Thursday, December 16, 2010


(July 2005 - Asher after a water ride!)
Day 15 was all about this boy! He had his Christmas Choir Concert! I'm so proud of him for accepting the invitation to join choir. He really has enjoyed participating this year. (but don't ask him - he'll never say so!) He even auditioned for their spring production of High School Musical. I can't wait until January when we find out what part he'll get! Way to go, Ash!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


(rub-a-dub-dub my three men in a tub 2005)
Day 14.......well....we are in finish-up-the-semester-mode. Colton's busy studying for finals (wed&thurs), Asher's frantically reading (last night to read for AR tests), Kyler needs a bath (how did he sneak out of it the last couple of nights!), Dad's practicing a solo for our Ward Christmas Sacrament Meeting, Mom is trying to keep a supply of patience while babysitting, driving kids to choir rehearsals, shopping for important things like shampoo, maintaining the house (for my sanity) and helping the kids stay on track! So I officially declare that mom keeping a supply of patience for everyone and everything was the family gift today. (we didn't need an activity....we need a break!)

Monday, December 13, 2010

(October 2005)
Time to play catch up! Christmas days 9 through 12 - we've watched shows! Boring, maybe? Practical - for sure!!! We're busy with homework, babysitting kids, dinner, YM/YW, sickness, etc. It seemed like watching something is all I could manage. Saturday night we went out to Serrano's with my mom (THANKS, MOM) and came home to watch Stalking Santa. Sunday we watched Sorcerer's Apprentice (my boys LOVE it! they couldn't wait to show it to their dad). Tonight, the boys are going to help Tony put up colored lights on the back patio. I've always wanted the lights here since we're always in the family room. I hope to enjoy them later tonight as we sip on hot cocoa (our hot cocoa bar is a family favorite). I am planning more hands-on activities as soon as the kids are out of school! Thursday is their last day and our Relief Society Progressive Talent Night which will make their 1st stop at our home. Friday will be the official start of our break, the official start of Tony's vacation and the official start of some FUN with the kids!

Friday, December 10, 2010


Are you ready for this?
Nice action shot, huh!
The only problem.....he's on the dark side!
Curse you, Jacquelen!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


© RICHARD FOREMAN/American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Is my family getting more pathetic?!? I'm really trying to do more Christmas themed activities, but we're BUSY!!!!!! We watched The Middle together was a Christmas one...does that count? (we didn't watch The Middle when it was actually on...we taped it and watched it once everyone was home from mutual) We love this show!!!!! I did want to share a food blog I follow Robin Sue is posting an advent calendar for 25 days! I plan to try her eggnog muffins tomorrow. Enjoy!


Day 7 was a repeat as Day 6, Charlie Brown Christmas Special. There were additions to the day such as another Charlie Brown special, some Santa's helper special and these cookies! My kids LOVE these cookies so much that they are on their Christmas lists!!!! I can't wait for my kids to not be so busy with school that we can do something more with our evenings. Until then....thank you Charlie Brown and Pillsbury!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Can you guess what we watched last night? I love the Charlie Brown Christmas special! I love that my kids are enjoying the same shows I did as a kid. And I think it's a crack up that the tree is for sale this year. I can't wait until the kids are out of school for Christmas break and we can do other activities. For now we'll keep enjoying our Christmas movies.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Our family time wasn't Christmas themed...just lots of fun time together. After church, we watched America's Funniest Videos (AFV) as a family and played Kyler's favorite game - CHARADES!!!!! That game was NEVER my favorite or even a game I liked as a girl. I was too embarrassed to play it! But Kyler (who never gets embarrassed...unless he has a turkey feathered bottom) could play this game forever. Which is quite a feat when you consider his words are generally about superhero movies or video games. When he first discovered charades, he only acted out Spiderman or Wolverine. He also always held up 3 fingers for 3 words. Confusing since Spiderman and Wolverine are only one word each. He wasn't telling us the amount of words, he was telling us how many syllables there were! It was REALLY interesting trying to play with him when he veered from Spidey and Wolverine! I should have taken a photo of Kyler acting things out, he's always very enthusiastic about it.
This is what most Sunday evenings look like at our home. It's the easiest time for me to run the kids laundry through and know that they have the clothes they need for the week. Colton was so happy to tell me what he learned in church. He even grabbed me in the hall to inform me. He learned (and it was even in the teacher's manual - he liked having the black and white proof) that we are NOT to do ANY chores in our homes on Sunday. Now that's a rule he can really get behind! He did say if I was willing to relax the no video games on Sunday rule, he'd be willing to bend the no house chores rule for me. I wish you had such a thoughtful teen!!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Our family activity today has been a favorite of the kids - Robison Orthodontics Snow Party! The boys LOVE attending this party every year. They have snow for the kids to play in, face painting, bounce house, in the past they've had a game truck and this year they had a rock wall. And the food....there's plenty of hot chocolate, orange juice, water bottles, muffins, brownie bites, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc. If that wasn't enough, they even have Santa!!!! Well, the boys were so excited to attend.......until we realized a couple of things. Colton has a job! Asher had an all day competition! The only boy that could attend was am I able to count it as a family activity?!? The Stock's are in trouble if we can't since we weren't able to all five be together today! I'm counting it though. There was definitely lots of family time today.
Kyler loved throwing snowballs. This was not representative of the snowballs he was forming - I Promise! I was just making him slow down and pose for a picture where he was actually looking in my direction. The photo below shows him just after throwing a snowball.
While I was with Kyler and Colton was at work, Tony and Asher were here.
It was an all day event! It was scheduled for 8am to 5pm....but they weren't out of there until 6 pm. They had technical judging, presentation judging, a practice run, and three competitive runs. was a LONG day! Kyler and I showed up to watch their 1st competitive run.
After they would compete, they would regroup and adjust their programming. I love that Asher is able to participate in this. He really does love it.
Asher's team....The Pathfinders!
I'm really proud of Asher for all the hard work he put into this. Since August, he has spent 2 hrs every Tuesday AND every Thursday afternoon preparing for competition. It was a big commitment for this boy, but he's familiar with commitment. (He's been in Tae Kwon Do almost 3 years now and holds a Deputy Black Belt.) Now for much deserved R & R....and maybe some family time!

Friday, December 3, 2010


I just LOVE this photo!!!!!
It's one of the first ones I took with my digital camera on Christmas Day 2004. There were many big gifts for our family that year......Kyler miraculously came into our lives, his adoption was finalized and he was sealed to us for time and all eternity! This year I just want more time with my family and I'm getting it! I can't wait until the kids are out of school for the break. Tony will also be taking vacation time during their break. I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!! Until December 17th I'll just have to take smaller bits of time with everyone. Everyday in December we're doing some activity as a family. December 2nd we attended the tamale dinner at Colton's school and then drove around to see some Christmas lights. Tonight we're watching a Christmas movie....don't know which one yet. There are TOO many to choose from!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


The Monday before Thanksgiving we had a dilemma. Colton had an orchestra concert and Kyler had the 1st Grade Thanksgiving Concert. Both of the boys wanted their dad to go with them.....(YES, I'm such a horror to be with! feeling the love!) and really....who should be punished with my presence?! Since Tony went to Kyler's concert last year, I was the one to attend this year. My friend, Renee took the photo of him and I'm so THANKFUL since I didn't bring my camera! I finally had something I could share on here about Kyler and I wasn't prepared....again, Thanks, Renee! Before the concert I asked Kyler if he was nervous. He thought that was a ridiculous question.....why would he be nervous? He said he was fine, but there was one part of the program that was going to embarrass him. I was pretty sure they didn't have to kiss I couldn't imagine what else could possibly embarrass this boy! During a Chilean song about turkeys....the children (who were wearing a belt of turkey feathers on their backside) turned and shook their feathered booties to the audience. After shaking it, Kyler looked at me and gestured "SEE.....EMBARRASSING, HUH!!!!!" Life really does baffle me at't-like-to-shut-the-door-while-in-the-bathroom-talk-about-inappropriate-things-all-the-time-son (that I can hardly blog about because I'M TOO EMBARRASSED to let the world the way, Ryan - I have a story about Kyler jumping....that's all I can say....remind me next time I see you) is really embarrassed by shaking his turkey feathered bootie in public. Did not see that one coming! I love this photo, but it did not represent Kyler's performance. Picture him yawning....and you've nailed it!!!!! He yawned throughout the ENTIRE program......and it wasn't that long! I wish I had video of reminded me of Asher performing around that age. During the song firefly (which was very slow and not his favorite) Asher yawned about a dozen times...and yes, it is on video!
Another event in November was our Young Women in Excellence program. I was not only invited....but none of the girls complained that I showed up instead of Tony....SCORE! This photo is missing a few of our girls - two that couldn't make it and one that hides from our cameras! Yes, Meghan....that's you!
Here's our dessert table! The centerpiece was put together by the wonderful Cynthia Baxter!!!!!!! I was so inspired by the centerpieces on all the tables that I took home some leftover branches and made my own very simplified centerpiece for our Thanksgiving. (no lights, birds, bow, or filler in the vase....I told you SIMPLE!) I was in charge of the refreshments. I chose lots of bite-sized desserts and water to drink. We had 3 different kinds of Cookies (Thanks, Deanna!), Cream Puffs (Thanks, Elaine), Cupcakes (Thanks, Brianna), Brownie Bites and Oreo Truffles from me. (did you notice I capitalized all the desserts....they are THAT me!) It was a great evening as always....I love the Young Women!
And finally......WELCOME TO DECEMBER!
I really wanted to have a family activity every day in December and we are at 100% so far!!!!! Last night, our whole family decorated our tree while listening to the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album. I used to listen to that album when I was a kid. I would get permission to go into Mita and Papa's living room and get the red....YES, RED, disk of vinyl out of the sleeve and place it so carefully on the record player. I even fell asleep in their once while listening. After the record ended Mita and Papa were searching for me and thought I was lost. They yelled for me (I am and have always been a very, very sound sleeper) and searched everywhere.....except the closed off living room....which is where they found me a while later, snoozing and holding on to the album cover. (there is a slide of that picture they took somewhere....maybe I'll search for it one day) Anyways.....back to boys were all happy to open their advent calenders before bed. What a way to end the day....with chocolate!