Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We finally got our Christmas tree up this year, less then a week before Christmas, but hey, it got up, and looks pretty good. All fragile ornaments on top, and soft childproof ones on bottom. At least twice a day I am re-decorating my tree. Betsy and Jay seem to love taking ornaments off the tree and I have already lost two or three to the dog's clutches! One day my tree will be left alone. Oh well....
On to the Christmas gatherings and gift exchanges... We traveled down to Mesa for a super quick trip, and to have our annual poem readings on the 21st after church. We read "Jest fer Christmas" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and have for at least two or three generations. Here is my dad reading to all the grand kids, with my Grandma and Grandpa Barton (his parents) in the background. It was a great little trip but happened way too fast! Maybe the next one will last longer and I will actually get to see and visit with my family! It was great to see my Gramoose and Grandpa Barton. I realize more and more how much I love them.
Two nights before Christmas we met over at the Peterson's and had a fun night with a nativity scene, a great meal, and a gift exchange. Nathan was Joseph, Aubrey was Mary, Emily was a wise man, Betsy was a shepherd, and Jay was Baby Jesus. Cousins May and Ellen were an angel and a lamb. Super cute, and the kids did a really good job- even Jay. =)
Here are the kids after church today, in their new Christmas duds. Pretty cute, huh? Look how old my Jay is looking, especially after his first haircut! Speaking of church, today went incredibly well. After a nightmare of a Sacrament Meeting last week (I am not kidding, just ask anyone in our ward), David and I set up seating assignments, where all of the kids are separate and able to be hushed at a moments notice by mom or dad. It goes, Nathan, against the wall, David holding Jay, Emily in between, me holding Betsy, and Aubrey at the end of the bench on the aisle. I can't believe we hadn't tried this one before! And just in case we are not the only ones out there wrestling multiple kids all through Sacrament Meeting, that hadn't thought of this ingenious idea, try it! The kids got restless after about 45 minutes, which is understandable, but, wow, what a great meeting, idea, and future plan for the Peterson bench at church. And along with other church related news, we are looking forward to next week.... our meeting time is changing from 9am to 11am. It will be heaven. We may actually show up on time...we shall see....
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Nathan: "Daddy, do you know who the first super hero I ever knew is?"
Nathan: "Jesus. And the second one was Superman, then Spiderman, then Batman."
David: "Jesus is a real person, and the other ones are just pretend."
Nathan: "I know. Isn't Jesus cool?"
And then he ran off and started playing again. What a wonderful kid. I am one lucky momma to have him!
The next few moments were a blur to me, but I know that I somehow got into the OB department, in a bed of sorts, and there she came. Needless to say, they were not prepared for me to be having a baby. Emily laid there on the foot of my bed for a few minutes while they got the bassinet thing turned on, and stuff to clean up the mess! We entered the hospital doors at 11:52pm, and she was born at 11:54pm. TWO minutes later. She was 36 weeks, 4 days gestation. Weighed 6 lbs 11 oz, and was completely healthy.
So here is my Emily now..... Such a wonderful girl. This age has turned out to be her "terrible two" stage. She is still a wonderful, tender girl, yet she is such a stinker sometimes! She was babied quite a bit, and it has turned on us now, and created a monster of sorts. More on that later.... BUT, even with all that, we love our Emily more then anything, and she is such a great girl, a good helper, and a sweet spirit. We love you Jo-jo beans! Happy 4th Birthday!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Yesterday we all loaded up in the van and went to see Nathans Christmas Program for the first graders. He had been practicing for weeks, and did awesome. We came over 5 minutes early and were still on the very last row of benches. By the time the program began there were people standing everywhere. We couldn't see a thing the whole time, but I did sneak up front for a few minutes and grabbed a few shots of Nathan and his class. He made his momma proud! At least we got a seat, right?
This morning I met up with my kids and hubby over at Davids parents house where the girls helped Grandma make her treat plates for Christmas. They really enjoy cooking and helping. I am looking forward to getting my kitchen back, so I can enjoy baking and cooking again. Hopefully I will finally find joy in it.... we shall see.
Nathan fell in the mud at school this afternoon and I was called on my cell phone on my way back home to come a pick him up. There was only 30 minutes left of school, so it was pretty much pointless to take him home, change him, and bring him back, just to have him come home 10 minutes later. He was scared that I would have been mad that he fell in the mud. I felt bad that he was afraid of me and what my reaction might be. I explained to him that I was not mad, and by the time we got home, he was smiling. Plus, he sure looked cute with his back-side all covered in mud!! But, it made me re-evaluate how I react to things. I have to admit that patience is not one of my strong suits (just ask David). I do over-react about things, more often then I should. I am just happy that I have very good kids, that love me despite my imperfections in being their mommy.
Tomorrow is Emilys 4th birthday, and I am looking forward to sharing her story for all you readers. Its a good one, so tune in tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So here is a few pics of the festivities last night---
It was fun to see Jay eat his cake! At first he didn't quite know what it was. After a few moments of investigation, poking and squishing, he dug right in. He picked up the entire piece of cake and shoved it in! We all had a good laugh! The girls sure enjoyed this party. Everyone was very kind and gave them some great gifts-- doll sets, clothing, stuffed animals, a puzzle, a baby spin-top toy, hair clips, etc. It was a fun night!
And last but not least is a picture of just moments after Jay took his first steps! It was very thoughtful and convienient for Jay to take his first steps on his birthday. It will make it easier for me to remember! =)
Monday, December 15, 2008
So, with that, here is my tile, with grout in it! David worked hard last night putting the grout in, and I came along later (aka... after the kids were in bed) and began wiping it with the sponge. It was a late night, and we didn't hit the sack until 12:45am. Not much sleep for an already sleep deprived mommy.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Rewind 26 years ago next month. My mom and dad nervously placed their 15 month old girl in a cardiologist's hands for a rather serious heart surgery. I had a coartation of the aorta. I still don't fully understand what that means, but I do know that they put a patch on my heart so I could continue living a healthy, happy life. The surgery went well, yet during recovery I suffered a stroke that left me completely paralyzed on my right side. I lost all functions that I had learned. I had to re-learn swallowing, walking, writing..... I can't imagine the stress my parents went through from me. I started therapies, and along with many prayers and fasting, I regained everything. My only side effect.....I am now left-handed.
Fast-forward to this afternoon. I went into the radiology department at the hospital for a echo cardiogram. Sounds fancy, huh? It is actually just an ultrasound of the heart. I laid there comfortably on the table, watching the miracle of the heart. What a fascinating organ. I think most of us never give a second thought to the process of the heart. I don't really understand it either, yet watching my very own heart beat was amazing. It makes me truly grateful that God has given me a functioning heart, a life, and a family.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Aubrey is quite a personality! She is stubborn, defiant and a little spitfire, JUST LIKE ME! I love her more then anything, and can often see myself in her....she is my revenge =). BUT, I wouldn't trade her for the world. She is such a sweet, caring sister, and loves to play "mommy" with her baby dolls, and even with Betsy and Jay. She is a very independent, helpful, FUN girl. She has tons of energy and we love our sweet pea! Happy Birthday, Aubrey!
But wait, there's more! Yesterday we were hit with a bit of snow (about 2 inches), and so David's repair job for the day (fixing a roof), was postponed, and so he stayed home from work and focused all his energys on my kitchen. AND.... he had help. Mathan, his brother-in-law came too! They accomplished SO much! Here are some of the shots of the progress throughout the day.....
Here are some pretty big pantry cabinets that we repaired and installed yesterday. There was a damaged hindge or two from the move, so we have to replace those, that is why the doors are off. We put the plug outlet in the cabinet on the left and will be putting our microwave in one of them. There is still a little bit of work on these, but they are installed! Talk about storage!! Those cabinets more then double the storage in this house! I love 'um!
Here is the handywork of Mathan. He built and installed a cabinet floor and the filler pieces along this wall of cabinets. He does very good work and I am so happy he came today!Here is my floor going in! That's Mathan, laying the first few tiles in the spot where my dishwasher will eventually be. David is watching and waiting for the first measurements for the cuts....
And here he is on the tile cutter. He was out in the backyard, freezing! By the late afternoon, the tiles he was bringing in had ice forming on them! Poor guy.And here is the final product. We had to stop with some rough edges because we will be continuing this same tile and pattern throughout the family room and down the halls. That project is for later, when we get a little more money saved up. Isn't is pretty????
So, I am more then excited and happy about my kitchen. We had planned on going up to Show Low to Home Depot last night, but duty calls and David went and did some Elder Quorum visits and meetings instead. It worked out okay because we were pretty worn out and the kids were grumpy! And who wants to go shopping with five kids who are whining and crying?!?!? NOT US! We are planning on going up tonight now. We are buying the countertops and the ceiling fan. After we get home I think we might try and get the grout in that very pretty tile! More to come....
I know that last shot is bad, but it is of us actually on stage, and taken from probably about 15 rows back. Doing that kind of stuff is so much fun! I really had a great time, and hope more opportunities like that come again. One of my bigger regrets is that I didn't take the chance of being in high school plays and musicals and continuing my voice, piano and dance lessons. I would have loved it! I had my priorities WAY off. Oh well, hind site is 20/20. I plan on doing more of this type of stuff after Jay has made it to kindergarten, so in about 4 or 5 years. It will be a good thing for me. I have found a new joy in music. I have always loved music, but the more I find myself practicing and performing, the better I love it!
Friday, December 5, 2008
The part that my dad graciously ordered us last week has come in, been installed, and did the trick. I can't tell you how good it feels to have a washer again! It has been almost 3 months, and it sure feels good to get my laundry piles under control again. I did 4 loads of laundry in just about 3 hours, and didn't mind a bit! Given, they are still in a basket needing to be folded, but hey, they are clean and it didn't take a trip to the laundromat either!
So JOY and LAUNDRY in the same sentence is a first for me, that is for sure. But it is how I am feeling. It will wear off all too soon, I am certain. But for now, I am going to bask in my joy of laundry.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, my sisters all came over and we made gingerbread houses. It is a fun tradition that we always do right after Thanksgiving. I made one for us and David and Aubrey made another one for Davids parents. It is always fun to make them, and even more fun to eat the candy in the process of construction! In the picture of Aubrey's house, David is joking around in the background, I promise I did not "catch him" picking his nose!! He thought he was being funny...... hehehehe!
We drove home Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a nice talk while the kids all slept. I love our drives between Snowflake and Mesa.... it gives us a good two hours of silence and time to just talk to each other. It was a fun trip! Hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as ours! FOOD, FAMILY, FUN!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I am usually a bag kind of girl, but for Christmas I always wrap.
2. Real tree or Artificial?
Artificial. Real trees make a mess, especially with kids...I have first-hand knowledge on that one.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually within a week of Thanksgiving. Haven't gotten to it yet this year.
4. When do you take the tree down?
5. Do you like eggnog?
Love it! Its really good with some Sprite mixed with it. YUM!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Both sets of Rollerblades. I got one when I was about 11, and another nicer set when I was about seventeen.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
My father-in-law. Still don't know???
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Me, because I know what I want. If only my hubby would listen to those hints I have been dropping!
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes. I brought it at a yard sale right before we got married, along with our bedroom set and microwave.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
None of the above. I try to do a "Christmas letter". Haven't gotten to that one either yet, and don't think I will. Sorry. =)
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
No offense honey, but a wall calender. It had great pictures in it, but... a calender...really???
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
About two weeks before Christmas. Not yet this year.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Christmas present, no...... Wedding present, yup.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything! I love food, and there is always plenty of it during the holidays.
16. Lights on the tree?
Yup. How else would you wind your day down? Nothing like listening to music and watching your Christmas tree lights in the dark of the night.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Mannheim Steamrollers Hark, How the Bells! and Adams Sandlers Happy Hanukkah... OJ Simpson, not a Jew! =)
8. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
It depends on the year. Is it a Barton or Peterson year? This year we are staying home.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Yes, I am pretty sure I can, although I don't have the energy right now to even try.
20. Angel on the tree-top or a star?
Star. I made it in Young Women's when I was about 15. It is gold, huge and heavy.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
One present on Christmas Eve, usually the pajamas. Then the rest on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Being sick. No matter what, I am ALWAYS sick at Christmastime. In fact I can't even remember a year that I was healthy Christmas morning. And yes, I am sick, again.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
I love red, and it is fun to see red everywhere this time of year. My favorite ornament is a bear on a sled that David bought me at the Denver airport in July, even before we were engaged.
24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner?
My moms chowder that she makes every year. And for breakfast, Captain Crunch with Berries... the only cold cereal we EVER got as kids!