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

Government Workers

One day, two city public works department laborers worked as a team in which one dug a hole and the other followed behind and filled the hole.  They worked up one side of the street and down the other, then they moved on to the next street working furiously all day with one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again. 
 
A passerby noticed and watched for a while very much amused until he was no longer able to contain his curiosity, and so he approached the two city workers and asked the hole digger, “I’m very much impressed by the effort you two are putting into your work, but why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind you and fill it up again?” 
 
The hole digger wiped his brow and replied,  “Well, I suppose it looks odd to you.  But the truth is, we’re normally a three-person team.  However, today the guy who puts the tree into the hole called in sick.”

Good December Morning!

The Morning Crew

Is it just me or does baby girl look like she’s about to stick out her tongue? 

We’ve all eaten breakfast and we’re dressed.  Some of us have done those things twice  today!  So I know Decembers are notorious for being overly busy, but I feel buried in stuff so deep that I need to do that I seriously think I’ll make pb+j sandwiches and leave out some crackers, juice boxes, and movies and let the kids fend for themselves today.  Baby finally fell asleep and I’m ready to curl up under my covers as well and take a nap. Don’t ask me what I have done today, because it’s a whole lot shorter of a list than what I should be doing.  Maybe I’ll dream of starting that do to list or even better, I’ll finish it while I’m slumbering.

My Christmas cards are done and ordered!  I’ve got that going for me so far this month.  Here’s to a good day, week, month filled with holiday cheer for all!

Summer Swim Time

We live by a really cool site in our new residence.  It looks just like a beach and has a shallow lake with beach chairs, life guards, and cabanas.  Every Tuesday this summer we would invite some friends over and head to the Lagoon for a few hours of swimming and then a picnic lunch. 

 Hannah did really well to just sleep in her carrier for the majority of our trips. Oh those were the days =o)

 Mikey was so eager to head out to the deeper part (3 feet) that on one occasion he forgot to put on his life jacket and floaties and started bobbing up and down yelling for help!  Aunt Michelle (who was not planning on getting wet) quickly ran out to him and pulled him back to shore.  The lifeguards then took notice that something was wrong!   The next week Michelle had purchased Mikey a bright yellow Sponge Bob swimsuit that had built in floaties.  That suit is awesome!  He could go out to the deep end and stay head afloat with no help from me.   He also liked riding the paddle boats with Aunt Michelle and waving at us from the other side of the bridge.

Joshy was easy to keep track of.  He was the only kid NOT in the water.  He’d sit on the edge of the water and play with buckets and sand the whole time.  He hated having a life jacket on or the arm floaties.  About 2 trips before the Lagoon closed for the summer he finally gave swimming a try and loved it.  We got a little floaty boat thing that he could sit in and that’s what he really liked.  So he only got in the water 2 different times, but tanned like he was swimming everyday the entire summer!  He still has tan lines! Not sure how he got so lucky. 

We’ll see how many times we’ll go next summer, since I’m sure 3 kiddos will want to swim at the same time and I’ll for sure loose track of them, but I’ll attempt just about anything once!

Hannah’s Name

Wahoo, 2 kiddos asleep and it’s not even bedtime!  That means it’s time to catch up on the blog!  Oh my beloved blog, how I’ve missed you!

  While I was pregnant with Baby GirlI was at my in-law’s house reading one of my m-i-law’s many many books.  (Seriously, she has a library room in her house with books that overflow into other rooms).  I think I was reading Return of the Christmas Jars and I was having a very difficult time following all the character’s and everything going on with them.  I was enjoying the book, just not really trying hard to figure out who was who and what their relevance in the story was.  Then I read a page about a character named Hannah and had the strongest feeling that I should name my kid Hannah.  Seriously, like a loud voice talking to me right there on the bed in that room where I was all alone!  I remember thinking in my mind, yeah right!  Hannah isn’t what I want to name my kid.  It’s not even in my top picks.  It’s not even on the list, because I never even considered the name.

But then the voice came again and said strongly that I should name your kid Hannah.

Uhhhhhh, Hannah.  I had to think hard and I really couldn’t remember the story of Hannah- you know, was that a Bible or Book of Mormon story and what did she do and all that stuff.  So I went to the source for all things knowledgeable and of good cheer and asked the all knowing hubby to tell me the story of Hannah.

He said Hannah was an amazing person.  She told the Lord that if He would allow her to have a child then she would dedicate the child to Him to be His servant.  So Hannah was able to have a son, Samuel, who served his life serving the Lord.  Hannah knew that in the big scheme of things that she would be reunited with her son again in the life hereafter and so that reassured her in this life.  She had faith and patience. 

Well that sounded good to me so I thought to myself, if I follow this prompting and do name my kid Hannah then she better be one really good kid!   That reminded me of a conversation I had a long time ago with some gals in the pool during water aerobics.  One said that you consult the Lord through the spirit on what to name you kids you will be blessed.  She had done it and she was very pleased with her 2 sons. 

So, I followed the prompting and named my kid Hannah!  And so far I really like the name and really like having a cute little girl!

It’s All Good

Did you pray really hard for me or something?  Well thanks, because it worked!  My days have been significantly better. 

My baby slept for like 3 hours straight during the day and I got some cleaning done.  There are no longer big colorful cereal chunks under the table. 

And the endless assortment of crayons/markers/colored pencils/ coloring books/ manuscript practice books/activity books/ construction paper/ journal paper/ arts n craft supplies has been neatly sorted and organized in bins, containers, and boxes and neatly placed within 2 cupboards. 

 I got my coupons organized into 2 Trapper Keeper binders and have too many!  (Any one need Red Plums, bc I’ve got connections.  I seriously get 10+ each week!). 

I busted out the Janine Brady cassette tapes and played them for my kids.  They loved it!  We marched around in the big parade and played animal charades.  Fun mom times!  Naptime was welcomed with a smile (which took less than 5 minutes to turn into a tired sleeping drooly face).

I got some much needed me time with the gals at sewing lessons on Thurs night.  I love just chatting it up with the girls and catching up on the happenings of dating, news in the former ward, projects we wished we could sew.

And today I took the kiddos to the Lied Children’s Museum AND the Berenstain Bear exhibit was still there!  How lucky is that? (We were the Berenstain Bears for Halloween this year).

So, the bad days happen, but they make the good days so much more enjoyable and appreciated.  Thank you bad day, you really don’t happen as often as you used to, but it’s all good.  Glad we can get back on track and enjoy the better moments in life.

All in a Day!

It’s been kind of an off day.  I woke up a bit on the late side, which always throws me off of my game, but the baby was sleeping in so I did too! 

She doesn’t do that so much anymore, the sleep thing that is.  She’s got a really weird burping  problem where she always has to burp.  Just when you think you get all the burps out and get her sleeping she’ll wake up within the hour with real tears and the uncomfortable painful shreiks, because she has to burp.  It’s just become my daily routine to hold her a lot throughout the day to keep her comfortable and happy.  So she doesn’t really take 2 naps like she used to. If I get 1 load of laundry washed AND dried then I feel successful!  Well today she fell asleep on her belly while playing on her playmat!  This is progress!  The first nap was maybe 30 minutes and she’s sleeping again now!  Knock on wood.  Taking down Halloween decorations filled the time. 

I of course thought that kidlet #3 would be so easy to manage and I could soothe my baby all while sitting down and mulitasking.  Not so much!

Dear little Josh didn’t take a nap today.  I didn’t even fight him over it, even though I know he needs a nap.  And he’s the kid who only knows loud and louder which is difficult when the little baby finally gets herself to sleep.  But today while watching tv he busts out singing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam and reminds me once again that small and simple things can prove great things!  I don’t give this kid enough credit, but he’s got such a soft sweet side that I usually forget it exists since he wakes up screaming hours before normal people even think about waking up.

And Mikey!  He’s in preschool now and has picked up on  what other kids say and do.  Some of it I’m okay with and others I know it was just a matter of time.  “I’m too tired,” or “I don’t want to.” seems to be his favorite answer to whatever I ask him to do and he’s becoming quite competitive.  Today he’s really tried my nerves.  Note to self- don’t take kids along when donating boxes of their old toys. 

It’s not too often I’m ready to throw in the towel, but today was pretty close.  Being a parent isn’t always easy, but I’m glad I’ve improved my patience a tad and that I was a classroom teacher before I was a parent.  The whole no spanking thing comes pretty easy to me, but sometimes it would be nice to send these kiddos away to someone else for a while like I did at the end of the school day and then greet them happily at the door the next morning =o)

I just wanted to get something out there on the blog to help relieve my tension I guess.  I know I am truly blessed to have kids and to also be able to stay home with them each and every day.  I’m not complaining, just admitting that some days are better (and worse) than others.  Today was one of the more difficult ones, but I do see the good in them.  And would you believe it?  The baby is still sleeping, the kids are finally quiet while they bask in front of the tv watching Cyberchase, and my freezer meal that I didn’t have thawed out is cooking away in the oven.  There’s a bit of smoke in the kitchen- the paper label and tape affixed to the foil top of my freezer meal is burning.  Note to self- follow your first instinct next time to remove the label before baking.  Let’s hope dinner still turns out okay!

Glad the day is almost done and that hubby is on his way home from work. I look around and see so much stuff that needs to be cleaned, fixed, put away, etc. that I just get overhelmed.  We still have boxes to unpack!  Can you believe that?

Labor Day 2010

Mike actually came with us this year to visit Gramps and Grams in Utah for Labor Day.  My mom was staying with us in Vegas so we squeezed like sardenes into the truck and made it safely to my parents’ house. We took it easy for the 3 day weekend and spent lots of time outdoors.  Mike even agreed to camp outside with boys in a tent! 

The cute little tent we got for a wedding present finally got some use in the backyard.  We don’t have any sleeping bags or much else for camping equipment, but we are excited to have a tent! The boys bundled up with flannel pjs and thick blankets and of course some flashlights and experienced the real outdoors. I slept inside with the baby and the comforts of heat and toilet and all those great luxuries.  Coming inside at sunrise was a bit early for my liking, but apparently it was cold out there!

We took the family up in the mountains for a nice little bbq, hiking by the river, and roasting marshmallows.  The boys loved the simplicity of it all and couldn’t get enough of the smores!  They had never roasted marshmallows over a camp fire, so Grandpa initiated them!  It was a bit too sticky and messy for Josh, but he did his best to not get grossed out by the goo!

All in all it was a trip over all too soon for our liking, but very much enjoyed!

We’re Ba-ack

It only took hubby 6 months to get my blog off an old server and onto where ever it is now.  That’s okay though, bc the important thing is he finally got it done.  And I got a new laptop for my birthday.  Replacing my old one only took like closer to 2 years, but it’s done and we’re on our way to blogging more frequently.  Stay tuned, bc I have lots to blog about.

Hannah’s 4 Month Stats

Hannah at 4 months:

15.6 pounds

she’s rolling over, grabbing and holding anything that gets close enough.  This includes willing and eager older brothers who like to tease her and then find themselves in her tight holding grasp and have to beg mommy to make Hannah let them  go.  Her items of choice are noses, hair, and big brother’s shirts, ears, and fingers.