We read "B is for Bethlehem" by Isabel Wilner
and illustrated by Elisa Kleven.
I really like this book mostly for the illustrations.
The artist used every color to depict the
Victoria and I glued a paper chain.
I think that every child needs the experience of gluing a paper chain.
I remember doing some when I was little and helping each of my children do one.
It is funny how you either like making a paper chain or you don't.
You either get a good glue stick that actually sticks the paper
together or you don't and have to resort to a stapler.
Fortunately we had two really good sticky glue sticks.
It is kind of a childhood right of passage.
I think Sammy even enjoyed getting in on the festivities.
All you need is PVC, glue, a striker, cheap hair spray and of course
I had no idea this thing could be so cool!
The boys built it as a projectile project for Scouts. Our fingers were really cold trying to twist the striker at a speed that would ignite the hair spray. I always knew that hair spray was flammable but this was totally awesome. And the FWOOP sound of the potatoe that was shot out of the cannon was just as exciting. I can't wait for the boys to show my Dad this.
We spent our first Thanksgiving in our new home extremely grateful for our Lord's blessings on our family.
We also spent this special day with my cousins Kathy, Troy and Rich.
The last holiday that I spent with my cousins was when I was 3, Rich would have been 6 and Kathy would have been 7. We had a great time. They arrived Wed. night while there was still snow on the ground.
We promptly ran out of butter and flour, so Kathy and I made a mad dash with all the other shoppers to the market to pick up a few things. It was so fun preparing for our Thanksgiving meal together.
Kathy had made the comment that it is kind of hard sometimes cooking in someone elses kitchen.
I said...... I know, this is someone elses kitchen for me too!
We had so much fun just hanging out with eachother reminescing about old times and making new memories.
Jared has a knack of being involved with something disasterous without intending for anything to happen. Well, he picked up the bottle of sparkling cider on the counter and was going to pretend to drink out of the bottle when the top blew off, hit the ceiling and proceeded to spew a fountain of cider straight up in the air, all over the floor. We all looked at him like, What Did You Do?
What he did was harmless but because it involved JARED, anything goes. I have no idea how this happens but he is like an accident waiting to happen. Anything that could break, pop, crack, or explode is at risk in his presence. We all had a good laugh with some "voltage" as Kathy called it. You know, the thing you do when you see your kid making a complete mess of your clean floor. We all got over that pretty quick. We decided that Jared was just makin' memories.
After we ate way too much we walked down the street and around the corner to see the movie "In Time". It was very invigorating walking in the crisp air with snow still on the ground. We had a major snow ball fight as we headed down the street. There is always fun involved with anything that Rich is doing. We all just have a blast messing around.
To top off our Thanksgiving we stayed up until midnight to stand in line for Kolh's Black Friday sale. Kathy, Rich, Kirk, Daphne and I had a pretty good time standing in line for almost two hours to pay. We thought we were nuts but enjoyed each others company. I loved every minute of it.
We got home at 3 a.m. to catch a couple winks before heading to the mall this morning at 6:30. Kathy and I were the only crazy ones in the bunch to make it back out in the morning.
We all enjoyed being together. I kept looking at us all feeling like I needed to pinch myself.
Kirk had a resume for some freelance that he wanted to give an architectural firm.
We only made it a mile from our destination when the van completely quit.
Somehow we made it to the shoulder......an extremely narrow one, and called our insurance company for a tow. I had to laugh when the young man on the other end asked if I had any passengers with me.
Yes, there are 6 of us ..........and.........two dogs!
The guy said Oookaayyy, I might need to call you a taxi as well.
Well, the tow truck was just big enough for us and the two dogs to cram into the cab. We were all practically sitting on top of eachother.
In the mean time I had called my dear ol' Dad for a diagnosis.
My hands were a little trembly due to the spot that we were stopped at. There were huge trucks whizzing past us shaking the van. I was really nervous but didn't want the kids to pick up on it.
Really, I just wanted to burst into tears but decided to just "suck it up" instead.
So when I heard my Dad's voice I nearly lost it. I was a little choked but managed to keept it together.
Everything ended up being fine. We were towed to "Kirk's Auto Care". Can't beat a name like that.
It was a dirty air flow sensor from the ding dong at Jiffy Lube who didn't seat the air filter properly in Sept!
These were honest guys with a family fun business.
What a relief!
On the way back over the hill from Ogden to Logan, it poured rain.
Then it completely switched. It was a more silent rain and Victoria said it looked like we were on Space Mountain at Disneyland. In pitch black we were driving into a snow flurry. The way the flakes were coming at us, and the way the headlights hit the flakes, it was like we were in a tunnel of lights.
It was really cool but was making me car sick! Uugh!
Right about then my cousin Kathy called to say it was snowing at her house in Malad.
I had to tell her that we weren't home and that we were driving thru the pass and that it was snowing!
We are loving the weather.
We woke to 2 inches of snow this morning and the boys and Victoria have been outside for the past 3 hours playing in it with the young girl next door, Emily. They seem to be having a blast and haven't called it quits yet even though I am sure they will come in drenched.
The dogs were estatic when they saw the snow.
They loved ice cubes when we lived in Phoenix.
I think they saw each flake of snow as an ice cube. They spent all their time eating snow this morning. It was pretty funny to watch.
I just heard that Victoria found a piece of cardboard and is trying to slide on the front lawn.
We are definately from Arizona.
I wonder if it is obvious?
Victoria was out before the sun was shining through.
They used up all the snow in our yard so they continued their snow ball fight with Emily next door, who is 12, in her yard. Last I saw they were busy in the front yards and
Victoria was in the back of Kirk's truck getting handfulls to throw.
She may be 7 but can hold her own with the older kids.
It makes me so happy that they are able to safely spend so much time outside just playing with a neighbor.
Things are different here, and I am so thankful that we followed the Spirit with this move.
No, I didn't. But when a certain little someone has been living in a world of chaos since our home was broken into at the end of July, I couldn't put her off any longer.
So Sat. morning while the boys were having a garage sale in 32 degree weather, Victoria and I were snug as a bug baking pumpkin cookies in front of the oven.
She had borrowed a book from the library
(did I mention that the library is out the back gate across the alfalfa field?)
that had these cookies in them.
She wouldn't let anyone eat one until Aunt Carol came for her visit.
It was killing her waiting. She kept asking when Aunt Carol would be coming.
And then I think they were gone in less than an hour.
It was a small batch.
Later that night we met up with Kathy and all of her kids, and my Aunt and cousin Rich at The Green Canyon Corn Maze just down the street from us that was 20 acres.
I made Victoria promise that she wouldn't say a word about going home because it was a haunted maze that particular night. She had begged to come.
We had a great time. It was pitch black outside and people in horrible masks kept jumping out from no where or following you down the aisle to where it lead I don't know.
My cousin Rich kept running up ahead and then hiding and jumping out at us to scare us. Or he would be walking along and literally throw himself into the corn field and dissappear among the stalks.
It was really funny. I haven't laughed that hard in a really long time.
I would have been completely lost but Kirk had a map of the maze.
It was bigger than what they provided at the booth.
And then I heard him tell someone that he had taken their google map and
photoshopped it so he could see it better. The reason for that was because he and the boys had already done the maze earlier in the week with the Boy Scout troop and they were completely lost
and kept running in circles.
The scariest thing that messed with your mind was the freaky guy that had a chain saw.
I think that is what sent Kaleb over the edge. He then wanted to leave and pretty much held onto my arm and kept his eyes shut the remainder of the time.
Now, Victoria? She would just keep walking straight and saying
You know you're not real.......
I will have to steal a picture of the group shot Kathy has before we went in.
Just 4 days after we moved to Logan, we celebrated Victoria's 7th birthday
and just 5 days after that we celebrated Daphne's 19th birthday.
Between unpacking and trying desperately to find some sort of normalcy, whatever that is, we drove into Logan Canyon to catch a final glimpse of the Fall colors.
It felt like being in Wonderland.
It was beautiful.
That night we had heard that there was a Pumpkin Walk just East of where we are living and it started that night. AND.....it's free.
Yeah, what the heck, lets go. It's free. Probably cute for the kids. The little one. Yeah, we can do that.
We had heard that there was a place to park and that they shuttle you up in buses.
Okay. We all pile into the van in the dark. Victoria is preparing for a drive so she grabs her brand new pillow pet!
We barely drive around the corner from our house and we see people parking in the school parking lot and a bus with people lined up to get in.
Okay, so we laugh at that one that the whole even takes place just walking distance from our house.
So we take the van back to the house and walk to the corner and board a bus.
Daphne thought it was fun to ride on a public bus and wanted our friend Suzan to know that we did it. She's from Jersey. (I think that is supposed to explain it all).
We get there and there is this huge line with tons of families standing in the cold waiting to see this
We are still not quite sure what it is all about, but we are at the park, people watching.....
We couldn't believe our eyes.
These aren't just pumpkins.
The theme was My Favorite Things, and the artists who were just families, schools, individuals, amateurs and professionals created these scenes using pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
They were so unbelieveably realistic.
We had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it.
I think Calvin and Hobbes was our favorite.
Especially the snowman scene.
The back drops were really well painted.
It was so nice to see quality work.
Yeah, you could make the statement that these people have way too much time on their hands. But, I think it is more that these people who participated are very creative and talented people who had an idea and went with it.
Hmmm. Sounds like my family.
There was this one scene of Gilligans Island.
The faces were amazing.
Here's the Skipper.
I love this last picture.
It is really a blackmail picture for Jared.
I talked him into it. He didn't want to. I had to wait for him to FINALLY put his head up to the HOLE!
He wasn't cooperating.
I love it still. I think it fits their personalities very well.