Upcoming Holiday Events

November 15 – January 1
The Gift of Lights
Description: See beautiful Holiday lights all through the season.
Location: LV Motor Speedway                                                                                       Time: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Cost: $12 per car, $2 discount with a bag of clothes for Goodwill donations.
 
November 15 – January 15
Heritage Street Holidays
Description: Come see houses from Christmas past. The museum has decked their houses in period decor from the 40s, ’50s and ’60s. You’ll also receive recipes that were popular during each of those times.
Location: Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Adults $1.50, Seniors/Children $1
 
November 17 – January 15
MonteLago Village Ice Skating Rink
Description: Ice Skating at MonteLago Village throughout the holiday season.
Location: MonteLago Village, Lake Las Vegas
Time: Varies, but generally daily from 3pm-9pm Closed December 5-15 and Christmas Day
Cost: Adults $15, Kids $12

 
November 23 – December 30
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Description: Stroll through the whimsical holiday forest with decorated trees and displays, ride the Enchanted Carousel and the Forest Express Train. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy
hot cider and live music.
Location: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey, Las Vegas, NV
Time: 5:30pm to 10pm
Cost: $9 Adults, $7 Children 3-12, Free Children 2 and under
 
November 24 – December 23
Christmas Caroling on Horseback
Description: It’s a perfect holiday tradition. Take a 45-minute tour either on horseback or in a horse-pulled wagon singing Christmas carols. Then, eat a delicious country-style dinner.
Location: Sagebrush Ranch, exit 80 from I-15 North
Time: 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm
Cost: $30

November 30 – December 10
Country Christmas Western Gift Expo
Description: Find the perfect gifts for the cowboys and cowgirls in your life.
Location: Sand’s Expo Center 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 1
West Las Vegas Holiday Tree Trimming Party
Description: Bring the kids out to this decorating party. Children are invited to be creative in making the library festive.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: FREE

December 2 – 16
WinterFest
Description: Henderson is celebrating the holidays with all kinds of fun. See the official tree lighting, ice skate, and ride on a horse-drawn cart.
Location: Henderson Events Plaza 200 South Water Street, Henderson
Time: 5pm – 8pm, nightly; Craft day on 9th 10am – 4pm
Cost: Varies by event

December 2
Flute Quartet Holiday Music Concert
Description: The Quadrivium Flute Quartet performs various favorite Christmas and Hanukah songs to celebrate the winter holidays.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 2
City Lights Chorus Annual Holiday Show
Description: A barbershop quartet will sing holiday favorites. It’s a great show for the whole family.
Location: Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm and 7pm
Cost: 2pm $6, 7pm $10

December 2
Stardusters’ 27th Annual Toys for Tots Dance
Description: Dance the night away at this square dance benefiting Toys for Tots.
Location: East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center 250 North Eastern Avenue
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Cost: $6 or $3 with new, unwrapped toy

 
 
December 2
Shopping Days: Holiday Activities
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20

 
December 4
Gingerbread House Crafts
Description: Work together as a family to create your perfect gingerbread house. Heather and Steve will teach you how.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

 
December 4
Desert Chorale’s Annual Celebration of Christmas
Description: The Desert Chorale will sing beautiful Christmas music that will bring the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Let’s Celebrate Winter
Description: Get all toasty inside the library with stories about the fun of winter.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: FREE
  
December 5 – 16
Holiday Festival
Description: There’s always a party going on at the Fremont Street Experience, especially during the holidays.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: all day
Cost: FREE

December 5
Gingerbread House Demonstration
Description: Learn the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE
 
  
December 5
Henderson Symphony Orchestra
Description: Listen to seasonal favorites performed by the Henderson Symphony and local high school choirs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center 500 Harris Street
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Holiday Guitar Concert
Description: The Guitar Society of Las Vegas presents their annual Christmas concert with seasonal favorites played beautifully on guitar.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 5
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Description: See the Fremont Street Tree lit up for Christmas.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE

December 6
Hello, Christmas!
Description: Join Hello Kitty as she travels the world exploring how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 7
Gingerbread Houses
Description: the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
 
December 8
Mariachi Holiday Concert
Description: The Clark County School District Mariachi Music Instructional Program presents a holiday concert.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Great Santa Run
Description: Join the fun and raise some funds for Opportunity Village. Runners will receive a Santa suit to wear to make this 5K run even more festive.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: $45

December 9
Winter Wonderland
Description: Play in the ‘snow’ and eat a treat made specially by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 11am – 12pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9 – 10
A Holiday Celebration
Description: The Las Vegas Philharmonic invites you to celebrate the holiday with them at their annual Holiday concert.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
Cost: $27 – $69

December 9
The Gift of Giving
Description: Create a wonderful gift for someone special in your life.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Home for the Holidays
Description: The Nevada Chamber Symphony proudly presents its annual Holiday concert. This year they welcome Lamping Elementary School Upper Choir as special guest performers. Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE

Great Gifts!

December 9
Shopping Days: Gingerbread Houses
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 9
Candy Cane Lane
Description: Toddlers will hunt for candy canes throughout the center and have a special visit from Santa. Register by Dec. 6. 1-4 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 10am
Cost: $3

December 9
WinterFest Craft Fair
Description: Browse the many handmade crafts, activities and food concessions at this outdoor event.
Location: Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Nutcracker Suite Tea Party
Description: Come dressed as your favorite character from “The Nutcracker,” and enjoy games, a craft project, tea party etiquette lesson and tea party. 4-8 yrs.
Location: Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $20

December 9
Mommy and Me Holiday Tea
Description: Moms and daughters are invited to a semi-formal tea and fashion show. 3-8 yrs. with a parent.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10 pair
  
December 10
Winter Craft Extravaganza Description: Make a winter craft at this craft day.
Location: Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
A Custom Letter From Santa 

December 10
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Description: The amazing musicians of the world famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play Holiday favorites.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $38, $48
  
December 11
Snowflakes, Snowflakes Everywhere!
Description: Learn how to make 3-dimensional giant snowflakes and other holiday crafts.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE

December 12
Christmas & Holiday Party
Description: Bring the whole family out to deck the halls at the Kids for Saving the Earth annual holiday party.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 12
Winter Concert
Description: Listen to beautiful seasonal music played by the talented young people of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 13
The Polar Express Shadow Show
Description: See the wonderful story of the Polar Express told with shadows.
Location: Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 14 – 17
Donny Osmond Christmas Show
Description: The lovable Donny Osmond sings wonderful Christmas music to celebrate the season.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 8pm
Cost: $49.95 – $69.95

December 14 – 27
The Nutcracker Ballet
Description: Nevada Ballet Theatre presents it’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker. Make this performance a holiday tradition.
Location: Judy Bayley Theatre (UNLV Campus)
Time: Thursday – Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 4:30pm
Cost: $39
  
 December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $5
Age: 9-17 years old
  
December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $15
Age: Family of four
  
December 16
Holiday Dance Concert
Description: UNLV dance department presents an eclectic mix of dance styles all celebrating the season.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Ho Ho Ho!
Description: Listen to holiday stories and then walk over to the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum to create a paper plate poinsettia.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Christmas Gift Creation
Description: Come make a special gift for a special person in your life.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
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December 16
Shopping Days: Stuff-A-Bear Reindeer
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 16
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Description: Join us for a Charlie Brown-themed afternoon featuring a movie, tree decorating and a holiday party. 5-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $8

December 16
A Great Escape
Description: Kids enjoy an afternoon of fun with games, and arts & crafts while parents get started or finish their holiday shopping. A holiday snack will be provided. 4-12 yrs.
Location: Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, Henderson
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: $1
  
December 16
Sitting with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a holiday visit. See the elves’ workstations as they help you with your own holiday art project. Pictures may be taken with Santa for $2 each. Register by Dec. 10. 1-12 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time:  9:00-11:30 am
Cost: $5

December 16
Breakfast with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a traditional holiday pancake breakfast with all the trimmings. Pictures may be taken with Santa to commemorate the event. Parents are invited to dine with their children. Register by Nov 28. 12 yrs. & under.
Location: Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road, Henderson
Time:  9:00-10:15 am
Cost: $10
  
December 17
Polar Express
Description: Join a young boy on an incredible journey on the Polar Express.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 18
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Description: Watch the original animated version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 20
The Night before Christmas
Description: The whole family will enjoy this retelling of the amusing poem “The Night Before Christmas” and making crafts to go along with the story.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 20
Broadway Bound Divas Holiday Show
Description: Five talented young singers put on a holiday show singing seasonal favorites.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 21
Creative Holiday Crafts for Teens
Description: Teens will learn how to make some neat holiday cards using computer software.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 21 – 24
Hawaiian Christmas Show
Description: A Christmas with island flavor.
Location: Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $33 – $44
  
December 21
Holiday Card Stamping with Sandi Brown
Description: Bring your imagination and Sandi Brown will teach you to use stamps to make fabulous holiday cards.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 22-23
Santa’s Phone Line
Description: Santa or one of his elves will personally telephone your child at a predetermined time on Christmas Eve to chat about your child’s holiday wish list and the season. 1-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 12/22 10am-7:45pm, 12/23 10am-2pm
Cost: $3

I Need Fog

Well, actually I need a fog machine.  Anyone have one or have connections to get me one to use next Wed evening? 

I saw the most amazing and simple fire safety lesson last weekend at a preparedness fair and want to recreate it for my ward’s preparedness activity taking place on the 22nd.

Geez it’s like old classroom days trying to gather all your materials and resources for such a simple activity.

Stop drop & roll: huge stop sign get kid’s attention and we discuss then act out what to do if they ever catch on fire.

Hand on door: during a fire you are supposed to use the back of your hand to feel if a door is hot. ( That way you burn the less used part of your hand and don’t have to worry about burned fingers later as you try to do all your regular day to day tasks with burned fingers I guess).  If the door isn’t hot then it would be safe to open and go in/ out during a fire.

Smoking room: Set up furniture around room and turn on fog machine to simulate what a room might look like during a fire.  Participants then have to crawl through the smoke to the designated exit.

Coloring books/ dress up: participants may wear fire fighting clothes, boots, hats, and color in the fire safety coloring books provided.

I’m excited!  Just need a fog machine!

*note- we got a fog machine AND fire fighter clothes to make our fire safety room a big success.  It was great!

Day at the Museum

So my ward has weekly playgroups and then monthly field trips for moms/ dads with little kiddos who aren’t in school.  We went to the Lied Children’s Discovery Museum and seriously could have stayed until closing and still had tons to do!  My boys loved it!  I met a friend who I haven’t seen since Jr. High and of course, we pick right back up where we left off and got caught up in the short amount of time.   This was definitely one place we will return to in the summer since there’s so much to do and see and for all ages!

My Angel Has Sinned

Well Mikey has finally done something we never thought we’d have to deal with in this house, at least not him.  He’s our well-behaved, follows all the rules, tells us when someone else isn’t following the rules, smart, little boy who last week before Christmas got curious.   We didn’t find it until today!

When all was said and done he managed to highlight the back of our doors in 2 rooms with yellow, blue, green, orange and pink highlighters.  He then got on a chair and continued to highlight on the doors and walls from a higher location.  And that wasn’t enough!  Then he used a whole roll of tape to decorate the doors and walls in these two rooms until the spool ran out.

The funny thing is last week (I think Christmas Eve) I heard him playing with the tape and thought nothing of it.  He usually hangs his pictures and presents for Daddy on his office door.  And I was going to walk into my office and he says, ” Oh no mommy, don’t go in there!  It’s a huge mess and we’ll need to clean it up!”  I peek in and all I saw was my wrapping paper mess from the night before.  Little did I know.

So of course we’ve talked to him and worked together with him to clean up what will come off the walls and doors.  We can’t get too upset, because I don’t think we’ve ever told him before now that we only color on paper.  Lesson learned!  And a lesson in parenting as well!  Make the punishment fit the crime and maybe we shouldn’t have waited until Christmas to give him coloring books, easel refill paper, and art pads!

Word Games

mikey-cox

Mikey came up with a game that we just can’t get enough of around here.  We play in the car as we’re traveling around and at home.  Joshy tries to play and is starting to say a few letter sounds as a result.

Mikey: Let’s play a game.  We say words that start with the /s/ /s/ /s/ s sound.  /s/ /s/ stop.

Me: /s/ /s/ Santa

Mikey: ooh that’s a good one, Mommy.  /s//s/ snake

We play for a while and then Mikey will see or read something and want to change the letter.  It’s a fun little game that can go on for a long or short time. Here’s some of my favorites that Mikey has said:

/b/ /b/ Box Tops for Education

/n/ /n/ Nevada

/m/ /m/ mommy

/k/ /k/ Caillou (correct sound, just not starting with the letter k)

/l/ /l/ Leap and Lilly (Leapfrog characters)

This kid amazes me more and more each and every day.  Not sure what we’ll do come kindergarten time, but we still have a while.

Pencil Bouquets

colored-pencils

So I’m coloring little family member finger puppets for my nursery class lesson and Mikey decides we should sharpen all the colored pencils.  Great idea, except I don’t think Joshy is quite ready for pencil sharpening.  Loading the washer and dryer, yes.  Pushing pencils in the electric sharpener, no!  Mikey on his own came up with the plan to let Josh watch the sharpening take place on a chair, then hand Josh a handful of pencils to go take to Mommy.  Joshy happily brings the little handful bouquets to me and grins while toddling back to get more. 

It totally took me back to classroom teaching days.  Every kid wanted a classroom job, especially class leader.  There were those students who were the best little cleaners and pencil sharpeners.  And I loved when the responsible kids were the ones who were the leaders, because they would remember those important duties like taking the lunch count and attendance folder to the right place all on their own, no reminders needed. 

So here’s to learning and growing and teaching each other one little lesson at time.  May my kids learn important skills to help them cooperate and interact appropriately at home and school and play.

June Events

Solar Oven Cooking- So Mike is getting pretty savvy with cooking in his solar oven.  I finally took pictures of the whole process to show how easy it is to use.  Basically you set it outside on a flat surface (or desert landscaping as in our case) facing the sun and set up the silver reflector thingies.  Those flaps are similar to flaps on a cardboard box so if you can open a box, you can set up a solar oven.  Wait a while and then go and check the temp on the thermostat that’s inside the solar oven.  When it’s hot (and it doesn’t take long) then use oven mitts to open the glass top lid and put your pot of food on the little swing inside the oven.  Go and check like every 1/2 hour to poke food and see if it’s done and also to rotate your oven since the sun moves and your box may be in the shade. 

We’ve done things backwards in that we’ve only cooked meats in our oven.  It’s sooooo juicy and delicious.  Even something as common as  a hotdog takes on a whole new flavor when cooked in the sun oven.  We think meat is much better tasting after cooking in our solar oven.  Most people start with bread or water to try out the oven.  Here’s some great recipesfor cooking with a solar oven.  Maybe we should have a BBQ without the grill and make hot dogs in our solar oven.

Joshy Milestones- We’re growing by leaps and bounds and walking!  Josh took his first steps at 15 months while Mike and Mikey were in St. George visiting Grandma. What was interesting is that he didn’t take 2 steps and fall down.  He walked across the family room from the tv to the couch and then preceded to walk from 1 piece of furniture to the next.  My sis-in-law the kid expert (or so we all believe) said that kids who hit milestones “later” tend to do better at them.  In this case, taking lots of steps before falling down and having hardly any time between learning to walk and then taking off and running.  Another biggy is that he is weaned. Freedom!!  Not too bad when all was said and done, but getting to that point sure seemed like forever.  He’s still pretty small (3rd percentile) and hasn’t hit the magic 20 lb mark yet so we’ll wait until his 18 month appt. to turn his carseat forward facing.  He doesn’t seem to mind facing backward since he can see and play with Mikey pretty well while we’re driving.

Staycation- One of the vendors Mike’s company uses had a customer appreciation event way in the middle of no where, seriously!  We packed up the car and headed north to Apex then west past Coyote Springs.  Discount Dumpsters is a family owned and operated business which has a ranch, landfill, man made lake, airplane runway, and animals all out there for family and friends to enjoy.  They had a BBQ, landfill tours, and lots of excitement in such an unusual setting.  We had a blast and would love to get to know these people better.

Being the house hunters we are, we couldn’t help ourselves being that close to Coyote Springs to go exploring. There’s just a golf course so far.

April in Review

I kind of think I should just unload my camera’s pics at the end of the month and then blog a recap of important events to go along with the select few pictures.  Sounds easy and organized in my mind at least!

Well, let’s start where we still remember what was happening:

Anniversary- Mike and I have been married for a mere 5 years.  All is well in the Cox House of Fun.  We spend more time apart than together, but nightschool ends soon and I definitely have more time with my new calling.  Do we argue and disagree?  Of course, but when it comes down to it, we love eachother and have only knocked out 5 years of an eternity.  We are so in this for the long run.  Love you babe!  And since the “traditional” gift for a 5 year anniversary is wood, Mike was creative and got me a gift card to Home Depot knowing I would buy my materials to make my square foot garden boxes.  He also got me a gift card to Michael’s craft store to maybe buy some wood craft project and a gift card to Old Navy to buy something to wear that’s not wood!?!  Combine that with my $45 dollar off coupon and you’ve got a great deal to go shopping!  I love creative thinking for presents outside of the box- ha ha, no pun intended

Daddy's Little Helper
Daddy’s Little Helper

 

Boys Hard at Work
Boys Hard at Work

 

Square Foot Garden Box #1
Square Foot Garden Box #1

Easter: We have a tradition to invite Mike’s ATech HS friends and their kids over for an potluck picnic and Easter egg hunt at the park behind our house.  This was our 3rd annual Easter Eggstravaganza and we opened it up to our neighborhood group and church friends and had a record 45 people!  I didn’t even say hi to everyone, because I was making sure the food table was well stocked, but everyone ate, kids got to hunt for eggs, and then they all left!  Worked out great in my opinion =o)

Lightning McQueen Easter Basket
Lightning McQueen Easter Basket Josh and the Fox Family
Walking on the Wall

Walking on the Wall

The next day (real Easter Sunday) we went to the Lee’s who are in our ward and our kids and us adults have become really great friends.  We made homemade pizza and had a great Easter egg hunt.  Nice laid back time for all to enjoy.
My 3 Boys

My 3 Boys

 

Sharing the Loot

Sharing the Loot

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

 

My 1st Homemade Pizza

My 1st Homemade Pizza

Ta Da

Ta Da

 

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

New Calling: On Easter Eve I had a thought pop in my mind before I went to bed that the new RS presidency would be called the next day.  I bawled like a baby.  I have never had such an intense calling that pushed me to my limits, out of my comfort zone, and really made me question my beliefs and testimony.  Nothing can prepare you for a calling like that (in the RS presidency) more than going to the temple and being assured that you are doing this all for Heavenly Father and that He will provide a way and means for you to handle your calling, family, and other obligations.  I have never experienced such excruciating headaches than those on a Sunday afternoon, but I have never been able to say that I know a name and face of more than 75% of the sisters in my ward personally either.  I loved my calling, especially getting out and really getting to know the sisters.  There were struggles- food orders, a never ending revolving door of move ins and move outs like no other, and the occassional overscheduling of meetings on a school night, but I loved it.  I made up the rest of the diaper cakes (Mikey attempted to help) and was so excited to clear out my binders, manuals, and other RS things getting passed on to the new couselor which made some space in my house for food storage- yay!

My new calling is a Primary worker specifically in the nursery.  I’ll admit that I was a bit resentful at first since I would go from knowing everything about events and happenings in RS to knowing nothing since my 2 hours of the block would now be spent with 18-36month olds. But thanks to a wonderful Bishop who gave me a blessing, I can now rest assured that this is where I am supposed to be. All my worries and doubts have faded away and I honestly look forward to my huge classroom with 12 little kiddos ready and eager to learn of Jesus. The Lord needs me at this time to help foster the bity testimonies of His little ones.  I love a challenge and this is for sure a challenge!  So far I’ve relied on my college degree to help me in this area, but more importantly I’ve relied on the Lord.  That’s an important lesson right there!  I’m ready and anxious and seriously want to teach these kids to read!  I’ve got the 1st hour down as far as books and singing songs and now we just need some fine tuning to the second hour to make this little ship run smooth.  I am 1 of 3 teachers in this class actually so the extra help with crowd control really works wonders, thankgoodness for that!  This coming Sunday will be my 3rd time in there and it gets better (less behavior problems) each and every time!  Another important lesson is to take the initiative to still do the things you did before as far as reaching out to other sisters to make them feel welcomed to the ward.  And knowing about the RS activities might be a bit more difficult, but I still do what I can to find out and attend and do my part.  I am enjoying my Sunday calling and while I do miss my RS calling at times, I do know that it’s someone else’s turn to shine and serve the Lord to improve the education in RS at this time.  It’s someone else’s turn for serving and dealing with everyone else’s issues!

Mikey's Creative Touch
Mikey’s Creative Touch

 

Diaper Cakes Galore

Diaper Cakes GaloreYum Strawberry Group Order

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Did you know that the Hotel at Mt. Charleston is super cheap and is starting to offer discounts and fun events to Las Vegas locals?  Well Mike is director of IT (fancy name for being their computer fix it guy) for the company who owns and runs the place and he came across their deal to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner up there.  Add on the employee discount, invite the Lee’s to come along for the fun, get a room for the Stevensons so they could babysit the kiddos for 2 hours, get all fancied up for a real date without kiddos in tow and you’ve got yourself a really nice grown up party! 

We were told shirt and tie, but apparently our idea of formal dress and the rest of the guests ideas were way off!  Oh well!  We were the best dressed couples that evening and had fun socializing with strangers and figuring out if Cougar the golf star, London the rich movie star, the cupcake baker, or the recently unemployeed lawyer did it in the ballroom with the snow globe!  None of us won, but we had fun trying!  Oh, and Mikey got sick on the way up and puked all over my car!   And then it happened in the middle of the night on the comforter, but at least he was in his own bed at the hotel and not sleeping between us.  I don’t handle vomit very well, but this poor sick kid I think has gotten me over being afraid of puke- I didn’t have a choice really!

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

My Hot Date!

My Hot Date!

 

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Morning After

The Morning After

Little Cheifs

Little Cheifs

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

 

Whew!  That’s a bunch in April, but I think I’m on to something doing this unload pics and blog all at once!  Stay tuned for more!

50 Nifty United States

So Mikey has become quite the little geography whiz since getting his big USA floor puzzle.  We’re potty training  and after a successful #2 he looked in the toilet and exclaimed: “Wow! My poop looks like Hawaii!”  I dread the day when Alaska or Texas comes, because Hawaii took at least 20 minutes!!

Mikey passed an elementary school in St. George and said, “When I turn 5 I can go to that school.”

Daddy: That school is in Utah and you have to live in Utah to attend their schools. 

Mikey: We should move.

Mike: Where should we move?

Mikey: (after thinking about it a while) KANSAS!

Sorry west coast.  My 3 year old isn’t too excited for your school system!

1+1+1=1

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To anyone who has little kids or teaches little kids, you have to check this out!  This amazing mom has the best homemade ideas for teaching children, well, anything!  So much stuff, so little time.  Talk about great ideas to keep your kids quiet during church, or stuff to go along with the little book you are reading at home, or stuff for home schooling if you go that route.   It’s so simple and yet so cool!  My 3 year old is going to love me!!!  There’s printables, beanbags,   arts and crafts, oh just go check out the site already!

There is an alphabetical list of activities at the very bottom of this page that go along with the projects from the 1+1+1=1 blog: http://lapbooksbycarisa.homestead.com/TotSchool.html