Sunday, January 08, 2017

And Then She Was 8

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is always a whirlwind of activity for our family. Samantha's birthday is always the culmination of two weeks' worth of fun!



Can she really be 8? It seems like not too long ago that my water broke and she came roaring into the world.





We started off her birthday at the Crepery, the morning after the Blizzard of 2017 (aka...it snowed in St. George).






The stairs were not only covered in snow, but iced over as well. Consider that my first adventure of the new year.

We had a late lunch at McDonald's with Kira & Kylie.



The festivities for that day ended with cereal for dinner and a private viewing of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".





Needless to say, Sam was thoroughly satisfied by the end of the day.

But wait! There's more!
You can't forget the PARTY OF THE YEAR!!!

Pew! Pew! (That's my blaster.) It's a Star Wars party!

Samantha had her nearest and dearest friends alongside as we sang Happy Birthday.











She described it as one of the best birthdays ever. Considering there are 8 under her belt so far, I will agree!


Go forth, my sweet, vivacious daughter and keep on keepin' on.

Monday, January 02, 2017

The End Of Break....Breaking At The End?

END OF BREAK:

This was our last day of Christmas break. It was a busy break, but we found a lot of time to spend together with family, friends, framily and each other.






I clean up good!





We celebrated with cinnamon buns for breakfast, a much needed playdate, Tsum Tsum shopping, birthday shopping and dinner at Benja's!



BREAKING AT THE END:

Because of Bryce's work schedule, we, as a family, rarely get to spend time with each other during the week. Meals are not taken together and bedtime is often missed. This break was a good reminder that no matter what our schedule looks like, we need to MAKE time as a family. My plan is to start easy, as we don't do early mornings, to have a family breakfast once a week; not out of the house, but in the house, in our jammies. It will take work on my end and work on both B&I getting out of bed, but it will be worth it.

We've watched more movies and had more laughs this break than any other. I want us always to find time to do this.



Now, I will get relaxed with some wassail, knitting and a National Park documentary so I can be on top of our first day back at school tomorrow!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A Fresh New Day, Fresh New Year

Good-bye 2016





HELLO 2017




 It's going to be a GREAT year!