Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve @ the Atwoods

For the past two years now we've been going to our friends the Atwood's house for Christmas Eve. We loved it last year and this year did not disappoint. Our friends always have the best things planned and are the most creative ever. They came up with a bunch of fun Christmas games for everyone, we watched a short movie about the birth of the Savior, and had a special musical nativity program that everyone got to be involved in.
First off, they divided all the kids up and had a competition to see who could make the best snowman out of toilet paper. Porter was one of the snowmen and he did a bang up job. He thought it was so cool that he had all sorts of toilet paper on, that he decided to run around and ruined the costume. But they gave him the craziest snowman award so he was happy.
Also, each kid was assigned a part in the nativity (including the missionaries who were the 3 wisemen- we have a trio in our ward right now so it was fitting) and each family was responsible for a musical number. Porter was a sheep (You'd never know it by the costume we came up with. He looked like a white tiger or something, but he wouldn't take it off, so we just went with it.) and Brighton was an angel. She was really excited because a few of the older girls were angels as well and she got to hang out with them. She had also been practicing the solo that she had for a week. She was going to sing the first verse of Baby in a Manger by herself and then conduct and have everyone sing the following verses. Like I've stated in previous posts, she is quite the shy girl so I was nervous for her to get up there. I walked her up and stood next to her, but she sang the whole thing on her own, then conducted everyone and sat back down. I was just so proud that she had the courage to do it! The nativity made for a great Christmas Eve program and brought the whole spirit of Christmas into our hearts. I am already starting to get nostalgic and one of the major things I will miss here is the good friendships I've created. Since we are far from family, the ward really is our family here and we are so grateful to have such good friends to share holidays and special times in our lives with. Thanks so much to all of you who made our Christmas so exceptional!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 13, 2010

Brave Santa

When Brighton had her preschool Christmas party, a special visitor came to see all the kids. We have been preparing for this for a while because Brighton's timid personality doesn't make for very fun events. She has always been scared of confrontation/ performances/ anything out of her comfort zone. Last year we were able to stand 5 feet away and I had to hold her and she was still quite leery to see the big man in the red suit. So this year I was dreading the inevitable. When Santa arrived at her school, she stood in line quietly, walked up to him when it was her turn and told him exactly what she wanted. She even smiled for a picture! I was so shocked and proud of her! I really think she's finally coming out of her shell which makes me relieved.

Brighton loved the fact that she made her very own stocking and was able to fill it with goodies from her classmates.

This little man enjoyed the party as well. He is definitely not as shy as little B. He will forever be our little ham. He tries to get the attention of anyone and everyone that he can. What a set of different personalities for one little family!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rudolf the Red Nosed Cupcake

Family Fun is the best magazine ever. We love all the crafts and projects. That's why it was no surprise when Brighton saw these reindeer cupcakes on the cover, she knew we just had to make them. She frosted them all by herself and was a pretty proud girl. And they were actually a delightful little sleigh ride for your christmas taste buds as well!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Dear Santa...

Brighton has been dying to write to Santa so when I had a minute to help her with the spelling, this is what she came up with:
"Dear Santa
I want American Girl Doll Jenny.
Love, Brighton"

We'll see if Santa gets the memo.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Tangled up in Reading

So last Christmas Brighton received these set of books called BOB books. They are early readers to help you get started with the whole reading on your own process. We hadn't been too diligent at reading them until Brighton started preschool this year (It doesn't help that B gets frustrated VERY easily so sitting down and having her struggle through words was the last thing I ever wanted to do.). When we finally decided to buckled down and get to it, the frustration set in and it was not an enjoyable thing. So we decided to give her an incentive. We told her that if she finished all 12 of her BOB books (and could read them well) by the time the new movie Tangled came out, we'd all go to the drive in. This girl thrives on incentives so after the deal was on the table it took her less than a month to get through them. She was focused and motivated. And I am happy to say we had one of the best family nights watching Brighton's new favorite movie. I'm so proud of my little girl!