Friday, December 28, 2012

Santa, Santa Everywhere


Above was at the U's opening gymnastics meet, and these are from our ward party.


We have seen many a Santa this year, though the girls were never overly excited to sit on his lap.  Carson always seemed to be absent or asleep, but he was there for a really cute cousins one.

Park City

A while ago, a friend of mine had a week at a condo in Park City, but couldn't stay the entire week, so she split it with me!  My family and I headed up for some relaxing time and had a blast!  We swam, used the spa and sauna, ate from one of their restaurants, watched lots of movies, played games, had cocoa and cider by the fire.  It was an all around good time! On our way back to town, in some serious snow, we stopped at the Olympic museum.

10 years in the making...

This month, my Jeffrey achieved his goal of earning his Bachelor's Degree!  He graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology.  I'm so proud of him for hanging in there and getting it done.  All the while, he has been working full time and supporting his family, and still even has a great GPA.  Good work, Daddio!






In other related news, Jeff was recently offered the position of detective for SLCPD!  He moved over after only 4.5 years on, when most usually move with closer to ten years behind them.  He has always wanted to do that and has been loving it so far. It is so nice to have evenings and weekends again, and it conveniently gave him Christmas and New Year's off!

We're triple proud of you this month, dad!

YWE 2012

Our Young Women in Excellence program was a few weeks ago, and frankly, it kinda took us by surprise. (I work with a very fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda presidency, and it drives this list-making micro-manager absolutely crazy!) So, anyway we went with a Christmas tree and "gifts" theme.  It was much more basic than some of the other big activities we have put on, but I was totally in love with the tree and cake we had, so I wanted to document them.

All the value colors, plus the ornaments are gifts with value experiences the girls have completed, and the presents underneath have some of their 10-hour projects.


Presents cake!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Performing

Amelie's dance crew was back in action for Christmas, and though she is older and experienced, she still doesn't always do all of the singing and dancing, but is always cute!








She also had her first school program, in preschool at Challenger. It was super cute! She, again, did not always do all of the performing (she gets easily distracted on stage) but still sings the songs and poems daily.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Photos

Our last family photo shoot with my sister worked out so well, that I thought we'd go for it again now that we really need a current pic.  We had quite a time this time, and not so many pics that I was so in love with.  We even had my sister there to help corral the little people and cart stuff.  Oh well, c'est la vie.  I think if we can stand it, I want to try again soon... Here are a few that we salvaged from the ruins.













Count Your Many Blessings

I am so grateful for many things, here is my list of one that struck me each day this month.

1- Healthy babies. I'm especially grateful for this now, as Carson is not only my first child after a miscarriage, but also endured my stomach flus, colds, pink eye, roller coasters, hot tubs and car accident all in utero.  But you'd never know it looking at him.
2- I know everyone thinks their kids are the cuteset, but seriously... I have beautiful children.
3- A loving, generous husband who is able to bless our children
4- So much support and help from friends and family
5- Carson's personality and easy-going nature. He is such a good baby!
6- This amazing country that we live in (even though Mitt Romney didn't win, ugh!)
7- My selfless grandmother, turned 80 this year!
8- Vaaaaaacations!
9- Snow.  Not very often, but sometimes I am. :)
10- Amelie's sweet (sometimes bossy) nature, she is always helping her mom and trying to make everyone happy.
11- My mom van. Despite its numerous repairs.
12- The internet.  I sometimes think about life before the internet and cell phones, and it seems like life was much harder. (Who remembers card catalogs?!) I do think there are many detrimental effects of this, but if used appropriately, can enhance our lives so greatly!
13- Alisa's spunk and happy attitude.  She runs around smiling and laughing and always puts a smile on my face.
14- Not only having to be "stuck" home everyday - a very flexible job.
15- Bills, bills, bills.  OK, I won't pretend that I actually feel grateful when my bills start rolling in each month, but having them means many things.  It means we are able to support ourselves in this lovely country, it means we are blessed enough to provide experiences (like dance or gymnastics) to our children, that we make enough to enjoy a basic TV package... We are very blessed.
16- Cameras! Helping me capture cuteness and memories that I might otherwise forget.
17- Christmas music - it just puts you in a good mood.
18- Handel's Messiah. Amazing music, and it's a priviledge to sing it.
19- Weight loss success! (Too bad it started right before Thanksgiving... gone now!)
20- Cooking.  I love to cook.  I love serving my family in this way, I love creating a masterpiece from random individual pieces, I love the calm I get from doing it (...most of the time.) Plus, then you get to enjoy:
21- Good food.  I know, this might label me as a pig, but seriously, I love eating good food.  Such a blessing to have that privilege.
22- Thanksgiving!  I am really grateful for a chance to sit back and look at all my blessings, and realize just how blessed I am.
23- Spending time with family!  Seriously, we love hanging out.
24- The most amazing advancements in modern medicine.
25- My calling in Young Women!  I love, love, love working with youth - always have - and they not only teach me so much and require me to get outside of myself, but they are just fun and they keep me young in my aging years. ;)
26- Downtime.
27- Good friends
28- This might seem redundant but, family that is always so willing to help!  They really save us sometimes.
29- The ability to stay at home with my children and a hard working husband that makes that possible.
30- Growing self-discipline.  I am getting better!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MTMMS, 4?

Amelie: Lisie, if you're not whitening, you're yellowing!  (have you seen that toothpaste commercial?)

Nikki: It's the one from the window... to the wall...

Alisa: Oh, mommy, that was a good job!

Amie: Jack is sooooooo handsome. (classmate)
Amie: Mom, I was gonna marry Jack, but I also want to marry Kail (cousin) and I just don't know what to do!

Amie: Mom, I want to marry Carson when we're big.
(It's looking like we'll need to have a little clarification discussion when it comes to marriage.)
Lisie: (pointing to her mouth) Mom, candy wants this.

Amelie: I just can't stop loving you guys!!

Alisa: (waking up in the morning, after taking off her jammies) Bodies, bodies! My bodies came back!! (hugging herself)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Blessing Day

On Sunday the 4th, we gave Carson his blessing at church, followed by brunch at my house. It was very well attended by our families, extended families, and many friends. So well, in fact, that we kinda ran out of food right at the end there. Sorry guys! (After Lisie's, we had a potato bar - and I forgot to turn on the oven... One day we'll get it right.)
He kept eating his collar.

He always gives the best smiles!

 The whole outfit, complete with the shoes Jeff wore on his blessing day!

Yes, we girls are all in polka dots.

Jeff gave a lovely blessing, and as with our other 2, this amazing woman in our ward copied it down in shorthand and typed it up for us. I absoluely love having this - I wish I had mine! We took a minute to look through all3 kids' blessings last night, and now that the girls are a little older, it was incredibly interesting to me to see each child's personality related to their blessing.  See for yourself:

Amelie
Our dear Heavenly Father, by the power and authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we take this baby in our arms to give her a name and a blessing. The name we have chosen for her and by which she shall be known upon the records of the church is Amelie Josephine North.

Amelie, we would like to give you a blessing. We bless you to be happy and to know of the love your family and extended family have for you. We bless you that you can return that love and show that love to others.
We bless you with a love of your Heavenly Father. Stay close to Him throughout your life. We bless you to become strong in the church and that one day you will marry a worthy priesthood holder who will take you to the temple.
We bless you with a bright mind and a keen intellect. We bless you to be able to get an education.
We bless you to have joy in your family and one day to have children of your own.

Alisa
Our dear Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we take this baby in our arms to give her a name and a blessing. Father, the name we have chosen for her and by which she shall be known throughout her life and upon the records of the church is Alisa Danielle North.

At this time we would like to bless her with health and strength. We bless her with a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of her Heavenly Father and with a love for Him.
Alisa, we bless you with the ability to be an example to those around you.
We bless you to someday be able to find a worthy priesthood holder, to be married in the temple, and to have children of your own.
Alisa, we want to let you know how much we in your family love you, including your extended family.
We bless you to be able to get an education and to appreciate the good things of life. We bless you to appreciate the good times in life and to be able to learn from the bad.

Carson
Our dear Heavenly Father, by the power and authority of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we take this infant in our arms to give him a name and a blessing. The name which we have chosen and by which he shall be known throughout his life is Carson Radcliffe North.

Carson, at this time we wish to give you a blessing. We bless you to know that your family loves you and that we are very happy that you are here with us. Carson, we bless you to be healthy and strong, both in body and in mind, and also in spirit, that you can grow and make good choices in your life.
Carson, we bless you with a strong character that you can be honest and upright in your dealings with your fellowmen and with Heavenly Father.
We bless you to be able to gain an education and to know the value of hard work.
We bless you to someday find a worthy daughter of God and to take her to the temple and be sealed for eternity.
We bless you to be able to have a testimony of the church, to stay strong and to one day gain the priesthood and magnify it in your life.
We bless you to know the love of your Heavenly Father and to know all He does for you.


The 12 days of Halloween

OK, so maybe not quite 12, but this is one holiday that really gets dragged out around here.  We had many occasions to dress up, AND it so happens that my kids decided to have a different costume for almost every one of them. (Thanks to our well-stocked dress up box, or that definitely would not have happened!)

Witches night out:

Pink Witchies

Boo at the Zoo:
Daisy Duck, giraffe, Minnie Mouse

Twinners with our zoo's brand new baby giraffe! It's so dark, but the stranger had already taken like 5.

Poynor family party:

Rapunzel and Minnie didn't want to be part of our family costume

Muahahaha!

Costume parade at Challenger School:

Draculaura

We went to lunch with Dayna and grandma afterward.
Halloween day:

Jack o lantern pancakes (I made theirs with the candy corn inside, but it melted and looked kinda scary!)


Trick or treating at daddy's work! So fun (they had the good/big stuff there!)
 They went with princess and fairy this time.





 
 Mal became our replacement cop while dad was at work - you can't see it, but she had a police badge on.
River Song and the Dr.

Apparently I missed it, but the girls' final costumes for actual Halloween trick or treating, were fairy(Lisie) and Draculaura(Amie.) We always ToT at my mom's cause it's a very kid-friendly neighborhood.  (We missed our cousins being there with us this year!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Settlin'

Just before Carson was born, it was the start of the school year - the year where Amie just happened to begin school. She also returned to another season of dance class, and Alisa began gymnastics.  It was also when Jeff switched to the graveyard shift.  You might guess how this made for a lot of changes all at once, and life got kind of crazy.  Luckily, thanks to a natural delivery and it being the third time, I was up and at 'em MUCH more quickly and able to take over when Jeff went back to work.  I feel like it's taken us these last weeks to really find our groove, but we are finally settling in.  It is nice to have a regular schedule working, with weekday activities and Jeff off on the weekends... we haven't had that for years! Unfortunately, our schedule has us driving a lot... which puts Carson to sleep a lot... so, he's still waking up pretty much every two hours at night, but he almost always goes right back to sleep after he eats, so I can't complain too much.  (Plus with Jeff's night schedule, I usually get one night a week where I just get to sleep most all night and recover from zombietude.)
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The many faces of Carson

















 Check out these money shots!  He's a great smiler!!