since I last posted. We have been so busy this month. Adley had his Christmas program at his preschool - they studied Italy and dressed so cute. They sang the song, "when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore . . ." (not sure of the exact title). Adley has sung it several times since to many people. I think he might be musical when he gets older.
We all recovered from our sickness and made the journey to Arizona to see my family. We spent 12 days there and had a wonderful time. Surprisingly it was warmer here at home while we were gone then it was in Arizona. We got to go to the Lego store, which the boys loved. We played at a really fun park, visited with friends, made a gingerbread house and sugar cookies, ate at our favorite places, went to the movies, enjoyed a visit from Santa at the house and tried to get in some rest. We had family pictures taken for the first time in 5 years since my brothers were gone on their missions. We finally got to see Uncle Greg. He has been home from his mission since last December, but we hadn't seen him yet. We got to visit with him the day before we left and Eli got to meet him for the first time. Football keeps him busy and they will be going to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl this week.
My dad does candy vending and thus has various kinds of candy throughout the house. My kids are now candy junkies. For the first couple of days we let them each have a quarter to use in the machines if they finished their dinner, by the 4th night I had had enough. They were going to eat their dinner b/c that is what they were supposed to, not b/c they were rewarded for it. So we put a stop to it.
I again got sick a couple of days before we left. This time with a horrible cough and congestion. I have coughed so hard at times I have worried my water might break. This little guy inside of me sure has gone for a ride though with my coughing spells. My stomach muscles are so sore now. Good thing he is cushioned with the fluid. I think I am on the mend now, finally.
We had a good return trip home on Christmas Eve, our travel was flawless - which is pretty rare. Our flights left on time, the kids were good and our luggage made it home. We ate our Christmas Eve dinner at Sonic (the only place we could find open) and arrived home at about 10pm. We had to buy milk at the gas station for $5.60 since that too was the only place open. We bathed the kids, made cookies for Santa (the pre-made squares you can buy), wrote Santa his note and put the kids to bed. We were exhausted.
Christmas morning we actually had to wake the kids up at 9am - they were still on AZ time. We enjoyed opening presents together. Jared's parents and his brother and his wife came over for breakfast. We had yummy Belgian waffles in our new waffle maker from my parents and then I got the dreaded phone call to come in to work early. I was scheduled to be on-call in the morning and go in at 1pm, but I ended being called in early around noon, not too bad. We had 3 babies born on Christmas.
So for the past few days the kids have been enjoying their new toys - mainly Legos - they each got 3 big sets, I feel like my house has been taken over by Legos. We are trying to return to our normal schedules and clean the house up from Christmas.
I am lucky that I have the opportunity at the end of this week to go to New Orleans with my family for the Sugar Bowl. Jared will be staying behind with the kids - isn't he wonderful!!!
Here are pictures from the month:
This is the park we went to - it was huge and had a farm section, a city section and a critter section
Merrry Christmas everyone!!!