It seems like it has been forever since I have updated. Nothing real big to report. We've just been really busy with a lot of little things like school, work, church, funerals, parties, out-of-town company, wedding planning, etc. Here is a recap from my phone:
Maisey came home from school yesterday as the class "Math Queen." She happily shared her crown with her sis!
Maisey rediscovered her camera when I was deep-cleaning her room last week. She has been having "photo shoots" with anything that will hold still for her (i.e. not her brother!). I will have to do a post with all of her pictures!
These were two of Maisey's recent reading passages at school. A little strange, fat and mom should never be in the same sentence! She also had the word "sin" for a spelling word!
Happily sharing her iPod so they can both rock out to T. Swift!
He has been a real busy body lately! Lots of mischeif, lots of meltdowns, lots of naps, but lots of snuggles!
To say this kid is obsessed with frosting is an understatement. He sneaks into the fridge and eats it all the time. I started hiding it in the veggie drawer thinking he'd never look there. . . WRONG! And when I get sick of him sneaking it and just throw it away he resorts to the butter! Yuck!
This is how several days last week went down: 30 minute melt down about nothing followed by a 2-3 hour nap. Must have been needed!
Loving the snow (see below!)
Gage can give the best snugs (that's what he calls cuddles). He just wiggles himself into you, gets comfy, and relaxes. Then every once in a while he'll pop up and say, "Merry Christmas Mommy" or "I love you Mom Mom". It melts me every time!
Gage went to a birthday party and when I went to pick him up, this is how I found him -- passed out on the couch! He must had been exhausted because after waking him up and taking him to the car he fell back asleep on the 10 minute drive home.
I am also happy to report that I put his room back together two weeks ago (knobs back on the dresser, hamper back in his room, train table put back together with a track on it, light switch hooked back up, picture frames put back on top of his dresser, etc.) and he hasn't touched a thing! He is doing such a good job. Love that boy!
Our little "doll"
Miley wore a little hair clippie to church since the headbands look weird in her pile of fluff on the crown of her head!
A visitor is invading her space!
Visiting Grammy's school
This girl loves the pool. The big kids start swimming lessons next week, so I am going to take her swimming on some of the days. She will be in heaven!
Her first cheese stick. If she follows in her brother's footsteps she'll be downing 3 a day in the next few months!
Some of our favorite friends came to visit! We played games, shopped the outlets, went swimming, ate yummy pizza, went to a basketball game, and played more games! Thanks for coming Nobles!
Andrew watched all 5 kids while Shaun was at a funeral and Katrina and I were at the mall. I was surprised that Miley did so well with him, she's kinda a mommy's girl!
Graham, Maisey, Gage, and Miley. Griffen's feet made it in the picture behind Maisey.
And yes, Gage is pouring water on Miley's head, and yes, Miley loved it! :)
We've got to head north to see them sometime soon!
For about a week we were stuck in this crazy inversion and it didn't get above freezing. We went out to my mom's school for lunch last week and on the way out all the trees were glazed and it just looked so pretty.
Then we actually got to Silverton and there was SNOW!!!! The kids were so excited and it was beautiful! I let Gage run around in it for a while. Maisey didn't want to because she didn't want to get her shoes wet. (she is so much like her mom!) This may be the only snow we see this year until we get to Sunriver in 2 months!
These are boxes of Gage's clothes that I am sending for my nephew to wear. I used a whole roll of packing tape on these suckers and let me tell you why!
My sisters and I have all shared maternity clothes. (perks of having 4 girls in a fam!) Well, my littlest sister, Kelsey, announced over Christmas that she is expecting her first! YAY! So Kate, who has all of the maternity clothes since she just had a baby in Oct. offered to ship Kelsey some of the smaller, cuter clothes! She sent two big diaper boxes full of clothes to her. Well, one of them made it to Kelsey earlier than expected. She picked it up off her door step only to lift a completely EMPTY box with stamps all over it "damaged" and "no contents". Uhhhhh, what? Aparently the bottom of the box had fallen out and all of our clothes are missing! And of course, she sent the cutest stuff! Once Kelsey got the other box she told us what was in it so we can start thinking of all of the things we are missing. Hopefully we can recover some of it. I know they are just clothes, and I'm not ever sure if I'll ever need them again, but I almost cried thinking of the hundreds of dollars I spent on them and now they are all floating in postal land.
So you better believe I used a whole roll of tape on those puppies!
Shaun and I went to the BYU basketball game against U of P last weekend. And, two people told us they saw us on ESPN! There was a fight where a Portland player got ejected. Shaun was standing up yelling and I was the embarrassed wife that stayed in her seat. Yeah, that's what people saw on national TV! BYU ended up creaming them! GO COUGS!
I finished our taxes yesterday! That feels good! And while I've been typing this post I got an email saying they were accepted. Now I can stop obsessing every time I am alerted of a new message on my phone. And once we get our refund, we can finally finish paying off our sweet baby! Does that mean she's still not officially ours?
Speaking of our sweet babe. . . she woke up when I was still working on them so her super helpful big sis fed her and entertained her so I could finish! I think Maisey deserves a cut of the refund!
We had a shoe themed New Beginnings on Sunday for "Stand Ye in Holy Places" and it was a success. Short and simple definitely works for me!
We decorated with shoes
The girls got these wooden blocks
And we had cupcakes for refreshments.
The girls got to learn about all of the different kinds of shoes and the different places those shoes might take them. And how important it is to find holy places in their lives and to be good examples. It was a great message.
And last, but not least, this is how my family room looks right now! I love that all 3 of my kids love books. Gage will often plop himself down in front of me with a book and say, sit applesauce (meaning cris-cross) and it's my turn to read and your turn to listen! So I sit and soak in his story which is usually about some black train on a crazy adventure!