Thursday, February 19, 2015
We had a really nice Christmas this last year. We tried harder this year to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and it made it so much more enjoyable. Someone here in Oak City did the 12 days of Christmas to our family. Our kids got such a kick out of it. They can't wait until we do it for someone else. Rob had an appointment with the surgeon for a check-up just a few days before Christmas. We decided since we were already going to be in Salt Lake that we would take the family to see the lights at Temple Square. It was very cold, but it was fun and so beautiful. My family also decided to have a Christmas party at my Mom and Dad's house the weekend before Christmas. So I took the kids and headed to Blanding for the weekend. We had a great time. I was also able to do a session at the temple with my Mom while there. Rob really wasn't feeling up to traveling that far and back in just a couple days so he stayed home. He did go to Salt Lake one evening while we were gone for a Christmas party on his side of the family. I forgot to take pictures of kids and stockings and stuff on Christmas morning but at least I did get a picture of this year's tree. We had a really good Christmas Season!!
Our once tiny, little premature babies are now rowdy, loud and crazy 9 year old boys. CRAZY!! That's halfway to being out of the house. How did 9 years fly by so fast?!?! From not knowing if they would even be healthy and normal to watching them excel and do well. We are so blessed! They got some cool camo shirts and some awesome watches. They have wanted their own watches that do all kinds of stuff for a long time. They were thrilled. Happy Birthday Boys!
In November, it was time for checkups for the eye doctor. Robby has had glasses since he was 4, so for him its no big deal. He was in need of a new pair. It had been about a year and a half and he is rough on them. We had the other kids checked out as well. The boys were fine, but Railey ended up getting glasses for school, computer, reading, etc. She doesn't have to wear them all the time though. Robby's prescription changed a bit so he should be seeing better. These are the new glasses they picked out.
On November 17, 2014 Railey got braces. We always knew our kids would probably need them. We both had them. Her teeth, especially the bottom ones were very crooked and crowded. She has now had them on 3 months and I can't believe how much of a change has already taken place. They have straightened out so much already. She doesn't mind them too much. She loves that she gets to choose the colors of the bands they put on at each checkup.
October 25, 2014 was Rexton's 2nd Birthday. It seems like just yesterday when we were shocked to find out we were having this little caboose. And now he is already 2. I can't imagine what life would be like without him. He pretty much runs this household. He is so much fun. He got a few presents, but his favorite was his new trike. He loved it. He drives it everywhere he goes in the house. Happy Birthday Baby Boy!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I was just looking through pictures and realized how grateful I am for our home and yard. I love that we live in a place where our kids can go outside and play and have room to run and just be kids. I'm thankful for the simple things. I love the grass and mowing the lawn. I love my flowers and watching them grow. And I love that we have such a large garden area that provides so much for our family. Not only in the food it gives but also in the way it is teaching my kids to work and learn to be responsible and the payoff we get for all our hard work. We love having chickens. We love that we can go outside and sit and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. We may not have the biggest place or the newest, but we are grateful for what we do have.
On August 4, 2014, Railey turned 12 years old. Its hard to believe she is already 12. She was so excited because she could go to Young Womens and graduate from primary. She actually got to go to Girls Camp in June. They let the girls that have summer birthdays go to camp if they are close to turning 12. She had a blast and loved every minute of it. She is growing up so fast!
The kids got to spend a week at Grandma's and Grandpa's. They love spending time with them. It was also great for us to have a little break. We enjoyed our week with just us and Rexton. It is definitely different without all their noise. They took them to the Bar D Wranglers and they loved that. They all got some souvenirs. They spent time playing in the water and just having a fun week at their Grandparents.