Saturday, January 28, 2012

Zeke's Birthday!!

Even with all the excitment of Christmas Zeke could not wait for his birthday to get here!  He was so excited to get to celebrate and turn 6.  We took treats to school to share with his class and I got to eat lunch with him. He got to invite a friend home from school to play, eat pizza and have cake and ice cream.  Michael was working so we celebrated early with him.  We also had an early celebration at Michael's parents' house when we went over Christmas break.  Then we had a late celebration at my parents' house with uncles, an aunt and cousins.  Zeke is totally into dinosaurs now so we had a dinosaur cake and he got stuffed dinosaurs for some of his presents.  He is already counting down the days until he turns 7! 

We are so thankful for Zeke.  He is such a funny kid with a wonderful personality.  He is so aware of things and soaks up all he sees around him.  He loves cowboy boots, fingerless gloves, zebras, dinosaurs, rocks, break dancing and mohawks.  He always has a story to tell, oftentimes added onto by his now 6 year old imagination. We love him so much and are so blessed to have him in our family.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas Solo

For the elementary Christmas concert this year Makenna had the opening solo. Her teacher called me a week or so before the concert and told me to dress her up like a princess and let her shine. We did our best and I thought she looked beautiful.  The day of the concert she was very excited and a little nervous.  I was a little nervous for her too.  She had never done anything like this before and her teacher told me that there would be over a thousand people there.  We got there extra early so we could get a good seat.  The auditorium was packed. The principle came on stage and welcomed everyone and then introduced Makenna.  There were some children on stage in the background dressed up as toys. The lights went down and the spotlight came on Kenna.  She took the micorphone and started singing.
She did an awesome job!  I was so amazed at her!  They turned on a few more lights after she started singing so you could see the toys (children) in the bzckground.  She sang "Take Me Back to Toyland".  At the end ofthe concert all the kids came on satege together and sang the song again.  All the kids did a great job.
 Dillon was part of the train,
 Zeke was a rocking chair,
and Zane just looked good up there singing :)

Maddi also had a concert that week.  She was part of a singing group too.  We dressed her up and curled her hair (she loved that :) haha).  She did a good job too and looked beautiful up there singing.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Temple Square

Early in the month of December we went to Salt Lake City to see all the lights on Temple Square. Michael's mom came and met us there and we all had a great time. Temple Sqaure was beautiful and it sstarted to lightly snow as we walked around and looked at the lights making it all the more beautiful. The kids loved seeing the temple and all the lights and nativitiies. We also got to go into one of the buildings and see the big Christus. At the hotel the girsl got to stay with Grandma and the boys stayed with me and Michael. the next day was spent shopping. The highlight was getting to ride the trolley to the mall and back. We also found a beautiful tree for the background of our family picture. The picture was intended for Christmas cards btInever got them done. At least I have a current picute though! I love the Christmas season - the music, the lights, the excitement of the children and the focus on our Savior. I love to see the season come and hate to see it go. I am thankful we could go and experience the beauty of Temple Square and feel the sprirt of the season.

Michael and Kenna

Zeke  and Olivia. This is one my favorite pictures.

Olivia catching snowflakes.

The Christus

Our family picture.

The Kids in front of the Salt Lake Temple.