Christmas.

Dec 5, 2014

We put up our tree and decorations last weekend. The kids were so excited, which makes it very exciting for us adults. Okay, who am I kidding...I get just as excited as the kids and still would even if I didn't have kids. That is definitely one of my goals in life. To never lose my enthusiasm for life no matter how old I get. We had fun decorating the tree, and getting out all the Christmas books and movies. Then the kids, Ryan, and Ginger watched Home Alone while I made a Gingerbread cake with caramel sauce while I visited with Cody. It was the perfect way to start off the season. I don't have much in decorations but a few areas of the house got little Christmas touches here and there. The boys have a mini Christmas tree that they put up in their room so we gave McKenna's head board a Christmas lights make over. There is just something about Christmas lights.





Christmas is a time of reflecting, and I always tend to look back at all the previous years. I have such fond Christmas memories growing up. Most of which my Mom was a big part of. I always think about her a great deal this time of year and miss her like crazy. She loved Christmas and always put so much effort in to making it special for us. I hope I can do that for my kids as well. This year we are doing things a little different and are going away for Christmas. We have Ryan's boss's cabin in Montana for a week. Ryan's family is coming to spend a few days with us, and then we will have it a few days to our selves. It will just be our family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day which is really weird but kind of exciting as well. It will be fun to start our own traditions. We are so excited to celebrate in Montana, and are counting down the days.

Eleven Years.

Dec 1, 2014

Ryan and I just celebrated our eleven year anniversary on Friday. Every anniversary I think it is so crazy that we have been married for that many years, but then in some ways, it feels like we've always known each other. I always reflect on what we've accomplished over the years and feel like we are doing pretty darn good. These last couple of years I have struggled with some things and have changed my views on a lot of things in the last couple of months. The best part of the whole thing is that Ryan is on the exact same page as me. We are really such a perfect match for each other and compliment each other so well. It feels so good to have him by my side as we change some things in our lives (I know, a little vague, but I'm not ready to share these details with the World quite yet).

With my sister living with us right now it was easy to get away for a night. Friday afternoon we headed to Calgary. The roads were mostly clear except for a few spots but there was blowing snow which made it hard to see. We made our way quite slowly, but eventually made it to Calgary safely.




We did some Christmas shopping, and then met Shannon and Jody for dinner at a Brazilian BBQ. It was really delicious, and we had a really nice visit. Family is the best. Saturday we slept in and lazed around until check out and then we headed to the movies to see Mocking Jay. I loved it. I thought they did an amazing job and it was really accurate to the book. Then we headed home (after I got some gingerbread hot chocolate from second cup. I'm a little obsessed). It is always nice to come home to our kiddies. thank you Ginger for taking such good care of them.

I sure love this guy...


As you can see we're not that good at taking selfies



New House guest.

Nov 27, 2014

My sister has officially moved into our basement for a few months. She was living at my Dad's house and he has been trying to sell it for years and finally has an offer. We don't have much room in our unfinished basement but we gave her a little corner of it and she has made it into a nice cozy little place for her. I'm not going to lie...I am loving it. I can take the kids to school in the cold and not have to pack up Hayley and Will. She is here to watch the kids when I need her to, and helps with supper and gives me adult company throughout the day. I told Ryan that I am not going to want her to leave. But sadly we are going to start finishing our basement in February and will have no space for her. But for the next few months I will enjoy being spoiled and will enjoy the time that she is here. The kids love having her around too. We love our new house guest.

Movies and hot chocolate.

Nov 17, 2014

We haven't been up to anything really exciting lately. Just normal daily living, which I guess is eventful enough. We had the boys Student LED conferences, which is where we go into their class and they show us what they have been working on and the teacher is present if we have any questions or concerns. Both of the boys are doing really well and the teachers had mostly positive things to say. Ty needs to work on slowing down. He really wants to get things done quick so he tends to rush. And Nate needs to speak up more. Raise his hand when he knows the answer. He is quite content to just sit there quietly. At the end of Nate's he needed to come up with a goal to work on. He wanted to work more on his reading. He is a very good reader and already reads at a grade 8 level and he is in grade 4. I questioned him on this and said your already good at that why don't you think of something else. Then he said "but I really want to get to a grade 12 level." He reminded me that we can always work harder even if its something we are already good at.  I really want my kids to be able to come up with their own goals and work hard to reach them. I think goal setting is so important all throughout life. I was impressed that he had such a concrete goal and wrote down how he would achieve it. So proud of these handsome boys of mine. I haven't had McKenna's yet because her teacher has been really sick.

We had Remembrance Day. Hayley and I went to the kids concert at school. Ty and McKenna are in the choir and were singing. It was a really nice program. I honestly don't think much about those who have fought for the freedom's in which we have so it was really nice to be reminded. I feel like the best way I can thank all those people who lived before us and have sacrificed so much so we can have what we have now is to try my best to live a good and happy life. To serve and to love the people around me. To fight the small battles around our community to keep our lives safe and free. It was especially nice to have an extra long weekend. We took the kids out for supper to Ihop one night and then went to the Holiday Inn to swim the next night. We had so much fun. Ryan has been working a lot so it was so nice to spend some extra time as a family.

McKenna and I went to the Lethbride Musical Theater's performance of Guys and Dolls. Three of her teachers were in it dancing, and another one had choreographed it. It started really late so we only watched it to the intermission. McKenna was tired and ready to go home. It was fun to see her teachers but the actual play was more for adults and was way over her head, so I think she was a little bored. It was a fun girls night out though.



The weather has gotten really, really cold, so to be honest we have mostly been hanging out all day in our pajama's and watching movies, and drinking a lot of hot chocolate. Trying to find the positive's to this awful cold weather.


Happiest Halloween.

Nov 2, 2014

Halloween is an interesting holiday for me. Leading up to it I really despise it and wish it never existed. I hate buying or coming up with costumes, buying candy, having all that candy in my house after. I don't know, it really is a holiday I can do without. Once the costumes are put together and it is Halloween night, then I usually feel a bit better about it. I guess the kids excitement rubs off a little. It is always fun to see them trick or treating. This year we had school costumes and outside costumes. McKenna was going to be Princess Sofia at school but then came home the day before all upset and not wanting to be her because her friends thought it was babyish. What? They are in grade one. They are supposed to be babyish still. So she ended up being a ballerina for school and then went as Princess Sofia at night. Nate didn't even want to dress up, and all he would be for school was a boring basketball player. Hayley was a lady bug who only wanted to wear her dress and nothing else. No wings, or face paint or anything. See, its just an annoying hassle. Anyway, all turned out and we had a really good time. We met up with my family at my Dad's house in Riverstone where my sister lives and ate pizza first. It was the most beautiful night and we all went out with no jackets. I'm talking t-shirts people. That rarely happens. Maybe that is why I enjoyed going trick or treating with the kids this time. I even attempted to dress up a little. We got way too much candy as usual. I know a lot of people take half their candy to a dentist office and trade it for money. I would love to do that, but am just a tad lazy to actually drive into town to do it. I don't, we'll see what happens.











I had my super saturday the next day. I signed up for some really cute crafts and had a great time visiting. I love the ladies in my ward. Here's what I worked on. This is really the only time I craft so I am quite proud of them.







We had like 16 degree weather Halloween night and then two days later I wake up to this...



Good ol Southern Alberta. Don't worry, its already supposed to be +15 in a few days so it won't last.

School Pictures 2014

Oct 28, 2014

My friend Devon did our school pictures this year. As the kids get older picture taking becomes a lot easier. It only took a few minutes with each child. They turned out great as usual.

Hayley Kim - 3 years old

McKenna Ray -  6 years old, grade one

Ty Matthew - 7 years old, grade two

Nathan James - 9 years old, grade four



Here are the pictures of Nate and McKenna with their new glasses. I might be a little biased but I think they look fabulous.





We went to the cornmaze a couple weeks ago for a Primary activity. It was pretty windy, but a beautiful Fall day. We all had so much fun.










My friends Teale and Mandy needed to go to Calgary to send away for passports so we decided to make a full day of it and did a girls shopping trip. We left after the kids left for school and didn't get home until midnight. We had such a great day. Three of my favorite things: shopping, girl time, and yummy food that I don't have to cook. It was so nice to get away for the day. Thanks to my sister who came and stayed and spent the day with Hayley and was there when the other kids got home. I am so blessed to have her in my life. McKenna loves it when I go shopping because she usually gets a lot of cute clothes. I'm telling you, Fall fashion is the best!


Thanksgiving.

Oct 18, 2014

We have had the most beautiful Fall weather this year. There have been a few windy days that I could do without but on the whole, the weather has been great. What's not to love about Fall. The weather cooling down, the leaves turning beautiful colors, soup, and everything pumpkin. Oh, and Fall fashion...sweaters, boots, and lots of layers. I love it. and it seems like everyone else does too. Its also the season for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is great because there isn't a lot of commercial hype like some of the other holidays. Its really about family, food, and being grateful for all the wonderful things we have. This year we had Turkey dinner with the Olsen's a week earlier at Lora and Ryan's house. It was really nice and the food was great. I wasn't feeling good all day so that kind of stunk but it was nice to be with family. Then on the real Thanksgiving we ate at my sister's house. I did up a ham and potato's, and my sister made butternut squash soup and veggies. It was delicious. We also had chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and pumpkin cheesecake. It was so nice to visit with family.

There really are so many things that I am grateful for. Of course family is always at the top of my list. We are so lucky to live close to most of our family and get to spend so much time with them. Ryan has a good job, we have a nice home, and more then what we need. I have a husband who works hard, and is a good Father and the best part is, he loves me:) My kids are seriously the best. I am one lucky Momma. I have some pretty darn amazing friends who are always there for me when I need them and are always there to laugh and have a good time with. I am also so grateful for my Savior. Who never lets me down.

I truly am so blessed.

Some pics we took out at the farm when we were there. Seriously though, there is something so special about Fall.

Southern Alberta has the most beautiful skies




Ty caught his first fish



Still breathing.

Oct 10, 2014

yikes. it has been awhile. I find it harder to blog when I don't have something big and specific to blog about. But the little things in life are just as important as the big, so here is a post about all the little things that have been going on in our lives.

We had a ward talent show at the end of September. I got a bunch of girls around McKenna's age and taught them a tap dance routine. We met a couple times a week to practice. I actually loved teaching them. The night of the performance I was so giddy with excitement and so proud of how well they did. Especially considering McKenna was the only one with any tap experience. I think they had fun and really enjoyed it too. The rest of the show was good too. We always love getting together with our ward.



I got my hair cut and colored. I haven't had my hair dyed in a very long time. Like 10 years. I really love it. Sadly I haven't taken a good enough picture to post of it, so I will try to remember for next time. Ty could not believe I dyed it and was begging to get his hair dyed too. What a funny boy.

Hayley is potty trained! It is so nice to finally be done with diapers. She was actually pretty easy. It might be the fact that she is 3 years old. Its a little sad to see her growing up though. My last little baby. (I hope anyway).

Ryan has been working a ton. I mean almost every night and most Saturdays. He is helping a friend build his house. It sucks for him to be away so much, but the money is worth it right now. We are trying very hard to get out of debt. It is too bad I like spending money so much:)

We took all the kids to the eye doctor. Nate needs a new Rx and McKenna needs glasses. She is very excited. I am not. Ty tried very hard to convince the doctor that he needed them too, but she was on to him. He doesn't need them. He is bummed. We are picking out frames for Nate and M today. I will post pictures soon.

We have an extra long weekend for thanksgiving and a PD day so we are all very excited. We've had beautiful Fall weather too. And here a few pictures to end with.

Ty was in Heaven when he got to ride our friends little dirt bike. He hasn't stopped talking about it.

I love spending my days with this little girl.

Cutest sleeping position ever. My little sleeping starfish.

Nate taking notes while watching General Conference. Made my heart full.

Cutest little faces.

Lately.

Sep 18, 2014

I have lots of random stuff to post on.

First, Mckenna started back at dance. We put her in tap, ballet, and jazz this year cause we're crazy like that. I really think she can be a great dancer so I want to give her the best chance to shine.



Then this happened...




Seriously, snow in September. This is out at my in-laws place about 45 minutes from us. Thankfully we didn't get hit this hard. We only a got a bit of really wet snow that didn't stick. But still, its summer for goodness sake.


I had my friend devondurocher.com take the kids school pics. She took one of all four kids. How is it possible that they are getting so big.



My friend Judy came for a quick visit for a family thing and put aside some time to spend with me. We had a few hours to visit and catch up. She is always so good for my soul. It sucks that she lives so far but I know we have the kind of friendship that will last forever. Love you Judy. Thanks for the visit.




We went out for lunch for one of my friends birthdays. There is nothing better then eating good food and visiting with good friends. Teale and Mandy are the best and we always have a great time together. I have truly been blessed with good friends in my life.




And then there is this...



Biggest and littlest. They were being so cute together I had to get a picture. I am one blessed Mother.