Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"Hey your boys are on tv!"

A couple weeks ago when Logan did his 1st grade program Channel 2 news went by and did a clip on it for the evening news. That same morning I got a call from the school saying that the news was there and Mr. V wanted to know if I would give permission for my twins to be interviewed. I completely trust the school and Mr V and knew that he would never put my kids in a position to make themselves or the school look bad so I said yes and didn't even think to ask what the interview was about.

I got a text from a friend at the school who told me that the twins were getting interviewed right then :) I asked if she knew what about and she said she assumed the 1st grade program but didn't know for sure. When I went to the school later that day everybody said they were assuming the program but when I asked the boys they said they didn't talk about the 1st graders at all. They told me they talked about President Obama! What?! I actually got a little nervous because they wouldn't tell their teacher or the secretaries what they said. All they kept saying was "you'll have to watch me on tv to find out!" :) When I asked them after school they couldn't remember what they said so I was just hoping it wasn't embarrassing! That night the 1st grader stuff aired but I never saw the twins. I just assumed whatever it was got cut due to space or something and totally forgot about it.

Christmas Eve we got a call from Justin's grandma in Kanab and she was squealing and shouting that the twins were on the news! We asked her what they said and she said she couldn't hear well because she was shouting for everyone to come see but she thought they said something about aliens. Suddenly I was excited but nervous again haha. We got a couple texts from people saying the same thing "Hey I think I just saw your boys on tv!" We went and looked up the story and laughed so hard! It's the top 2012 news stories told by kids. I've just got to share it!

Channel 2 News Top Stories Told By Kids

Monday, December 24, 2012

Some Christmas Spirit and Other Happenings

I'll start with some Christmas Spirit. While out with a friend last week she not only picked up my ticket but bought the meals of the 4 missionaries who were sitting at the table next to us. It was so cool to see the true spirit of Christmas in action first hand and it truly inspired me to pay it forward. I love good deeds! Both seeing them and participating in them! As we are out today shopping for the Homeless Shelter and at lunch I'll be looking for somebody to pay it forward too. I love seeing the generosity of good people that is all around this time of year!

Next I have to mention the happenings of last night because as I sit here to blog my boys are happily whacking each other with sticks and balls are flying all over my house :). If I leave it at that it makes no sense so let me explain why the happiness and chaos that surrounds me is happening. We have a family in our ward who is just plain awesome and the boys of that family are so great with my little guys! These "big boys" help entertain my boys in sacrament and are always willing to come help or lend some support if my boys ask. The youngest of these boys popped by last night with a surprise Christmas gift and Justin let them open it while this young man was here so he could see them.
The boys were beyond happy to open a gift early! They have been begging and begging all season to open a gift early so this in itself made them giddy as can be :)

The twins got lacrosse sticks! So crazy because we were at the store literally like a week ago and the boys saw some and wanted them even not knowing how exactly to use them haha We considered getting them some for Christmas but neither Justin or I know anything about the sport so we decided to wait. To say they love them would be an understatement and now knowing that the cool boys they look up to play it makes it even more cool to them! Logan got some tracing paper which is so perfect because he loves anything art and he will most definitely get lots of use from it! When I came down from my shower I watched the boys run with giant smiles on their faces whacking each other with the sticks to get the ball while Logan sat and traced page after page from a coloring book :) This morning first thing the boys did was go grab there new gifts and begin playing with them again. We are so blessed to have such great examples for our boys to look up to and so grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of this family!

As for other happenings of the month I can't help but mention the sadness I felt when I heard about the Connecticut shootings. The quote I most loved that came amidst the tragedy is from Mr. Rogers and I want to share it.  

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers
I had to tell my kids teachers how much I love and appreciate all they do for my babies and I had to hug my kids extra tight and give extra kisses. I pray that the victims families and loved ones find peace and can find the good in the world again. I'm so thankful for the little bits of love I've seen over the past couple weeks in the middle of all the sadness.

On a much lighter note. I have to brag that once again I'm the Christmas Eve Gift champ of my siblings so neener neener neener! :)
In our house Karson and Kaiden swore they were going to stay up till midnight. Logan on the other hand went to bed at 8:00. The twins came into my room a couple times. Once at 10, again at 10:30 and at 11 Karson took my phone into his room to keep an eye on the time so he could come be the champ. The poor kid fell asleep! Logan came in at 6:45 this morning and was the Christmas Eve Champ! Kaid came in at 7 and and was so certain he won he did a victory dance...I then told him he was 2nd haha. He said "aww Karson won" "nope Logan" "What???!!" He was so shocked Logan won! Then poor Kar came in last. He told me the last time he saw on the clock was 11:02 :)

I'm officially in my 2nd trimester and have been slowly starting to feel a little better. Definitely not good yet but nothing like November or the first week of December. This past week I came down with a nasty cold though that made its way to my chest. Let me tell you coughing up grossness and feeling crummy on top of already puking several times a day is just miserable. My doctor gave me a few suggestions to try to help and luckily it started to clear up before I had to go in to get antibiotics. While I want nothing more than to feel human and somewhat comfortable again I really hate to take medicine while pregnant and avoid it unless absolutely necessary. I'm able to get away with taking my phenergan only when fearful of getting dehydrated and other than that I'm drug free haha.

Because of all my lovely pregnancy symptoms and the cold on top of it I have been a total slacker this Christmas season. My to-do list was so long and as the weeks went by and turned into just days before Christmas I found myself having to ditch more and more of the things I planned on doing. It's a miracle I got Christmas shopping done! We did the Festival of Trees and Christmas Story street but that is pretty much it. We will continue the tradition of going to the homeless shelter today and out to lunch today. The boys have been fantastic and are so happy even though we haven't done as many fun things this year. I really do have some awesome boys who take such good care of me!
Christmas Street

Another Christmas Street

Lastly the Forgotten Carols. If you have never been you need to go! I was introduced to the music in high school but never went to the play until I married my husband. After seeing the play I fell even more in love with the music. My amazing mother in law takes us every year so this was the 9th year in a row I've gone. This year was particularly special though because the twins are 8 and the rule in our family is you have to be 8 to go. They love watching plays so we weren't worried about them getting bored and they definitely didn't. I was talking to them before hand about who John the Beloved is so they would better understand the play and Karson was able to tell me the story. I was so impressed by his knowledge at such a young age. On the way home it was so fun to talk to them about what their favorite parts were or favorite songs were. Kaiden said to me when we were walking to the car "mom I really liked it...but one part made me kind of made me think of Carter" I always cry at the end of the play anyway and then he said that to me and just totally melted my heart. I always think of Carter too. It was a great opportunity to talk about eternal families. I love our dear friends the Chipman family and the example they are to us. I love our Forgotten Carols tradition and that the boys were able to be a part of it this year.

Kaid, Grandma, Grandpa and Karson at the Forgotten Carols

Hope everyone is feeling the true Christmas Spirit this year and has a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Logan's 1st Grade Christmas Program

I know I've said it before but I'm going to say it again, the first grade team at Westland is amazing! I'm constantly reminded of that fact and can't help but repeat myself.

We've been looking forward to the legendary Christmas Program since school began! This year Channel 2 News even showed up and put a little clip on the evening news. I'm sure the fact that the program included two kids as Channel 2 News anchors had nothing to do with it :)

Click Here to see Westland Elementary on Channel 2

The program started with a few traditional Christmas songs like "Rudolph", "Jingle Bells" and "I'm getting Nuttin for Christmas".
Then they did "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" complete with a grandma. The grandma was the one and only Mr. Yospe! Mr. Yospe is a genius! He writes the songs for the program and is just an amazing teacher. He's won awards because he is so creative in his teaching and makes it so fun.
Quick side note. Grandpa Allen got a little attention at the program when grandma spotted him and went and introduced herself to him :)

After the grandma song it was a list of Mr. Yospe originals. "Call Me Maybe" became "What's In This Present Pajamas Maybe", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was "Elves Just Wanna Have Fun", "We Are Young" became "Tonight The Grinch Comes" and then there was a huge snowman medley with nearly every era music you can imagine including "Snowman Style" ("Gangnam Style"). They finished it off with one last song...."We are Never Going Back to Bed" ("We are Never Getting back together").

Logan was so excited for me to see the program! He reminded me a hundred times this week when it was and the morning of the program he was up and ready in record time jabbering about how awesome the program was going to be. He was very worried that Grandma or Grandpa would forget about it though so I made sure to let him watch me remind them :) He is definitely shy in front of large groups so I was so happy that even though he was nervous he was also excited and did a great job.
The whole program was about an hour long but I've condensed it way down to just a few minutes of highlights into a video here that you can watch. I promise it's entertaining. I love my cute little first grader. The words are on a projector behind the kids of the songs that Mr. Yospe wrote in case you have a hard time understanding the kiddos.

Friday, December 7, 2012


The school musical this year was Scrooged and they did it now rather than in the spring. I have been trying to simplify lately so I didn't help with the play this year. It was so nice to go and just sit and enjoy the production and watch my kiddos. This was the perfect year that I chose to be in the audience rather than back stage because this was the first time Kaiden had a singing solo at the school!

Kaiden auditioned and got the role of Tiny Tim! He did fantastic! It took everything in me not to completely bawl like a baby when he sang :)

Karson auditioned for the first time ever this time too! I was so proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone and trying something new. He got the part of Party guest Tom and had a couple lines. The first line was SO long and used words like skinflint so I was worried how he would do but he memorized it and did great! He had to dance too and he had so much fun.


They did a limited production at the school in an assembly during the day where the choir sang the songs they sing and then Scrooge and Tiny Tim both did their solos. Kaiden is so much braver than I am because he got up there and sang his solo in front of the ENTIRE school full of kids he knows without any problems. I went to the assembly to get a sneak peek of what I was in for that night :)

That night they did the actual play at the middle school for friends and family. ALL the boys did great and are just so darn cute! Here are pictures from both performances.

Little Logan in the choir :)

Kaiden my Tiny Tim


singing in the assembly

singing his solo at the school

Tiny Tim with his crutch

Party guest Tom


Logan ready to start

Kaiden and his sister

with his dad and sister

Ready for his solo

singing away

Karson ready for his Long lines

"God bless us everyone!"

the Finale

Kaid and his Great Grandpa Durfey who also played Tiny Tim way back when he was in 6th grade

Some New Stuff

So the news is officially out for all to know! I am wishing we told people sooner because I have an amazing list of people, who the second they began including me in their prayers, I swear a miracle happened! My symptoms are definitely not gone! BUT I am feeling so much better! I can at least function most days and there hasn't been any more talk of going to the hospital for iv treatments in 2 weeks and I've quit losing weight. Thank you to all who are mindful of me and helping out so much!! I love you all! Here is the card we sent to family and close friends to announce the news.

Now that I am having days where I feel like I can do things I try to take advantage of them as much as possible so I took the boys to the Festival of Trees last Friday. Its been a tradition of ours to go every year and I am so grateful that I was feeling up for the outing. We look forward to the scones all year long and the trees and gingerbread houses are always amazing! Reading about the different stories that the trees represent is such a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Here are a few pics of our favorites.

We met up with Brooklynn and Emily

Karson loved the penguin tree

Kaiden loved the North Pole tree

Logan loved the Cat in the Hat tree

I of course loved the Snoopy tree

They all loved the super hero tree

We knew Justin would love this one made out of soda bottles

Temple gingerbread house

The Lorax



All done with our outing. It was a success!
We also went and got our tree over the weekend. The boys carried it all by themselves to the checkout and then all the way to the car too! It was so cute! When we got to the checkout we couldn't find the tag so the guy that had been helping us told the cashier to just give it to us for 20 bucks! What a bargain! I swear its just because the kids are so cute :)

carrying the tree for us to the car :)

The boys did a great job decorating it!
Now that we have the smell of a fresh tree in the house and lights are up it's feeling so much more like Christmas! Now all we need is some snow!

Monday, December 3, 2012

October 22

Today was a big day in our family. It's a surprising day and a very exciting day! Today is the day that two little pink lines showed up letting us know we are in for a big change!

I even double checked it:

Every time the results were the same:

I've suspected the possibility for a few weeks but still feel shocked.

Just a couple facts about the day so far.
First person I let know. Justin of course. I sent a picture of the test to his cell.
Now that I think about it I kind of wish I would have waited and found a fun way to tell him. This being our last pregnancy I think it would have been cool to do something different to let him know we are expecting (of course I said Logan was our last child too and now look where we are haha) :) But I know I wouldn't have been able to keep it to myself the whole day. Cute way of finding out or not, he was happy!

Next person to know. My sister, Emily.
This is HUGE news! Justin and I both said we'd wait to tell people till I was 3 months. I made it 15 minutes before cracking. Justin made it about 3 and told a co-worker haha. Now that we've both got it out of our systems hopefully we can keep quiet until we are ready to let all the family know. (I have a friend that I'm fighting the urge to call and tell though! It's going to be HARD!)

It's still a secret now. This post won't be published for weeks and weeks! And I'm so excited to see how people will react!

Things I had forgotten that I'm quickly being reminded of...

Nausea and a strong sense of smell. Bleck. Talk about smell sensitivity! I never know what smell might send me heaving toward the bathroom! Yesterday it was the candy bar my son was eating when he sat next to me. I just want to walk around with a clothes pin on my nose to avoid any stomach upset.

Morning Sickness has hit in full force! I'm puking upwards of 15-20 times a day! It's exhausting. I've lost a few pounds so my doctor gave me a prescription to try to help and is keeping an eye on me for signs of dehydration and any more weight loss.

Fatigue. I am definitely in need of nap lately. Unfortunately with our busy schedule that isn't happening. Thank goodness I've been able to crawl into bed lately by 8:00.

Food Aversions. Foods I've always loved don't even taste the same right now. My taste buds are all out of whack! We plan our meals weekly and lately by the time dinner comes around it sounds and smells disgusting to me. It's getting very hard to stay at the table during dinner even if I'm not eating what they are eating just the smell is so hard to handle. The kids are a bit confused and curious about this. I'm hoping they don't start asking too many questions because once they know the WHOLE world will know haha.

I'm praying this pregnancy isn't as rough as my past ones. I had forgotten how many issues I tend to have during pregnancy. Just a couple more weeks and I will be in my 3rd month and friends and family will know what's going on. It will be nice to not stress about hiding the vomiting or making excuses about not feeling well.
Sickness and all we are still happy and excited!