Monday, January 2, 2017

December 2016

December was busy and full of fun and actually quite relaxing as well.  Loved every minute.



We started Light The World.  We made a chain with 25 acts of kindness or service and tried to do one every day.  We had to play catch up a few times doing 2-3 things in one day but it really helped us get in the Christmas spirit and feel Christ in our home.



Channer turned TEN!!!! I can hardly believe I have a kid in the double digits.  We celebrated by taking two of his friends and inviting his cousins to House of Jump in St George and going to Chuck A Rama.  He picked Cooper and Kade to take with.  Jeff, Sarah and her girls came, Grandpa Charley, Grandma Marcia T, Stachia and the girls and Ginger and the kids, Chy and Andrew and Chantell and Kim.  The Waters and Ortons joined us well.  I did not take even one picture- we must have just been enjoying ourselves! 

The second weekend in December, we had our annual NFR trip to Vegas.  It was different this year without Marcus and Keshia (she will be having her twins next months, so they stayed home this year).  Jamie and Gary came this year with us and we had a great time though.  We met up one night with Tulsa and Brian and Wyatt and Kylee too.  We only went to the rodeo the one night and watched from The D the other nights.


Randi had her first actual dance recital.  I didn’t take any pictures of that either, cause well she stood on the stage and cried and I just sat there wondering what to do lol.

We celebrated Gradnpa's birthday and had him over for dinner.


We also hung out with Celina for her last night here the same night.  That time went so so fast and it is sad she has already moved home to prepare for her mission.

Randilyn had her preschool program- she had stage fright again.  She did try to sing a couple of the songs though, but cried.  Hope she can get over this stage fright thing soon cause she is so darling practicing at home.  It surprises me so much too cause she is NOT shy.

There was a nice snow storm the first day the kids got out for Christmas break.  They played out in the snow for hours with the neighbors.  
Ang and Jason hosted a Christmas party for all our friends.  I loved having us all together.  The kids drew names and got presents for each other.  She had Santa come!! We had yummy food and loved spending time with my "Beardo Family".





I loved having Christmas Eve on a Saturday this year.  We were able to spend most of the day at Chantry's dad- after Chantry took me to Cal Ranch and got me my first concealed gun.

Grandma bought tubes and Chantry pulled the kids around.  That was all I took a picture of.  We had a great time though playing games and opening presents and eating yummy food with the Brindley bunch.

 
Then it was home to bed to wait for the big man to visit in the morning. 
 
 
I really slacked in the picture taking.  Our Christmas morning was magical.  Our kids are at the best age.  We also simplified and only gave them a few larger gifts.  I loved how thankful the kids were and how simple this Christmas seemed.  The boys both got GPS Tracker watches that can call people, books, board games and clothes.  Randi got the magic doll she asked for, a princess tent, tea set, and karaoke microphone. 

We spent Christmas Day at grandpas playing games and visiting some more.  We went to the movie that afternoon with Charla, Blade and Grandma.  Simple but lovely Christmas.

The last weekend of the year, we went sledding on Saturday and had friends over for a little get together.  We played games with the kids and all of us but Randi made it until midnight :)



2016 was such a great year for our family.  Yes, it brought some heartache saying goodbye to people we love very much. Yes, there were moments and times of not so good. Overall, it was an amazing year! I would have to say the best yet for our family.  So much joy!!

Here is to a fabulous 2017!!! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

November 2016

We had to postpone our friend Halloween Bunco party until after Halloween this year.  We lacked a costume so borrowed from the neighbors, we looked radiculous but it was so fun.  
 
 
We got to celebrate Veterans' Day with some of our favorite people.  Candice and Mike invited us to the SUU Veterans' banquet.  Candice put a lot of work into it and it turned out great.  It was nice to dress up for the night and enjoy a great dinner with amazing speakers.  



 
There is not much more I would rather do than to ride out west looking for wild horses and listening to grandpa's stories.  It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday.  
 
Randilyn is still trouble, but so adorable.  She came to me and said "Mom- somehow the lipstick opened up and got all over my face. I just don't know how it happened."  She also didn’t know how the toy got up her nose, the whole thing of fish food fell in the fish tank or the pee got in her pants.  Haha- mysteries of a toddler.  
 But she is so stinkin' cute she makes up for it. 
 
Randilyn had her first dance performance.  She danced at the Talon craft fair.  She was  so excited, see all the posing and smiling.  THEN- when she got out there, she freaked.  She cried and sat by her teacher.  So sad :(  Good thing she still looked beautiful.  Ang and Sadie came to watch her and we watched Sadie later and Randi said she was going to dance like Sadie next time- we can hope.  

 
Celina got her mission call.  It was a very spiritual moment.  She got called to Taiwan, where she was born, where her mother is from, where her father served his mission.  There were lots of tears and cheering as well.  The people of Taiwan are very blessed to get her there.  
Chantry has been working like crazy in the basement.  He has gotten the framing, electrical, heating and insulation all complete.








Thanksgiving was fantastic this year.  We spent Thanksgiving day at Sarah's for dinner.  Jeff took the kids for their first airplane ride and then we got motel in Richfield that night.  Friday morning we met up to see Santa and go to lunch.  Then, we helped my mom pick out new furniture and headed to Antimony.  We decorated gingerbread houses and the next day went and got our Christmas tree.  Saturday night, we had a soup dinner with the Wiley's and stayed up playing games with the Wiley cousins.  We came home Sunday and got all the Christmas out and decorated.




 
 
 
 
 
 November flew by- this whole year has flown by.  Only one month left in 2016 and by the date on this post, you can see that is already half over. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October 2016

When I think of October, I think of hunting- we didn’t hunt not one hunt this year- hopefully we will make up for it next year.

We stayed home the first weekend in October- first time in months.  If you know us though, we didn’t really stay home, just slept at the house ha

We went to Stetson's football game in Mesquite, then the family all had dinner at Chuck A Rama and then to Staheli Farm in St George.  It was so fun with so much to do- I wish we would have more  time to play.  Our neighbor, Calvin, came  with us because their family was packing (sad to see them move).


























The next weekend was my birthday weekend :) I have awesome friends and family that spoiled me.  We went to dinner as couples on Thursday with a bunch of friends at the Pizza Factory.  We headed to Sand Hallow to camp for the weekend on Friday after work.  It ended up being just the Waters and us camping, but The Orton's and Hilleger's came for dinner Saturday night.  It was a fun filled weekend.  Ang made me my very favorite chocolate sheet cake- Candice made me the most beautiful birthday cake and it was delicious too.  It was awesome to celebrate with friends.  My favorite part of the weekend was running the All Terrain 5K with Ang and Channer.  Channer did so good- I was so proud.  It was a tough run mostly through the sand and he rocked it.

 
The weekend of the 15th/16th
We stayed home again- what?  It was amazing.  I cleaned ALL day Saturday while Chantry went to a Search and Rescue training.  Then, we had a fun dinner date with the Orton's and Hilleger's :) Then we went to a haunted house and played pool.  Fun night!

Sunday- we headed up the mountain with Ladd and his bunch and went for a fun jeep ride.





 I was able to go on Randilyn's field trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  So fun :)


The weekend of the 21st through 23rd, we stayed home again- I know- crazy right??

Branda and my mom came to stay with us a few days.  Loved every minute.  Foreign Figures played in Cedar (the lead singer is Branda's husband, Eric).  My kids just love their music and really looked forward to it.  After the concert we stayed up late helping grandma create a Facebook- good times. 



My mom stayed the rest of the weekend and I enjoyed it so much.  It is so fun to have her retired and visiting more.  She truly seems like she enjoys herself when she is here too.  She asked us to take her on the mountain and show her some of our favorite places, so we packed a lunch and headed to Woods Ranch for a picnic and then of course had to take her to my favorite place- Duck Creek.  We rode on over through Mammoth and Brian Head.  Fun day!  We stayed up late that night and my mom showed me all the pics from her vacations.  Memories that will last forever! 

Celina got her mission papers in and we are patiently waiting for the call to come in the mail.  I have enjoyed having her here so much! Joint

The last weekend in October was filled with lots and lots of crazy fun!  Chantry and I went to the Johnny Rodriquez concert on Thursday, 27th.  Marcia came and stayed at our house and stayed through until after Halloween Tuesday morning.  It was so fun to have her.  It has been nice staying home a few weekends and having family here.

Saturday was the Heritage Livestock Festival- one of my favorites.  We went to the sheep parade and all the fun events after.  The boys participated in the tractor pulls and we enjoyed the live music and food.  Celina stayed in town and was able to hang out with us ALL weekend- loved it. We carved pumpkins and grandma brought the kids to the arcade. 









We had a fun Halloween party at our house Sunday.  We decorated caramel apples, cookies and had a donut eating contest.  We gave out awards and had yummy food! So fun!
















 
















Halloween was fun.  I was able to help in Chestyn's classroom and grandma went too.  They had a cute costume parade.  That night we went to the hospital trail and treat and then back to our neighborhood to trick or treat.  Grandma passed out donuts and hot chocolate.  I love Halloween. :)

On to November (already).....