Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
May your life be filled with love, joy and peace this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
If you are a Guitar Hero fan, like Lindsay and Caleb, you will LOVE this video:
The article that we found this video on is found HERE! I am sure the kids will be wanting us to decorate our house like this next year!
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Our tree is decorated with white lights, a beaded cranberry garland, beeswax stars, yummy smelling gingerbread ornaments and country decor. Of course there are some personal ornaments that are part of our tree too. My husband has one in particular that I like to hide in the back. (It has to do with his favorite Christmas movie staring Clark W. Griswold. It is lucky to have a place on the tree to begin with!) And finally our the tree is topped with a BEAUTIFUL, TREASURED ANGEL that my mom made for our family.
In the kitchen, we have a small tree decorated with bows, tags and a star. The tags say:
Family, Christ, Love, Joy & PeaceHere is a simple, small tree with fabric balls, berries and a star. This is placed in our family room.
Not pictured are the trees the kids have in their rooms. They love to have their own small tree with lights and decorations. Caleb, my 9 year old son, decorated his tree with a Nintendo theme: Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Wii remotes and so forth. My 11 year old daughter Lindsay, has various ornaments on her tree that she treasures.And even though this is not a tree, our nativity reminds us what Christmas is really about.
To find out more about sharing your Christmas decor, check out the following websites:
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Today was a fun day. We first went to a kids Christmas party that Scott's company has every year. The kids were excited, not because Santa and Ronald McDonald were there, but they wanted to get 2 new pets. We would like to welcome to our family:
Zack came too. It was really cold outside so he was bundled up!
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Friday, December 11, 2009
...Yes! Really!! Lindsay told me last night, on our way home from her band concert, that all she wants for Christmas is for me to update our blog. Actually her and Scott both have been asking non-stop for the past few months. Scott's reason for wanting me to blog again is so that we can move past Father's Day! It has been 5 months since my last post. Things were so hectic and busy this summer that there was no time to blog. And then when I finally had more time, it felt so overwhelming. I felt like there was too much to write about. So instead of picking up where I left off, I am just going to start with what is happening now. And since this is Lindsay's Christmas wish, I am going to start with her.
Last night we attended her middle school band concert. She plays (my old) flute and is also in the bell choir. She is really loving them both. I had to practically beg her to take band to begin with. I told her I thought she would have fun, but before school even started, she was not sure. So last night I asked her if this was the right decision and she said "YES, I LOVE IT"!! Bell Choir is a group of about 12 kids that meet after school on Tuesday's. She is having so much fun being part of the group and I love they way they sound.
On Tuesday, I went with the Bell Choir (and choir) on a field trip. They visited a few local elementary schools and then they went to the capital building to perform. I am glad that I was able to go with them. It is such a good way to get to know the kids and the teacher better. Plus Lindsay wanted me to go. I was sad that I did not take my video camera but I did manage to take a small 1 minute video (from a distance) with my phone. You probably will not be able to see Lindsay playing the bells since I am far away but you can at least try to hear them (ok, well... the sound did not pick up that good either). She is 4th from the left I believe.
Anyway, I will try to be better at keeping things updated. What a busy time to start the blog up again with Christmas in 2 weeks, but I am doing it for my Sunshine! Love you Lindsay!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
I came across this site and decided to see how many people in the U.S.A. share my first and last name. Really?!?! Only 6?!?! I thought there would be a few more but if you know our last name, then I guess it is not that common (or desirable. It is not like you have a choice in what your last name is, right?! :) After you receive your results, this site will let you know some more information about your first name and your last name and how common it is.
- There are 150,280 people in the U.S. with the first name Natalie.
- Statistically the 402nd most popular first name.
- More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Natalie are female.
And the results for our last name:
- There are 11,930 people in the U.S. with our last name.
- Statistically the 3154th most popular last name.
- Scott: 33 - More common than I thought!
- Lindsay: 4 - Less than me!
- Caleb: 1 - Ha! That is weird. Do you think this is accurate?
- Zeke: 1 or fewer! I had to plug in his name too just for fun!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A yellow, white and black blouse (Go Steelers!), a black skirt and yellow flip flops with yellow gems on them!
Lindsay the morning before school.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
District Pinewood Derby
Caleb's orange Beaver car with flames. Yes, it is the same color as last year and since we still have some paint left, it will probably be the color for next years car too!!
Getting ready to race -
Caleb, on the right, during the race - .
Caleb and his good friend Trevor from school.
District Pinewood Derby is sooooooo long! We were there for hours and Caleb raced for about 5 minutes. Now I know why someone pays their son not to go ;) I won't name who, but it is a brilliant idea!!
Lindsay made me breakfast in bed. Yummy homemade waffles!
I had a wonderful Mother's Day. I was spoiled. I received my gift a few days before which I was surprised to receive. On Sunday morning, thankfully the Bishopric meeting was cancelled at church so Scott was able to be home. I was treated to breakfast in bed along with a couple treats. I love the box of cereal they gave me. Look at it closely. It is called Honey Sunshine. I have always called Lindsay, Sunshine and Caleb is my Honey! And have you tried those natural fruit leathers??? So good!!
Caleb's Field Trip to the
Wings of Wonder
Caleb's third grade class went to the Wings of Wonder, a butterfly exhibit. There were butterflies everywhere. You had to be careful where you stepped because they would land in front of you or on you!!
Here is Caleb and Logan at the Wings of Wonder.
Meet the Author
"A Day In The Woods" written & illustrated by, Lindsay
One of the assignments in Lindsay's class was to write a hardcover book. The students spent a lot of time with this project and they all turned out very professional. There was a Meet the Author party. Parents were invited and the students would read parts of their stories. They all have such creative imaginations.
Basketball season is over. Caleb had a fun time this season. He was on a team with all of his friends and he had the same coaches from past seasons. They are getting better and better each season. The team and parents went out for pizza and an award ceremony. As you can see, the boys had a fun night!
I promise I am almost done, just a couple more events . . .
Lindsay's 5th Grade Field Trip
Lindsay's class went on a walking field trip to a few places. First stop was a senior center and the kids took their books they made and read them to the residents. Our next stop was to a museum in our town where they are making a carousel. I (yes, I go on practically every field trip) was so impressed with the work that was being done. Everything is hand carved and painted by volunteers. There are many different animals being created, each with its own unique story. There are about 5 more years until this project is completed. It was so much fun to be there and see the work in progress.
The carousel's platform.
and last, but not least. . .
The Iris Gardens
This is a day of my very own. A field trip with MY friends, a day without kids :) Today, Julene, Kris, Sarah and I went to the temple, out to lunch, shopping at Dessert Book and then to the Iris Gardens. What a fun day. Here are some pictures that Kris took with her cell phone. The flowers were gorgeous and very fragrant. I had such a fun day and I appreciate such good friends.
The gardens were beautiful
Hopefully you were not too bored. If so, sorry - this is also my way of journaling what is going on in our life. School is winding down, just a week and a half left with plenty of fun activities for the kids. We are all anxious for summer break and having a lot of fun!
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