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!


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.


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 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.

Back to School.

Sep 9, 2014

We survived our first week back to school. The kids were all excited to return to school and their friends. I felt torn. Its always nice to get back into a routine and watch the kids start a new adventure, but its also nice having the freedom to be lazy and do what we want when we want.

McKenna started grade one. She was at a different school for Kindergarten so this was a really big  adventure for her. She was excited because her best friend from church is in her class and she has the same teacher both boys had for grade one. She came home really excited cause their is another little girl in her class named McKenna too. Of course they are best friends now.

Ty started grade two. He was very excited to get back to school. He is very social and is always playing with friends. One of the boys that he played with all summer who lives in our neighborhood is in his class and he too has the same teacher Nate had for grade two.

Nate started grade four. He was pretty nervous because he was getting a new teacher and would be in a different hallway. The day was a success. He likes his teacher and has some friends in his class. He could have had a couple more months of summer holidays. He likes to be home and really enjoys being by himself. One of the neighborhood boys would come over to play over the summer and Nate would just say "I don't want to play right now". He really just likes to do his own thing.

Sorry for the crappy first day pics. I should have taken some before we left for school but we were rushed to get there on time and then getting them all to their class is always busy so they were rushed photo's. Next year I will be better prepared.

I also started watching my cousin's little boy. Another reason we were so rushed and not prepared. I'm not use to having an 18 month old or an extra child. Will is a really sweet, and an easy going little boy. It is just more work. Hayley just turned three so she is getting pretty independent and entertains herself pretty good. Will needs to be watched and entertained. It takes some getting use to. I watch him three days a week. So far, so good. We are back into a nice routine. I won't mention that we're into the second week of September and its snowing right now. Seriously.