December 29, 2008

Once there was a snowman

We finally got around to building a snowman with all the snow we have had dumped on us. Owen lent him his hat and Josh gave him the shovel! Molly treated the snowman just like she did Santa. Talked about snowman, said hi snowman, could spot a snowman from a mile away, then when it's time to go out and see the snowman, she screamed. Screamed when you put her down, screamed when you put her down in the snow, screamed when you put her down where snow might once have been. Now she likes to look at him through the window. Happy Winter!!!

December 27, 2008

Our own little Joker

Gavin got a scrape on his face from a sledding crash. It's right by his mouth and looks like half of the jokers scars. Here is his impersonation of The Joker that Josh has been coaching him on all day!

My personal favorite is "my daddy is a drinker, and a fiend". So true!

December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!!!

A Christmas Visitor

We have had a interesting visitor at our house since last night. You can read all about it on Josh's blog.

December 22, 2008

McCarrel Family Christmas Party

The McCarrel Family Christmas Party is always a fun event that we look forward to. We love to visit with our family, eat and have fun!

As always, a nice visit with the big guy, letting him know how "good" they've been!Molly has been pointing out Santa for weeks and tells us "Ho Ho Ho" all the time. She was a little leery when he walked in last night, but after a few minutes she was waving and saying hi. Then when Santa pulled out a treat with her name on it and asked her to come sit on his lap, she turned into a cat getting pushed into a bucket of water. Clawing, screaming, screeching, anything to get away from him. Luckily I got to sit as the barrier between her and Santa and when he handed over the Dora book, things were okay. She still didn't want to look at him and I don't think she cared when he left.

The grand kids always do the Nativity. It is fun to see them all excited for their parts and get dressed up in crazy costumes. From our family we had:

THE ANGEL OF THE LORD (cutest one yet!)

I like to think that the Angel was screaming out the HALLELUJAH chorus here:

and here: Then she was happy again just in time for presents, truly a miracle!

December 20, 2008

December 18, 2008

The Stockings Were Hung........

I always have these great ideas. Such great ideas that they are beyond my capabilities, and my most wonderful mother swoops in and completes the project better that I ever could have imagined. Thank You Mom! We all love our stockings and will treasure them as much as the stockings made by my grandmother.

Owen's 9th Birthday

Better late than never right? I hope Owen had a fun birthday, he seemed very pleased with all his presents and his parties. We gave him an iPod and The Dark Knight, which we told him he could watch once it was out on DVD. Lucky for him that was two days before his birthday.

Then on Saturday we took a bunch of boys up to Boondocks for some fun filled party time. They all were so nice and had lots of fun.

Last night Owen received his Wolf (award? badge? pin? I don't know) in scouts. We are very proud of him and hope that he continues to do well in scouts and passes off all his requirements with his leaders! Just Kidding, but really why is scout so hard for the mom?

December 15, 2008

The Twilight Before Christmas

I have been sick all weekend, but this made me laugh a little this morning!

December 11, 2008

My Oldest Child is 9

How does this happen? You have these cute little babies, and then suddenly they are nine. I know, I know, some of you have a sixteen year old today. Happy Birthday to all, but a special Happy Birthday to my nine year old Owen. If he would eat his dinner without complaint and play nice with his brother all the time, he might be the perfect child. I will add his picture once he is home from school, bad mom I know.

December 9, 2008

My son, the walking infomercial.

"You know how when you need to answer the phone but you don't want to get your hands out of the blanket. Now there's a new thing that's a blanket with sleeves." This was repeated to me word for word by Gavin, not 10 seconds ago. I thought he had come in to tell me something very serious, and it appears that he had. When I realized what he was talking about I started to laugh, this caused him to stop talking immediately and he would not be persuaded to tell me any more about the fantastic Snuggie. Not to be out done, Owen, who realized what we were talking about, spouted off with "Stupid snuggie, you buy one with a book light and you get a second one free." I believe I have just found the perfect gift for the Ride Leader and I from the kids! Merry Snuggie Christmas.

December 8, 2008

Come On Down! Your the next contestant on (fill in the blank) gameshow!

My rockstar brother and his wife currently reside in LBC. Or is it The LBC. I don't know, it's Long Beach California for those of you not hip to the lingo. They apparently have all the time in the world to attend tapings for late night shows, hang out and wait for stars at movie premieres, and their newest hobby is getting on game shows. So far ,I would say they have been successful. My brother made his prime time debut on a little show called The Price is Right. Ever heard of it? Here's the photographic evidence, since he made it on stage, but didn't come away with a grand prize. Don't bring it up it's a sore subject. But you can bet he will always know the price of a new Dodge car.

Their latest escapade has landed them on one of my favorite shows from this summer. Wipeout. Couples wipeout to be exact. I will tell you a little secret, they made it to the final three!!! They tape the final on Tuesday, so I can't tell you if they win........yet. So stay tuned to find out when it will be on TV.

Go Shane and Sally, we hope you win and buy us something fantastic with your prize money!!!!!!

December 3, 2008

Enriching Your December

Recently I helped out with our wards December Enrichment night by bringing two bags of marshmallows that did not get opened. That is my kind of helping and we now have two bags of marshmallows in our food storage. Okay, I might have taught (in the loosest sense of the word) a mini class on family activities. So as my Christmas gift to you, I will now share the excitement and joy of that class with you here. No need to give a gift in return, this is from the heart!

The first activity I sort of borrowed from our Thanksgiving FHE. We had a naked turkey and we needed to cover him with our thankful feathers. On our feathers we wrote what we were thankful for. To make that a Christmas activity, I traced the kids hands on any green paper I could find. They wrote on their hands what they were thankful for and I glued them on to the outside of a paper plate (cut the inside out). WA-LAA instant Christmas wreath!

The next great and marvelous activity is a paper bag scrapbook of Christmas memories. I made one for Owen and Gavin.

There are pages inside for pictures and tags with questions that go along with each page for them to write whatever they want.

This was super quick and easy, not to mention cheap. I used leftover scrapbook stuff and maybe bought a couple of pieces of paper. You use regular brown paper bags folded in half and you can get a bag of 200 at walmart for less than two dollars.

The last fantabulous activity is a Christmas FHE kit. I know how you all love to have FHE and so do I, especially if it is already done for me. I am just going to copy and paste the lesson right here so you may have to copy and paste it yourself and put it into word if you want to print it out. I wish I were more technically advanced, but you can't have everything, right? There is also a page of pictures that I am hoping you will be able to click on and print it out or at least right click and save it. We'll see!


The True Meaning of Christmas

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Choose any Christmas Hymn (#’s 201-214 in Hymn book)

Scripture: 2 Nephi 19:6

Objective: We can identify the symbols of Christmas and use them to remind us of Christ.

1. Read and review the Christmas story with your family in Luke chapter 2.
2. Tell Pre-Christmas Visit story.
3. Conclusion: Christmas is all about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Use this discussion to challenge your children to keep the true focus of Christmas this year on Christ and not toys or other things that commercialize the holiday.

Closing Song:

Closing Prayer

Treat Idea: Candy canes and hot chocolate!

Pre-Christmas Visit
Just a day before Christmas I had a wonderful visitor. I had just finished my chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed when I heard a noise in the living room. I opened the door and to my surprise, Santa Claus himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree!! He placed his fingers over his lips so I would not shout out in excitement. "What are you doing?" I started to ask, but the words choked up in my throat as I saw Santa had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone...gone was the eager boisterous soul we all knew.
He then answered me with a simple statement of "Teach the Children." I was puzzled. What did he mean? As I stood there bewildered, Santa said again, “Teach the children, teach them the old meaning of Christmas...the meaning that now days has forgotten." I started to say, "How can I?" when Santa pointed to the Christmas Tree and said “The pure color of the stately fir tree remains green all year around. This depicts the everlasting hope of mankind. Green is the youthful, hopeful, abundant color of nature. All the needles point heavenward, symbolic of man’s returning thoughts toward heaven.”
Santa reached into the toy bag and pulled out a brilliant, shiny STAR. “Teach the children the star was the heavenly sign of promise long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and a sign of the fulfillment of that promise was the great star of the East. The star now reminds of us Gods love for all mankind. The countless shining stars at night-one for each man- now show the burning hope for mankind.”
Santa gently placed the star on top of the Christmas tree, and drew from the bag a glittering RED CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT. “Teach the children red is a color of Christmas. It was first used by faithful people to remind them of the blood which was shed for all people by the Savior. Christ gave his life and shed his blood that every man might have Gods gift to all, eternal life. Red is deep, intense, and is the greatest color of all. It is a symbol of the gift from God.” Santa hung the glittering ornament on the tree.Santa's eyes were beginning to twinkle now as he stood there. Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound. As it grew louder and louder, it seemed like a sound from a long time ago. “Teach the children that the lost sheep are found by the sound of the BELL. The bell means guidance and return, and further signifies that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.”As the soft sound of the bell faded into the night, Santa drew forth a CANDLE. He placed it on the mantle, and the soft light from its tiny flame caught a beautiful glow from around the darkened room. Santa whispered, "Teach the children that the candle shows mans thanks for the star of long ago. It's light is the mirror of starlight. Safety has now removed the candles from the tree, but lights replace them for remembrance."Santa turned the small Christmas tree lights on and picked up a gift from under the tree. He pointed to the large RIBBON BOW and said, "A bow is placed upon the present to remind us of the brotherhood of man. We should remember that the bow is tied as man should be tied, all of us together with good will toward each other. Good will forever is the message of the bow."Now my mind began to wander as to what else Santa might have in his bag. Instead of reaching in his bag, he slung it over his shoulder and began to reach up to the top of the Christmas tree. I thought he was hungry as he reached for a CANDY CANE placed high on the tree. "Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back the strayed sheep to the fold. The candy cane reminds us how we should be helping hands at Christmas time. The candy cane is a symbol that we are our brother's keepers."Santa then paused: he seemed to realize that he should be on his way. But the twinkle in his eye gave Santa away; I knew he wasn’t through yet. He reached into his bag and brought forth a HOLLY WREATH. He placed it on the door and said, "Please teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love; it never ceases, stops, or ends. It is made of many things and many colors. It should remind us of all the things of Christmas." As he disappeared up the chimney he said, "Good night, Merry Christmas, and remember, Teach the Children!"

I pondered and wondered and thrilled with delight. As I sat and viewed all those symbols at night. Old Santa Claus that jolly fat elf, is the very best symbol of Christmas itself.
He’s the sign of the gifts, of love and of life, the ending of evil, the ceasing of strife.
His message to men this pre-Christmas night, has opened a treasure of deepest insight.The one thing on earth we all ought to do, is the teaching of children the right and the truth.

Merry Christmas and happy family activities to you!

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from all us TURKEYS!!!!

We hope you enjoy a day of good food, family and fun!

November 25, 2008

The Long Haired Hippie's Last Ride

For the past two weeks Owen has been asking for a haircut. The reason, when he walks home from school he sweats and his hair gets all puffy and crazy. I managed to put it off for a while, but then on Saturday he was complaining again (he was sweating because we raked leaves) so while Molly was taking a nap, I quickly gathered all the supplies and off to haircut city we went. Haircut city is currently located out our backdoor. You might think this is all about Owen, but it's not (sorry Owen). It's all about my long haired hippie, Gavin.
There he is, isn't he cute? I know. And his hair was even longer since this picture was taken in the middle of October. His long hair didn't bother me. His father has gone through long haired phases and that didn't bother me either. He decided to have long hair and he said he didn't want to cut it until it went to the ground. However, something happened when his brother requested a trip to haircut city. The long haired hippie also wanted his haircut. And when his mother thought he was kidding, tears in sued. Poor long haired hippie. His once long haired hippie father had to be sent down to talk to him and the conversation resulted in his own trip to haircut city. Here's the before. Please note the hippie was quite upset and did not want to be photographed.

And here is the after shot, when the tears had been dried and a game of battleship made all the sadness go away. Except for that his mom was trying to do the dishes so the hippie was left alone with his game and built the longest "miss" in A1 ever.

I think it makes him look younger. Why doesn't a trip to haircut city do that for me?

November 23, 2008

I think they read my blog.....

and heard how much I loved the first movie and couldn't wait for the next. Summit Entertainment posted this information on the news page of their website yesterday.

*SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TWILIGHT SEQUEL - NEW MOON Los Angeles, CA November 22, 2008 — Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio is officially moving forward with the production of NEW MOON, the second installment of its filmed franchise TWILIGHT, the action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The movie will be based on the second novel in author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series titled, New Moon. *

Squeal! When can we reserve our tickets?

November 22, 2008

Twilight Pics

Thanks for the fun night everyone, can't wait to do it again real soon!!!

November 21, 2008

Favorite Five: The Twilight Movie!

He, He, Hello? Is there anything else going on today? I didn't think so. I am super excited to see this movie (are you surprised I didn't go at midnight Jammie???). It's going to be a GNO (girl's night out!) with my motha, aunt, cousins, grandma, and sister-in-laws! Dinner first (this is always a requirement) then tickets to the 7:30 show. Can I just say God Bless Larry H. Miller and his reserved seat idea! Brilliant! I want to hear your favorite five things about the movie! No bummers please, I don't care if you hated it, I am completely planning on loving it so don't bring me down! You can bash it on your own blog, we will only have positive things to say here. Comment on my twilight friends!

My Favorite Five Things about Twilight (if I can limit it to just five!)

1. When they ("the Cullens") walked into the lunchroom and Alice looked for Bella, plus I agree with Natilie, that was the best entrance EVER!!!

2. First glimpse of Edward. Holy moly, he is HOT! I hope all you naysayers changed your minds about him. He was an excellent Edward. Loved his lips, loved the way he spoke, loved loved loved the way he looked in his suit for the prom. Oh my!

3. The first kiss! Bring it on.

4. When they went to school together for the first time and Bells says everyone is staring and Edward says not that kid, oh wait he just looked. Ha, there were a lot of funny lines.

5. When they are at the prom dancing alone, and he dips her back, goes for her neck and asks "is this what you want?" YES!!!, TAKE ME NOW EDWARD!!!!
I loved it! It was so great and I can't wait to see it again (we had a few who couldn't make it with us, so we WILL be going again for their sake!). Just for the fun of it, here are 5 things I needed more of.
1. Alice. I thought she was perfect, loved her in the baseball game, but she needed more screen time. She needed to be friends with Bella by the end of the movie and dress her up for prom. Can't wait to see more of her.
2. Bella screaming for Edward to suck the venom out. IT BURNS EDWARD!!! SAVE ME!!! Instead she just twitched.
3. Jacob. He is a cutie. I know he will dominate the next movie, but I could have standed a bit more of him and hello-where were his friends?
4. Emmett. He was hilarious and not so bad looking either.
5. The movie to be longer and just magically continue on into New Moon. I could have sat there for hours!

November 20, 2008