Saturday, December 26, 2009

The most wonderful time of the year...



Christmas.
Craziness.
This year was a little too much like last year.
Last year: Scott had back surgery December 11th
This year: Scott separated a rib December 9th
Both years: A completely useless, hurting and needy husband.
Last year: Katie came down with a stomach bug on Christmas Eve and was quite sick for Christmas.
This year: Scott came down with the flu Christmas Eve and is still not feeling well!
So, once again, I am shoveling snow (thankfully, not too much this year), shopping alone, parenting alone, taking care of hurting hubby, and not really loving the new tradition.
If next year looks like this again, I really don't think I can call it "The most wonderful time of the year"
Before the season began, the kids made me promise we wouldn't schedule any back surgeries or treatments for Daddy so that we could be sure to have a better Christmas. Last year we were just unable to get some of our favorite traditions completed. So, I promised. And he didn't hurt his back.
Anyway, enough complaining. I know how selfish I sound. Poor Scotty is what I should be typing right now. And I do feel sorry for him. He absolutely wishes he wasn't injured. Or sick.
We are actually very grateful for the MANY blessings that are ours.
We baked the month right through. We were constantly making something for someone and the kids loved helping in the kitchen. We love all the goody plates from our amazing neighbors and friends. We love living where we do when we do and are sure this is where we are supposed to be. Our kids' last day of school was December 11th and have been loving being out of school for Christmas break. We are grateful to know what the season is really about and have had great talks about the Savior's birthday party and what He really wants from us for His birthday.
And we have been blessed with a wonderful family on both sides that all love to spoil us rotten.
Here are some of our shots of our Christmas this year.
Christmas Eve, every year we go to my parents' house for a big Christmas Eve dinner/party. This year, we were in charge of the ham. 1/2 hour after being put in the oven, the power went out. Luckily, Grandma and Grandpa still had power, so we packed up everything for the party and left a litle early so that the ham could continue. The kids all get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve. You'll see some pictures of the adorable pajamas they got this year. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa! They also had a piano recital (Grandma is their piano teacher). Katie, Jack and Rebekah are taking and they all did fantastic.
Christmas morning was fun. (They were told they couldn't get up before 7:00 a.m.- in years past we have had issues with this). They came in to get us at 6:59 and no interruptions during the night! We'll take it. It was a great Christmas all in all!

Olivia




Rebekah in her Christmas Jammies

Rebekah and her Santa loot

Katie enjoying a Hershey Santa from her stocking

Olivia loved that she got an orange in her stocking again!

Katie introduing her piano piece: "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"

Jack loving his Marshmallow Santa Christmas morning

Jack in his new PJ's making his crazy happy face





Katie in her new Froggie PJs



Jack playing his piano piece : "Little Drummer Boy"
Rebekah introducing her piano piece "Go Tell it on the Mountian"

Rebekah playing her song

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays Everyone!







Sunday, December 20, 2009

Basketball and Ballerinas

Finally, I managed to get a battery in the camera!
We didn't want to miss these precious shots.
Jack had his last basketball game of this season Saturday morning. It was an early game: 8:10 a.m. He and I braved the early morning fog alone. Scott has a separated rib, (this year's Christmas time injury) and the girls were just not moving fast enough.
It was all okay though. Grandma and Grandpa were already at the game when we arrived.
Turned out it was his best game yet. Great note to end the season on.
He was a superstar.


Rebekah and Olivia have been taking dance this year. The big recital was also on Saturday.
Look at the beautiful (expensive) tutu's they got to wear!
They were most excited for:
the costumes
the side buns
the make-up.


They were darling.
We especially loved the giggling Olivia let loose with her thrill of spinning in circles.
Adorable.



Rebekah really was happier than she seems.




Such cute ballerina princess sisters.




And here we are before church this morning.
You can see how great our morning was by the look on Jack's face. :)
They look adorable.
Thanks for the beautiful Christmas clothes, Grandma and Grandpa!


We are getting so excited for the big day!
Merry Christmas Everyone!








Sunday, November 29, 2009

Finally, the Halloween Post!

Halloween was not so recent anymore, but we did celebrate.
We LOVE holidays and the traditions that make them so fun.
Here is our Halloween 2009.

Rebekah was a witch~ with black hair and green face. No warty nose, though. She drew the line there. She told me that she didn't want to be an ugly witch. :) I guess she is cute enought to pull off the green face and black straggly hair.

Poor Jack.

He was Darth Vader AGAIN. He makes a great one. We had a great costume planned, but due to unforseen complications (Scott), we were unable to deliver. So, Jack was a great sport and happliy wore the Darth Vader costume again.


Olivia was THRILLED to be the unicorn this year. She couldn't wait for Halloween to arrive and gloried in the glitter she got to wear.
She is so much fun.

Katie was terrifying as a "Goth Vampire Girl".
She was so happy to finally have her dream of black hair for Halloween come true.
She was a little scary to some kids.




Here is the spooky crew.


We had a ton of fun. We went to a carnival, but didn't dress up. We went to a fabulous Halloween Dinner Party at Grandma and Granpa's house complete with spooky food galore. We hit our Trunk-or-Treat, and even did some Trick-or-Treating old school style~Door to Door.
Then came the true horror.
Washing out the black hair.
It is a good thing the girls had so much fun with that, because it was probably the last time.
Ever.
That stuff is horrible, the bathroom was covered in inky blackness!




Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Recent Randomness...

Just some of the Random Things the Yeagers have been up to {and documented}

We went hunting as a family one day. We went to the Tex Creek area.
We saw several MOOSE, a cyote, but no MULE DEER, which is what we were after. However, we had a great time. It was good to get away and enjoy nature. The fall leaves were beautiful, we took a little hike {an educational nature hike- the kids are getting better at identifying tracks and droppings:) }, and we had a fantastic lunch break at the Pizza Parlor at Heise.
Here is Olivia at lunch.

A while back we spent a couple of evenings at the Sand Dunes at Sandy Downs.

We had a ball. The kids loved sledding down the hill on their sleds, playing in the sand, and eating s'mores. We loved having the hill be our free babysitter for the night while we relaxed and enjoyed the company of good friends.

We'll definitely be doing that again next year.

Here is a terrible picture I took on my cell phone

{forgot the camera!}



One evening, we went to the Idaho Falls Temple Visitor Center for Family Home Evening.

We walked around the grounds a bit, took this silly picture, and watched "On the Lord's Errand" about the prophet Thomas S. Monson. It was fabulous. We highly recommend it.



Rebekah had to have a picture of her wearing her super cool scarf that came with her super cool Hannah Montana shirt.

We got to go on a get-away without the kids! We went back to where it all began.
Arizona.
We ate at all our old favorites.
We saw some old friends.
We went to an ASU game, lounged in the hot tub, hiked "A" mountain, went to the zoo (part of our 1st date), ate at a yummy deli (corned beef sandwich!) that happened to be owned by a guy that actually went to the same highschool as Scott, and had a fantastic time.
Here is the view from the top of "A" mountain.


We took the Principle of our school and her husband to the zoo. We had a great time, the kids love them. Here are the monkeys we tried to deposit at the monkey house. I guess they were full, because we brought them home. :)

That's all for now. We will get Halloween on here soon. Still catching up!















Monday, November 2, 2009

The Boy Turned NINE!

Jack's birthday was October 9th.
His GOLDEN birthday. Nine on the ninth.
It turned out to be my day for volunteering in the classroom, so I stayed after and had lunch with him and the girls at school. It was pizza day. Yum.
Then, after volleyball practice, we went out for a wild night of excitement.
We went to Game World and partied like there was no tomorrow (even though there was a tomorrow- Katie had an EARLY volleyball game the next morning. We were tired)
It was his "Family" year. Our kids only get "friend" parties every other year.
So, for poor Jack, that means that he was the only boy there. He has girl cousins and sisters a plenty. Well, Grandpa was there too. (Daddy was gone hunting- but he made up for it by taking Jack hunting the next week- just the two of them)
Anyway, he was surrounded by girls, but was such a good sport about the whole day.
Can't believe he is growing up so fast.
We love you Jack!




All he wanted for his cake, was a favorite dessert. "Chocolate Heaven"


Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Free" School


We have started a neighborhood Co-op preschool that I like to call "free" school. Olivia just LOVES it. Six adorable little kids. Three boys, three girls.
I found out I really enjoy my turn to teach! It is a lot more fun than I thought it would be.
The kids are adorable, sweet, and fun to work with.
Here she is on her 1st day of school


This Labor Day...

...we went to Odgen UT to buy a truck. Scott needed a vehicle that would be more reliable, and he found the right one on ksl.com. So, away we went. My brother and his wife and cute kids live in Ogden, so finally we got to spend some time with them.
The kids loved it.






Our Friend, the Wallaby

A while back, we went to our local zoo with my brother and sister in law and had a great experience. ALL of the animals were in rare form. We actually saw the snow leopard, the otters were swimming, the monkeys were screaming, the tigers were pacing, - you get the idea. Good night at the zoo.
The best part was this little wallaby.
He jumped the fence to get to know us a little better.
So sweet.










Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sending prayers your way. . .

We are aware of a certain young girl who is pregnant and faced with a huge decision.
She should know that we are praying for her.
You are loved, and you will be blessed.
If you feel so inclined, please call or email.
We would love to meet you.
All of us.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Long Time No Post

I think that is the longest we have gone without updating our blog! Well, we finally did.
Scroll on down, I have just posted the recent happenings of the Yeager Family!

Olivia is a FOUR year old!!


Olivia had a birthday!



September 2nd she turned four years old.



We can't believe how fast it has gone- and how much fun she has been!






After much deliberation (first she wanted an American Flag cake because she saw a "cool" one at scouts, then it was a puppy cake, and I can't remember all the other ideas) she decided to want a



MONKEY CAKE!



This was fun to make, she helped! She put the eyes on for us.



Olivia's birthday was a fun day. She started with the usual special breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Whipped Cream. Then she opened her presents.













She really NEEDED this Dr. kit. She has been band aid stealing. And sticking band aids to everything in sight. Right away she said to Bekah. "Sit still. I am going to fix your body." :)






While the kids were at school, we took Livvie to lunch and then to shop at Toys R Us. Her Uncle Christopher sent her some money and it was burning a hole. We spent SO much time there. She wanted to look at everything, but couldn't narrow it down to what she wanted to bring home. Finally, we bought a Wii game for her. Littlest Pet Shop. We still haven't actually played it, but it should be fun!






After we picked up the kids, we were off to the first day of Ballet! Olivia and Rebekah are now taking creative ballet on Wednesdays. They were so cute in their leotards and tights. I'll take a picture next Wednesday.






Then we stopped at Sam's Club for some "cheese pizza"(what Livvie had been asking for). But when we got there, all she wanted was a hot dog. Go figure.



Then, we went to Iona Park for playtime, Cake & Ice Cream, and presents from Grandma and Grandpa and the cousins.



She had a good day.











Just for Fun. . .


We have such fun grandparents. They are always sending home fun things with the kids. Recently, Grandpa sent home some wax/fang/lip things.
The kids thought they were so funny!