Thursday, December 29, 2011


Here is the one picture from Christmas Eve. Kenadee with her cousins up at the Woodruff's home! I always look forward to this party!

All ready for the kids to wake up! Christmas is so magical! I buy too much for our kids every year, but it's so hard not to when Amazon has these sales and I know how much my kids will love them!
Kolbi immediately fell in love with the Mickey and Minnie in her stocking! I love seeing their eyes light up!!

What a beautiful mess!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Adam

On the 23rd was the Beck family party. It was at a church for the first time, which was a great idea. Tables and chair were on one half and the gym while the kids were running and playing on the other half. It was so nice not to worry about the kids breaking stuff or getting into something they shouldn't. The adult grandkids did the navity while uncle Ramon read some scriptures and everyone sang some songs. Best looking 3 wisemen I've ever seen!! They had the crowd laughing. Santa visited as well! It was a fun filled evening!!

Then after the party we hurried home for our annual "sleep under the tree" night. The kids opened their jammies from us, then we snuggled up and watched Elf. Ohh, how I love Christmas Adam!

Friday, December 23, 2011

One more new tradition!

Thanks to Pinterest I found another fun idea for the kids. It's called the 'mini van express.' So last night, after watching Polar Express the evening prior, we put the kids to bed as usual, but they found a gold ticket on their pillows. They were SO excited!!! The kids put some slippers on then I used the hole puncher on their tickets before they hopped in the car. We had hot cocoa and treats ready and headed out to the lights at Thanksgiving Point. They even had a few reindeer there. The kids loved everything about it!! I think we'll do this every year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The last few days I've been full of totally different emotions....

***One day after my last post saying how blessed I am to have Taylor I find out that my old boyfriend from high school killed himself. He had his demons in high school and while we we dating. They amplified shortly after. He spent some time in jail right after Graduation. It's crazy to think how different my life could have been.... Even though I totally cut ties from him 10 years ago, my heart hurts for him! I am SO happy for the steps I took in my life to lead me where I am today. SO, SO grateful!!

***I woke up to find some super bad news from a neighbor. Not my story to tell... I hurt for her!

***USSynthetic does an angel tree every year. We always grab a few tags that are the same age as our kids. The kids love helping pick out the toys. This year we were asked if we were interested in doing a delivery. Heck YES!! While the kids and I were running errands yesterday we found out the boy in the family we were to deliver to, didn't have a jacket. (I saw a tag on the angel tree that the family only requested socks for their kids. SOCKS, people!!!!) So the kids and I found a perfect jacket and some sweatshirts for his brothers. My kids were baffled that this boy didn't have a jacket!! "What if it were an outside day at recess??" Along with our small donations, there were black bags full of toys for the 3 boys and three huge, heavy boxes of food/household supplies. Taylor and I did the delivery last night while the woman's kids were sleeping. She knew someone was coming and told us the time to be there. It was well recieved. It was a pleasure to help someone who was in very much need! I repeat again... we are so BLESSED!! I am so grateful!

Blah, blah, blah.... Moving on to more fun things.

Before: (I'm on the far right holding Jackson in the orange shirt) A mid calf, flowing, skirt.

After: A new pencil skirt! It took longer than I thought it would. I was working on it alone. Pinning it while I'm wearing it, then off. Sew a line, put back on, pin again... But I LOVE it!

Here we are reading an I-Spy Christmas book. We started some new traditions this year. As part of an advent, the kids open up one Christmas/winter book everyday. Another new tradition is added to Christmas Adam. (Dec. 23) That's when the kids will open their new jammies and a new family game to play. Then (as usual) we'll watch a Christmas movie and sleep "under" the tree!

These two have been SO sweet to each other lately. I'm so happy my kids have each other!!

My new Christmas present!! Taylor replaced the huge tv armoir. He mounted the tv to the wall and bought me a new bookshelf thing to store the movies! I love it even more than I thought I would!! It opens up the room SO much compared that huge entertainment center!

Here's what we're doing today. I made a road out of electical tape. It goes on the couch and under the table. They're loving it! Thanks Pinterest!!

This picture melted my heart! Kenadee can not wait till she gets baptised!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I am so blessed! Especially cause I have this guy!

Wow, both of us have changed TONS!! Taylor is the best person for me! He knows how to handle my quirks and flaws. He flatters me everyday.

The other day we laying in bed just giggling and talking about our day. Then he surprised me and said the sweetest thing. He said he was just looking at the little wrinkles by my eyes and how those wrinkles symbolize the 10 years we've been together. The bad, happy, scary, nervous, exciting, tears, and laughs. Like we're growing old together. (we have a long ways to go, but I don't know how else to say it)

It was really cute. He was SO nervous to tell me I have eye wrinkles. I know I do. Embrace it!!
This might not make sense to anyone else. Oh well if it doesn't. I just wanted to remember this moment! I love my husband. He's the best!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's beginning to feel like Christmas!

I love this time of year!! I love the music. I love the excitement. I love the service. I love buying gifts for people I love. I love the time with my family. I love the smell of my tree (in a jar). I love the food. I love the traditions.

Bring on the snowstorms! I wanna be snowed in for days!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Live Nativity

First and update on Kolbi: yesterday was day 3. She had ZERO accidents. Even with a trip to the mall and out to lunch! She stayed DRY all night last night too. Wahoo!! She's basically a genius!!

Last night we went to the live nativity in Alpine with Taylor's parents and little sister. It was AWESOME! I wasn't quite sure what to expect so we might have been a little cold, but the kids did great. Kolbi 'held' it for 3 hours. I can't really blame her. I wouldn't choose to put my bum on that cold porta potty!
(Sorry for the blurry. I was trying to figure out the 'night mode.')

There were live animals and tons of people dressed up and doing their 'profession'. Very cool.

Obviously following the star to the barn where Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus were was the best part! It was so cool to be able to talk to the kids about His birth as they're looking at it. I might have gotten tear eyed. It was really special to do that with my family. I am so grateful for all the knowledge and comfort our gospel brings to us. :)