Monday, November 29, 2010
Our Thanksgiving was very low key this year and it was actually pretty nice to not be in a hurry to go anywhere. We ate dinner at 4:00 at Great Gma and Gpa Shupe's house, so we pretty much hung out all day in our pajamas and watched the parade and played some wii until we had to go. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day and that we all were able to remember all that we have to be Thankful for!
Travis's mom Heidi was supposed to make a few pies for Thanksgiving and since her kitchen is under remodel right now I volunteered my kitchen so I could watch her and re-learn how to make pie, I remember making pies in foods my senior year of high school but honestly I don't think I have made one since. So this was so fun for me to watch her and help her, Thanks Heidi for teaching me how to make pies again! bythe way they were delicious!
-School, Church, Bottle, Coloring, House, Turkey, Blanket, family, Bedroom, Ella, Food, Ball, Book of Mormon, Prophets, Cars, Body, Grandma's and Grandpa's, Jesus, The U.S.A, an amazing Husband, Girls (that was parley's yikes!), Bed, Toys, Fresh Air, Camera, Temples.
It was fun to hear what the kids were thankful for each night and how they would really think about it. as for me, I am so thankful for my little family, I love them more than anything and I can't even imagine life without them. We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! WE are all looking forward to Christmas!
Monday, November 22, 2010
This totally got me in the mood for the Holidays, I had to give the program and I focused on Gratitude, we have so much to be grateful for. And my eyes were totally opened when we went to the Philippines, I really feel so blessed to have all that we have , especially the little things that we take for granted everyday, like flushing toilets, warm water, a garbage system that takes away garbage once a week, a beautiful home full of more than enough of everything! I really think that my kids closets could clothe more than 100 kids in the philippines. We have so much to be grateful for, and I am so grateful for this time of year to reflect on that and to be with family. I love to be with family, I think that is what the Holidays are all about and am really looking forward to the next couple of weeks to do just that!
Pres. Monson said in his talk "The divine gift of Gratitude":
My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
I just loved that and thought that I am going to really try to live with Gratitude ever in my heart, so that I can touch Heaven. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Ella loves to help me in the Kitchen, she especially loves to taste anything we are making. Here are a few pics of miss ella..
She also loves dolls, we got this american girl magazine in the mail and she loves to look at it, she sat her for about 30 minutes looking at this magazine, i kept asking her if she wanted to get down and she would say no.. I love that she is so girly!
Parley just started some Taekwando lessons and is loving them. They are about the cutest things to watch too. I took him to his lesson last saturday and when we walked in the door, Master Oliver asked him how he was, and without any hesitation his reply was,"Outstanding Sir". I was dying and thought it was so cute. He has loved it and loves to tell everyone that he is in Karate!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I don't know how I could forget to mention how much I missed our kids while we were on our trip, they all did great (as far as I heard, their baby sitters could be lying to make me feel better), we were able to talk to them a couple of times on Skype and they all seemed to be doing fine. Parley did come down pnuemonia a couple of days before we got home , but he was well taken care of and well on the road to recovery by the time we got home. The morning we left Ella could tell something was up and wouldn't let me leave her site until Grandma Heidi got here, then she wanted nothing to do with me, she was mad at me, it actually made it easier to leave then if she would have been crying. I was so grateful to all the family that helped so much and loved my kids as if they were their own. Heidi and Grant and Jessie slept here and took care of everything and all the kids, I even came home to a house that was cleaner then when we left , Ella spent a couple of nights with the Wagstaff's and Parley spent a couple of nights at Doug and Katie's. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by our families and that my kids get the opportunity to interact and be with their cousins. Thank you so much everyone, I enjoyed myself so much more knowing that our kids were in good hands. We owe you all!! love you!
I can't even tell you how good it was to come home to these 3 crazies, it didn't take long to get thrown back into reality, but reality is where I want to be!
Ella has quite the little personality and was cracking me up the other day with these glasses..and the reason she is only in her undershirt is because I went into get her from her nap and she had stuck her hands down her diaper that had poop in it and had got some all over her shirt, I don't know how she managed to keep her pants clean..
Ella is totally in love with her baby and yesterday she was trying to put these diapers on it, I was dying, she was talking so cute to her baby.
oh and I really do do her hair, she just takes it out during her naps, so she pretty much looks like this for half of the day, I think she needs a trim..
Monday, November 8, 2010
Ella throws the funniest fits sometimes and she is so dramatic, she was doing this one the other day and the camera was right there so I had to get it and it made her even more mad. so funny! love this girl.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We returned home from the Philippines on wednesday the 28th, we were thrown into halloween with a party on Thursday, kids school parties on thursday, pumpkin patch on Friday, Trick or treating and pumpkin carving on Saturday, another party on Sunday. Whew.. it was fun but I am glad it is over...
Our little Luigi..
Luigi and his teachers...
Then we went and helped a Brig's school for about 20 minutes, he was so suprised to see me there and loved showing me everything..
and Ella was the spectator at all the events...what a trooper..
The finished product...
Gluten Free Halloween Dinner...
ready to go trick or treating...
Off they go in the rain..
The loot... Parley is not in this picture because he stayed out forever trick or treating, and came home dripping wet, but he had a bucket full of candy...
Anderson Family Halloween party..