Monday, December 29, 2008

No time

I have so much to post about, but no time now. I will post Christmas pictures and thoughts soon.
For now, we are off to St. George to celebrate New Years in a bit warmer weather.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Haley's Prayers

My kids know that I don't like driving in the snow. This past week, the roads have been very bad. Every time we pull out of the driveway, Haley says, "I'm saying a prayer in my head that we will be safe."

Friday morning, Jason was leaving for work at the same time we were pulling out for school. So, Haley said, "I'm saying a prayer for you and Dad that you won't slip on the ice."
Then after a few minutes of quiet, she said, "In my heart, it just said 'I will take care of your Mom and Dad'"

I'm glad that she recognizes so easily the peace that the Spirit speaks to our hearts.

Britton's Class

On Friday, I got to go help out with Britton's class party. I really love going to his class. His teacher is great and it's just fun for me to see him with all his classmates and get to know them. I go every Wednesday afternoon to help out with reading, but this is the first time I had been for a party.

When I'm there on Wednesdays, it is after the track 1 kids have gone home, so I really only know half of his class. So when I arrived, there were lots of kids asking who I was. When I said that I was Britton's mom, one girl shouted out, "Britton is so silly all the time." She said it in kind of a negative tone and I thought Britton was going to feel bad because he's super sensitive, but instead he just said proudly, "Well, you should meet my Dad, he's way sillier than me." That made me laugh because at home we are always having discussions about who is the silliest. :)

I was in charge of the games for the party. I planned to play two games with one more as a back up just in case. It turned out to be so much fun. 6 and 7 year olds are so fun to be around. And they love playing games and are so easily entertained. The students were in small groups of 5-6 and then they rotated to different stations around the room. For the first game, the kids sat in the circle and I put a Santa hat on one of them in the middle and then blindfolded that person. Then I spun them around. The person in the middle would point to someone in the circle and that person had to say, "Ho, ho ho!" in their best Santa voice. Then the middle person had to guess who it was. It was a really simple, easy game, but they had such a blast. They laughed and laughed and were so excited for their turn. It was cute watching them try to sound like Santa. Anyway, it turned out quite fun. The second game was just Christmas charades. I put pictures of Christmas and winter things in a bag. They each took turns picking one and acting it out. That was a lot of fun for them too. The other stations were all crafty type things so I was very happy to be where I just got to play with the kids.

Now, I'm excited that Britton doesn't have to go back to school until Jan. 5! I won't mind sleeping in and not having to drive on the slick, icy roads every morning.

Seasonal Fickleness

Britton has been waiting for it to snow pretty much since July. He has been talking about snowball fights and snowmen and sledding and all that other good stuff. He insists that winter is his very favorite season because of all the fun things to do in the snow.

Well, this week we finally got a decent amount of snow. On the first day of the snow, Britton offered to scrape the van for me before I took him to school. He had a blast and then threw a few snowballs at me before we loaded up.

As we pulled out of the driveway and the cold, wet, uncomfortableness started to set in, I was surprised to hear him say, "I don't really like the snow. I think spring is my favorite now. When is it going to be spring?"

It just made me laugh. Since then, though, we've been able to go sledding and he's made a few snowmen so I think he's in love with the snow again.

At least until he gets cold.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sick on Sunday

Today we stayed home sick from church. Jason and I were both feeling sick and didn't even want to get out of bed. We just felt like laying there sleeping and watching TV. And guess what Jason was hoping we could find on TV? A Little House on the Prairie Marathon! And he wasn't even kidding.
I love my husband.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Haley and Chloie--I love these girls!

These two girls are so funny. They are either best friends or arch rivals. They play really well together or else they only want what the other person has. It's hilarious. So, it's always good if they can both have the same things so that they don't fight.

Here Chloie saw Haley laying down, so she went and got a pillow and blanket (just like Haley), then she got a stuffed cat and another little stuffed animal (just like Haley), then she layed down right next to her. So cute. I think Haley's pretending to be asleep. (she does this a lot and sometimes she's really convincing, although here, the smile gives her away.)

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Britton loves Babies!

Britton has always loved babies. And I love to see him with babies! No matter how crazy he is being before, as soon as he sees a baby, he gets really calm and gentle. He is so happy just staring at them, holding them, and talking to them. I love to see this tender side of him. He could really just sit there for hours holding a little baby.
He is so in love with his new cousins, Jacob and Emily. Jacob looks A LOT like Britton did as a baby, so I think he has a particular liking for him. He spent so much time over Thanksgiving just cuddling up with one of them.
Britton and Jacob

Britton and Emily (I love how he is just staring at her)

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Thanksgiving Weekend

It has taken me over a week to finally sit down and write about Thanksgiving weekend. So much fun. I don't really have too many pictures. That always happens when I'm having fun, I forget to take pictures.
Well, the weekend began Tuesday night since there was no school Wednesday. Tuesday night all the girl grandkids, except newborn Emily, (Anna, Haley, and Chloie) went to the BYU women's basketball game with me, Patricia, Mijoung, and my mom. They were playing #1 UConn so they really wanted a big crowd. They got killed, but we had fun. Haley loves seeing Cosmo. The half time show and the treats were the highlight of the game. For half-time, they had a trampoline dunking team. It was fun to see all their neat slam dunks.
Hyrum got to sleep over Tuesday night so he was with us all day on Wednesday. We just played, went to Cafe Rio, then played with the rest of the Kammerman's in the afternoon. Hyrum was wearing this blue striped shirt, so I told Britton that he had the same one, so he got it on. Then when Haley saw them, she ran to get hers on. So funny.

That night 7 of the 9 Kammerman's stayed at our house (John and Reed stayed at my mom's). Patricia and I were stuck with all the kids while Jason and Aaron played volleyball into the wee hours of the morning.

Thursday (Thanksgiving)
We started a new tradition this year and began the festivities with a family kickball game. It was a blast! Both teams brought their "A" game and it was a tough competition battling until the very last play. Unfortunately, my team lost, but it was still so much fun. It's defintiely something we'll have to do every year. At least until everyone is old enough to play football.
Haley had my camera so there are a few pictures and lots of tiny video clips (I won't post those) that she took of everyone. None of them are the best quality.
Destry and Anna!
Jason holding Jacob and Emily in their cute Thanksgiving outfits, probably the only time they'll be dressed a like.
In the afternoon, we headed up to Jason's Aunt Irene's for his side of the family's gathering. We were getting there about when a lot of people were leaving, but it was still good to see some people we haven't seen in a long time. I got to see the fireplace that Jason built at his aunt's house. He really does great work. We had a wii bowling tournament and lots of fun just being with people we don't get to see often enough.
We spent Friday mostly at home. Hayden and Corbin were over so Britton got to play with cousins all day again. In the evening Jason and I went to the Jazz game (thanks Desiree and Nate for the tickets and thanks to Mark for watching our kids!). It was a really fun game and fun to just get away for a bit.
Jason was working at Biz's all day. (He is remodeling their kitchen.) So, we went up to hang out with Biz and Ethan. We went to Ikea then over to Sheryl's to play. Britton played with Dylan and Destry all day and the rest of us just hung out, talking, eating, and coloring. It was a fun day.
After church, we went to Kim's for dinner. The kids got to play with most of their cousins on Jason's side and we just got to hang out and have fun. We had a wii bowling game and then watched the kids play. Corbin was the best with his "I totally won!" statement after he made a strike. So cute.
The whole week was so great. We got to be with family pretty much non-stop. We loved it! We're so grateful for such a wonderful family.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I love my kids!

My kids have both said and done the cutest things recently and I wanted to jot a few down so that I can remember.

*Today Haley showed me how she can jump from her dresser onto her bed. Then she said, "I'm not going to show dad. He'll say, 'Never do that again!' So, I'm only showing you. You won't get me in trouble, will you?" It just made me laugh. I have a feeling she'll be trying to coerce me into keeping her out of trouble many times in the future.

*Britton made a sign for his door with a picture of a girl and then a circle around it and crossed out for "No girls allowed". So today Haley drew a picture of a boy crossed out and then another boy that was just circled. She asked me to write "No boys except Britton". I love that she loves her brother so much.

*The other day as we were eating breakfast, Haley said that her doll wanted to say a prayer, so she folded her doll's arms and then said a prayer in her doll's voice. As she was saying it, Britton leaned over to me and whispered, "This is really cute." I love how enamored he is by his little sister.

*All weekend long we got to be around cousins. Britton is especially in love with his new niece and nephew, Emily and Jacob. He is so cute around them. (I'll write more about this later along with a few pictures.) After holding them one time, I made some comment about how cute they are and how much he loves them. And he said something along the lines of, "I just wish that babies never had to get hurt." He has such a tender, loving heart. It pains him to see them cry.

*The other day Haley said a prayer that just made me smile. Here is how it went, "Heavenly Father, I wish that my family could be good. I love them so much. I want to give them lots of good luck..."

*In another prayer recently, Haley said, "Bless Dad that he will have lots of yummy treats at work." I'm sure the Kammerman kids will find this particularly amusing since they always tease him about his treats.

*Whenever Haley is taking a nap, Britton comes in and gently touches her hair and says, "She's just so cute when she's asleep."