Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

While on the paper route yesterday morning, we heard on the radio about Santa arriving at Riverpark Square for the first time this year and that there were a bunch of events going on in honor of him arriving! We thought it would be a fun family activity and we also thought it would be fun to invite Rhiannon and Madeleine to come along too!

When we got there there was a table set up where the kids were given there first candy cane and they got to sign up to try to be the first child to see Santa and receive the first gift of the season. (just like on the Polar Express) They were also given special tickets too!

While waiting for Mrs. Clause to start reading the book "The Polar Express" there were elves passing out little bells; not only for the kids but also for the adults who "still believe" and who have been "good this year". :) Rhiannon, Jon, and I all received one! :) I guess we have been good this year.......and of course we "still believe"! :)

Santa's big arrival down the grand escalator. :)

I Love Riverpark Square's Christmas tree!

Eli loved the huge Christmas tree too!

"oooohhhhhh" "yay"

Madeleine showing me her bell and her ticket. :)

We got in line and waited a little over 45 minutes to see Santa! That is the longest I have been willing to stand in line to see him, but of course the kids would be heartbroken if they didn't get to sit on Santa's lap the first time they got to see him this year.
By the front entrance they have a couple gigantic presents, so we decided to take a few pics of the kids on them.

And finally we got to see Santa! :) The workers didn't like it very much that we were just taking pics from our camera's and not purchasing packages. They did say though that they couldn't tell us no. The packages are way to expensive for what you get!!! Riverpark Square's Santa is Great! :) He didn't make us or the kids feel rushed. He actually took a couple minutes with them. That is probably why it took longer in the line, but it is so worth it for the kids not to be rushed off his lap! :) I love the Santa's that have their own "whiskers"! :) He was very sweet!
I caught this pic when he was talking to Eli.

Eli was pretty good with him for about 10 seconds, and then he wanted Mommy or Daddy. He loved that he gave him another candy cane though!!!

Madeleine did a lot better this year than last! :) She even brought her Walmart toy add to show Santa the barbie or baby that she wants! :)

It was a great night with the kids and with good friends! I love Christmas time!!!! Although it isn't quite Thanksgiving yet, because of last night I really am into the Christmas spirit already and might even start listening to the music a week early! :) George met up with us a little later and the kids were so excited to show him the pictures of Santa! :)
It really is... "beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

"I Love To See The Temple"

Our ward's primary had an activity last Saturday to visit the temple. Kambria was so excited! Because Jon helped clean the church in the morning and we only have one vehicle we were late getting there. We figured we would at least take our kids even if we missed the rest of the primary. We walked around the temple and also went inside the front lobby and the waiting room. Kambria didn't want to leave. :) We couldn't be in the lobby for too long though because Eli just wanting to get down and run around. Kambria didn't like being outside much though because it was so cold!

"I love to see the temple. I'm going there someday. To feel the Holy Spirit, To listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God. A place of love and beauty. I'll prepare myself when I am young; This is my sacred duty."
"I love to see the temple. I'll go inside some day. I'll covenant with my Father; I'll promise to obey. For the temple is a holy place, where we are sealed together. As a child of God, I've learned this truth; A family is forever."

Better late than never.....Halloween

I hardly took any pictures on Halloween, which is very unlike me! It was an incredibly busy day!!!
First we went to Chuck E' Cheese for a friend's 3 kid's birthday party. I actually got a couple pics there, although they turned out a little blurry.

Here is Eli in his Dalmatian costume. :) I thought he was the cutest Dalmatian puppy ever! Especially with his hood up with the ears and his little black nose.

Kambria is Hannah Montana. We found the wig at Other Mothers so it is a little more tangled than I would like but it worked for her, it was cheaper, and it is only going to get worse as they play with it in the near future! :) We put together her outfit by some clothes that we already had and a few that we bought.

I didn't take any other pics through the day, which I am kicking myself for! But I did manage to take a few at the end of the night when we stopped at Grandma Pooh's house. :)

Pumpkin carving

Kambria went through 2 pumpkins this year and still didn't get to help carve one of her own. Poor girl, the first one that she got from Greenbluff got soft and went bad, so we bought her a new one at Winco, this is the one that daddy is about to open up in this pic below! When he got it open it was not a pretty site.....or smell!!!! It was definitely rotten! I thought about taking a pic of it but it was very gross! Its next home was the garbage bag tied tight and thrown in the garbage can! She was a pretty good sport about it though and decided she would share Eli's little one! Of course at his age he was okay with that! :) So we just had one little family pumpkin this year. :)

Kambria got to draw the face on the pumpkin.


Our finished little pumpkin all alone.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Baby Update

I had my second dr. appointment and an ultrasound yesterday. It went really well! I am 10 weeks along so my official due date is now June 5th! :) The heart beat was a very strong 161 and the baby was moving around a lot! Kambria loved being able to see the baby in my tummy! She is as excited as can be! :) We were given some printed pics of the ultrasound but they didn't turn out very well since my bladder was so full.....despite me emptying it 20 minutes before hand! I might still try and post a couple but I have to get a hold of a scanner first. In another 10 weeks we will have another ultrasound to find out if we will have another little boy or girl. Kambria is sooooo sure she is going to have a little sister! :) LOL! We will see! So far this pregnancy has been a lot like hers, but I don't know if that means anything. :) We will be very excited either way! :)