We had a Mia Maid get together during our party (not at my house) so I went over for that for an hour. I did their hair for the New Years dance they were going to. We played some games as well and had lots of fun, as usual.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Monday, 29 December 2014
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Another homework assignment this past semester, was to create a storyboard of one day during the week. This is what I came up with, which is a typical day for me. (This was done December 12, by the way.)
A Day in the Life of Gina
(My story is portrayed in the style of Realism.)
Every school morning is the same: packing lunches, signing planners, and getting the children to school. This is one of the four lunch boxes that must be quickly filled.
Then by 8:00, we are in the car. I spend a half hour, picking kids up and dropping them off. I listen to the Christmas music station, and we all sing along.
After one final school run from the high school back to the middle school, my husband, toddler, and I pick up a friend and take her out to lunch for her birthday. Kneaders is her favorite, so we go there.
After lunch, it is naptime. Being pregnant I am also wiped out, so I lie down to take a nap with my daughter on the couch.
When I wake up, it is time to go wait in the carpool lane at the elementary school. I take homework and work on reviewing my notes and filling out my study guide for the final exam next week. Any chance I get at peace and quiet is appreciated.
Once we are all home, it’s time to make dinner. My husband helps a lot since I feel nauseated. We keep it simple and make spaghetti and meatballs.
Then we all chip in to clean up and do the dishes.
After dinner, we get to relax and watch a movie together. It’s the little things in life that make it beautiful.
Thursday, 25 December 2014
|Opening their stockings|
This was Bucko's Gift of Fun. It's a practice sword and pretty cool. He got books and a timer bookmark for his Gift of Learning and some much needed clothes for his Gift of Love.
We got the kids the game Quirkle as well. It has been a lot of fun.
My mom and dad did FaceTime with us while we opened most of our presents. That's probably why I didn't take as many pictures as usual. It was nice to have them "there" with us, though.
PC got me a Zumba workout set. I got him a canvas picture of the family and some cologne.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
We had our traditional Christmas Eve night at our house. We were lucky enough to have lots of the Coleman clan around too. We always do taco salad and then act out the nativity. This year PC had done a Family Home Evening lesson the week before that got us even more prepared to celebrate the birth of Christ. Papa narrated for us. Uncle John played the piano and we all sang the songs. Shortcake got to be baby Jesus this year. We got out the toy playpen and she stayed in it the whole time. It was so cute!
|Bucko was the angel.|
|They aren't texting; they are looking up the words to all the verses of the Christmas hymns.|
|Shortcake was having way too much fun. Minnie was a sheep in case you were wondering.|
Monday, 22 December 2014
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Today we all went to Nana and Papa's house to make our annual gingerbread houses. The kids always have fun making them, and it's even better when cousins are here. We also did our cousin gift exchange. The kids got some great stuff. Shortcake got a baby doll, Goofy got Legos, Minnie got a Frozen poster and best friend necklaces, Bucko got a Minecraft poster, and Tink got some cute scarves. We had fun purchasing gifts for their cousins as well, and they all seemed to like the gifts we got them. We keep it under $5 each, so it isn't too much strain on the finances.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
So, I am pregnant. I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound. Everything looks good. It's nice to have the same doctor that delivered Shortcake. I've never had that opportunity to have the same OB for two babies. The funny thing about this pregnancy, though, is that I had to be released from my stake calling as Girls Camp Director. I am due the week of girls camp, so it really wouldn't work out. I was so bummed about that, but I'm sure I'll have other opportunities to go to camp again. We are all really excited to have another child join our family. We wrote on an index card "Little Brother or Sister" and wrapped it in a box. Then we sat the kids down and told them they were getting an early Christmas present. They were so excited! Bucko hugged me for several minutes and even started crying. It was so sweet. Minnie was jumping up and down, screaming. Tink just kept saying, "I knew it!" Goofy was just happy and smiling. When you asked Shortcake if she wanted a little brother or sister, she just smiles really big and nods. I don't think she quite understands yet, but she does love babies.
Here is the little bean:
Here is the little bean:
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Our ward Christmas party was pretty amazing this year. They did "A Night in Bethlehem." I made all our costumes except mine and Minnie's. She was an angel so wore her white dress, and a friend let me borrow one she already had made as my costume. They had us all start in the chapel and gave us a rundown of how the night would go. Then they took each family out for a special photo to begin. I think it turned out well.
Goofy fell asleep towards the end of the night. So sweet.