Monday, February 9, 2015

conversations with my hero [episode 2]

Finished editing this last night. Enjoy!

Watch Episode 1 HERE

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Una Buona Domenica (A Good Sunday)

*Chas takes the mic*
Test, 1, 2, test test, Sam n' Chas blog mic check...

Well, today was a really great Sunday. From top to bottom it was just good.

We woke up BEFORE the girls at about 7am so that we could get ready for the new Sunday schedule of 9am church. (And yes, we realize that we're very fortunate that our kiddos sleep in about 2 hours later than most.) Once we were pretty much ready to go, we woke up Hero at 8am since we knew she would take about thirty minutes to eat her cream of wheat. Forty minutes later, Hero finished her breakfast and we hustled and got the girls ready to go. We could hardly believe that we were all loaded in the car at 8:55 and made it to church on time. Woot woot.

Apart from the early block schedule, church was also different because after over a year of being in Primary (teaching seven year olds), Sam and I have been called to teach Gospel Doctrine in Sunday School. So after attending Priesthood/Relief Society for the first time in ages, we team taught a small class of wonderful brothers and sisters of our ward. Oh man, it was so nice. Not to bash our previous calling--there were wonderful spiritual moments from being in the primary and getting to know some really sweet kiddos--but this new calling was a most welcome change. For instance, none of our class members were sulking in the corner, chewing on their clothes or tying their dress to the chair--not even for a second! It was great! The Spirit was strong and everybody in the class seemed genuinely happy to be there and listen and participate and just soak in the goodness as we discussed the importance of the New Testament and our Savior's mission and ministry. Sam and I are looking forward to a great year in Sunday School. It's also great because it will make us better about scripture study. Much better than we have been. And I love that we get to teach together. Sam is a master teacher, so I'll mostly be taking notes, but I'm really glad we get to share in yet another calling. All couples should be so lucky.

When we got home from church we tried to rally a tired Hero to eat her lunch and were only semi-successful. Eventually we all were able to take a much needed and appreciated nap that lasted a glorious couple of hours.

Then it was off to Grandma and Grandpa Card's house for a wonderful spaghetti dinner with the Rieses, Rosie, Liz and a ward member/friend from the Cards' ward. It was all very pleasant. Goldie didn't even have any stranger-danger-scream-for-an-hour-freak-out as she's been prone to in recent months. We all just had a nice time eating and talking. And we washed it all down with chocolate milk shakes that Sam made to perfection.

We came home. One last snack for Hero. Golds topped off a bottle. Girls were down within an hour.

I even wrote a blog post.

Like I said, a really great Sunday.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

ginger babies

Last week, we did our first family cookie baking and decorating experience. Hero's named ginger bread cookies "ginger babies." A few days after Christmas but better late than never!

We played Christmas music while we cut out the dough and Chas and Hero danced together in the kitchen while the cookies baked. One of those moments of pure family joy.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

pre-christmas morning

First thing's first: we didn't do a Christmas tree this year. We were out of town for two weekends in December and didn't want to risk it dying on us. So the tree thing just didn't happen. Lame? Probably. (Although I'm definitely not missing the post-Christmas clean up!)

Moving on. 

Since this was the first year Hero's been old enough to know or care about Christmas presents, this was the first year we did the whole Santa enchilada. And I'll be the first to say I got a little carried away. I never knew how much FUN it would be to find gifts for your child that you just know they will love and enjoy! So I went overboard but hey- she was a really, really good girl this year and everything I bought was on sale so whatevs. Chas and I have since decided to only do two or three presents total next year. At one point during our "real" Christmas morning at the farm, I asked Hero if she wanted to open another present and she quickly and politely declined: "No, thanks." So, ya know, live and learn. 

All this is to say that because we had more than just a few presents, we decided to split up Christmas morning into two days: one at home on Dec. 24th with just our family and one at the farm the next day. In reality, there were actually three separate present openings because we stopped by my parent's house on the way to the farm so Hero could open the presents from my mom and dad. 

I think the magic of Christmas morning may be more for the parents (and grandparents) than it is for the kids. 

But, nevertheless, it IS pretty dang magical. It was really fun playing Santa and setting up the presents around the tree and remembering how my parents did the exact same thing for me for so many years and how much I loved it. Lots of nostalgia and feeling like real, grown up parents for the first time in a way. And then bringing her into the living room that morning and just watching her face and reaction to it all. Pretty sure she was mostly still a bit confused by the whole experience but definitely happy. She especially loved the train set and I'll never tire of hearing her say, "Choo choo! All aboard!"

After presents I made a special Christmas breakfast of pancakes (of which I burnt almost all of them) and cheesy eggs. And then we packed everyone up and were off to the farm!

Monday, December 29, 2014

holiday snugs

This Christmas break has been probably my favorite to-date. Super mellow. So much family snugs. There really isn't anything better in the whole world than the four of us all cuddled up together.

I've got lots of posts filled with photos of our holiday festivities- just need to find some time to sit down and write my thoughts for each post. Chas also had the brilliant idea to start writing his own thoughts in these blogs posts as well. Dang-jiggity I love that guy. Really excited to start having this space be a family record from both our perspectives.

So stay tuned- plenty more coming soon!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

christmas on the farm

This year, we spent Christmas at Chas' parent's "farm" out in Fairview, Utah with some of his family. If there's anything that Hero loves more than being with grandparents and cousins, it's being at the farm. Plus, there was lots of presents and treats this time. So basically, Hero's ultimate fantasy come true.

And if staying at a charming, cozy farm house while watching the snow fall peacefully outside wasn't magical enough, Chas' dad is THE Father Christmas and every year creates a manger full of lit candle lights out in one of the small barns. We get all bundled up the night of Christmas Eve, walk out to the manger with the big, shining star above it, and gather around the baby cradle to sing Christmas songs. This is real life, people. Honest. THEN we go into another little barn that's FILLED with candle lights and find some presents left for the grandkids by Elves. Like what in the world?! Pretty special and all things wonderous.

Christmas morning was just so nice and mellow. We lounged about in jammies all day, went out and played in the snow some, ate yummy food, and watched White Christmas together at night. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

casual tuesday

All three of us stayed in our jammies all day today. (Although, I DID shower. And Goldie ALWAYS wears jammies.) Still. Was nice to have a quiet, cozy day together. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

winter pi-nic-nic


Last week, the weather was so wonderful and warm, warm, warm for December in Utah. Like 60 degrees warm! One afternoon, I took the girls on a walk around the block. Then we came home, put Goldie down for a nap, and it was still heaven outside so Hero and I decided to have a little front yard "pi-nic-nic!" 

With Monkey and our favorite snack fare in tow (cheese, raisins, and crackers), and a sipper cup of milk, we turned on the Christmas lights, laid out the blanket, and munched and chatted. After having our fill of snacks, Hero practiced her "magic tricks" on the grass. Then she had the brilliant idea to have a dance party. I turned on some music on my phone (volume all the way up!) and the two of us twirled and twirled and twirled. Dancing like nobody's watching out in public with my little Hero girl is one of the very best things in this world. 

Love these small, marvelous moments of living life to the very fullest.