Monday, January 3, 2011

Where are they now?

Jason is still coaching at Weber State. They didn't finish as high in their conference as they had hoped, but they had a great year. It was a young team and they all fought to the end. Jason LOVES to be back in the coaching scene and we love supporting him!

I am still working at Pottery Barn Kids and Gap and the Hospital during the off-season. It it hard at times, but I do enjoy adult interaction! When i am not working I am busy with the kids and their school work, or transporting them between school and soccer and flag football practice/games. I am serving as the Second Counselor in our Ward's Primary Presidency. It is a lot of work, but we have seen so many blessing come from it and I am truly grateful to serve the children in our ward. Our Primary President is moving (BOO!), so it looks like we will be getting released. I have LOVED working with these girls and will miss them so much.

Taliana is excelling in school, as ususal. She played soccer this past fall and also participated in Tanner Dance. She has danced with Tanner Dance for the past 2.5 years, and has decided it is time for her to move on. She would rather focus on soccer and hopefully Polynesian dancing or HipHop dancing. She is definitely our dancing queen.

Ammon is loving school as well. However, his favorite part is recess. There isn't a day where he comes home covered in MUD! I always ask him why he is so dirty and he says because he plays soccer or football at recess. Boys will be BOYS! He participated in soccer (with Taliana) and flag football this past fall. He is such a great athlete! I wish I could say it was a gift from me, but we all know where he gets it from! hahahah! Ammon is such a great brother and is always helping his sisters. He is so patient with Malia - She bosses him around and he doesn't even complain.

Malia is wishing she were in school! She keeps me busy. She loves to play pretend! She will cook in her kitchen, play with her dolls, do our hair, play dress ups. She is 100% girl, and I LOVE it! I'm not going lie.. she is the boss at our house. She went and stayed in St. George for 10 days last October and my sister gave me some advice, "she has to be the boss!" I didn't want to give in, but it truly makes my life easier but just letting her run things. Don't get me wrong, I don't allow her to throw tantrums to get her way, but she knows how to ask nicely. It works!

Meesha has found a new friend. He lives across the street and his name is Max. She goes over to his house about 2-3 times a day. Most of the time we have to go and get her or she won't come home. I don't know why we are not good enough for her to stay with us all the time, but the neighbors are so nice to her that it's okay. She is still a cuddler and I love it.

So... that's it! Consider yourself offically updated!

New Year – New Goals

I have decided that one of my new goals for 2011 is to blog more. I used to feel like it was a waste of my time to blog because no one ever reads my blog. But as I looked back through all my old posts, I realized this will be a great journal for my kids when they are older. I am not into scrapbooking – it’s just too over whelming. I would love to publish my blog into a book for our family. I have always been stressed about what to write about and what pictures to post, but this year… it’s all about ME and MY FAMILY! So, I will be writing about our lives and adventures. I am writing this for me! So, if any of you would like to follow along, you are more than welcome! But I am not going to stress about my topics, my pictures, or how perfect or how entertaining my blog will be. Thank you! Wish me luck!

All good things must come to an end.

Jason went back to work this morning and I took the kids to school. Don't get me wrong, I will miss them all terribly, but I am ready to get back on my daily schedule.

Malia was really bummed that she didn't get to go to school today. I told her a while ago that she could go to school after Christmas, and this morning she woke up, got dressed, and got her backpack on and said, "okay, I'm ready for school." So... it looks like I need to find a preschool for Malia. I know she is ready for preschool, but I don't think I am ready for her to go just yet. I can't believe my baby is 3 years old!

December Celebrations

December went by too quickly this year. I put up our Christmas decor the second week in November (the earliest I have ever put it up). But since I knew I was going to be busy working, that was the only time I had to give it 100%. It is always magical to have all the decorations up, but since I work retail (pbk), I had been looking at Christmas decor since the middle of October. So... it was such a relief to have it all put away by 1pm Christmas afternoon. It was a great Christmas! My friend gave our family an xbox 360 Kinect. Wow! That thing is TIGHT! Malia can even do it on her own. The kids get money from my mom and dad every year, so they decided to put their money together and buy a new game for the Kinect and one for the Wii. We have had so much fun this past Christmas break playing and hanging out as a family!
This is the before picture. I wish I would have taken an after picture (about 10 minutes later). hahaha
My parents used to make us line up when we walked into the family room for Christmas morning - so I make my kids do the same thing. They were so excited! (well.. Malia was almost excited) Malia got another itty bitty twin from American Girl. I LOVE that she LOVES dolls. It's so fun!
It's hard to tell through all the plastic - But Taliana got a new jewelry stand. She loves jewelry, but it gets everywhere. So hopefully this will help her get organized.
Ammon got Fuzzoodles from Malia. He loves to build things!

He also got a helmet for his skateboard and scooter. He LOVES to go to the nearby skatepart and ride his skateboard. I've always been nervous about his crashing - so I guess he can crash as much as he wants now that he has this sweet new helmet. :)
I got a new lense for my camera. A 5omm portrait lense. So, of course, everyone had to model for the new lense. These kids are too funny.

yes, this is all malia cared about - sucking her thumb.