Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Lion House Birthday

Ryan had his 9th Birthday party the day after Thanksgiving at The Lion House (an historic home where Brigham Young's family lived 151 years ago.) The kids learned about the pioneer history and what it was like to be a child in the 1800's. They played pioneer games, like 'hide the thimble' and 'button button, who's got the button'. They also learned how to make taffy, by pulling their taffy until it was a nice white color. I was worried with such a big group of boys how they would feel about this type of birthday party but I think everyone had a great time... especially Ryan!

Here they all are on the staircase in The Lion House.

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are all our cute kids in front of our 6' tall turkey. Sure there are some neighbors that tease us about our big turkey in the front yard, but the kids (especially Morgan and Griffin) think he is the best thing to happen to Thanksgiving!

This year we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family and then dessert with the Seal Family at our house that night. I spent most of Thanksgiving cleaning my house and getting ready for the dessert party and wasn't a very fun mom. While other families were out going to movies and having fun...I was busy giving cleaning chores to all the kids. Hopefully next year I will be more of the 'fun mom'.

Gavin was quite the hit this Thanksgiving. He made sugar cookies and had all the kids decorate them as turkeys. It made it all worth it when his niece, Avery, starting asking for Gavin and wondering where he was. He quickly escalated to the 'favorite uncle' status with her. He even made some yummy cinnamon roll bread sticks that everyone assumed I had made. Nope, I only did yams and green bean casserole this year. Sure he took some jabs from his brothers ("Gavin Martha Stewart' etc) but I love my husband and love his willingness to try new things and make the holidays memorable for his children.

At midnight I hit the big sales at Fashion Place Mall with my sis-in-law, Jill. We were very tired and could have spent so much more money if we had been more awake! :) I have spent the rest of the weekend trying to recuperate from that late night shopping spree.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

Ryan turned 9 on Thursday!! The day started by waking up early, opening presents and blowing out the candles before leaving for school. Ryan was so excited about getting a ripstik for his Birthday. He (and Gavin) has spent a lot of time these last few days trying to master this new 'skate'board. He is getting better at it each day. I just watch and give advice on what to do to make it work better (since I am sure I would be great on it if I weren't off balance with this big pregnant belly). He was able to stay on it for quite awhile today, though!

I took cupcakes to his class for his Birthday treat. This is a picture of him with some friends from school. After his birthday treat he got to leave school and go with us to lunch. Usually Gavin takes the kids by himself, but this year Ryan felt he wanted me to go, too! :) He picked Training Table as his favorite place...yummy cheese fries and dipping sauce!
Ryan shares his Birthday with his cousin, Noah (who is one year younger). We usually try to do something together with his family and this year we went to dinner with their family at The Old Spaghetti Factory to finish out the big day. Ryan will have his friend Birthday party next week at The Lion House. (more details to follow...)
In honor of his Birthday, here are 9 things you should know about Ryan:

1. He is one smart kid! He started reading at 4 and hasn't stopped! He surprised us with knowing the entire Pledge of Allegience when he was just two. His teachers always talk about
what a great student he is and his willingness to help out others in the class that are struggling on assignments.
2. He is athletic! He really is good at any sport he tries. He taught himself how to ride a two-wheeler when he was four. He is great at soccer, basketball, and football.
3. He's got rhythm! It is so fun to watch him play the piano. He has such a natural ability to feel the rhythm of the songs. He sways back and forth as he plays his songs...just like the pros!
4. He's fiesty! He loves to argue with me. He reminds me so much of myself as a child. That is probably why I have such little patience at times.
5. He is very tender hearted and loving! For example, last year when we all went to get our flu shots, he started to cry when it was Morgan's turn because he didn't want her to have to get one.
6. He is great at video games! He loves to play his nintendo DS and gamecube with his friends.
7. He is a great friend! He is very loyal to his best friends, Tate and Tanner.
8. He is a comedian! No one can get Jack laughing more than Ryan. He definitely has his dad's sense of humor.
9. He is a great eater! He has always been a great eater...from day one! He loves fish, steak, veggies, avocados, artichokes, grapefruit, etc. He is always willing to try something new.

Happy Birthday Ryan! We love you so much and are grateful for all the things that make you one of a kind! :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Little Kangaroo Girl

Every morning seems to be the same scenario---the bus comes to pick up Morgan to go to preschool. She waves good bye to all her brothers and sister and then happily hops out the door. She hops down the porch steps. She hops down the driveway and even tries to hop up the bus stairs. All the while, saying, "Look mom, I'm hopping!!" Hopping is definitely her favorite mode of transportation! It really is the cutest thing--even if it does take us double the time to get anywhere! (She just walked up to me right now and said, "I want to hop!" Translation: Can I go outside and hop on the trampoline?) She definitely does keep our life hopping!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Twilight Mania!!

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You are Alice. You are fun and a great person to be around! Your love is Jasper. You can see through people's limitations to the success within them; this is what makes you so optimistic. You are enthusiastic, and sometimes annoy your friends with your insane hyper-ness!
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Ok so if you haven't read the books yet (Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse)--it's time!! :) I took the Twilight Quiz and I am not sure how they figured out that I am most like Alice since I only aswered a few questions. But I'll take it, even though I am far from being a great hostess and party planner!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Footage of Ryan catching the pass

Ryan's Football Team is Going to the Finals!!!

Ryan's team played in the semi-finals this past Saturday. His team was in 4th place and played the 1st place team. His team won 40-20!! Way to go, Ryan! He will be playing in the finals this Saturday. He has been lucky to have lots of one on one attention from his dad these past few months since Gavin was one of his assistant coaches.

Here is Ryan walking with his two best friends that are also on the team.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!!


We started the festivities by having a Halloween pumpkin carving/dinner party at Chad and Jill's house. It was fun for all the kids to be able to hang out with their cousins and see everyone in their costumes. Unfortunately, we don't seem to get together that often anymore and four months had passed since they had all been together. And of course, Jill always amazes us with her beautifully decorated home. I felt like I was in a very cute Halloween boutique!


The next night we had a Halloween party up at Grandma and Grandpa Stewart's house. The kids came in their costumes but didn't stay in them for very long (the novelty was already starting to wear off...or I just wanted to keep them clean for Halloween). We had a chili dinner, carved pumpkins and grandma had all the kids help her make popcorn balls.


Jack dressed up as a hobo this year. I was just glad that for once, we didn't have to buy a costume and could be creative with just using stuff from around our house...and a pair of big, worn out jeans from the DI (a local thrift store). All the kids were in heaven with their first adventure to the DI. Jack commented that we should always shop there for his pants. Ryan couldn't believe they would actually sell used underwear. And Hadley saw all the kids looking at the toys and said, ' I thought you said the DI gives our toys to kids that don't have any. I didn't know it was a store.' I think she was disappointed that all her toys and stuffed animals that she had been forced to donate over the years were actually just going to kids that were out shopping with their parents. But at least they all seemed to be happy as we left the store with their new treasures from the DI---books, more frog stuffed animals for Jack (I'm not sure there is even anymore room on his bed for more), a barbie case for Hadley, etc.


Ryan decided to dress up as a cheerleader. Gavin was quite adamant that Ryan was not going to dress up as a girl. Ryan kept saying that all his best friends were all going as cheerleaders and he wanted to, too. I finally convinced Gavin that it was all in good Halloween fun and that it seems to be a phase for all the boys around 9-11 years old. So I went to Target and found the only cheerleader costume left (size 6-8) and took it home. Ryan was so excited until he looked at the packaging on his costume. He was a little mad and asked me why there was a girl on the front of the package in his costume (He was already in the costume at the time and didn't seem to question why his costume had a skirt...hmmmm). I told him that he was dressing up as a 'Girl
Cheerleader'. He quickly said he didn't want to be a GIRL cheerleader...just a cheerleader. Well he seemed to be okay with the costume after he realized that all of his friends were also going as girl cheerleaders with make-up, false eyelashes, wigs, etc. And for the record, somehow Ryan came home with the most loot last night. I am not sure how it worked since he went to the exact same houses as Jack!


Hadley dressed up as the cutest witch (besides Morgan, of course)! She decided after we got home from Mexico that she wanted to keep her braids in until the night before Halloween so that she could have big, frizzy witch hair on Halloween. It was nice to have those 3 weeks of not worrying about fixing her hair, but also a long time to not be able to really wash her hair. It took 2-3 hours to get out all of her braids on Halloween Eve, but she definitely did end up with big, frizzy witch hair--Just like she wanted. She also loved her big witch's hat with all the purple feathers.


Morgan dressed up as witch, also. Every time I asked Morgan what she wanted to be for Halloween she would say, 'Santa!' I probably should have let her go as Christmas is by far her favorite holiday and she talks about it all through the year. We even listen to Christmas CDs in the car all year round because Morgan just can't seem to get enough of 'Jingle Bells'. Well unfortunately I didn't have a Santa costume on hand but did have this darling witch costume that her cousin, Avery let her borrow. She had so much fun last night out trick or treating! We had such beautiful weather and were able to walk around the neighborhood without gloves or coats on and still be comfortable. She absolutely loved going up to each door to say, 'Trick or Treat!!!' Everyone commented on how adorable she looked and seemed to give her lots more treats than any of the other kids on the porch. Morgan didn't complain...she told them 'THANKS!!' and 'Happy Halloween!' It was so fun to see her have so much fun with the holiday traditions. Last year we were on the beach in Orlando and skipped Halloween all together, so this was her first real year to understand and enjoy Halloween. Now I will just have to watch her extra close because I am sure she is going to want to try out this new concept of 'trick-or-treating' any given day of the week.


Griffin made the cutest lion with his big dark eyes and cute little growl. He really fought me at first with putting the hat portion on him until I showed him what he looked like in the mirror and let him do a few growls. After that he was just fine with wearing the costume. He didn't like mom or dad in a costume though. That seemed to be too scary for him.


And here we are! Gavin always seems to find a potpourri of stuff to make his costumer from whatever old costumes he finds in the costume bucket...I think he was some sort of clown (he had taken off his mask by the time we got this picture). I was a vampiress aka Bella (after she finally marries Edward and is 7 months pregnant). The big news in my life is that I cut off about 8 inches of my hair the day before more ponytails for awhile! I am also wondering why all the kids decided to leave their Halloween bags full of candy in the kitchen when they went to school this morning. I have now had candy bars for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, etc.