Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Eve and the BIG Day

Our house was buzzing with excitement on the days leading to Christmas Eve. 
 This year the Cobia family joined us for our Christmas Eve festivities.  Our smorgasboard did not let us down -- Birch (mango salsa and chips), Sara (famous homemade pizza), Alex (Orange Chicken and Rice), Tyler (boneless hot chicken wings), Alysee (Italian Sodas), Nate (Shrimp), Coop (Cheeseburgers), and Chloe (cupcakes).  The Cobia's also each brought all their favorites...we ate until we were stuffed!
Annual Gingerbread House Decorating
Nativity Reenactment - everyone draws a character and has five minutes to find a costume.  Birch was a narrator this year.

 Coop and Nate were delighted with what Santa brought them -- football uniforms.
Santa brought Alysee a beanbag chair.
To our surprise a beat up package arrived the day before Christmas from Fiji.  The kids LOVED their new Fijian rugby shirts and Fijian Indian Girl's outfits.


 Christmas Day was really quite magical as it snowed all day long.  None of us can remember such a Christmas.  Everyone had a great time playing in the show all afternoon.
Intense Football Game
Great sledding down our hill!

 Being a more tropical kind of gal, I did show my face outside for a few pictures and videos.  I had warm hot chocolate for everyone when they came back inside.

 Chloe loves her new umbrella and boots that Santa brought her.
It was kind of different for all of us to have Christmas dinner at home.  Most years we are on the road driving to family's house but this year we skipped the road trip and enjoyed the whole day at home.  Since we don't have any traditions for Christmas dinner we all voted on our menu.  We had a tasty dinner of spaghetti, salad, and bread-stick twists.

What a magical and splendid day!

Wish you could have been there?  Click here to view movie:

Shoot, I just remembered that I totally forgot to include Alex's talent in the Christmas video recap.  He totally made this whole video.  Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Music To My Ears

The past three weeks have been full of Christmas cheer and three school Christmas programs.

 Okay, this kid loves to be the spotlight.  He was hilarious!
 Alysee's concert was a real treat!
 Such a fashion diva (might I point out that the polka-dot skirt that is under her black skirt is one that she got seven years ago when she was three years old to wear at my sister's wedding.  Best purchase ever!)
 Tyler's band concert was quite festive too!

Wish you could have sat on the bleachers too?  Here's a condensed version of the three concerts.  (If you start getting forward to Cooper's part at the end--you will not regret it!!!)  Click here to view:

This girl's list is looooooooooooong...I'm surprised Santa didn't fall asleep!

Friday, December 14, 2012

All I Want For Christmas

Chloe:  "Dad, did you mail my letter to Santa already?"
Dad: "Yes"
Chloe:  "Oh darn it, I forgot what I really wanted.  You know that thing that Uncle Logan has...the knee-pad?"
Dad:  "The what...?"
Chloe:  "You know that white square thing that Uncle Logan is always playing on."
Dad:  "Oh, an ipad."
Only simple desires for this one...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Recently our family attended a WONDERFUL walk-through Nativity hosted by a community church.  This is the second time we have been able to go and it has been a highlight to each one of our kids.  The really cool thing is that they make you as part of the cast -- you become a "cousin" and are in Bethlehem to pay your taxes.  The outdoor set is amazing and even has a real camel and other stable animals.  Toward the end of the journey we stopped at an inn and one of the kids was asked to knock of the door and see if we could stay the night.  As we were told the inn was full and then had the door slammed in our faces it hit home what it would have been like for Mary and Joseph.

The most touching part this year was at the end of the journey our guide/cousin shared a quote that he had just found online and hit home to him.  Not only are the words so inspiring and true but it was also so neat to hear that a member not of our faith was touched by Elder Neal A. Maxwell's words.  The following morning I created and have shared this wall hanging with many.  What a sweet reminder of making room in our hearts for Christ!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oh So Wise...

Birch just had the super cool opportunity of being in our church's Nativity production.  He sang in a beautiful trio.
 Check out how elaborate and cool those costumes are!
 The kids and I went to their last performance and it was spectacular!!  Birch did such a wonderful job!

Wish you could have heard here to watch

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lovebirds Hit 16!

Honestly it was a lousy anniversary as I came home from Corvallis with the nasty GI bug and had little energy on our anniversary.  I did whip up some pre-made chicken noodle soup, Rhodes rolls, and Italian Sodas that we all slurped up in seriously five minutes.  We had a full evening of a pack meeting, Birch first high council meeting (oh yes, I forgot to mention that Birch was recently released from the Bishopric and called in the High Council), and the older boys were at a Court of Honor. 

Never fear...we have planned to make it up in December when we are going to Utah sans children for a quick trip to Birch's brother's wedding.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Oh So Thankful!

For Thanksgiving this year we had the blessing of going to Corvallis for a quick trip to see my brother, Seth and his family.  They had recently returned from Africa and had just arrived at my parent's home in Corvallis just days before our arrival.  We filled our days together catching up on missed time as they have been so far away and giving my parent's home and yard some needed TLC.
 After being apart for so long and then the traumatic car accident that the Sherry Jrs. all went through this summer it felt so good to give hugs to each one.

 I couldn't get enough of this sweet thing.  Cali is just the cutest thing ever.  She took a bit to warm up to me but after I helped her try on lots of shoes we became fast friends.  Alysee and Cali were two peas in a pod.
 Tommy has grown up so much and was just delightful to be around.  Nate, Coop, and Tommy were three crazy boys that were inseparable.
 Tommy helped me mow the lawn Thanksgiving morning in his Batman costume.  Thanksgiving day was the only break in the rain that we had.
 I feel like I am around an angel when I'm with Caroline.  She has endured a lot throughout her life and is so grounded in what matters...her family.  She has to carry a lot of the load while Seth continues to recuperate and she does it with that beautiful smile.  I loved our time together!
 The sweet Rampton family took us under their wings like lost little kitties with our parent's gone on their mission in Fiji.  It was such a pleasure to spend Thanksgiving afternoon in their beautiful home surrounded in love and tons of delicious food.
 Mark Rampton has built this May Pole in their backyard.  The kids had a great time swinging and getting dizzy.
 I honestly can't remember what Caroline and Alex are arm wrestling over but I must document that Caroline won with flying colors.  Apparently, this is another hidden talent I didn't know she possesses.
Mila and her family had come down earlier in the week to help Seth and Caroline move into my parent's home.  Emily was such a trooper as she is large with child : ) and they had a looong drive.  Ryan was amazing as he spent HOURS outside in the pouring rain pruning and doing other yard work. 
 We brought supplies to make our traditional oreo cookie turkeys.
 I brought another fun project from Oriental Trading Post making these really cute turkeys and then on each feather the kids wrote things they are grateful for.
 Lots of fun cousin time!
 The highlight of the weekend for Birch was attending the OSU v.s. UofO civil war game.  Birch was like a giddy school boy!  Seth's hook thing is something that he uses to massage his neck.  It was a long time for Seth to sit but he lasted almost the whole game before needing a good rest when he got home.

The highlight of the weekend for me was our adult only evening at American Dream Pizza and dessert at New Morning Bakery.  Both places bring back so many wonderful memories of dear friends.  
 It was such a treat to spend the night being silly and having some great conversations with family that I so love.
These girls honestly looked like straggle muffins the whole weekend.  Chloe on day three of her braids and I think Sage enjoyed the free hair look most days.
I'm hugging a miracle in this picture.  My heart swells when I think how the Lord has blessed this family.  I'm not sure I will ever understand why they have to go through this experience.  The wisdom shared by Soren Kierkegaard, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward, continues to be a favorite of mine.   The Sherry Jrs. are still on their Road to Recovery but they aren't going to just sit there and roll with the punches they are coming back with a fight.