past midnight.  And so it begins. . .

But Monday morning Ben and I managed to squeeze in one more date!  How cool are we and how great are Ben's parents?  So!  Ben and I walked down to the local coffee shop (ahem, bishop) and got some yummy Mexican hot chocolate.  Again, I like being with him. Sigh.  Ben's parents left shortly after we got back - around 10:30.  The girls and I went to the library (on my bike with the trailer - I adore it) so that Ben could work on some nursing certification he's working on.  From 12:15 - 3 I got to go and help out in Jonas' classroom and makes tons of copies for Miles' teacher.  Fun times for me!  For FHE that night we went to the church to the bishop's office - Ben's office.  We watched Elder Oaks' talk, "Help, Bishop!"  Just a few minutes of it.  Lucy was being unruly again (do you notice a pattern with her. . . ????) and kind of soured the experience for me.  But it was still kind of fun.

Whoa, it's more wordy than I had thought.  I better stop.