We made a gingerbread house Monday night and the next morning Noah said "that was the best family home evening ever". Don't you love that? We had Christmas music and a fire going. It was great. I do have to say though that I prefer the Costco kit to Sam's. We tried Sams club and there is not as much candy, no chimney etc. But it was still fun. This morning I woke up and found that the boys had woken up earlier than me and picked away at it. I forgot that I usually put it up high. Seth was the main culprit with icing all over his school shirt and crumbs of icing all over the table and floor. I would like to say I made him clean it up but I didn't and I would like to say I learned my lesson and put it up but I didn't. We all kind of picked at it all day. Oh well. The city of Murrieta has painted big white stars on different streets all over the city and every year they bring Santa with carolers, rudolph and frosty in a sleigh. We are sitting in our house tonight and all of the sudden hear sirens and loud voices. This means that they are here on our street. We all run out quickly to see santa and take pictures with him. The kids all get candy canes and we get to listen to the carolers and chat with neighbors. It is kind of a neat little city tradition. Here were the pictures we took. Nate was not in the one with Seth and Noah because he ran back to the house for me to get canned food as they were collecting that as well. He's a good kid that Nate!
Seth was struggling a bit in school about a month ago. I was completely shocked when I received the poor progress report. I was so mad at his teacher because I was sure it was all her, as dumb Moms like me do. After a conference with her and her teaching partner, it all changed. I was able to explain Seth to them and they turned it around along with Seth. He started feeling the love from them and he started reading up a storm. Since then he has read all of the Roald Dahl books, yes ALL of them except for "going solo". He was bored and I said, "don't read it". I liked it but maybe it is a little advanced for him. Now he is reading the Harry Potter books and I am so excited for him! Wow, what a turnaround. We could not interest him in any books besides graphic novels before. Nate and I tried and tried. He is also excelling in piano. He asked to start taking lessons again. He keeps skipping ahead of his teachers assignments for him. He plays the piano instead of video games or anything else with his free time. It is fabulous.
I think I am in shock. What the heck do I do with a girl? Will she hate me? I am excited too. I will do her hair and dress her until she doesn't let me anymore.Gotta change my blog soon. Maybe I'll post ultrasound pictures when I get a little bit better ones.
Scott was working late once again on Halloween. It is the last day of the month every single year, go figure. I took the boys trick or treating with some families in the ward after a picnic at the park. It was great fun. Perfect weather! Scott came home at 8 and took them out for another hour! Gotta get all of the candy we can right? I only had 1 trick or treater. I had to donate all of my door candy to Seth's teacher and Scott's work. I am ready to throw away all of the kids candy to get rid of it too. I hate it and love it too!
I think everyone is hogging all of the baby girls. I love my boys. My perfect idea of my most loved babies are boys. I want to hold them and love them and squeeze them. But... will I ever get to take a girl to Ballet class? Make ringlets in her hair? Pick out gobs of pink clothing? I want that.
We were so happy to be able to go to Utah to see Deja and Sam get married. We got to see Garret and Girlie's twins for the first time. They are so cute. We got to see Maggie again. We love her too! I wish I could steal them all. The boys and I got to see the "Hills" some of our bestest friends in the world! We were so grateful to spend so much time with family and see Deja and Sam marry.
Seth is Baptized! We were able to do it on his birthday, July 13, 2008 when more family could be there. Amara and Jeff and family were here, Grandma and Grandpa Earley with Deja and lot's more local friends and family. He was so happy to be baptized. He told me he did feel the spirit and he had felt it before so he knew what it was. We had a birthday party afterwards for him at our house. Yeah for Seth!
We went beach camping in the middle of July at Leo Carillo State Park. We had a blast! We had a fire every night, ate yummy food, played on the beach and had lot's of fun family time. We were able to see dolphins, starfish, hermit crabs, fishies and a baby seal that hopped up on the shore. Scott tried to fish (seaweed stopped him every time!). The boys had hermit crab races. The sun was a little shy the whole week but it was warm enough! Amara and Jeff and kids came for the last 2 nights. It was a great week! The first (maybe second) camping trip I have ever enjoyed as a mom.
I had lots of fun with Mom and Dad and Deja in Miss, Alabama and Nola. Kids stayed with Julianne for a couple of days and then Scott for the last 4. They went to Sea World and fishing. It was amazing to me that while we were on a dolphin cruise, Scott sent a picture message of the boys at Sea World and I sent one back of us (me, mom, Dad and Deja) on the cruise. Technology is amazing! My boys are amazing. Nate is having a sleep over right now with 2 friends and keeps looking for a way to sneak off and read the 4th Rick Riordan olympians book that just came out. He is obsessed. (Yeah!). I read the first one and it was quite good. After reading the Harry Potter novels with him, racing him if you will, I wanted to read these ones he currently loves. I think boys can be harder to connect with. This is a fun way to accomplish this. Deja and I loved the cemetary in New Orleans!
I am new here just trying to keep a record of the happenings of a housewife, and her 3 boys (oh, yeah and the husband and dog too :). With our family and friends spread all across the U.S. I thought this would be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. Welcome!