Thursday, December 24, 2009

We have been BUSY!

Just having fun one day with the camera. The kids were good sports and enjoyed laying on the floor for such a silly picture.

I was trying to get a few good shots of the princess. She is so cute!

Benjamin had a Christmas program at preschool and my camera only had enough battery power to get a few shots and no video.

Right about here is when Benjamin informed everyone that he needed to go potty and so they had an unexpected intermission.

He was pretending to be a reindeer in this shot.
We went to see the lights at Willard Bay. It was a lot of fun and the boys really enjoyed it so we went through twice.

We made some yummy, fun treats to take to the neighbors this year. The boys were so excited to help me with the reindeer.

We also m ade a train engine for everyone in Benjamin's preschool class. They loved them!

Gracie dressed up in one of Grandma's Christmas gifts. The hat and scarf came on a 2 liter of pop and were made to look like a snowman. They fit Gracie perfectly.

We had a great weekend with family when we blessed Gracie. She was beautiful in her white dress. She was so good all through the blessing and did not make a peep until after and then we had to leave because she was starving.

We also had my SIL take some family pictures after the blessing. By the looks of it, everyone needed a nap!
This one is a little better.

We went to Hardware Ranch and rode on the sleigh among the elk herd. It was cold but fun.
Benjamin with his cousins Cougar and Phoenix and his uncle Mark.
The family with the horses that took our sleigh out on the snow.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas!

We made the ever famous "Christmas Countdown Chain" on December 1st.
The boys had a blast making each loop for the chain and helping put it together.

I started doing a reward chart for each month (starting in Nov. with a turkey) and for nice, out of the ordinary things the boys do they get an ornament for the tree. Benjamin LOVES this and each day he asks if he gets an ornament. I think sometimes it makes him think before he acts.
Here is the Christmas Chain all put together.

The boys had a blast helping me put the tree together.

Gracie had a great time sleeping while we decorated the tree.

Thanks to my grandma, who gave me an ornament each year, and to Taun's mom who gives us all ornaments each year, we have plenty of ornaments for our humble little tree. The boys loved putting all of them on the tree.

My mother gave me these chair covers one year and so I let Benjamin choose which one he wanted to put on his chair and as you can see it made him so happy.

Alex loves his snowman chair cover.
This year preparing for Christmas has been so fun because my boys are so excited for it.

PhOtOgRaPhErS oR gOoFbAlLs??

Benjamin got ahold of my camera and took 25ish pictures just like the following. (I picked the best of the best to showcase his abilities.)

This is actually one of my favorites. It captures Alex at his best!

The Carpet (notice the green...I got sick of it in my other house and yet I bought another house with the exact same green carpet.)

A close up of the couch

The tile and Handy Manny on the TV

Some of his favorite toys (for the week) in his dumptruck.

Benjamin came up the stairs the other day looking like this. He was so proud of himself for getting the bag on like this.

I told him it looked like a swimsuit and he thought that was hilarious!

Alex came up with this little look the other day. He looked so dang cute that we have made him do it again and again.

He is truly a goofball!
Thank goodness kids are cute because mine sometimes make me want to sell them!!