Friday, December 31, 2010


So I don't know why, but the last several times we have gone with Brady to the sporting goods section of any store the boys have been wanting us to buy them some binoculars. Today we were at Dicks in the mall so Brady could price some 12 ga shotguns - he's been wanting one for almost a year - and guess what the boys saw right off? Kid-sized binoculars. And guess what? They were on sale for $7. Who could pass up the "pretty please, Mom, can we buy those? They are kid sized. Can we?" I mean really? Sometimes I am such a pushover. Ammon got black ones and Zenock got army colored ones. They couldn't be happier. Binoculars, really? Boys!!! (said while eyes are rolling :) wish they had an emotion button for that one).

This is just a note to myself. Every once in a while it feels like Gideon is breathing inside of me. I can feel his body moving up and down in breathing motions. It's so awesome to feel him practicing his skills! We only have 2 weeks until he comes!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas mayhem pictures

Opening presents at the family party

Decorating cookies at the neighbor's house

Acting out the Nativity

Zenock the 3 minute Shepherd

Ammon was Joseph

Santa came!

The aftermath...stuff everywhere!

Gideon couldn't be left out of all the excitement! Like my dirty shirt from making the breakfast casserole the night before?

Zenock did NOT want his picture taken with the new camera.
But Ammon didn't care.
Friday night we made homemade pizza for all 20 people in Brady's family. We made 5 cookie sheets of different kinds. It was really messy, but everyone loved it. We opened presents from each other after everyone ate. Ammon and Zenock got cap guns and punching bags from Izabella and Gabby. I got a cricut cartridge and some awesome paper from Bethany. Brady got a book from Ronny. We had a great time even though we had to leave early because Brady had to get home and change for work.

He has been working 8pm to 8am the last several days, and will continue that shift all this week. It's great to have him working so much because Securitas has no problem paying overtime, but it's sure hard on all of us. Brady has trouble getting enough sleep, and I have trouble feeling like a single mom because when he is here he is sleeping most of the day. And it's super hard to keep the kids from being too loud. Perhaps this is good practice for when Gideon comes.

We went to our neighbor's house for a while when we got home, and the boys got to decorate cookies and act out the Nativity. Ammon was Joseph and Zenock was a shepherd for about 3 minutes, and then he decided he didn't want to play anymore. It was really cute to see the kids act it out though, and they did really well, for being 2-6 years old. Brady stayed to say "hi" for a few minutes and then he went off to work.

I woke up Christmas morning at 7:45am. The kids were still asleep! I slept horrible because I was so excited about watching them open all the presents. When Brady got home shortly after 8 they were still sleeping! So he changed and we talked for a little bit, and we still had to go wake them up! I could not believe it! And then they were so overwhelmed with it all that they had trouble staying focused to open presents. They kept wanting to just start playing with the first things they opened. I don't know how many times Zenock asked me to open Buzz Lightyear for him. It was kind of funny.

We had a secret santa drop off presents for us last Sunday. Boy were we suprized! I don't know if we were on the angel tree at church or if someone just decided to do something nice. We have had a very good month with all of Brady's overtime, so we had a great Christmas already for the kids. I feel so blessed that someone wanted to serve us in that way though. I hope they recieve the blessings they need for being so kind and giving to us. We also had someone leave presents and quotations with pieces to a nativitiy in the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas. I still don't know who they were, but we really, really appreciate their generosity. And we had someone else leaving the same nativity pieces for us doing the 12 days of Christmas. It turned out to be some friends of ours in the ward. I never guessed it was them. We have had so many blessings since moving into this ward. We have phenomenal friends, great callings, opportunities to serve others, and since Brady got his security job we have been able to keep up with everything else at home. I feel so thankful for having the opportunity to give and receive service this year, especially at Christmastime.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

My very favorite Christmas Hymn

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Almost here!

Christmas is coming
Gideon's getting fat
Today is payday, so we have money in our hat!

I am so EXCITED for tomorrow and Saturday! Brady is on a line watch special thingy so his shift for the next whole week is 8pm to 8am. That means he gets be here for the family party, Christmas morning with the kids, and Christmas dinner at his brother's house in Arizona. Woohoo!!!

And the countdown for Gideon's arrival has begun (at least for me). We have just 22 days until he comes...unless he decides to come more than a week early. I am so excited to see what he looks like, and to actually watch him have hiccups instead of feel them (which he has right now :)). I made a quilt for him back in July at my Mom's house, but I didn't have time to quilt it and bind it before we left, so she took care of that for me and sent it with the Christmas package. It is so cute. I need to take a picture so you all can see it. Thanks, Mom, for doing a great job!

Today we are having a slow one. The kids are eating lunch right now and then we are going to the library. After that it's naptime for Zenock (horray for me!), and since Brady is home sleeping, I might go run one last errand before Christmas. I need to get some heavy cream for the Christmas breakfast casserole I am making, and I need to find something for Brady's stocking. A movie maybe? I have no idea, really. Usually I am on top of these things, but not this year.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Family pictures

We finally got our yearly family pictures done. They look great. I have issues with my hair (but what mom doesn't?), but the boys look so good...and so does Brady. This is the first year we have done them in Sunday clothes. Next year I want to try on location somewhere like a park or the Temple grounds.

Switzerland Drummers

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Traditions

We took the kids to see Santa Claus at RC Willey on Saturday. It was awesome. There were no other kids, so Santa got to spend a few minutes with each of them. They had a LONG list of things they wanted. It was really cute to listen to them talk to him. I wondered if Zenock would be scared this year, but he totally wasn't.

We made gingerbread houses on Sunday night for FHE. We also watched the Nativity movie, and explained to the boys the reason we celebrate Christmas. I started a new tradition for our family this year too. We each chose one present to give to Jesus and wrote it down on paper. I put all the papers in an envelope and next year we will add to it. I think it's a great way to teach little kids about giving to others. Ammon's present to Jesus is to not be so bossy. Zenock said he wants to clean up better. They came up with those gifts all by themselves. Earlier in the day they both got in trouble for being bossy and taking too long to clean up the maybe that had some influence in their choices.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

What's in a name?

I think we finally decided on a name for this little man. Until further notice his name is going to be Gideon. He doesn't have a middle name yet, so if you have a suggestion I am welcome to it. He is getting bigger by the day, and moving all the time. The other day I swear he hardly had a nap because he seemed to be pretty busy having a dance party in there or something all day. It was fun to feel. I went to the doctor yesterday, and I am scheduled for a C-section on January 14th.

Since the boy's birthdays are 10 days apart, and Brady and Gideon's will be 10 days apart, the next baby we have has to be born on August 19th so I can have a birthday buddy 10 days from me too....but I hope to never be in my third trimester during the summer. We shall see in the coming years though.

Today we have plans for something fun for the kids. We are taking them to see Santa. He's going to be at RC Willey this afternoon, and the guy who is playing him is in our ward. I hope the kids don't freak out. It's been a hit and miss with that the last few years. I think Ammon will be okay, but I wonder about Zenock. A few weeks ago we sent letters in the mail to Santa, but have yet to get a response. I know in Idaho Falls he will write back to the kids, and I was hoping for that here. Maybe this week or next he'll send them a letter. I think the kids would love to get a letter from Santa just for them. I guess if one doesn't come in the next 2 weeks I can write one up and stick it in the mail to ourselves.

And now I have a gripe moment. I have started looking for a crib. Thanks to people who don't know how to put them together properly, and poor parental supervison, I cannot get a crib with a drop-down side anymore. What are we short people supposed to do? Dump the kid in the bed since we can't reach all the way to the bottom for a gentle lay down? It's frustrating because (in my humble opinion) this has come about because people today are more lawsuit happy than ever before. It seems with everything that goes wrong, it's always someone else's fault and there should be punative damages paid. SO DUMB!!! In light of that, I could get a step stool to use every day (and have the other boys run off with it when I need it most), or just suck it up and grow a few inches. I have noticed though, that a lot of the cribs are made a lot lower than they used to be, so the rails are better for bending over to put a kid to sleep. I guess my main concern is can I reach well enough when the crib is on the lowest setting? Anyway, that's my rant. Thanks for listening.