Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by Camille at 6:53 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Nathan woke up at 2am because he was so excited. He woke Savannah and Alanna up. At 4am they went downstairs to 'peek.' I heard them at 4:47am and went in to tell them to be quiet and stay in their room. I walk in and Alanna says, "Santa brought us scooters!!"
We told them we would be up at 6am and we would go downstairs together (because we really wanted to see Alanna's face), but at 6am when I got up, they had already gone downstairs and were tearing into their stockings. Arya was still asleep, and Alyssa was still upstairs becuase we told her to stay upstairs and she actually listens to us! But the other kids came up yelling about their new scooters and told Alyssa she got one too. So she pretty upset to have her surprise ruined.
But we made the Savannah and Nathan sit on the couch while Alyssa and Alanna opened their stocking presents and tried out their scooters.
I know the kids look like orphan children with no one to care for them and do their hair, but it is what it is! Here is a picture of the girls with their little aprons that I made them.
This year was pretty neat becuase the kids really got into getting and making each other presents. Alyssa made coupon books for everyone, Nathan made yarn necklaces for everyone with exchangable charms of the different seasons (interesting!), Savannah wrote stories for everyone and made them into books.
And, this next picture is become a yearly event. It is Savannah crying after all of the presents have been opened and she somehow feels like everyone got more than her! Life is so unfair in our overprivilidged society!
Posted by Camille at 7:17 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Posted by Camille at 8:42 PM
Friday, December 12, 2008
We believe in Santa! Here is Savannah and Santa carrying on a conversation about how she is 'six' and not 'sick.' Santa said, "How old are you?" Savannah said, "Six." Santa said, "I am so sorry you are sick!" What a character!
Posted by Camille at 9:32 PM
This is the first picture I have been able to get with all five of my kids and Santa. We chose a day early in December while most kids were still in school to go see Santa at the Outlets in Carlsbad. My kids, everyone of them, really believe that this is the real Santa and all of the others are fake, but some are really good fakes. The one at the mall this year was pretty good; we even went to the Grove and that Santa was pretty good. But every Santa we leave the kids say, "Mom, he didn't smell like cookies. He smelled like meat and cheese. He sits on a throne of lies!" (All comments from the movie Elf). This Santa at the Outlets is so wonderful. He takes so much time with the kids. Unfortunately there was a really bring light coming from the window at this time of the day, but I got my picture!!! Notice how Arya is not even looking in Santa's direction. She was pretty scared, but was nice enough to get in the picture at the last minute.
Posted by Camille at 9:25 PM
Monday, December 8, 2008
Alyssa, Nathan, and Savannah were so fortunate this year to be able to sing in the church Primary Choir that rehersad for several weeks in order to perform at the San Diego LDS Temple. They were so excited. The loved going to practice, they practiced in the car, at home, and even on our trip to North Dakota. The evening was wonderful. The lights were beautiful, the weather wasn't too cold, the music was amazing, and there was a very sweet Christmas spirit. We ended the evening with hot coco and cookies to warm up.
Posted by Camille at 9:17 PM
Monday, December 1, 2008
Jared loves taking photos. These are some photos that he took on Thanksgiving day for our Christmas cards. Man, Arya is at such a tricky age for photos. She loves her picture taken, but only on her terms. Usually she will pose for quiet a while if she is alone. The minute WE try to post her or to put someone in the photo with her, she turns into a photographers nightmare! She screams, kicks, arches her back, etc. Then team that with Alanna, who takes adorable photos, but loves to do something totally goofy in the middle of it all. This photo of the kids was the closest we could get to them all looking good. Savannah had crossed her eyes, but Jared photo shopped them!
I'll try to add more tonight after the kids are in bed!
Posted by Camille at 4:48 PM