Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by Morgan at 8:44 AM
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tia (Gina) bounced them all over the place on this see-saw thing. Ryker kept slipping off because it was icy, but they thought it was hilarious!
And just look at what my new camera can do! My old camera couldn't have done this in a million years even with a tripod.
Posted by Morgan at 3:39 PM
We had such a fun Christmas! Santa came to our house this year for the first time (he usually delivers our family's gifts to one of the grandparents' houses) and it was great! For me, this was one of the best Christmases for gift-giving. I wrote previously about my KSL (local e-newspaper) shopping for family, which I loved doing because I was able to get really fun gifts that I'd never be able to afford otherwise and that were more fun than what I could have bought from the store with the same money. Everyone really liked their gifts and it was fun to see them so excited. For the kids, I also changed my normal way of doing things from strict budget and lots of driving from store to store and back again to get the best deals, to one trip to Toys R Us and throwing the budget out the window (which really just means being reasonable without stressing--we didn't go nuts or anything). It was really a fun way to shop for the kids! I liked not having to drive all over and compare prices and just get the things I really wanted them to have. It really made for a nice Christmas.
Then we went to Grammy and Granddad's house for more presents and food and whatnot. Those kids sure are spoiled! They got lots of great gifts from everyone and had a great and overwhelming day--just the way Christmas is supposed to be when you're 3 and 5.
Raelin got this cute Hawaiian grass skirt from Jesse's friend, Brooke and she showed her how to shake those hips! She also got LOTS of littlest pet shop guys, which she and I both love. It's just the sort of thing I would have liked as a kid--not too girly, small enough to fit in your pocket, and not associated with any TV shows or anything (I am the media Nazi, afterall).
Ryker got lots of tools and a ride-on-top fire engine and lots of cars and trucks.
This is a few days before Christmas, but he's just the cutest thing, so I had to post it. Look at that smile!
And finally, for mine and Brice's Christmas: I got Brice a really nice compound bow (KSL again!). After the steel bow competition he entered (see previous post), he's been really excited to get into archery. He really liked it as a kid and wanted to get better at it. We also got Gina, Toby, and my dad bows for Christmas, so we brought a couple of bales of hay up there and made a target to shoot at. They had lots of fun, but it sure was COLD (hence, no pictures of that--I was not going out in the wind and freezingness). And for me, Brice found a professional camera on KSL and I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! I'm not a great photographer, but I love taking pictures and trying to figure out how to get that perfect shot. The camera that we had was starting to poop out and it wasn't taking pictures very well. It did horrible in low light situations and I hate the delay. My new camera is everything I could have hoped for. It takes great pictures everywhere (even at night and through glass), there's no delay, and it's been lots of fun--and just in time for the new baby, so we'll be getting lots of pictures of her when she arrives.
I hope you all had a great Christmas!
Posted by Morgan at 2:56 PM
Gina's dog Sadie is a beautiful chocolate lab, but she was kinda getting on my nerves, but I think Brice likes her as much as I like Lady. I was really only bothered by Sadie because I'm pregnant and irritable, and she's still very much a puppy. She reminds me of Kira because she's very food oriented and demanding, but Kira was just ridiculous in her demands and Sadie is reasonable. She barks when she's hungry and when she needs to go out and when she's thirsty. Kira, on the other hand, barked for HOURS just for want of a blanket to lay on. And I do mean hours. She would not give up ever. And Sadie is very much house trained whereas Kira never was. Gina and Toby have done a good job of training a very energetic dog with difficult-to-manage drives. And she's really, really pretty! We were gone a lot, but it was fun to have an occupied yard again and to have dogs to wrestle with and pet and love and hug. Cats don't like hugs. Just in case you were wondering.
Posted by Morgan at 2:40 PM
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Well, would you look at that! We're down to only 30 days left before baby day. Do you really think she will wait until then? I hope not! The other kids were early so I think this one will be too. She dropped the other day, and I have a Dr. appointment on Monday, so maybe she'll give us an idea of whether or not we are really getting close. It kinda feels like it, but then again, I've had lots of hunches with this pregnancy and they've all been wrong.
Another exciting thing is that we are done with school for the semester! WOOHOOO!!! This semester was pretty killer. Brice had 14.5 units and I had 15.5 units. That's 30 units for our little family to juggle. It was quite a difficult task. We even finished all of our finals but one by Wednesday, so we'll get two and a half weeks of break before Winter semester starts. Hopefully we can rehabilitate our kids from our crazy schedule over the next two weeks an start next semester with a good schedule and normal kids. I mean, they're normal, given all that they've been through this semester, but they aren't their normal selves. Ryker has very little self control and Raelin gets to be a whiny mess. They didn't used to be like that. Winter should be easier too because even though we'll have a new baby, we'll each only be taking 12 units. And it will by my last semester. Then the kids will have a full time mommy again. I think we'll all miss the time Brice has been getting to spend with the kids with both of us going to school, but I think it will be better to live at a slower pace. I'll miss school a lot and I'll miss having my own "thing" to do, but I also know that I really need to get a handle on this parenting thing and learn to adopt more child-centered goals. Right now most of my motives are me-centered and that's not very good for kids. And with a new baby, I don't want to be gone half the time. Babies need their mommies.
And one final note: Christmas is almost here! But you already knew that. Around here, though, Christmas doesn't really come until after finals week. Brice and I got to go shopping yesterday for the kids and for once, I decided not to stress about a budget and to just get the kids the things I wanted to get them. I didn't even bargain shop! It was SO much fun! I only know a few people that are more of a tightwad than I am, so not going all over town from store to store to get the best deals and buying things that I think are overpriced are way out of character for me, but I did it and it was fun! I also did most of my other shopping via the KSL classifieds (local e-newspaper) and had a lot of fun with that too. And got some killer deals. It's kind of strange to go Christmas shopping at strangers' houses, but it's fun. And the things you get all have stories to go with them. We also got our Christmas tree today and I have to say it is the prettiest one I think we've ever had. Now it's time to go wrap presents, so I'd better go. Have a merry Christmas everyone!
Posted by Morgan at 7:14 PM
Thursday, December 4, 2008
We stayed the first couple of nights at Brice's parents' house. Angel and I took Raelin, Ryker, Liam, and Jordan on a hike to Heart Rock. It's a pretty good hike for little legs and it started to get pretty cold and drizzly while we were out. Unfortunately we forgot our cameras and missed about a hundred Kodak moments. The kids jumped in muddy puddles and played hide and seek and ran all over the place. It's stuff like that that makes me miss life in the mountains. It's so nice to be able to hike from your front door into the woods and have the kids run all over without worrying about cars and stuff like that. It's nice to go on a hike so spontaneously too. The kids had a great time on the way TO Heart Rock, but Raelin started to lose it on the way back. She was tired and cold and hungry and she got super whiny. Her cousin Jordan, on the other hand was a trooper! He didn't want his jacket at the beginning of the hike and it stayed in the stroller at the beginning of the trail where we ditched it. He was FREEZING on the way back, but he never once complained! I was so impressed with him! Even Liam (he just turned 2) walked a good portion of the way. What tough kids!
When we got back we ran the kids a bubble bath in Mimi's big tub and the kids had a great time in the bubbles. I tried to get some pictures, but it was so hot and steamy in the bathroom that my lens got foggy!
On Thanksgiving day, we went to Aurora's (Brice's sister) house for the big dinner. There was a big group of us and we all ate great food and enjoyed each other's company. The kids played video games and played and ran and didn't eat much--except M&M's.
Then we stayed at Brice's other sister's house and had a great time with them. They have 4 kids and a great big house. The cousins all had a blast playing together and the grown ups had fun talking and talking. I'll have to get some pictures of the games the kids played with Brice one morning. They wrestled (kids vs Brice--Brice won!) and played crash landing. That's a game Brice invented with our kids where they sit on his feet with their chests against his shins and then he launches them into a flip onto a pile of pillows. The kids LOVE it!
My kids also LOVE Uncle Wes. Ryker and McKay and Wes played paper airplanes (McKay makes some really great airplanes!)And Raelin loved having Uncle Wes read to her.We took all the kids to the Andrew's tree house by their house and Brice built a new platform for it. Melissa goes there with her kids periodically and they build more stuff on it whenever they go. They have swings and platforms and a hoisting bucket and lots of fun stuff.
I love Ryker's face in this one!
It was so much fun to have all of us out there together playing and working on the tree house together: all 6 Andrews, William and Angel and Liam, and us. We did miss Aurora, JC and Jordan, but maybe next time they'll come too.
As we were driving out, I told the kids that William and Angel and Liam would be there (they moved back to California a few weeks ago) and they got really excited! Ryker said, "Baby Liam is my fravorite! I LOVE him!" Look at those cute cousins!
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