Gabe got sick early Christmas morning with the flu. So, he did some throwing up and looked pale until the afternoon. Here is when we finally let him eat his Christmas ceral - Aliens (after which he threw up again). Grandma W gave the boys this pirate ship and sea monster for Christmas - It was a hit!
Enjoying Christmas presents - Gabe, Me, Jacob, and Jonathan
Jonathan got a Science kit - Our little scientist was pretty excited!
Jacob loves Thomas the Train and was elated when he saw his show - as you can see.
Here's Daddy and the boys with their new fleece jackets
Garrett opening a present - with that handsome grin on his face...
That nice - due to Jacob's Christmas hyperactivity - Gabe and Jonathan ended up sleeping in Jonathan's bed, which has never happened before. When I went to check on them in the middle of the night, this is the scene I found.
It was a wonderful Christmas and we were (and are) very blessed.
We did our Christmas a day early, because Garrett was scheduled to work (but they put him on call.....again!). This was our Christmas Eve.
Garrett, Gabe, Jonathan
Gabe, Me, and Jacob
My Dad helped Jonathan make this ramp for Jacob and his cars. It was a hit!
Gabe made Jonathan Wookie Cookies (Thanks to Grandma Platt's recipe!).
Uncle Shawn and Aunt Carissa drew our names for Christmas. Gabe got a cross bow (that he can do without help!); Jonathan got a bow and arrow that he practiced with all day; and Jacob got an elastic band gun. They were hits. Thanks Shawn and Carissa!
Jonathan has been taking pictures over the holidays and here are a couple of the other gifts that we exchanged as a family:
Garrett gave Gabe cheese-filled crackers.
Jacob made (with mom's help) a calendar with a picture of the boys and Garrett taking a rest from a hike we went on during a camping trip. We hung it on the fridge...
Uncle Joseph came home from his mission on December 2nd. It was so exciting for the boys to see him. My knee had developed an allergic reaction, so I was not able to walk. Garrett had to work, so my darling mother pushed me around the airport, while keeping track of three distractable boys. Joseph ended up coming on a later flight, so it was a long afternoon.
Vincent, Jonathan, Hadley, Corbin, Gabe, Bradyn waiting and waiting and waiting....
On November 17th, I had my menniscus (?spelling) operated on. Garrett went with me for the surgery, which went well, and then, he left me in the caring hands of my mom and dad, and took the boys to hang out with Garrent's mom and Darrell for a few days, leaving me better able to relax and recover.
On the way back home, they stopped at Brandon and Mandy's house and played with their cousins.
For Thanksgiving, we went to my mother's parent's home. This is me with my grandpa, sporting my new hairdo.
Garrett and Jacob
Melanie, Maylee, and Grandpa
Melanie, Maylee, Mathew, and Grandpa
Gabe, Uncle Dave, Brooke, and Mathew
Stephanie and Grandpa
Jonathan, Jacob, Grandpa, and Gabe
Riding on Daddy's back....
Uncle Doug, Grandma, and Dad
Grandma, a sleeping Jacob on Grandpa's lap, Me, Mom, Uncle Doug's head
Well, I haven't been very good at keeping up on all this, but I'll blame it on our lack of Internet connection. Here is the latest and greatest in our home.
Jonathan, Jacob, and Gabe playing on their favorite toy - Daddy! (who just buzzed his hair). Snuggling up....
The Halloween Party at my parents house - Ryan, Jonathan, Gabe, Katie, Brooke, Rachel, Sarah, Jacob, Owen and Emmy on the floor - Aren't they all darling!
Jonathan - Spiderman; Gabe - Happy Feet Penguin; Jacob - Thomas the Train
Trip to the Pumpkin Patch - Gabe, Jacob, and Jonathan waiting for the tractor ride....
The Pumpking Patch - Jonathan, Gabe, and Jacob
Gabe, Jacob, and Jonathan eating spaghetti - lots of spaghetti!
Jacob in the bathtub - playing...
Decorating Ginger Bread Cookies after Family Home Evening
Watching a show with Daddy
This is in our neighbor's yard - They were gone and the boys raked up their leaves as a service. I was so proud of them that they thought of this themselves. The, of course, they had to play in the leaves.
I sent the boys downstairs to watch a show while I got dinner on and I came down to a very quiet room......too quiet. Yes, they're all passed out. No sleep tonight!
Gabe's birthday party - He got a Star Wars Icecream cake - It was a big hit. Four wonderful years with our "big boy".
Gabe loves Star Wars - as you can see. Here's a b-day present.
This whole post is kind of backwards. Gabe's b-day was back in August and the shaved head picture of Garrett just happened.
Gabe's Sunbeam class combined with mine Sunday so I got to teach him how to pray. Monday, for Family Home Evening, he taught what he learned to his brothers. He told them that when you pray, you fold your arms, close your eyes, and "bend over." Then, he demonstrated by doing a bow that resembled the ones from The King and I....cute.
Our neighbor came over and was teaching Jonathan how to play basketball. "If you shoot from here, you get two points. If you shoot from here, you get three points. If you run with the ball, you're traveling." A little while later, I watched as Gabe and Jonathan walked around arm in arm, while the neighbor shot baskets. Jonathan explained, "He shoots the baskets, and we're the travelers."
I've been teaching the kids to follow last month's Friend article on studying the scriptures, so we start our scripture study with a prayer to help us "understand" the scriptures - which is a hard word for little boys. Today, Jonathan said, "Please help us 'stand' the scriptures!"