Three Kids

Three Kids

Thursday, December 18, 2014


The school that Jordyn attends does a huge cookie/bar fundraiser at Christmas time. It takes many volunteers to make over 80,000 cookies/bars!

I made bing bars ... 5 pans of them ... which took 6 hours ... on a night after work in which Justin had to work late ... and three kids were running around wild creating extra stress as I was trying to make some bars that didn't allow for any mistakes and took lots of stirring at the stove!

I think if I did this again, I would need to make sure that three children were calm first. Ha! I was a bit stressed throughout the process, but I got them made and they tatsed great!

The other part of these bars is that they had to be in 1 1/4'' by 1 1/4 '' .... so I left that up to Justin the next night! :) He's all smiles because the baking is already done. Ha! :)

Success! About 250 bars all in perfect squares!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One More Christmas Program!

We had one last Christmas program on Sunday night ... it was our third in a week!

Jayla and Jax sang in church with all of the other Children's Church kids! After a bit of chaos with Jaxon at his preschool program last week, we weren't sure how tonight would go.

My blood pressure immediately sky-rocketed when we realized that Jaxon would be on the top row of the risers (he's behind a little girl in pink in the pictures). As soon as Jaxon got on the risers, he turned around and noticed the drums. We thought for sure he would jump off and run for the drums. I was a nervous wreck the whole time thinking he was going to jump ... he managed to hold in the energy and stay on the risers though. Thank goodness!!

Jayla did such a nice job of singing at this program too. :)

Whew! We made it through three programs! 
We enjoyed having our parents and Justin's grandpa and grandma at church again tonight to watch the kids!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Last year, Megan and I did a Creative Spirits painting, and we had a lot of fun! There was a Christmas painting that we had been wanting to do for the last year, and we finally found a date that they were doing it that would work for us!

Here's the start of the night ...

Making progress!

Megan's in on the left .. mine is on the right ...

Finished!  :)

We enjoyed a yummy supper afterwards ... and the the hubbies went out to a movie after we headed home. :) 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Lights!

The weather on Friday night was pretty nice, so we decided it would be a great night to walk around the Falls! It is decorated with 350,000 lights, and it is beautiful! 

Love these kiddos!

We took the kids up to the viewing tower (for a very short time, because it made us nervous), but it was beautiful to look out at the lights and the falls!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The last week!

Each time I think that things will slow down, they only get busier! I have been running nonstop ... I wish I could say that it was running on the treadmill, but workouts have been put aside the last week!

The first few pictures are of Elfie and the kids from the last week or so ... :)

Last Saturday night we had Justin's work party, and then spent the rest of the evening with our friends. We had so much fun, and the kids had a blast at the farm with my parents! They got to decorate a Christmas tree in my dad's shop, help Grandma with some decorating and made a gingerbread house!

We had 2 Christmas programs on Sunday. (Those pictures were in a previous post.)

On Monday I stayed home with Jaxon. He had a very low fever through the evening/night on Sunday, so we kept him home on Monday - after 7 AM, he didn't have a fever, and he never showed any signs of being sick! We spent the day watching movies and doing puzzles. :) Looking back, we are wondering if the fever was due to the flu mist from earlier the week. Maybe - maybe not? He got the flu mist several week after the girls, because the day he was suppose to get it, he had fallen at preschool (with an accidental push from his sister), hit his nose and ended up with a bloody nose. So, we had to hold off with the mist.

Jax fell asleep on the way to drop the girls off at school.

He refused to look at me for the picture, but he did a lot of this puzzle on his own! :)

I did enjoy my day at home snuggling and playing with him, and overall I was very thankful that he really wasn't terribly sick! 

On Monday night, I went to my hometown for a funeral visitation. A family friend who was 36 passed away from cancer. I am so glad that I was able to go to the visitation. We are thankful that Mike is pain free after a 3 year battle with cancer.

Tuesday was a pretty low-key night. 

On Wednesday night I had GEMS. We went caroling and did a service project. My friend, Carrie, and I are the counselors for a group of third grade girls. They are so sweet and are fun to spend time with!

On Thursday night I ran to another Christmas party for just a little while!

Friday night was spent looking at the Christmas lights at the falls, on Saturday I painted with a friend, and on Sunday we had nursery duty and another Christmas program that evening (pictures to come soon of all of those things)! 

And now we're heading into another busy week! :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Programs!

Sunday was busy with Christmas programs!

Jayla and Jax had their preschool program at 2:00, and Jordyn had her Sunday School program at 3:30. Thankfully the preschool program was at a school that is a block from our house, and the Sunday School program was at Jordyn's school, which isn't too far from our house either! It was nice for the grandparents to make one trip for both programs!

We took a few pictures before leaving the house. :) 

I love these pictures of the girls!

The preschool program was cute. They sang 5 songs. Here's Jax in the light blue ...

... and Jayla is in the gold cardigan and black dress ...

Jax did about what we thought he would ...

... and Jayla did what we thought she would ... she sang her heart out, and it was so sweet! She was so fun watch!!!

Let the chaos continue ...

See all of those kids in a nice line? Look closely for Jaxon ... at the water fountain ...

He also attempted a cart wheel at some point, but I didn't get a picture of that. Needless to say, we have some work to do with that little guy!

After the program we headed to Jordyn's! These pictures really aren't that great - I didn't move closer to take other pictures ... but Jordyn is in the front row in a gold cardigan and black dress ...

It was so fun to watch her sing and dance. I loved every moment of it!!!

One last picture of Jordyn and Zach ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I had a little setback with my workouts. On Friday morning, I took a 15 lb weight off the weight rack at the fitness center, and an 8 lb weight must have been leaning against it (but I didn't realize it). I grabbed the 15 pound weight and started to turn to walk away just as an 8 pound weight landed on my ankle.

O.U.C.H. I immediately dropped to the floor, and at that moment, nobody was in the room that I was in, so I sat in pain for a while. First I was thankful that nobody was in there ...then after about 5 minutes, I was praying someone would come in. I managed to hobble to the office next to the room I was in so that I could get some ice.

Walking on Friday was so painful ... for obvious reasons.

It looked as though I had a second ankle bone on one side of my foot!

It actually didn't feel too bad on Saturday, and I was able to run again on Sunday! I only ran a little over a mile on Sunday, because I wasn't sure how it would feel afterwards. It was a bit sore, but not too bad. I ran again on Monday night, and it seems to be doing okay! I still have some pain when I bend my foot, but the swelling sure went down a lot faster than I thought it would! I'm so thankful the weight landed where it did -- I'm afraid if it had landed on the top of my foot/toes, that I would have had some broken bones!