Well, it is now the middle of January!  Christmas is over, the new year has begun, family have returned home and I have finally nearly caught up on everything.

I wanted to share this picture.  This was taken Saturday (after Christmas).  We had a second Christmas when David’s Mother, brother, nephew and Lisa (Charlie’s girlfriend) came for a visit.  Troy was so wound up he couldn’t fall asleep the night before.  After lunch I could tell he needed some “quiet time” and this is the snake he received from Charlie and Lisa.  It does look like he’s enjoying his quiet time doesn’t it? LOL!



Here is Jeff.  Troy talked him into wearing this Santa hat.  Can’t you hear the “ho, ho, ho” emitting from Jeff?

I think this embedded video will work (at least it does in preview mode) which means I’ll be able to add more videos this way.  Yeah!

I am trying to load a YouTube video of Troy skating at his first Skating for Hockey lesson a week ago.  We’ll see if I embedded it correctly. 🙂


This is a picture of Troy and Nathan at their skating lesson.  Troy and Nathan have been friends for over two years now.  Nathan’s father works with David.


With this picture I wanted to show how Troy wants center stage with any adult.  The guy on the left with the black cap on is Garry, he is the General Manager of the rink.  The Guy in the center was Troy’s group coach.  Troy is right below the coach’s elbow!  In this picture Garry was explaining the game they were going to play.  Basically, if they fell on the ice the coach would try to get them.  The idea being that the kids would try NOT to fall.  Well, Troy and Nathan are too good for this type of game so they would fall just to get the coach’s attention.


It is already past 11pm and after a few late nights I am really ready for bed.   But first, here are a few pictures starting from the activities from the past few day’s activities.

Troy really wanted a gingerbread house.  I convinced him that a rice crispies house would be better.  (He wanted to eat the gingerbread, but forgot that he doesn’t like gingerbread.)  I went to Michael’s only to find that they were out of the rice crispies and only had the gingerbread houses.  Yes, I got the gingerbread house kit.


Holding my breath, I let him add some “snow”.  I know, I’m such a control freak but I really tried to let him do as much on his own as, well as much as I could. 😀  Basically, I put the house together and frosted and he did all the candy embellishing.


Here is the finished product.  He was pretty proud of his house.  Now of course he doesn’t even look at it, but that’s okay.  It was an adventure worth taking.


We attended the annual TRANSCOM Children’s Christmas party again.  Here is this year’s photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


We started monitoring Santa’s progress on NORAD’s website.  I had the website on David’s computer so Troy could periodically check.  He knows how to tool around and watch the videos.


I had to keep telling Troy that IF he got to open a gift on Christmas Eve it would be after he had his PJ’s on and his teeth brushed.  This is a picture of him at 4pm.  Yes, he had sweet smelling breath!


I always like to have the before and after.  I didn’t get an after, but it wasn’t too messy since We were able to get Troy to clean up along the way.  This was taken before I went to bed.  We had put out about 75% of the gifts the night before so Troy thought he was getting 10 gifts from us.  He had them counted.  He picked number 10 to open on Christmas Eve.


Gift #10 was a world map puzzle.  David and Troy enjoyed putting most of it together.  The board is magnetic so the countries stick to the board.  Good thing, there are LOTS of little countries!  Troy did start to get board toward the end, but like a good trooper he got it finished.


So what gift won out as being the favorite?  This is Teddy.  He “followed” Troy everywhere! Check out the new Batman PJs too!


He now has everything he needs to play hockey! Trust me I said E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G he needs! He has things I didn’t think little boys needed yet! *huge eyeroll*  The only thing his is missing now is a hockey shirt to wear with that ensemble!


I loved this picture.  This toy makes plenty of noise and moves forward too! Just like the jet we also got him.  Enough noise to drive David to distraction! (I’ll be hiding in MY cave!)


As for big gifts, here is the biggest.  Although Troy thinks this is HIS toy, it really was a Daddy gift! I can’t tell you how long David has wanted one of these.  (Notice Teddy helping Troy unveil the gift?)


Here are the boys playing air hockey.  I think this will be the most popular of the three games (air hockey, pool & ping pong.)


As you can see here, Troy stands on one of his chairs to play.  I was even allowed to get in on some of the fun!


Here Troy is enjoying a victory hollar!  Funny thing is that he actually TIED David in ping pong!  Sometimes that is just as good as actually winning. 😀

We are sending out our love and warm wishes to all our family and friends.  Merry Christmas and goodnight.

Well, where has the time flown?  It is Christmas and I didn’t upload my Thanksgiving pics.


I know this doesn’t look like much, but boy was it several days worth of work! David wanted turkey so I fixed both turkey and ham.  I love cranberry sauce so I had to have some of that.  Mashed potatoes for the “boys” (boy am I missing potatoes!) I also made my first homemade stuffing!  Yummy!


Here we are about ready to start enjoying!

Here are some football pictures from Saturday.  They are starting to get it!  A little less grabbing and more blocking.  They are still running down field after the coaches yell “STOP!” and trying to grab flags well after the play has finished.  BUT. . . .  they are having such a fun time!

Here Troy is practicing blocking.

Here Troy is blocking during the game.  This other boy was a bit uncertain about the blocking at first, looking to his Dad for reassurance.  It was cute.

Troy is waiting for the ball to be passed.  The coaches usually have the offensive team wait just long enough for the ball to be passed since they are very quick yet.

Run, Troy, Run!

Here the boys are playing before practice started.

Alright, enough of the football.  What about the pumpkin in the title?  Troy’s class fieldtrip was to Eckert’s Farm and he picked a pumpkin.  We (I) made him wait until this week-end until David could help carve the pumpkin.  I am so NOT a fan of pumpkins! (Uck! The smell!) Anyway, here are the pictures.

Here the guys are working on the pumpkin.

Troy wouldn’t put his hand in the pumpkin at first.  “Oohh, disgusting!” Discusting is his favorite word right now.  After cleaning out the guts, Troy had to separate the seeds so that David could toast them.  You couldn’t get him out of the “disgusting” guts then!

Here David is carving the face that Troy drew.  Nope, I didn’t get a picture of the finished product.  I’ll try to later.

One to the Nap part of the title.  Troy stayed home from school today.  He was complaining about his stomach hurting.  I know that there is something going around so I decided to keep him home and see if anything came of it.  I figured I could always take him in late if it turned out he was fine.  He is so rarely sick that I wasn’t sure he was really sure he didn’t feel well.  Well, he knew what he was talking about! Here he is (willingly) taking a nap on the couch.

He wanted it to be dark but didn’t want to go to his room.  So I pulled the blanket over his head but he wanted a peek hole to watch tv.  He didn’t last too long before he was out.  He may be staying home again tomorrow since he was telling me that his stomach was hurting at bedtime.  HOPEFULLY tomorrow he will be all better! 🙂

We returned from our whirlwind trip to Utah. My family decided to have their Christmas party in July and combine it with a reunion. I kept asking my grandmother when the party was going to be since they normally have their reunion in September (after Troy would be in school) so she told me to ask Uncle Mike. So I did and we made an executive decision to have it this past week-end and everyone else seemed to think it was a good idea. Now on to the pictures!

Thanks to my brother Calvin and his wonderful wife Danette! They graciously opened their home to us both coming and going. And did they have one full house! Look and see who was able to make the gathering!

Yes, my brother Wade was able to make it from South Korea! Okay, he was in the States to attend a conference and was able to swing by Salt Lake City for two days. The other surprise were these people.

Here are Wade’s two eldest boys, Wade Joseph (left) and Curtis (right)! They came down from Colorado Springs. They also brought Curtis’ girlfriend Katrina. (Cute, isn’t she?)

Troy was really looking forward to meeting Great Grandma. Okay, truth be told he was excited to meet his Great Grandma AND his cousins! Well, unfortunately I didn’t seem to get a photo of just Grandma and Troy, but here is a group photo.

Here is another group photo that includes a few more of the clan.

I’ll jump to Santa’s visit. It was so sweet of Santa to come visit us during July! Thanks!! You made Troy’s day with this Transformer!

Here is a thankful Troy.

Here is on photo of Troy with SOME of his cousins. I was chatting with a few and didn’t even ask who their parents were, I just asked who their GRANDPARENTS were! Just to give you an idea, my Grandma has 8 children, (approx.) 25 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren!!!

Here is David opening his gift. It is some umbrella decorations. I’m sure they’ll look great on our umbrella. 🙂

Here is David and I. Why does David have that look on his face? Because I just took the drink out of his hands! That was some drink that Uncle David mixed up!

Here is Uncle Mike and Aunt Chris.

Here is Aunt Valerie and her husband Steve. This is the second time I have met him. I am learning that he an instigator!

Yep! Take a look at what Troy did to earn a dollar from Steve!

That is a water ballon in Troy’s hands! Not to worry, Troy did throw it at David and earned his dollar, but missed!

Here is Aunt Ora and Uncle Joe. Goodness, I don’t think this man has changed a bit!

Here is Aunt Ora and I.

Me and Aunt Ester.

Here is Uncle David and Sylvia.

Uncle Herold and I.

Here is Uncle Mike and Dad. Uncle Mike “made” Dad remove his oxygen tube. He does look much better without it.

It started to storm for about 1.5 hours in the middle of the day. Fortunately, it was after we all ate! We lost power for awhile, which meant that there was no pump for the well. You can see Aunt Chris taking a picture of me as I took a picture of her.

Here is Wade, Grandma and I. You can see that Grandma is wet and my hair is blowing around.

Here are Wade, his boys and Grandma finding shelter from the storm.

Here’s Wade Joseph, Me and Curtis. My have they grown! I remember spending an hour with them as they showed me every one (yes, every ONE) of their Pokemon cards!

Here is Aunt Valerie, John and his baby. She is sooo cute! I was quite proud because I got to hold her for a bit. She doesn’t just go to anyone! *is proud*

The kids were playing out front in the water. Here is a wet Troy with his Grandpa!

Wade and Grandma were talking family history, but I wanted to get a photo with them so I interrupted. I know, bad me! When I tapped Grandma on the shoulder to get her attention to interrupt she looked at me expectantly so I just whispered to her, “I love you!” I think she appreciated it, don’t you?!

One of the activities for the kids was a pinata. Someone even had the foresight to give the kids a paper bag for their treasures!

Here is Aunt Valerie stuffing a little extra into Troy’s bag. Shhhh, don’t tell!

Troy was happy with his portion of treasure from the pinata.

Oh, I couldn’t forget adding this picture of Uncle Mike visiting with Santa!

Here is Uncle Mike showing off his price sticker. Looks like you can get him for only 41 cents! Aunt Chris. . . . are you buying???

I remember the days that it was nearly impossible to get Dad to have his picture taken. It is so easy now days. I guess he either has given up fighting or realizes just how important these pictures are to us. Here is me and my Daddy! I love you Dad!

I will post some pictures we took at Dad’s on Sunday. I think this post is quite long enough! Thanks for sticking it out and reading through it all.