Here we are the second week into December. It's so hard to believe! I love this beautiful season and have been enjoying the traditions our family has established together over the years. Before I get into some holiday posts I've lined up I wanted to share with you this lovely video. If you're feeling a little down, lonely or questioning the hustle and bustle this time of year can bring, I promise it will uplift you. If you're feeling like you want to connect a little more to our Savior, it will do that too. How thankful I am for the greatest gift that was given to us all!
p.s. If you look closely, you can see a snippet from my How To Wrap A Gift video tutorial at around second :20. It was a fun day when I received that email!
it's been years since I've actually decorated for Halloween.
A couple of weeks ago our family attended a Disney themed Halloween party. The idea was for every guest to come dressed as a different Disney character. It was a lot of fun putting together the kids' costumes. With all that has been happening with our flood it was nice to be distracted from making house related decisions (like choosing appliances) and focus on something a little more creative.
Trek outfit. I searched thrift stores for a walker but wasn't able to find one so I bought the one here from Wal-Mart for $15 (we added the tennis balls). Easton made his glasses from black pipe cleaners. I know it's hard to see in this pic but I also made a grape soda pop badge. A bunch of balloons and white hair spray pulled it all together.
Abby's tan skin made Pocahontas an easy choice for her costume. We cut up an old shepherd's costume, put her hair in braids and called it good. Abby made the necklace from a long piece of teal ribbon. It was super cute.
always loved dressing up. He wore my cave woman costume from when Easton was a baby and added a wig we already owned. He begged and begged for me to paint some chest hair on him and I finally relented. He loved getting into character. Obviously.
our Halloween box and was as happy as can be. I bought him some black sweats and that was it.
Henry refused an individual picture. The woody costume was worn by Easton 12 years ago! Can you believe that?!
We all had a great time at the party. It's nice to have everything ready for Halloween night as opposed to the last minute scrambling I usually do. Have your kids decided what they want to be this year?
p.s. I added some links in this post from some very old posts. It was fun looking back. My babies have gotten so big!
The basement is back to normal too. The sheetrock has been fixed, the walls freshly painted along with trim and doors and new carpet. Whew!
Along with all of this I've been struggling a bit with my health. Having a disaster of a home, a hernia surgery and kidney stones simultaneously felt like salt in a very open wound. One day while feeling a little sorry for myself I read this quote from Richard G. Scott "Challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they're evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more." Reading this brought peace to my soul. Really, it's a blessing to have challenges because that is how we are able to become who our Father in Heaven knows we can become. Everyday I wake up feeling a little better and have seen so much goodness from those around me that have so willingly served our family. I've been taught and humbled and for that I am very thankful.
this Mormon Message. Our children are each beginning a new stage. Oliver's in Kindergarten, Audrey's in first grade and will be gone all day, Owen is going into fourth grade without his two best buds, Abby is beginning seventh grade, Easton will be a freshman in high school (!!!) and Pia is not only starting out the year at a new school but in a completely foreign country. We wanted them all to know that our Heavenly Father is always there and they can pray to Him whenever they feel they need to. We want them to keep praying, when they're in need but also when they're feeling thankful. There are so many reasons to pray and we hope that this theme will help them strengthen the lines of communication between them and their Father in Heaven.
Do you celebrate the new school year with a back to school feast too? If so, I would love to hear about it.