Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side.
Gordon B. Hinckley

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Christmas Concert and Recital

I love that the kids had performances around Christmas! It was a great way to kick off the holiday season. We started by having Emerson's school Christmas concert. He was soooo excited about it. The Kindergartners sang 3 songs. His favorite was "I'm gettin Nothing for Christmas." He practiced every day at home getting ready for the concert. Isaac and I were able to get a babysitter so that we could give him our full attention during the concert. It was so cute to see him up there! His Aunt Kendra was able to make it as well. He was really excited about that. Afterwards we took him to get ice cream. Can't wait for next year!

Capri had a Christmas Dance concert. They performed a little dance to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" at the Glendale Glitters festival. She did wonderful! It was really cold that night, but she danced her little heart out on stage. It was sooo cute! The video that I got was from her recital. The one from the actual performance didn't turn out because I was to far away. I took just Emerson with me to the recital and it was so much fun! We had a fun time at the carnival as well. The kids loved dancing to our neighbors band (who was performing there as well.) We'll have to go as a family next year for sure!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Emerson turns 6!

All the kids crowded around Emerson while he opened gifts


Cutting the cake!

Taking the candles off the cake

Make a wish!!!

Great cake!

I even jumped around on the bounce house!

The kids in the bounce house

All the kids again

For Emerson's 6th birthday, we decided to have our first "friend" party. It turned out great! We rented a bounce house and he invited a few friends over. There were a couple of people that couldn't make it, but overall we had a great turn out. We did a "pirate" party. (except the spider man bounce house - that's all they had) It was funny because the bounce house was taller than our house! He had a wonderful time and we definitely be renting a bounce house again for a party for sure. The kids LOVED it.

Roasting Marshmellows

Before some of our friends moved, they gave us this awesome fire bit because it would have been to hard for them to take with them. We have LOVED having it. One night we bundled up the kids (it gets pretty cold here at night) and roasted marshmallows. The kids loved it! We pulled up all our camping chairs to the fire and had a great time. We'll have to do it again soon.

Maxwell Noble

When my sister had her baby in November, I was lucky enough to get to fly out there and meet him. I was so thankful that Isaac was able to take a couple days off work so that I could go meet my new nephew. I went for 4 days! It was wonderful. I ended up only taking Eleri with me. He is soooo cute! There is nothing better than seeing my sister as a mother. They are adoring, wonderful parents. I even got to give him his first bath! It was so much fun. I just LOVE newborns. (Not to mention - it was GREAT to enjoy a newborn without the pain that comes from recovering to birth.)

Just in case you wanted some more recent pictures of my nephew, here they are!!!

Random November Pics

Emerson wanted me to spike his hair, it was a little long, so it looked a little funny - but, he LOVED it!

Cute Ellla Bean

She LOVES her bouncer

Capri doing her chores

Cade hanging out watching a movie

We took our friends kids for a weekend. They all watched a movie together in the toy room. It was a fun weekend. (Except I had a root canal and was allergic to the pain meds they gave me and through up like crazy for about 6 hours straight . . .)

I just thought this was sooo cute! Isaac is so sweet with his little babies. She wanted to be in the "action" watching what was going on and Isaac let her hang around and watch him vacuum. (He wasn't to happy about the picture, but oh well!)

Crazy hair!

Another crazy hair!

Emerson all dressed up watching a movie (in his knight costume . . .)


On Halloween (or I guess I should say - the Saturday before Halloween), we took the kids to Bashas to do some crafts. Bashas is the local grocery store here and they let the kids decorate a cake and trick or treat around the store. I only took Emerson and Capri. We ended up taking the kids actual trick or treating on Sunday (the actual Halloween) because Isaac's sister was in town. We went around Isaac's parent's neighborhood in Mesa. All the houses were decorated so cool. They got soooo much candy. So they actually went trick or treating 4 times! (Our ward, Isaac's parents ward, Bashas, and around Isaac's neighborhood.) It's February and I STILL have some candy from Halloween! Crazy!

Ward Halloween Party

Harry Potter and a Fortune Teller

Our friend, Kim, and Eleri (pumpkin)

Mommy and "Jessie"

Mommy and our "vampire/Zorro"


Isaac and his "nail through the finger" - which had nothing to do with Harry Potter, just something he wanted to do . . .

Emerson and his friend Madaline

Back to catching up! Can't believe I'm soooo behind!
We love that our ward does a Halloween party every year. This year it was trunk or treating and a chili cook off. It was so much fun. The costumes were great. For the ward party we all dress up. Isaac and I LOVE dressing up. Halloween has to be one of our favorite holidays.