Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving with Family

We were able to visit with both sides of the family this Thanksgiving.  We dropped by Emily's home to see the Hess side.  Grandma Nancy and Randall came from Garden City for the holiday.  Emily made just about everything for the meal!  She is such an amazing cook!

We had the Nichols side of the family meet at our house later Thanksgiving day for dinner.  Everyone prepared a couple items so my preparation wasn't very intensive.  I made stuffing, and pies (pecan, apple crisp, pumpkin and whipped cream of course!)  We also had turkey and gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and apples, mixed vegetables, a relish tray, and a chocolate cream pie.

Betty had to leave right after dinner to fly to Florida.  Katie was found the night before unconscious with a sugar level of 14!  Betty has been in Florida ever since taking care of Katie.  Thankfully, Katie has since woken up, however she has a severe brain injury and is struggling to recover.  We are praying for her daily.  She has a long road ahead of her; Betty is not planning on coming back to Utah anytime soon.

How grateful we are for our many blessings, especially our family.  Heavenly Father has blessed us with a wonderful and supportive family.  I'm so thankful that we remain close and that our children are able to enjoy holidays with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  We love them all so and pray for their health and well being.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Date Night Babysitting Co-op

We've been involved in a babysitting co-op group in our neighborhood for the past few months.  There are four families, twelve kids involved.  Each family takes one Saturday a month watching the kids, so the other couples can have a date night with free babysitting.  It's been great!  It's a little crazy the Saturday we have all the kids here, but it's quite often crazy here anyway.  So far we've only had the kids twice.  The first time we put up our waterslide to play on.  The second time we played with flashlights at the park and made snickerdoodles.  Our kids love the co-op nights.  It's like a party for them every week.

Greg and my favorite dates so far have actually been at home.  We get take out, rent a Redbox movie and watch it in our own home, on full volume!  It's been awesome.  We usually watch our grown up movies after the kids go to bed, quietly, not to wake the kids, with subtitles so we don't miss anything we can't hear, and split up the show between nights because we get too tired to finish it.  Watching the latest Captain America with loud surround sound at a decent hour in our own home was heaven.  Oh the things you take for granted before you have little children!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween

October seemed to fly by this year, and before I knew it, it was the week of the Halloween and the kids hadn't even worn their costumes yet.  Usually they have had them on all month for various events, but this year, I think we were just too busy with day to day stuff.

The boys picked their own costumes this year.  I picked out the twins costumes, but they were thrilled with them.  They both love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right now.

I did get to take the boys to the ward truck or treat the weekend before Halloween.  Greg and the twins stayed home because the twins were contagious with hand, foot and mouth disease.

Other than that, it was just Halloween night that the kids were able to dress up for some Halloween fun.  They were hard core trick or treaters this year!  We all went out together for an hour.  And then I went out with just the older boys for almost another hour.  They soaked up every moment they could of candy collecting fun.

Palmer as Super Mario
Brody as Wolverine
Archer as Mickey Mouse
Avonlea as Minnie Mouse