Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas Morning





We told the kids they needed to sleep until at least 7 a.m. Luckily they slept until 7:30. It was great. Then the frenzy began. The first picture is before the unwrapping began. We did stockings first. You can see behind Taylor in the white box what Santa brought the family :) I will have more "action" shots of that later. Josh got his Hot Wheels Dragon race track. Taylor got a shake and go race track and Lauren got a Betta Fish tank and we went to pick-out the fish at the pet store the next day. All-in-all I think we all had a great day!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Eve




Every Christmas Eve we go to Parley's house in Bountiful. We always have a great time eating more than we should. The kids have been wired for weeks but they were especially in good form this day. They spent a good part of the day tracking santa on the internet and had whipped themselves up into a pretty good frenzy by the time it was bedtime. The kids all got new jammies and were good-to-go. Parley's sister, Kim, and her family were also there. As you can see her kids are a little older (19, 17 and 11) but I think they were still feeling the excitement :)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

As Seen on TV


One of my good friends growing up was Heather Kelly. I hung out at her house quite a bit and with 10 kids it was always a good time. Anyway, her sister Liz has a blog that I like checking. I was floored when I saw what her dad did for her mom on Christmas. You'll have to check it out. I thought this kind of stuff only happend on t.v. Good job Brian and have fun Petrea!!

Gingerbread Houses


Costco has great gingerbread house kits at Christmas. This year I decided to be brave and buy them. They had sooo much candy in them and the kids loved it!!

Stay tuned for Christmas pictures :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Igloo





Yesterday it snowed 12 inches. It was crazy! It was also nice and cold so it wasn't slushy at all. Parley and the kids went out in the front yard and built an igloo. The kids had a great time. They went back out today to play in it. Parley teased the kids that they were going to have to sleep in it. The boy scouts in our area have a winter camp-out each year where they go up the canyon, build igloos and sleep in them. I'd rather get all my teeth pulled than do something like that :)

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Elf on the Shelf


I read about this book called, "The Elf On the Shelf" on the Design Mom blog. It reminded me of a story Parley told me last year. There is a family we know that has one of Santa's elfs that lives in their house every year during December. When the kids wake-up each day the elf is in a different part of the house. He reports back to Santa each day how the kids are doing. When the kids start acting up, the mom says, "remember, the elf is watching." One day, their 4-year-old boy who sometimes gives his mom a run for her money, was being a little on the naughty side. His mom said, "remember, the elf is watching." To which the 4-year-old replied, "I don't care about no stinkin' elf anymore!"


I didn't realized that there is actually a book and an elf that you can buy. I might have to save my pennies for next year :)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Who Knew??


video

Today was Josh's preschool Christmas program. They have been practicing a lot at school and he would even sing some of the songs at home. Today was the big day and he didn't want to go. I never in a million years thought he would stand up there in front of all the parents and sing away. But he did!! It was darn cute. My camera doesn't do it justice. :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Downtown Christmas Lights





Yesterday we rode Trax (lightrail) downtown to see the lights. Temple Square always does such a beautiful job. It was cold but fun. Notice in the last two pictues Josh is hiding. He wasn't "up" for pictures but had a great time running around. It's always such a fun adventure to do every Christmas season :)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!




Last night Santa came to visit at our church Christmas party. The kids were all so excited to see him, even Josh. He climbed right up and told him what he wanted (race cars). I was so glad Santa came. It was only a 5 minute line instead of the 1hour + line at the mall :)
p.s. That's Lauren's friend, Mary, on Santa's lap with her. She didn't want to do it by herself.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Cookies




Last Monday night we drove down to Thanksgiving Point to see their Christmas lights. It was really pretty. They do a good job with about a mile's worth of lights to drive through their property and see. It was snowing lightly but was nice and toasty warm inside the car with my favorite "Josh Groban Chrismas" playing. We invited my mom and dad to meet us there and hop in our car with us since we had room. Dad couldn't make it but Mom came and then invited us back to their house to frost sugar cookies and have hot chocolate. It was a fun "christmasy" night :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Jib Jab Fun

It was really snowy here today, AGAIN! This is what we did to entertain ourselves :)

Non-Crappy Starring You! eCards on JibJab


p.s. You have to click on "play" twice, and at the end it's supposed to say "Love, The Davis'" but I couldn't get it to work :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Lights



Every year we take a drive to a neighboring town to see these awesome Christmas lights. These pictures don't do it justice. We went on Monday night and then they actually did a little thing on the news last night about him. He doesn't charge any money to see them and he's a fire fighter by day. He said since they blink and aren't on constantly, his power bill is pretty normal. He just does it for fun. I don't remember how many thousands of lights he has but they are all synchronized to music. The kids love it. He even has a radio station you can tune your car to and listen and watch from your car. Notice the bubbles, too. :)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas





It snowed a little bit last week but then rained yesterday and it pretty much all melted. Taylor has been keeping an eagle eye on the weather forcasts and was disappointed that we were only supposed to get about an inch of snow last night. This is what we woke-up to and right now it's STILL snowing. We have at least 7 inches! We went sledding, well Taylor and Lauren and her friend Josie did. Josh and I watched from the car. Then we came home and shoveled the driveway, but it was pretty useless. Now it seems like Christmas.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Whew!!


This afternoon was a little stressful at out house. Today was the big BYU/UofU rival football game. Parley has been nervous about it for quite a long time. It was quite the nail biter. I think Parley lost some pounds by pacing for over three hours. It all worked out the way he wanted in the end. Taylor was by his side for most of the game. It was cute to see them (although I was out shopping for most of it). When it was all over, Parley said, "Taylor, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but it always feels better to win!"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Relaxation

We had a great day at Parley's sister Kim's house. There were about 34 that came. We really missed Dee and Darrelyn and their kids!! Here's some pictures for them (and for anyone else who wants to see :) We all ate until we couldn't eat any more. Then we rested for a few hours and ate again. It was so fun for us and the kids to see everyone that we don't get to see too often. Now it's officially Christmas time. Let the shopping begin!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving


Our little goofy indian! We hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving. We're off to Parley's side of the family. If everyone comes there should be 39! Happy eating!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Annie to the Rescue!!


My wonderful Auntie Annie came to rescue me once again. I have been begging Josh for MONTHS to get a family picture taken. You may think, "He's three, just pick him up and take him there and he'll be fine." Not so with this kid. If he doesn't want to do it, he WON'T do it. He had to get his picture taken at the gym when we joined and the ladies in the day care always laugh when I check him in because the picture is of me holding his face toward the camera and him screaming hysterically. So Lauren and Taylor talked Josh into getting family pictures done today and I did a little bribing of (Up)Chuck-E-Cheese and he was good to go. We talked it up all day yesterday and he kept saying he was going to smile and be happy. The friend that I had all set-up to take the pictures couldn't do it at the last minute. I was desperate to get them done today. The weather was in the 60's and Josh was good to go. I was afraid he would never agree to do it again if we didn't do it today. I called Annie and, of course, she was happy to drop everything and meet us at the park for pictures. They are all on her camera so I haven't seen them yet, but this is a cute one I got of the three kids. Thank you, thank you Annie!! Look for a (hopefully) cute family picture on your Christmas card from us :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bears



In first grade you have the "opportunity" to do a Great Brain project. We knew this was coming since Lauren had the same first grade teacher, so when we went to Bear World this past Labor Day we gathered information and took lots of pictures that would be good to use for a Great Brain report. Taylor did his report today and did a great job. He wasn't even nervous. Good job Taylor!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Marriage Humor

I stole this from the "Because I Said So" blog. It's something funny for your Wednesday :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Parley



Yesterday was Parley's 39th birthday. He doesn't look a day over 29 :) He was out of town all week so we did a family party so the kids could spend time with him, too. We all went to Sweet Tomatoes (soup and salad). The kids had so much fun opening Parley's presents. We hope you had a great birthday Parley!! Thanks for being such a great dad and husband!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Kangaroo Zoo



The kids had Monday off (some teacher development day). There is a fun place down by my Mom and Dad's house called Kangaroo Zoo. It is just a huge room with at least 10 jumpy things. It's a great place to wear out your kids :) We met Jake and Abby there and took Lauren's friend Josie. I couldn't get Josh to pose for the picture but he's in the background in the striped shirt. There weren't many kids because all the schools down there didn't have the day off. They played for almost 2 1/2 hours. They all slept good last night!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Trick-or-Treat



Every year we have a little pizza party with out neighbors and then go out trick-or-treating together. Carter is next to Taylor and he's in Taylor's class. The tall dark weird looking one is Conner, he's a year older than Lauren. Josh wouldn't pose with the kids but I got him outside. They all got more candy than they could ever eat, however, Josh is doing a good job of making a big dent in it. I have to put it up high or he will try and sneak it while I'm in the shower :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Preschool Parade








Josh had a cute little Halloween Parade at preschool today. He didn't think he wanted to do it, or if he did, he wanted me to walk with him. He told me it wasn't going to be fun, but as you can see, he looks happy and he told me it was fun :)

Hannah Montana


Tickets to Hannah Montana Concert: $100ish

Lunch and Parking: $20

Being at a concert with thousands of young girls screaming so loud you think your eardrums are going to burst and watching your 8-year-old daughter scream and clap and jump up and down when Hannah Montana comes out: priceless :)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lauren


Today Lauren got her hair cut. It looks really cute. She also started her own blog. You can see it here. We're off to the Hannah Montana concert. Check back later for pictures :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Daddy Daughter Date




Last Friday night our church had a daddy-daughter Halloween party for the 8 to 11-year-old girls. It was obviously a costume party with pumpkin carving, games and food. Lauren and Parley said they had a great time. Lauren is a cute BYU cheerleader and Parley borrowed the Indian costume from a friend. He looks good with braids :)