The preschool that Jack and Owen have both gone to does a really cute Christmas program. However, I've never had a kid that would participate! My kids are not fans of performing. Luckily, I was able to bribe Jack this year (with our go-to bribe, a Hot Wheel) and he actually dressed up and sang with the other kids! I was most surprised that he put on the shepherd costume, most of it anyway (not the head covering).
Here's the video of him singing: http://youtu.be/HRcR1MrRgmk
After a lot of begging, we finally took the boys to get a Christmas tree. We were putting it off this year since last year our tree was so brown by Christmas that we had to get another one. So we stalled as long as we could. Luckily, we have a store nearby that sells Christmas trees for $9.98. What a deal, right? Of course, they're not the prettiest trees. I'm pretty sure they're the leftover trees that the others sellers didn't take. But you can't beat the price, so it works for us.
Even Emmett got in on the decorating. He would proudly put an ornament on the tree and then promptly take it off. Needless to say, our tree is now only decorated on the top half and the presents won't be put under it until Christmas Eve.
Owen got to play soccer again this year on team Daredevil with Robby as his coach. The first half of the season started out a little rough but the team ended up doing awesome. Owen scored lots of goals and is already counting down until next season. Jack is also counting down until next season when he'll finally get to play!
The kids decided they wanted to be Phineas, Ferb, and Perry the Platypus this year. It took me a while to figure out how I was going to do it but their costumes turned out awesome. Unfortunately, I never got a really good picture. The day we took their picture, Jack had been wearing his costume all day and his red hair dye was all over his shirt. And Emmett wouldn't hold still for a picture (shocking!). So this is the best we got:
We celebrated Emmett's birthday with his cousin Isaac. Their birthdays are just a couple of weeks apart so we decided to have one big party for the both of them. I've learned my lesson though and won't do a kid's birthday at the same time as a BYU football game though. It ended up being the kids and moms celebrating while all the dads watched the game.
I can't believe it but Jack is 4! We celebrated on Labor Day (a day early) since everyone was already at Grandma and Grandpa's. Here some pictures from the day.
Jack insisted on having a pinata for some reason. Here he is taking a swing with a bat.
After several rounds with the plastic bat Robby and Dave decided a golf club would be more effective.
Breaking it open!
The kids (and Jake) grabbing the candy.
Emmett wasn't quite old enough to participate in the pinata this year so he had to watch with Grandpa.
Everyone hanging out at the party.
Jack opening presents. He's holding his Monkey Webkinz Jr., which he named George. Although poor George seems to have different name on a daily basis. Jack also got a scooter, some Trios, an airplane, a recorder (yup, the instrument, he's been wanting one forever for some reason) and a shirt.
Jack and Owen being silly with Grandma.
Blowing out the candles on the race cars.
This is Meeshka. Jake and Shelby added her to their family the weekend of Jack's birthday. Needless to say the kids LOVE her, sometime a little too much.
This year Jack is going to preschool 3 days a week and Owen started 1st grade. It's crazy! I can't believe I have a kid that goes to school all day. (And three mornings a week it is just Emmett and I. Awesome!) They both love going to school. Although Owen comes home exhausted every day. And when I ask him what he did at school all I get is a report of what he did at recess. Jack at least tells me what letter he learned about.
After Robby and his brother did a triathlon a couple of months ago, my sister-in-law Maddie decided we needed to do one too. Since we weren't ready to commit to anything serious, we decided to do a sprint triathlon. Our other sister-in-law Shelby got on board too. (We are married to the 3 Walker brothers.) It was 400 yard swim (about 1/4 mile), 8 mile bike, and 2 mile run. I trained for all of 2 weeks!
I didn't do in any sort of record time but I did finish in 1 hour, 3 minutes. (Maddie beat me by about 2 minutes and I beat Shelby by about 2 minutes.) It was one of those things where I asked myself the whole run, "Why the heck did I do this?!" But after it was over it was awesome and I'd love to keep training and maybe try something a little bigger.
Of course, the husbands raced as well just to show us they could kick our butts. Big surprise! Once again, Robby beat Sawyer. Don't worry Sawyer, Robby is starting get old, you'll beat him soon.
Here are some lovely pictures from the event.
Maddie, Shelby and I getting ready to start. Maddie and Shelby are in the black tops. I'm next to them but you can't really see me.
Maddie coming out of the water.
Maddie starting her run.
Sawyer coming out of the water.
Me starting the run.
Robby finishing up the run with the boys encouragement.
Haha! Shelby's arm. For some reason she missed being photographed. But I'm pretty sure Robby's mom has more picture so I'll have to add some.
Robby and I met at BYU. We were married in 2003. Had Owen in February of 2005. Moved to CA a few months later. Had Jack in September of 2007. Then we had Emmett is 2010. We love it here in California especially since we live close to so much family.