Friday, December 24, 2010
Posted by Jill Asay at 2:07 PM
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This year we were invited to some friends house to help in their annual tradition of decorating gingerbread houses. I can't remember if I have ever made "real" gingerbread houses (I've made plenty out of graham crackers) or not before, so I think this was a first for me. There was a table FULL of candy and gingerbread houses for each of the kids (and missionaries) to decorate. Travis was WAY more interested in playing with the toys than decorating a house, so Christian and I decorated one and Carson decorated the other. It was fun to decorate the houses and see how different they turned out. After we were done decorating, the family we made them with, went and carolled to some families and gave them the houses. We didn't end up joining them because we are a bunch of scrooges and don't sing, but we had fun decorating them! Thanks for such a fun evening, H. family. We are glad we got to participate in one of your Christmas traditions!!
during the gingerbread decorating...
The final product! He was a little excited about how his house turned out! :)
Travis assisting Christian on his hosue.
The whole gang working away.
Christian and his house of brands. I took the picture a little early...he proceeded to add a few more family cattle brands to the house.
The kids and their gingerbread houses!
Posted by Jill Asay at 3:14 PM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
WOW, this week has been crazy! I'm not going to lie, I will be giving a big sigh of relief when it is over. We have been super busy this week with 3 Christmas parties and and getting things ready to leave next week.
Playing pass the present. They passed presents around in a circle until the music stopped. Once the music stopped, the present they were holding was the present they got to open and keep.
The book Carson got in the gift exchange.
Carson as Rudolph after their reindeer relay race.
The class playin the freeze dance game. This was so funny to watch. The kids would dance like crazy and when the music stopped they would freeze. What's funny is that when the music stopped, they would freeze fast and then quickly freeze in a better, cooler position...so funny to watch!
Posted by Jill Asay at 6:34 AM
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Now that it's almost a month later, I decided I should blog about Carson's birthday! Carson's official birthday was Sunday, December 5, but we partied all week. On Tuesday, Carson got to take birthday treats to school. He chose to take chocolate chip cookies and milk (one of his favorite treats). He was so excited to get to wear a birthday crown at school all day and was surprised to get a new book from his teacher.That Friday, we had a friend party at our house. It never fails that his birthday sneeks up on me! I need to remember that I should have things all figured out for it before we leave for Thanksgiving. We decided to throw a ninja turtle party this year. When Each kid arrived, they were equipped with a turtle mask and belt. After a little playing, we ate some lunch consisting of pizza (a ninja turtle fave) rolls, veggies, green jello and cool aid, and cheese and crackers.
After lunch, the kids enjoyed playing pin the mask on the turtle, our version of duck, duck, goose... turtle, turtle, shredder, and we attempted a gift game, but that didn't go over so well!
After games and gifts, we sang to the birthday boy Happy Birthday and enjoyed some ninja turtle cupcakes and ice cream.
After we had all the fun we could handle, the kids got to fill their pizza boxes with goodies of their choice.
Thanks to all of Carson's friends for coming and celebrating his specail day with us!
Sunday, Carson's real b-day, we invited a family over for dinner from church to celebrate with us. They have some older youth in our branch that my boys absolutely love and when I asked Carson who he wanted to invite to his birthday, they were amoungst the names listed. Since they wouldn't be able to make it on a week day because of school, we had them for dinner and desseret on Sunday. They came and partied with us and even brought Carson a straw hat and real multi-tool...a boy's dream! Later that evening we opened gifts just as a family. Carson got lots of cool legos, some clothes, new cowboy boots, a bug hunting set, and a new nerf gun. Thanks to all our family who thought to call and wish Carson a happy birthday and those who sent gifts. Carson had a great couple of days!
We are so glad that Carson came to our family 5 years ago. He is loving, a good friend, considerate, a good helper at home, and has the one of the best smiles in the world! At five, Carson loves:
*going to school
*playing with legos
*playing with friends...he is such a social butterfly!
*pretending to be different characters from the movies he watches
We love you, Carson!
Posted by Jill Asay at 6:09 AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
After helping my mom decorate her tree, my boys were pretty excited to do ours. In fact, the night we got back from our trip back home for Thanksgiving, Carson asked if we could put it up. Clearly, the answer was no, but I think we put it up the next day, which might be the earliest we have ever got it up. They boys had a ton of fun decorating it, and continue to have fun re-decorating it daily!
Posted by Jill Asay at 5:55 PM
Monday, December 6, 2010
This weekend was sort of the Christmas kick-off weekend for our town and as a result, we were busy going from one event to another. We started Friday by attending Carson's first preschool program. They had a short program where they sang like 5 songs, followed by a cookie reception where Santa greeted all the kids. It was super cute to watch him sing (or yell) his little heart out!
Singin' some Jingle Bells!
Posted by Jill Asay at 2:03 PM