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Navajo Taco Day

  
Alton slept over last night and the kids had a blast playing together this morning. Each child begged for Alton’s undivided attention (in their own way).

However there was one occasion when all the kids hung out together to look at an older picture album turned into a book.  

  
Church was very uplifting and awesome. We had a combined Relief Society / Priesthood lesson on the Sabbath Day. I left the meeting with an increased desire to do more to make Sunday’s even more special and sacred.

  
(A snapshot of Andy and I at church today)

After church we started getting dinner ready. (We invited my mom and John’s family to join us.). While some of us prepared dinner, Ashlyn and Alton played the game Scattegories. Ashlyn loves that game!…but she loves winning even more.

 
Andy and Emmy worked on making the Navajo tacos together. It’s one of his favorite foods to make. He made it often while he was on his mission since it’s a food they never had in Taiwan. 

  
 
Once everyone went home and the kitchen was clean again, I could relax for a bit. Ready to start another week. 

Saturday – Soccer Day

  
While the day may have started with catching up on homework, the rest of the day was filled with soccer, soccer and more soccer.  We had six games from Park City to Draper.

While Jaron was getting ready for his game, Andy asked if he and Jaron were close to the same height. He’s not there yet but it won’t be long!

  
I dropped Ashlyn off to her soccer game and her team was so excited to see her again. Her game went well…she even scored once during the game winning 3 to 1.

 

Emalee on the other hand was thrilled to get a piece of mail addressed just to her! It was a card from Mimi.  It sure made her feel special. 

   
Jaron has had a particularly hard time adjusting to the time difference. He fell asleep at 4:00 p.m. and would not get back up, so I let him be.  Both he and Ashlyn did that yesterday and ended up waking around 2 a.m. this morning. I wanted them to stay up tonight until (at least) 8:00 p.m. Ashlyn made it but Jaron did not.

Trevin begged Andy to let Alton sleep over tonight. With a lot of begging and a few extra chores, it was approved. They played hard tonight. Before the sun went down, they played soccer at the park behind our house.

  
Here are the sweaty and smelly kiddos!!

{Christmas 2013}

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Our Christmas always starts in the scriptures…..  We read Luke 2 and discuss every two or three verses.

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Our Christmas Tree….

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After scriptures, we ate breakfast which traditionally consists of German Pancakes.

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Ash and Emmy.

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Jaron showing off his stocking and presents.

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Trevin with a bee-u-tiful smile!

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Jaron peeking in his stocking….

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This is me watching the kiddos open their gifts.  We are dog sitting our neighbors two dogs.  The one in my lap is Chewy.  The one in the next picture is Frisco.

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Emmy.

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Trevin putting together his Lego set.

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Ashlyn and Trevin with their gumball mustache.

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Jaron had already eaten half his gumball by the time this picture was taken and Emalee’s was gone……

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Mom with Hazel….

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The kids playing a board game with John and Jeff.

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Andy playing with Hazel.

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Look at those blue eyes.

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Libby held Hazel while she napped…..Christmas is exhausting.

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After dinner we decided to go out to a movie….”Saving Mr. Banks”.

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Alton, Jaron and the kiddos waiting for the movie to start.

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Once we returned home, we invited Grace to sleep over before going back home tomorrow.  The girls are as giggly and silly together as ever.

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{A bunch of sillies}

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After Alton and Amelia’s piano lesson tonight, the kids came up with some silly contest to see who could balance on one leg the best.  They made up silly rules as they went along until it was down to Ashlyn and Alton.  What goofs!

{Service with a smile}

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As a parent, nothing makes you happier than seeing your children “choose” to do something  for someone else.  After school, Jaron saw that one of my neighbors needs help with their leaves and on his own, he went over to help him.  When I finished teaching piano to Alton, he joined forces with Jaron.  So proud if them!!!

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{Cabin time}

We arrived safe and sound to the cabin….where my mom, Emalee, Jaron, Amelia and Alton had arrived last night. 

My mom had several crafts prepared and the girls were especially excited to get them underway. 

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However, Alton didn’t want his picture taken. Instead she said, “Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen anything like that.  Can you believe that?” …all the while pointing at the sky….trying to get Alton to look.  Everyone looked but Alton.  :)

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He eventually let me take his picture but he wasn’t thrilled. During the whole event, Jaron could be heard saying, “Just smile and get it over with.”  That was unusual coming for Jaron so I took his picture and he took his own advice. …I was impressed!

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{Oh what a day it was…..}

Our day started quite early today.  I dropped Trevin off to Scout Camp….followed by swimming lessons for the other three kiddos.  I did some shopping with Vickie to get ready for Girls Camp.  She needed several things and was thrilled to find most of the stuff on her list at DI.  She had never shopped at a thrift store before but was delighted to learn it only cost her $19 for what she needed.  She wants to go again when she returns home from cqmp.

On the way home, I stopped by Lowe’s to get some paint and some supplies.  Emmy decided to be helpful and carried one of the gallons down to Ashlyn’s room.  Instead of carefully placing it on the floor….she dropped it.  Of coarse that caused the paint to burst from the can.  Emmy tracked the paint from the bedroom….down the hall and up the stairs where she said, “something bad has happened.”  Not what I wanted to hear…..

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Andy and I worked hard to get the paint out of the carpet.   While it isn’t perfect, it is pretty darn close to being removed.   Oh the memories. ….

However, the news of the day wasn’t the paint spill, but rather, it was that Jaron and Alton caught a catfish today while fishing together.  

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Then came the fun chore of gutting and cleaning the fish.  Jaron would fish all day, every day if I let him.  It is definitely part of his summer-fun.

{Alton’s 10th birthday party}

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Tonight we headed over to the Kluse home to wish Alton a Happy Birthday!!!!  We were going to go and watch his baseball game but it was cancelled due to heavy rain.  We’ll have to go watch one of his games another night. 
Ashlyn and Emmy constantly begged to hold Hazel.  She is such a doll.

We gave Alton a Hot Wheel set for his biryjdsy.  He especially loved it because most all of his other gifts were cash.  We helped him set it up before we left.  Happy Birthday Al!  We love you.

{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}

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{A friendly minute-to-win-it competition}

What a fun night.  I invited the Kluse’s over for dinner and a minute-to-win-it competition.

For dinner, everyone was able to build their own pizza.  We baked the crust and then each person could top them with their favorites.  We had tons of options and it turned out pretty tasty.

Afterwards, we had several games ready-to-go.  Boy, the kids REALLY got into it.  They all wanted to have several tries at each game….it was cute.  In the end, first place went to Ashlyn…second place went to Alton and third place went to Jaron.  Actually, there were seven places…not three.  I wrapped up seven small gifts and put them on the mantle.  As I announced 7th place, that child got to pick their gift but couldn’t open it….and so on until there was only one gift left.  Ashlyn could take the one left or anyone else’s.  It was the bonus of getting first place.  In the end everyone got something and all of their gifts were different so they were excited for each other.  It was a fun night for all.

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{Cold Stone}

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Since there was no school today, we all decided to go out for ice cream together.  Andy is behind Jaron on the phone.  Hazel is in a car seat in front of Andy and my mom is taking the picture.  It was fun to see what everyone got.  Trevin was thrilled to get cake batter ice cream….Emmy got cotton candy ice cream and I got various sherbets mixed together….heaven!

{Snowy Sunday}

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Andy has been out of town on business.  While he was gone, I thought the kids could have a cousin sleepover.  Essentially, we traded Emalee for Alton.  When we got home from church, it started snowing and snowing….and snowing.  Ashlyn and Jaron both worked together to get our driveway cleared.  They ended up shoveling twice because of how much snow fell.

Ashlyn and I also made peanut butter cookies.  We took some over to Libby’s family when we picked up Emalee.

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Like I mentioned, Andy is on business right now in Richardson, Texas.  Before going to bed, I received a text from him with a picture of my childhood home.  This was my Grandpa and Grandma Peterson’s home.  We lived with them prior to moving to Utah.  I have several memories of the area.  It was kind of nastolgic seeing the home after all these years.

{Christmas Eve 2012}

We spent Christmas Eve at my mom’s house with Jeff and John’s family.  We made dinner and enjoyed lots of munchies.  My time was spent holding Hazel as much as I could….love her!

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Here are the crazy kiddos eating their dinner….

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Jeff, Andy and John dishing up their food.

Throughout the evening, John had the kids tracking Santa using an Ipad app.  Amelia and Ashlyn were obsessed with checking his status every five minutes.  It was cute.

Later in the evening we opened presents.  Grandma gave the kids books, which they loved.

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Another thing John did on his Ipad was create these elf videos using photos of all of us.  So funny….


Jaron and Alton


Amelia and Emalee


John, Libby and Andy


Spencer, Amelia and Trevin

{Kluse Adventures}

 
You can see Mom and Jaron in the background and of coarse John bossing everyone around! ;  )                Ashlyn and Amelia helping out!

Today was such a busy and fulfilling day!  The morning was spent getting our house clean and things done around the house.  Later, we had planned to get together with the Kluse family and hang out together.  Jeff flew in from California yesterday and so we made plans well in advance of what we wanted to do.  Gotta make the time count, right?  Our first stop was at The Road Home.  We volunteered for two hours sorting clothes and toy donations.  It was great for the kids to be involved.


We would take a bag of donations and sort them into boxes.

 

It was a pleasant surprise to run into my neighbor and good friend, Doreen Evans and her daughter Natalie Thurman.  Doreen and I hang out all the time.  Her daughter Natalie takes our family pictures each year.  I love them both!  It was awesome serving side-by-side with such wonderful women!  The other picture is of me and Emmy (and in the background you can see Reese – Natalie’s daughter).

 
Jaron and Alton sorting clothes.                                                                  The donations keep piling up.

   
Jeff and Andy also helped with some of the food donations.

    

Eventually John’s job became box maker.  He taped up the boxes that were full and Libby helped label and put them out.  They worked non-stop making and sealing up boxes while we all sorted.


This photo finishes up our time at The Road Home….and this face is a classic “Emmy” face.  Glad I captured it.

Our next stop?  The planetarium.  We have season passes (both Lib and I) and decided to go there all together and see the light show, “Let it snow.”  We took an elevator up to the floor with the theater.  The elevator was the biggest I had ever been in.  The doors opened on both sides and easily held our whole family.

   

   


Ashlyn begged us all constantly to hold Hazel.  As soon as Libby would let me hold her, Ashlyn was there at my side saying, “Mom, can I hold her?  I want a turn.”  She was thrilled to get the chance.

  

The laser/light show was pretty neat but at times nauseating.  It is amazing what they can do.  The screen is the ceiling and because it is in the shape of a dome, their projections can make you feel like you are in the middle of the film.   It’s crazy.

  

After the planetarium, we bundled up and headed outside.  We weren’t sure where we wanted to eat and after wandering around for a while decided on a food court so everyone could find something they wanted to eat.  On the way though, we stopped a few times to warm up…..

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Time to eat!

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After she was done eating, Ashlyn begged to hold Hazel again (big surprise, right??)

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The highlight of ALL the kids’ evening was getting to ride TRAX to see the Christmas lights on Temple Square.  It was the first time my kids and John and Lib’s kids had been on TRAX.  They were thrilled.  On the way there, we were all standing (except my mom).  A very nice gentleman (pictured there in the green coat) gave up his seat.  Alton and Emalee are by my mom and the rest of us are scattered throughout….wherever there was room.  (On the way back we all got a seat, which was nice.)

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Temple Square was CRAZY!!!  The weather was nice….it was the last weekend before Christmas and it was the perfect formula for a million people to be there.  Wow.  Seriously.  You were constantly bumping into someone and had to say, “Excuse me”.  Emalee had to go to the bathroom and once I found one, it was at least a 20 minute wait because the line was out of the women’s restroom.  The lights were beautiful and it was fun to be together but it was b-u-s-y.

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You can see Libby holding Ashlyn and Emmy’s hands….Andy and Jaron are pictured too.

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Amelia and Trevin

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On the way home, someone got the great idea to finish off the night at Cold Stone getting some ice cream.  Um, yeah!  Sounds good to me.

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{Outing to Cold Stone}

My brother Jeff showed up unexpectedly from California this last Saturday night.  He has spent one week with us and before he went home, we all went out for ice cream at Cold Stone.


It is rare that you get a smiling picture from Jeff.  He always pulls a variety of faces for the camera.  (Mom, Jeff & Libby)


Emalee, Trevin and Amelia.


Andy and Spencer.  Spencer is doing what he loves most….watching a movie on Grandma’s cell phone.

 

Not pictured are Hazel, me and John.  : * (