Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Well Christmas turned out great despite the flawed Christmas ideas. We were needing a picture of the boys together. I don't know how many times we have tried to get a good one, but I think Kobe now HATES pictures. Kobe if you smile "Just once" (we all know that's a lie)then you can....watch a movie, have candy, stay up late (it's already 1030 at night), you see "the boys" (duh mom I know we're already planning on going)...and many more bribes that shouldn't been written :) Well despite the tears, funny faces, and sudden obsession with having a foot in the picture, we did get some pictures. When I went to pick up the pictures the first thing Kobe said was "Kobe naughty." Ohhhhh wonderful memories.

Well despite the Grumbling fact that I headed back to work the week of Christmas, there were some cherished memories over the Christmas... giving My mom a present half-way done (don't even get me started), Kobe's new diagnosis of hypothyroidism (we didn't know this until we found he had gotten into some of PAPA's pills) CAN I SAY FREAK US OUT, luckily after counting over 300 pills mixed with aspirin we believe he didn't take any, YES I did call poison control just to see what they would say. Which brings me to my next favored memory...Jason being prompted to go Check on him and LISTENED. It was great to have GG and PAPA back from Arizona. Kobe had a blast making a CHOO CHOO train with Aunt Megan (your the best. Then my sista MEl had a special Christmas ending to the night followed by a share of traditions from my mom. Each family got a special book and read it together and got blankets to wrap our baby Jesus in a manger.(how many people can say they have a live size manger and baby Jesus.OHHH you would be jealous if you say it. We were so happy to have Grandpa joe and Grandma Gwen with us. They even followed us home in the poor weather (we debated which of the worst to take. I think after seeing Santa somewhere in a huge snow bank stuck, we decided to go the other way which took us arriving at 1 AM. Fun was had by all. I even ended up coming home on-call the last half of work. Although it took me 2 hours to finish charting before I could leave. ALL in ALL what wonderful blessings and memories. we hope you all had a great CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Bells are ringing...."You're running out of time!"

My favorite cuz Lisa Rae had a cute, fun tag for the holidays. With the snow, it really seems like Christmas is near. Only a few more rushing days of shopping left.
I love that i have a million things to do, showering included,and i'm sitting here filling out this tag. But heck, what is another few minutes isn't going to make a difference with my stinky toes, wrinkly pjs, matted hair, dishes piled up in the sink and a tissue up my nose to make it so it doesn't run away while I blog :) Hey at least my kids have had breakfast and their baths.......

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper, and Santa's gifts happen to all come wrapped in the same Red paper.
2. Real tree or Artificial?
I would like to have a real tree, but I like are Artificial tree. I just have a pine candle going so it can trick me into thinking it's real :)
3. When do you put up the tree?
Sometime following Thanksgiving, usually a family home evening activity.
4. When do you take the tree down?
It depends on when Jason is in a "clean up, move it out mood". some years we enjoy longer than other years. We love to have sleepovers out by the tree, so that is why we have a hard time putting it away.
5. Do you like eggnog?
You mean there are people who do?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I loved when we had opened all our gifts and mom and dad would surprise us with a big gift. sometimes it was a family gift. I remember getting my "hot shot" basketball hoop. Although one year my mom made a quilt with all of my old t-shirts that i couldn't part with (i know you all have some) and pictures on it. Way cool!I loved my desk and stereo I got. There are so many gifts i got and loves. Couple of years ago my parents took our family on a Polar Express Train ride in utah....it was of course my mothers spoil us version which was a hit. I wish I would have had kobe. he loves trains.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Some siblings, or Aunts/Uncle on Jason's side of the family. huh still trying to figure that one out.
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Easiest and most FUN Kobe for sure!!! But in reality I could buy my boys a million things.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Not sure how many I have, but there are quite a few. I have one that even plays the story. Thanks to my mom. Kobe likes playing with my "stuffed/soft" one.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I love making Christmas Cards...I haven't accomplished that this year. long Story!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I once got a sweatshirt that was a XXXL. I knew it probably wasn't bought for me, or at least I HOPE it wasn't, but I guess it was the thought right?
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I love them all. I always watch The Santa Claus and The Christmas Box over and over because they are the only two Christmas movies I own. But I do watch "While you were sleeping" a million times over this time of the year. Because it is took place around Christmas I totally count it as a Christmas show :)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
If I know who we "have" it may start in October. But, time usually catches up to me two days before Christmas.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Hummmmmm hummmmm, I once got this "Love making" book as a white elephant gift from a roommate in college (she must have thought I needed it for my upcoming wedding night :). Of course I couldn't wait to give it back to her at her shower :)
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
It's not as much about the food as it is the company. I do love Jones' special K. I do have cravings for the peppermint ice cream in a cup with a little bit of milk mixed in!!
16. Lights on the tree?
I love lots of lights and i'm picky about how they are put on. That was one thing Jason learned quick. My dad does it this way...He has to admit it looks good, but takes a little longer. Not too much of a fan of multi-colored lights.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
I love any song I can get my hands on. We love singing one every night before prayer.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
This year we decided to have christmas at our home. In August, I already called for my parents. Plenty of time to beat my siblings hee hee. And you bet I kept reminding her. So if we are lucky, they'll be here for christmas. But of course there will be trips to burley/rupert the night before and after. I do work christmas this year. bummer!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
If there are nine, i can.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
I have a beautiful white angel with optical lights. she WAS black (no offense but I couldn't picture that angel on my tree) so my mother-in-law painted her face and hair blond for me. It was only this year that Jason finally figured how to stick her on top of the tree WITHOUT cuss'n. It didn't quite set the mood when words would spill out as an angel is being placed :)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
I always wanted to open one the night before ,like the exchange gift, but then later thought that made it for less the next day. I know, I know...
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Not enough houses with lights.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
We have had a different theme for the past 6 years. But this year budget it ringing our necks, so its a good thing we have had such a variety that we would could mix and match this year. Although, I already know what I want for next years tree. That way maybe if i see the ornaments and can get them on super sales after Christmas. I did like the year we had red and black. With black and white pictures of the family! I'm more into having 2 trees. A "nice" tree and a "fun" tree for the boys.
24. Favorite time for Christmas dinner?
Anytime we can make...all day long...
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
boy my list is endless...but the material things usually are placed on some random shelf in the store and left out of guilt. what I really want is....to be able buy anything I want for my family despite the cost and to be able to stay home with my boys and have a perfect relationship with my husband and Heavenly Father.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Your tagged...Kim M., Woods, Jodi B.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family Time

Trevor finally got to meet his Aunt Tosha and Cuz Madison. We were excited to have them home from Las Vegas. Kobe loved playing with Madison, even if it seemed she had more stealing toys from Kobe to get him to chase her.
So what a better way to spend time them and the whole fam then on Temple Square. Kobe totally loved the lights and Nativity scene. He said later "more Temple." We got home at 130 a.m. but it was all worth it.

my mom's the bomb

So this year it was my parents' turn to have us at her house for Thanksgiving. She really lucked out on having everyone there this year. LUCKYYYYY....We'll she really out did herself. everyone and I mean everyone (little kids and all) ate on her best CHINA and glasses. Can you say SHATTER!!! Either she is getting older AND has lost her mind or she is the coolest grandma ever, making everyone feel special. Never failing, the table was beautifully decorated. This year there was even a table set up in the living room to make room for everyone, including extended family. But the thing that made things special was the eight DIFFERENT Thanksgiving cross stitched pillows. SOOOO CUTE.

Because they were a hit, I may have been the first one there, but was one of the last to choose. Good thing they were ALL CUTE and priceless. You could tell she had done tons of work on them. Then we had to place a leaf on the garland with something written of what we were thankful for.

Of course, because we were all there we had to have pictures.

The one pictured is one with my bros and sistas.

We had one with all the grand kids. Kobe was such a Great sport, I had to hold his resentful crying face up and hide behind him just to get him in the picture.Some times he takes after the JONES BOYS! OF course, We had to have a picture with TOM the TURKEY.
Because we came the night before for a sleep over Kobe tried to help Grandma with the pies!!!Sooo...he ate more then he rolled but I think he has potential to be a future chef.
I'm so thankful we were all able to be together. the Food was fabtabulous and there was only on spilled drink on the nice table cloth. Leave it up to an ADULT :) My mom is truly the best. She makes things so memorable and always goes the extra. Did I mention my dad is great too :) Nothing is better in the world then family and knowing we can be together forever!!!