Dec 8, 2016

'Tis the Season... for Concerts

Life is so busy around the holidays and part of that is because of all the Christmas performances and concerts. Oh, don't get me wrong... I love watching my kids perform, I just wish it didn't take so much time out of an already busy season.

Why can't we do concerts in January?

But I digress...

Tonight we watched Scout and Curly in their band concert. Both are in the beginning band; Curly plays the clarinet and Scout plays the saxophone. They are both surprisingly good considering they have only been playing for about 3 months.

This concert was quick at less than 30 minutes for both bands to play, but I must admit it is the best concert from the biggest band we have ever seen at their elementary school.

The grandsons have a concert next week as does Sport and Fajita's is the following week. We also have the stake Choir Concert on Sunday and then our ward choir will perform on Christmas Day.

Do Singalongs count? We have two of those coming up as well!

We celebrated the kids' success by going to Culver's and using our free ice cream coupons for the flavor of the day that they earned from Reflections. I guess I could go to another half dozen concerts this season... as long as ice cream is involved...

Dec 7, 2016

Family Christmas Letter 2016

Time for my annual family Christmas letter. It only took me 2 hours to write it (an hour of that was the procrastinating that always has to happen first...)

<deep breath> Here goes.

December 2016

Another year has come and gone. So many exciting things happening in our family!

Bossy and Gamer became foster parents and now they have filed for adoption so they can keep Chips and Salsa permanently. They are expecting a court date after the first of the year. Gamer is working a new job packing food for American Airlines. Bossy is currently looking for something to supplement their income and has several good leads. I will let her fill you in on all the activities with the kids.

Beauty and The Beast are both still working at the bank. Beauty finished her Associates Degree in Mathematics from SLCC in the spring and they have been updating and repairing their home with the idea of relocating eventually into a little nicer part of town.

Drama Queen finished her mission in the spring and landed her dream job at our Middle School as an English teacher. She has the ups and downs of a 1st year teacher all over again, but she rolls with the punches. She has recently moved her records to a new Singles’ ward and is enjoying hanging out with friends her own age rather than the little ones in the nursery.

Teach married Twiz in February in the Jordan River Temple. They are expecting a baby girl almost a year to the date of their wedding and they plan to name her Twizlet. Teach is teaching 6th grade in the Granite District and Twiz is working at Target. He takes classes at SLCC and hopes to enter the Police Academy soon.

Dog Walker just got accepted into the UVU Elementary Ed program. He works about 24 hours a week doing freight at the WalMart just down the street. He bought a new car (his first major purchase) and he loves that the heat and AC actually work in it. He is coaching Baby Doll’s basketball team and he also signed up for Tinder and has been talking with girls. Someday he may even go on a date!

Princess married The Frog in the Oquirrh Mt. Temple in August. He is going to school in Computer Science at BYU and works as a Web Page Designer. Princess is almost finished with her degree from UVU in Elementary Ed. She loves that she can focus on school and making a home and no longer has to hold down a job.

Prima Donna graduated from Bingham, earning the coveted Theatre Department Senior of the Year award. She also received her Associates from SLCC in the spring. She is now at Weber, hoping to major in their Musical Theater program. She had her first big role in a show in November and was just cast in one that will happen in the spring.  She has an amazing voice and is rekindling her love for dance.

Crafty is a sophomore at Bingham and she is super busy! She is the president of the Cupcake Club, a member of FCCLA, an Executive for the South Jordan Youth City Council, Team Captain for her Dance Company, and a soloist for South Pointe Ballet’s upcoming production. She continues to be a 4.0 student and she even sings with me in the ward choir.

Sport is an 8th grader and he is busy and active in sports and in school. He just finished a successful football season and is beginning basketball. He played 1st base and pitched for his baseball team in the spring and he had the lowest ERA in the league for his age. He is my Den Chief and he has earned a pile of merit badges already. He is on the MathCounts team and a PTSA Rep at SoJo as well as a 4.0 student. He is also an amazing "water-bottle flipper." (Trust me, it's a thing...)

Scout is a 5th grader. She plays the saxophone in the band, is a Safety Patrol leader and a good student. In her free time she plays basketball, dances many hours at the studio and with South Pointe Ballet, and she loves Girl Scouts and Activity Days. She is also a super softball player and had her first try at pitching this year.

Curly is a 3rd grader. He loves sports of all kinds! He was the top pitcher in stats for his age group and the A team wouldn’t have won the Championship without his amazing work on the offensive line. He is a good student and he still loves to dance, especially tap. He is a cub scout in my Wolf Den and he works hard. His car won first place in our pack pinewood derby a couple of weeks ago.

Baby Doll is a kindergartner. She is an excellent student who loves to dance. She takes jazz, ballet, and tap. She loves Girl Scouts and primary. In November she had a leading role in Prima Donna’s play. It was hard making all those trips to Ogden, but so worth it. She played her first sports this year and was chosen as the only MVP for her baseball team and she is just starting basketball. She is an excellent defender; if she would just remember to dribble…

Grandpa moved in with us in August. We love having him here! He recently was called as a Church Service Missionary and he is serving in the hosting center at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. He loves it and is grateful for the opportunity. He rides the Trax train downtown, and works two days a week. He is my assistant coach for Scout’s basketball team and will teach his first lesson in the High Priest’s group this week.

My sweetie continues to put in long hours at work, but that doesn’t stop him from building a bathroom for my dad downstairs and growing a large, productive garden. He is still the Young Men’s secretary, but lately has been helping me as a long-term sub in the nursery. (Who can resist toys and treats?) He is an amazing husband and father and takes good care of us financially and spiritually. In the spring he and I were actually able to take a much-anticipated trip together to Boston and the east coast. It was 10 glorious days together! Other than spending time with me, he loves driving his G8 really fast especially on the on-ramps and helping build pinewood derby cars.

I am crazy busy as usual. I am helping Dog Walker coach Baby Doll's basketball team and I’m the head coach for Scout’s team. I was the Reflection’s Co-chair at Bingham and the unofficial Cupcake Club mentor. I am still the Women’s Stake Sports Specialist (Are you counting? That’s 11 years.) I am also the Wolf Den Leader and the unofficial nursery leader. I still work with the dance studio and I am a board member for South Pointe Ballet. I am heading into my 25th year as a Girl Scout leader. I am also the Higher Awards Specialist for the Oquirrh Community and a member of the Gold Award Committee on the council level. In my spare time I still sell a little Tupperware and write in my daily blog, Twelve Makes A Dozen.

Life is crazy and wonderful; full of love and new adventures. We hope you are all well and enjoying the Christmas season. 


Mom asked me to log in and add updates on my children.  

Fajita is a senior at Bingham.  She is the Vice President of Cupcake Club and continues to be involved with Teen Advisory Board at the library and Youth City Council.  Over the summer she tried out boot camp and has signed with the Army Reserve to join when she graduates. 

Bean Dip is in 9th grade and enjoying programming classes.  He was starting pitcher for his baseball team this year and they won the Championship.  He is a foodie who enjoys trying things with his bio-mom.  He sings an excellent bass and continues to love all genres of music. 

Taco is in 6th grade and turned 12 and was ordained a deacon last week.  He became a Second Class scout this summer and has earned several merit badges.  His baseball team (ranked 11th) won the intracity tournament, beating two undefeated teams.  His football team came in second.  He got to be an assistant with swimming lessons this year and loves to be one of the "big kids."

Burrito is in 4th grade.  He is still in the dual immersion Spanish program.  He is doing so much better with his dyslexia and works very hard in school. He loves baseball and is developing into a smart catcher.  Gamer coached his team as well as Curly and Salsa on a different team.  Burrito has adjusted well to no longer being the baby of the family.  

Salsa is in 4th grade and on a different track from Burrito.  Before living with us he had never played any sports.  He was a natural hitter in baseball.  He earned the "toughest defensive player" for football.  He skipped 2 levels in swimming this summer.  He is going to be baptized early next year. 

Chips is 4 and in preschool.  He played baseball with Baby Doll.  He didn't like it much and preferred to be in the stands watching his brothers.  He tried soccer in the fall and seemed to finally get the hang of it in the last week of games. He loves to sing and plans on trying dance in January. 

Enchilada is still in Texas with her maternal grandparents.  We chat on Instagram and she is looking forward to applying to dental schools in Utah so she can spend more time with us. She is on the high school swim team and travels all over Texas competing. 

Dec 6, 2016

Bells of Lone Peak

One of my favorite places to find fun and free activities for my kids is the public library. Tonight they had a bell choir concert scheduled so I thought it would be a fun way to kick off our Family Home Evening. This is a totally volunteer bell choir, so they had players of all ages.

It was pretty crowded when we got there, but we still managed to find seats. That's when I first noticed that they had a different kind of bell. I am used to the regular roundish ones that have to be played wearing gloves like Princess did in high school. We were told that these were European bells.

I was a bit skeptical. They looked like the sort of tool for finishing drywall! As soon as they began the first song though, I forgot they looked any different and I just enjoyed the beautiful Christmas music. After several numbers they called all the kids up and gave them a chance to play a much cheaper set of bells, but they still sounded great.

When the concert was over, we wandered to the front and a couple of the ladies let my kids play the actual bells. They were so excited! Even I got to try one.

We stopped by Wendy's on the way home for a free Frosty (thanks, Teach!). Another fun evening together; love making memories.

Dec 5, 2016

Gingerbread Houses and the Christmas Devotional

I think it's pretty safe to say that I just love having my kids around me. Tonight we had another "not" party which means nobody had a birthday, but we still wanted to get together and share some of our favorite holiday traditions. My sweetie made a big pot of chili after church and the family, including Little Sis and her family, showed up just in time to settle in for the Christmas Devotional.

After we had eaten, the Dog Walker and I set up a decoration station for gingerbread houses. He went a little crazy buying candy for the event, but the little ones thought it was amazing!

We were over 4 hours start to finish with people still working on their houses. The Frog entertained us by playing Christmas songs on his accordion. Homework and scriptures and bed for the little ones and I spent nearly an hour cleaning up from the festivities.

Fajita posed with her house and then took it into the kitchen to put it on the counter.
I heard a tiny scream and she had dropped her beautiful house.
I'm so happy for days like these, when we can remember that we love each other and we enjoy being together in spite of falling houses and tummy aches. At least no one threw up this time...

How was your weekend?


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