Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The months are flying by. As a mother of four I feel like I can hardly blink and the month's over. We tried to incorporate extra gratitude into the month of November by having FHE lessons on serving and showing gratitude. We also created a Thankful tree and wrote things we were thankful for on the leaves and then taped them to the tree. The kids had a lot of fun with this and looked forward to it everyday. The weather got a lot colder here in Arizona and it made for some nice weather on Thanksgiving. The week of Thanksgiving we finished up school projects and parties and then on Wednesday we took the kids and Collin to see Santa at Bass Pro. This is always a blast because it is like a kids toy land in there and they have all sorts of toys you can try and a merry go round to ride. The kids also love looking at the fish and riding up the elevator. This year Sophia did not like sitting on santa's lap but the other kids discussed what they wanted to say to Santa and they didn't hesitate when it came time. Wyatt asked for star wars toys and an iPad, Bailey asked for Kitty Surprise, and Bentley asked for a new bike. I love watching the kids talk about and get excited for this time of year.
On Thanksgiving Jon was helping throw a Turkey bowl for our ward early that morning so we had to get up and get going. We all met at the park by our house and had some breakfast and played some football. The kids enjoyed playing as well as Jon and I. After that we went home to clean up and get ready for Thanksgiving food at my parents. We were eating at 1:00 so I got started on the potatoes I was in charge of. We headed over around 12:30 and had a wonderful time visiting, eating, and enjoying one another's company. I am so thankful for the family I have to be apart of and for my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his atonement. I am so grateful for the freedoms I enjoy and that I am able to take care of my little family every day.
The next day many had the day off work so we headed out to one of our favorite family spots in the Sycamore desert. It was Heidi's last day here before she took off back up to school in Utah so we wanted to take full advantage of spending time as a family. We rode motorcycles, took ranger rides, sat and visited, roasted hot dogs and marshmellows over a fire, and enjoyed singing happy early birthday to our little sweetheart Sophia.
Ward Turkey Bowl
Grandma Curtis having fun playing card games with some of the kids!
Uncle Michael taking the kids for a ranger ride! Even Cooper got to go!
Bentley did great riding his motorcycle in the dirt and sand
singing happy birthday to Sophia in the beautiful desert
Fun roasting marshmellows
Uncle Michael holding sophia and cousin Julz
Heidi and her friend Bennett
Bentley and cousin J
Bailey and cousin Belle
Wyatt and cousin Trey
Bentley six years old
Bailey four years old
Wyatt Three years old
one year old Sophia