Friday, November 25, 2011

Wrapped up right

Rob is wonderful! I was not going to post about my birthday in specific because how lame is that? But then, I do not want to forget how creatively and awesome Rob was in wrapping and giving me my presents today. This morning upon seeing Haley she was holding the two mixer attachments (with white bows) in her hands. Then tonight each of the boys gave me another present specially wrapped as you see. When I commented on how cool the bows were Rob said he could not find any ribbon, so he made do with pipe cleaners. Perfect! I love him and I love my boys.

Caleb being the awesome kid that he is decided to make me a present today. He wanted to sew something but did not want me to look at the front. I only knew it was a monster. I was supposed to tie up the string in the back, help change colors on the needle and that was it. He told me it was my birthday present and not to look. He did a terrific job and I love it! He did a smiley face in red and the monster. So cool! My family is wonderful! We relaxed today, went swimming in the afternoon, came home for a yummy dinner and then I sang songs to my boys as they went to sleep. Thanks Rob, Boys and Haley for making it a great day!

Thanksgiving time

I love thanksgiving and having kids to do fun things with is even better. First off, the big day's events:
The Grays decided that it would be easier to go out for Thanksgiving dinner instead of cooking it all at home. So, at 11am we headed out to beat the lines and get our yummy dinner. The joke was on us when we got there and the line was already super long. UGH! So, my cute kids and I sat out front, played a game and waited patiently for our food. Don't their turkey hats look awesome. Peter opted to wear his Indian hat from school and the rest helped make their hats. They are so cool! Dinner was good. My kids especially liked the endless ice cream and rice krispy treats. The only down side to eating out was that it was so noisy. We could not talk in a normal voice at all. Fun times.
After that we headed to Granny's house, played around, read books and waiting for a space in our stomachs to open up so we could have a little more pie. I took up a little treat activity for the kids to do and it was fun and yummy for the kids. It was a fun day, we are so glad we got to be together.
Last but not least it is our tradition to make pine cone turkeys for each member of our family. We have done it for the last 5 years and have a picture of each one. We have done pipe cleaners and feathers. This is the family for 2011. And it has character. Rob went totally fancy on us and made a neck, feet and the super ultimate tail. It put the rest of ours to shame. Except for Peter's turkey. He was against any feathers or decoration. He was going way simple and he stated his was the meat. There was no changing his mind. His turkey was plucked and ready for dinner. Therefore we convinced him to cut out a fork, knife and spoon so that the turkey would be ready for the feast. Ta Da! Perfect!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A job well done

We got the call on Monday to be at the school Wednesday morning because Peter's reflection project had won an award and would be moving on to the next level. Yeah, Peter! He was so excited to hear the news and be acknowledged at the assembly. The first photo is really hard to see but it is of Peter receiving his award from the principal. His whole class had just finished making their Indian hats and they all wore them to the assembly. They were so cute. The last photo shows Peter with his award and the project that was deserving of the award. He was so proud, as he should be. He came up with such a good project and it was fun to make together. Good job, Peter!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011- a year at the lake

So, when we asked William what he wanted to be for Halloween a couple of months ago he said, "a boat." Okay. That started the rest of the kids. Caleb wanted to be a fisherman, and Peter and Haley would be the fish. Perfect! The fisherman was easy, make a vest, put some lures on there, give him a fishing pole and he was done. The fish were fun to make. Peter opted out of having fishy eyes so, Haley was the only one with eyes. You cannot see it in the picture but they also had a fish tail at the end of the scales. They looked so cute, especially Miss Haley when she would take a few steps or crawl around the room. The boat was also fun to make because Willy and I did it together. He helped paint it and tape it. And the little fish swimming at the bottom of the boat were fun too.
a few close ups:

Haley was so cute! But it was hard to get a good picture of her holding still.
This is the back of Willy's boat. The motor on there was awesome! And you can see the fish in this picture too. We ended up changing the costume around while trick-o-treating because he just could not keep up with the other kids. We took the boat and put it up on his shoulders then punched out the handle holders to be bigger spaces for his arms to fit in. So, the boat was now higher on his body and he could go faster. He was the hit of the costume parade and he loved it. But after one street he was tired of lugging it around so he took it off and was just a cute kid with a boat following him around.
Caleb could have gone all night. Peter was happy with his loot and the last 4 or 5 houses he just walked with us but did not go to the door. I guess he knows his limits in certain areas of life. And Willy was just excited to have all the candy. Speaking of candy, they all got way more candy than any child needs. That is what Halloween is all about. A fun time was had by all.
Haley loved walking around to each house and seeing all the pumpkins. As you can see from this picture she loved carving pumpkins. She was really enjoying the taste of them. But she also liked seeing them lit up on Halloween night.

Primary Program

About six or so months ago I was called to be the primary chorister. I was nervous at first. I love to sing to my kids, I know the songs and I love to teach. But I was not quite sure about getting up there and teaching the songs. I think the kids think me crazy some Sundays. But I have honestly grown to enjoy/love this calling. I am so excited that all three of my boys will be in primary next year, it will be so fun to sing with them and be with them. Anyway, back to the program.
I was nervous about how it would all go off. At times the kids could sing great, and other times they made me worry. So about the second practice I decided that I needed to start praying for choirs of angels to come down and help them sing the Sunday of the program. Then I wised up and realized I just needed to have faith in the children. We have prepared them all year for this program, taught them and practiced with them. I just needed to have faith in them and that the spirit would be there.
Sunday, the 30th of October, was the day of the program. We got to church early to save my seat right up front and center. Granny and Grandpa Gray, PA and Betty, and Larry all came to support the boys. The boys looked awesome in the white shirt and Grandpa Guido ties, and they were ready to sing and give their parts. And I was not too nervous for the program to start. And it went beautifully! The children were reverent during the speaking parts, not too coordinated on standing up and down together (but that is okay), and they stood remarkably still during the songs so there was not a lot of play. The most important part was that they sang so well! They knew the words, sang out nice and strong, and the spirit was there! Success! During practices I had prepped the kids with me not singing during specific parts of the songs so that it would just be them. I thought that it was important that for the last song, I know the scriptures are true, they were the only ones singing the last line of the song as a final way of bearing their testimony for the congregation. It was perfect! I was so proud of these sweet children. At the very end of the song I dropped out and led them, with only their sweet voices being heard. They sang the words out and I know the spirit was there for all to feel. It was wonderful! They bore their testimony through song and that is what I wanted for them. Plus, we had prepared them, so I had no fear of it going well that day. It was Awesome! And I look forward to the coming year for primary and singing and planning and teaching. It will be terrific!