Monday, January 30, 2017

Jazz Game

Greg's been able to go to several Jazz games thanks to his work connections.  He's been saying for a while that he'd love to take me and the boys to one.  I've never been to a game, and the boys hadn't either.  So for Christmas, I gave him four tickets.  They were nose bleed seats, but we didn't care.

We ate at Cupbop, one of Greg's favorite restaurants.  The boys thought the stickers in the bathroom were hilarious!  It might have been their favorite thing about the whole night actually.

After a quick dinner we took the train to the arena.  Riding Trax is always a great time for the kids!

We had nosebleed seats, but we didn't care.  The Jazz played the Memphis Grizzles.  It was a bit of a heartbreak to watch.  The Grizzles seemed to make about every basket they shot for, the Jazz not so much.  Our team trailed behind 6-11 points most of the game, and eventually lost.  However, we all still had a great time!  We cheered emphatically, shared some kettle corn and bought the boys a jersey each.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Five Month Old Violet

Violet continues to become more content every month.  It has gotten to the point that this once fussy baby is now a very happy baby.  She is smiley, giggly and generally good natured 99% of the time.  It's great!  She is still treated like a celebrity at the house.  All the children are thoroughly enthralled by her.  They love her so much, as do Greg and I.  She brings a lot of joy to our lives.  I'll be sad to see my last baby grow up and no longer be a baby, so I'm trying to soak in as much as I can of this stage!  She is still struggling to gain much weight.  She is a very distracted eater.  Often I have to nurse her in a quiet, dim light room, just the two of us, to have a successful feeding.  She sleeps through the night a couple times a week.  I'm very ready for that behavior to become regular!  This is what is going on with Violet at five months of age.

She has learned: to sleep through the night, to roll over, to transfer items between her hands

She likes: baby food and cereal (especially squash, pears and oatmeal), her bouncer, being held, Mom best closely followed by Dad, her siblings (they make her laugh most often and more emphatically than anyone else), baby toys, baths, chewing on her fingers, Baby Einstein and Elmo

She dislikes: being alone, being confined, the bottle, peas

Things she does that makes us smile/laugh: constant wiggling, plays with her feet, bites her lower lip, baby talk (she says "bub and poop" a lot), big smiles and laughs

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Years at Bear Lake

We spent New Years (Friday-Sunday) at Grandma Nancy's home in Bear Lake, celebrating the holidays with the Hess side of the family.  We ate well, exchanged gifts, played games and attended church through out the weekend.  We also had the chance to go snowmobiling!  It was the kids' and my first time on a snowmobile, and we loved it!  I can't wait to go again!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Twelve Years Later...

Twelve years ago today I married this stud! Five children, three homes, 16 different jobs (10 for Greg, 6 for me), two family vacations, one couple's vacation, many church callings, regular weekly date nights and countless joyous, silly, and even heartbreaking moments, I still find myself head over heels for him. Love you Greg! I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful man as my husband and father to our children!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Sunday

I loved starting Christmas Day this year by attending our church meetings.  We barely make it to our 9:00 am sacrament meeting as it is, so we knew we'd have to wait until after church to start opening any presents.  Auntie Rie joined us at church and on through the morning. The sacrament meeting was sweet, tender and simple with a lot of music and was focused on Christ.  It was wonderful; the spirit was strong!

Santa was very good to us this year!  Our stocking were filled and the bottom of our tree was full of beautifully wrapped gifts.  The kids opened all their presents first and then us adults opened ours while the kids played.  Greg and I bought all the kids their own Amazon Fire tablet.  Other noteworthy gifts this year include: a drone for Palmer, a Zoomer Kitty for Brody, a Barbie house for Avonlea and a Paw Patroller for Archer.  Greg got Jazz tickets, The Nest thermostat and other small gifts, and he gave me a the Willow Tree nativity (My Mom gave me the set just before we moved in with her.  We put it up in the attic knowing that we'd be storing a lot of things there soon and never found it again.  I've always been really sad about losing it), a gift card for pedicures and some other small gifts. We gave Sariah her a few small presents: books, shoes, movies, etc.  She spoiled us and gave us a ton of gift cards for dates (yay!), slippers, a purse and perfume.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Eve

We had the Nichols side of the family over Christmas Eve for our annual present exchange.  Our kids all got to open a couple presents before the party started: pajamas and slipper.   London and Sariah and I exchanged our traditional homemade "angel gifts."  London gave us homemade soaps and a loofa, I gave a certificate for 48 cupcakes to redeem sometime in the next year and Sariah gave us home canned green tomatoes and the movie  Fried Green Tomatoes.  We had appetizers for dinner (meatballs, deviled eggs, Chinese dumplings, chips and dip, vegetables and dip, little smokies, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and tortilla pinwheels).  We also had birthday cake for Jesus, a tradition London started a few years ago.  It was a great night, and a great start to our Christmas celebration!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visit with Santa

We visited with the big man last night.  As we were leaving to the house Archer told us all that tonight's Santa would be "a fake Santa, a big guy in his suit."  However, upon inspection, Brody declared him to be the real deal.  Palmer asked Santa for a new 2DS (his broke).  Brody asked for a Polaroid Camera, Archer asked for a Tracker toy from Paw Patrol and Avonlea asked for a doll house.

Our kids always seem to surprise me with their requests from Santa.  They ask for something that the elves, who get the Hess children's presents ready early in the season, did not plan for.  I hope they are happy with what Santa does bring, because some of their requests this year can not be found or are out of budget.