Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Okay so we had a very busy holiday break, and not mention my internet was not working AGAIN! I've had bad luck with the land line internet since we've moved into our apartment. But that is beside the point. So one to parts two and three of our Christmas.

Christmas Eve was done with the Sovereign's and Company. Christmas Eve dinner in the Sovereign Family is called Favorties Thing dinner. Everyone is supposed to bring their favorite thing to eat. This year I didn't b/c I wasn't planning on going, that was until my Grandma changed her party to the night before. But I didn't need to bring anything anyway because we had more than enough food to feed an army, well so it seemed. Once we had stuffed our faces with good food my brother-in-law Rick read the Christmas story from the scriptures and then my mother-in-law read the new christmas story that came out called The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes. A really good story by the way I highly recommend that you read it if you haven't done so. Then after the stories the kids got to open their Christmas pjs. Very Cute! Thanks Aunt Shellie!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Eve

Last night was the annual Elsberry/Fuller Christmas party. It is always held my Grandma and Grandpa's house. This year was a little different. Because of conflicting schedules for Christmas Eve and my grandma wanting everyone to be there decided to have it on the 23rd. Yes the 23rd hence the title Christmas Eve Eve. This way everyone that wanted to be there could be there. We always have mexican food, Yummy! and a white elephant gift exchange. In our family the white elephant usually has a lot of gag gifts, but some good ones usually find their way in and they become the hot ticket items. This year we had 2 favorites and they were a bubble foot bath and a George Foreman Grill, a small one of course. There is a rule, that a favorite item can not be traded more than 3 times. So here is what happened. Starting with the bubble bath, Ricky opened it up first, then my aunt Julie wanted but in the end my cousin Ryan and his wife, Susan ended up with it. Now the grill, again Ricky started out with it then, Ryan got, then it ended up with my cousin Chad and his wife Ashley. It was a lot funnier in person trust me. Poor Ricky, kept getting jipped. It made for a fun evening, catching up with family that we don't see on a normal day to day basis. Enjoy the pictures that I have posted. This is only part one, more to come later.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I can do it myself

This is just a short post that I thought was too good not to write about. On Sunday night I was folding Scott's laundry and when I finished he told me that he wanted to put it away. Great! So I handed him little stacks so as to not mess up the neatly folded clothes. He back came each time telling me that he put them in the right drawer. The next thing that happened was when I was getting up from the couch to grab his shirts to hang them up he says, "Mommy! No, I hang them up by myself b/c I'm a big boy." How could I not resist a chuckle to myself. So I said ok. He runs into his room and the next thing I hear is a noise coming from his closet. I ask him if he is ok, he says yes as he comes back into the living room holding a small stack of hangers. He then proceeds to put the hangers into the shirts, and takes like 2 or 3 at time back into the closet to hang them up. (Just a side note: there is a dresser in his closet that is below where his clothes hang. What he does is pulls out the bottom drawer and uses it as a step to reach the hangers.) He wanted to hang up his pants and shorts as well but I told him that I would do it b/c they were higher and had different hangers that needed to be used. My little boy is growing up.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Birthday and Graduation Weekend

This was a vey busy weekend for us and it started on Thursday. Matt's birthday was on Thursday and it was also his graduation day from ASU. YEA!!! So here's what happened. Matt had told me a while back that he didn't want to walk so I didn't schedule the day off from work. Well he changed his mind and decided that he was going to walk, but I didn't find out until I got home from work. Well he went to the graduation ceremony didn't see anyone that he knew, but he had called his dad earlier to let him know that he was going to walk. But after seeing no one he knew he decided to leave, and did try calling his dad to let him know that he decided not to. Unfortunately his dad didn't answer his phone and sat through the ceremony. Sad I know. My husband can be a nightmare sometime. Matt felt bad and so later that evening we went over to his parents house so that he could apologize to dad.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rain, Rain and More Rain?

Like most of the country Arizona has been hit by the massive cold front. For those of you who don't live in Arizona, let me tell you, it has been raining since Monday. It has been overcast, cold and wet. It is a consistent rain which has thoroughly soaked the ground, broken up parts of the streets because there is no place for the water to go, and created large puddles. Along with the rain it has brought snow to our mountains and higher elevations, i.e. Flagstaff. I love the rain and welcome it. I have been able to wear my nice warm coats and winter clothes, something that I normally don't get to do in December. The weather forecast is that we are to expect more rain probably until Friday. Craziness!! We haven't had this much rain in, well I can't seem to remember the last time a storm has lasted this long. My only fear is that when I'm out driving there are people who don't know how to drive in this kind of weather and create problems for others. Those people just need to stay home and wait for the storm to pass. :) From what I hear Four Peaks is capped with snow. I haven't seen it because of all the cloud coverings, but once the storm passes I will see if I can get a picture and post it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Temple Lights

Last night Rhonda and I bundles up the kiddies and headed out to see the Temple lights. We listened to part of the program and walked around. There was a little drama in which way we should walk. After awhile we loaded them back into the car and headed to our local Starbucks for some hot chocolate and a treat. We had a fun evening.
All dressed up to see the Temple Lights

Scott and Kayla

Rhonda and Kayla

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Joys of Parenthood

Early this morning as I was getting ready for work. I hear a shuffling behind me and Scott saying, "Mommy?" So of course I turn around and as I do so Scott says, "Mommy I'm sick." To my horror his shirt is covered in puke, (blagh, yuck!) and he has a very concerned look on his face. So I quickly shed his pjs and put him in the tub and let the warm water wash him and soothe him. I run into his room remove all of his blankets and stuffed animals and the sheet and throw them into the wash. What I forgot was that I hadn't bought a new waterproof matress pad for his bed, b/c the last one the elastic ripped off in the wash,. so I had to scub the matress. Yea!  I go into the kitchen get a glass bowl, go back to the laundry area, pull out the oxy clean and the clorox. I place them on the bathroom counter and then as I turn around to check on Scott, I hear a bang on the floor and as I turn around I immediately panic b/c the Clorox fell and the cap fell off and was now dripping onto the rug. Great! Now I will have a bleach stain on my nice brown bath rug. So I quickly clean it up and fill up the bowl and proceed back to Scott's room to clean the matress. I got the smell and the stain out. Yippee!! Now all it has to do is dry by the time I get home so that I can put the clean sheets on it.

Just as I thought that Scott was ok I hear a gagging coming from the living room and Scott running into his room to try to make it to the bathroom. He didn't quite make it and threw up again on the carpet. Err! Another mess to clean, this morning couldn't get any worse, so I grab a wash cloth and clean up the mess as he is hunched over the toilet. Poor kid, the look on his face was priceless, big round brown eyes looking at me and almost crying because he didn't feel good. Since I can't miss any more work I go in and wake Matt up asking if he can stay home with Scott and thankfully he said that he could. Ah the joys of being a parent, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Primary Activity

This evening was our Primary Activity. It was a Snow Party at the Goodman's. The kids had a blast playing in the mound of snow that was brought in. Thank you to the Goodman's for hosting it at their house, we had fun.

Happy Birthday Chris!

Today is my brother Chris' birthday. I can't believe that it has come so quickly! He is 24 years old and it only seems like yesterday that he was only a teenager causing some sort of mischief with his buddies. There is a 3 year difference between us but we have a pretty good relationship. We like to joke around and whenever I have a techincal question about the computer I know that I can call him up and he is always eager to answer it. What can I say he's a computer nerd!

Growing up Meesa and I liked to tease him. Well actually we still like to do that. I remember one Christmas break Meesa and I had come home from school to visit. Chris was still asleep and we were up and we decided to wake him up. So we ran to his room and jump on his bed. Meesa was perched that the foot of the bed moving it and I jump up and was jumping next to him and the whole time were saying "It's time to get up!" He rolled over and grunted and told us to leave him alone so that he could sleep. Ah those were fun times!

He is a great brother and friend. He has a fun sense of humor and is lucky to have found a girl that can match him. So Kudos to you Carree, you are his other half. :) So Chris I hope that you have a fun birthday today and Carree make sure that it is a special one, b/c you have a birthday coming up to. ;)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY little Brother!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Enrichment Night

Last night was our annual Christmas Enrichment. This year I am part of the Enrichment Committee and was part of the planning that went into the evening. We had a great turn out and everyone enjoyed each other's company. We had a display of fun and inexpensive gift ideas. We had a soup bar where some of the ladies volunteered to bring in different soups for us to enjoy. Very Yummy! 

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