Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas day

Historically I am terrible at photos. I'm trying to be better but this Christmas I have a legit excuse. I was SICK! Luckily it didn't hit until late Christmas Eve, so I was able to get everything set up. I got up for an hour in the morning to open presents with everyone and then I slept - all day :(. The kids had a great day and I got better soon after and had plenty of days to play with new toys and relax together. I have some cute videos of Christmas morning but posting those is all too complicated for me.




Our house at Christmastime







What a year it's been!



For part of our family night tonight we had each kid fill out one of these 2011 highlights/2012 goal sheets. Their answers were great. Funny and sincere, even mom learned a few things.

A little about me
Name: Gwen
Age: 10
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Food: chocolate her mama's girl...
Favorite Activity: reading
Favorite Book: Harry Potter


Highlights from 2011
Greatest Lesson Learned: 5th grade is hard!
Hardest Thing of the Year: moving
Favorite Memory: Metting Tori
What I Loved Most About 2011: I turned 10

Looking Forward to 2012
Want to Learn: Chemistry
Want to Get Better at: Dance ??? I guess we should talk about dance class again.
Biggest Goal: Be nicer to my brothers and my friends and graduate from 5th grade

A little about me
Name: Noah
Age: 8
Favorite Color: red
Favorite Food: pasta
Favorite Activity: football
Favorite Book: Harry Potter

Highlights from 2011
Greatest Lesson Learned: Ancient Greece
Hardest Thing of the Year: memorizing dates ?! I guess in history class?
Favorite Memory: 8th Birthday
What I Loved Most About 2011: I got baptized

Looking Forward to 2012
Want to Learn: How to make a stink bomb
Want to Get Better at: being a peacemaker
Biggest Goal: Be like Jesus and make it through 3rd grade alive positively Noah, love this kid!

A little about me
Name: Ryan
Age: 7
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Food: pizza
Favorite Activity: watch movies, ride my bike, basketball
Favorite Book: Star Wars anyone surprised?

Highlights from 2011
Greatest Lesson Learned: how to read
Hardest Thing of the Year: move and leave friends
Favorite Memory: getting a hockey stick who knew?! thanks Uncle Ben!!
What I Loved Most About 2011: my new school

Looking Forward to 2012
Want to Learn: read bigger books
Want to Get Better at: skate boarding
Biggest Goal: invite friends over I am REALLY lame about having their friends over :/

A little about me
Name: Grace
Age: 6 (of course she is really 3, 6 is just her favorite number)
Favorite Color: pink
Favorite Food: snacks too true!
Favorite Activity: play toys
Favorite Book: baby Jesus

Highlights from 2011
Greatest Lesson Learned: piano she knows that 'piano' and 'lesson' go together :)
Hardest Thing of the Year: fall
Favorite Memory: sit on a chair
What I Loved Most About 2011: 6 and sit on a stool

Looking Forward to 2012
Want to Learn: a lesson
Want to Get Better at: Santa will bring me more toys
Biggest Goal: Kitty cat jammies