Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
While Jeremy was gone, the kids and I did a lot together. Once again, I love those days when I don't worry about what I'm not getting done, because I'm enjoying more important things- my children (and of course my husband when he's there, too).
We danced, we played games, Nichole practiced writing letters, we drew pictures, we played with dominoes, we ate, we actually did get some dishes done. It helps when the kids are willing to put their dishes in the sink after meals, which also gave us more table space for activities.
My favorite part was when the three of us were at the table drawing and coloring pictures, and the kids decided to contribute to the picture I was doing. It was fun. We were all coloring on the same piece of paper at the same time.
And amazingly, after spending a whole day giving my children a lot of attention, I've got a lot of energy still. Time to be "productive."
It was a good day.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Before and After
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This evening, the kids and I had a pretend tea party in their room, in their nice clean and organized room, the one room in this place right now that is clean and organized.
Then we got out Nichole's kitchen set she got for Christmas so she could make us pretend chocolate cookies. How thoughtful she is.
We did have a rough start to our day, but it turned out pretty nice in the end. And now that the kids are asleep, onto organizing some more.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This year, he got to build a bigger ice castle, a much much bigger ice castle, at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah. That's close to Heber; less than an hour from us in Pleasant Grove. It's nice that it's so close and another great thing is that it's only $2 per person to go through and see the castle with its amazing towers.
Last week for Family Day, the four of us went for a visit. The roads were nice and clear, and it wasn't too cold (but not too warm either). It was amazing. We took some pictures, but they don't even compare to the real thing. It's huge. The tallest structure (tower, if you will) at the time we went was about 2 stories high, and of course is still growing. Brent actually goes inside and climbs up to build onto it. Amazing.
Here's some information about the ice castle (click on the pictures to make them bigger):
The creator and his daughter
So you can see how tall the largest tower really is, here's a comparison shot with our 2-year old.
We plan to go back some evening so we can see it in person all lit up, but for now, we're keeping ourselves content with pictures on Brent's Ice Castle blog.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
We also went through our closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes to donate to Deseret Industries. We were ruthless. We had to be. It was hard to get rid of some clothes that I like, but don't really wear. I had to keep reminding myself to be ruthless. I made sure I tried some on and had Jeremy take pictures of me being cute.
Now I did decide to keep the big red coat, not because I actually wear it outside, but we'd been saving some clothes for the kids to use as dress up clothes, and thought it would be fun for the adults to have some dress up clothes as well. Besides all the clothes that we use for dressing up to do balloon gigs, of course. I can be Mrs. Claus in such a coat.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I got up before anyone else and took the time I needed for scriptures and prayer to prepare myself for the day (it does make a difference). I made sure that we had our scripture and prayer time for our family as well, after everyone was up.
I knew it was important to support Jeremy working, so I made sure he knew that the kids and I would give him the hours he needed to do whatever he needed to do. So, while he cleaned his office for most of the day, the kids and I had a nice time together. After breakfast (and after the kids helped clear the table), we did some exercising- stretching and running around pretending to be different animals (including princesses, frogs, fireflies, etc.- continue reading to find out why).
After lunch, we all went outside. The kids played with the snow, while Jeremy and I chatted. Finally, we had everyone get in the car to go to the credit union, then home again where the kids continued to play with the snow, while I shoveled some of the ice in our parking spots, and Jeremy went back in to work on his office.
The kids helped me start some laundry, then we went on to our next activity.
After painting, we switched the laundry from the washing machine to the dryer, and the kids earned a movie.
Jeremy went off to do balloons at the Brick Oven and the kids watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while I relaxed a bit.
The kids and I ate a light dinner, played some Monkey Island, and I got them ready for bed. Nichole was "too sleepy" to help clean up some rice she spilled so I let her know she'd have to go to bed if she was too sleepy. Jr. came out with me and fell asleep on the couch as I wrote this blog post. Nichole let me know she wasn't sleepy any more, but I didn't think she should get away with selective sleepiness, so I told her she needed to stay in her room. Poor little girl.
I am glad of the prioritizing I did today. I'm glad Jeremy had time to work on his stuff. I'm glad I spent a lot of time with the kids. And I'm glad tomorrow is family day so the kids get to spend time with both of us.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
It really is a cute bag. One side of it says: I love 2nd Ward Primary. The other side says: Primary Makes Me Happy.
Woohoo. It's a way to be organized.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
And we found a special surprise inside the balloon that we decided to keep. Who wouldn't want to keep those cute legs?
Friday, January 1, 2010
Besides that, I've been wanting to make cheeseball since we got some crackers on a good sale around Thanksgiving time. Well, I got my chance today. The kids helped me. We made:
This is based on a recipe from Family Fun magazine. The recipe can also be found on the Family Fun website.
It's a very simple recipe. Since we have a small family and I didn't know how many people besides me would be interested, I halved the recipe. The kids helped me with parts. Jr. helped with the mouth and the buttons. Nichole put on the hands. They both helped with the hat. I did the scarf.