Christmas Adventures!

 For some reason, I'm having the hardest time getting my pictures to upload in order! Either way, we had a great Christmas season this year! We kicked off the kids school break with a ride on the Polar Express! We met up with our friends the Jory's and their cute boys. The Polar Express was a lot of fun. They sang songs, passed out hot chocolate and cookies, and we even got a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. I think the funnest part for the boys was being with their friends!

 On Christmas Eve, we did our traditional Temple Square visit. We like to visit the Grand America in downtown Salt Lake first, it's warm and they have so many fun window displays for the kids. They have a life size Gingerbread house and a little scavenger hunt for the kiddos. We had a lot fun looking at the window displays and eating our yummy treat!

 After the Grand America, we walked up to Temple Square. We invited Grandma and Grandpa to go with us. We had a fun time walking through City Creek and then over to Temple Square. We were there just before dark so we could see the lights come on.

 While we were walking around Temple Square, we stopped in the JSMB for a little dinner. We ate at the Nauvoo Cafe. It was tasty and warmed us up to keep walking around Temple Square. The sunset was SO pretty. It was lighting up the whole sky and making the temple all lit up. It was pretty incredible!

 Christmas morning tired eyes! Will was SO excited for Christmas that he barely slept. He was awake from midnight until 4am! Little stinker. Then he finally fell back asleep and Eli had to wake him up at 7:30. So funny!

 The boys are always so excited and happy with their stockings. Sometimes I think it's the most exciting part of Christmas! Haha! They had a fun time opening gifts. We kept it pretty simple this year. They each got a book, a DVD, a board game, some clothes, and a couple toys that they asked for.

 Our house was so warm and cozy on Christmas morning. We have the best view out our living room windows and we could see everything all white with snow. It was SO pretty!

 After opening gifts, we had a yummy breakfast. We had Grandma and Grandpa over for breakfast as well as our friend Leonard. After breakfast we just relaxed adn then headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's clubhouse to swim, play games, and have dinner. After dinner we went to see a movie. The boys loved it. We saw Night at he Museum III. It was super funny and we had a lot of fun. Krista and her family came with us.

 More Polar Express! Crazy boys!!

 Oh man, I love this picture (above) so much. The Jory's are our favorites and we always have so much fun with them. I love that we can just be ourselves with them!

It was a memorable Christmas. I feel so blessed for all that we have. Our new beautiful home and my sweet boys. Life couldn't be better! We truly are blessed. I'm so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. For his birth, his life, and his atonement for us. He is THE best gift ever given. We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives and to have our families forever! Christmas time is the best!


Fall catch up!

Well, it's November and time to catch up the blog! It has been several months since I posted, and we have had a lot of fun things going on the past few months. In August, school started. In September we moved. In October, Eli turned FIVE! And of course we celebrated Halloween. We've been busier than ever, and having a great time. Here's my catch up... and sorry about my out of order pictures!

 My big boy starting THIRD grade. I couldn't believe that my boy was getting so big! He was very nervous to start at his new school, but he did great. He was so brave. I cried the whole way home! For the first 6 weeks of school, we had to drive him out to Eagle Mountain every day. Then Eli started preschool and I was going out and back 2-3 times per day. It was crazy!!

 Halloween is always fun with cousins!! We had a fun Halloween dinner with Krista and her family, and then the kids went trick-or-treating together. They had so much fun doing it with cousins. We didn't think we would have trick-or-treaters at our new place since we are the only house, so it was fun to have somewhere to go.
 Look at these spooks! Kayla (yellow M&M), Grandpa (old man!), Ali (Elsa), Zac (bat), Eli (Captain america guy), Matt (BYU football player), Will (Darth Maul)

 Our spooky Jack-o-lanterns!!

 We had a blast carving our pumpkins! Will especially liked pulling out all the guts! :)

 Eli asked if he could have a football party for his birthday. So we invited some friends and family and had a tailgating party. We played football games, ate football food, watched football on TV, and had a great time! Above: Eli and Aliyah Jai (Eli's biological sister)
 Of course we had football cake!
 Eli and Ali - cute cousins

 We played lots of party games, football bingo, hot potato with a football, and even went outside to play tag. The kids loved it and Eli loved being the center of attention!

 Eli and grandpa are football buddies! They are always loving to watch football games together. We feel really lucky that we get to live so close to them!

 Over the Labor Day weekend, we took a drive to Brian and Krista's cabin for the day. It was so beautiful to see the leaves all changing!

 The kids loved playing their "clubs" and their forts.

 This picture is out of order, but this is Eli's first day of preschool! He has had such a fun time in preschool, loves his teacher and loves making new preschool friends!
 At the cabin we saw several moose!!!
 Zac and Eli - best cousins

 More from  my handsome guy on his first day of school!

We had a busy Fall, but have loved being in our new house. We have to pinch ourselves that it is really ours sometimes!! The views are beautiful and I love the natural light we get to enjoy everyday from our big windows. Moving in was busy, as usual, but we are finally getting settled. There are lots of little projects here and there, but it will all get done eventually! It has been great being so close to the school, Will can just walk home now! We are getting acquainted with people and really enjoy our new ward. Life is good and we are so incredibly blessed!