Ever since Aunt Amber joined our family, Alissa has loved practicing her yoga. We found a yoga mat at DI and she was excited. So much so that she sleeps with it on her bed and it cracks me up to see Otto on there…not on the part with the blanket, but on the yoga mat with her!
Oh my gosh, this was so fun to watch! I showed Alissa how to use my wave iron and she wanted to try herself. It was awesome. It’s hard to figure it out, so seeing her reach in weird angle was just too cute. She was so determined and excited about her results!
Some days I’m not really sure what I am doing, maybe just testing out a lens or focus…but I always grab a kid! Something I have loved about Alissa’s little face is the way her nose scrunches when she smiles. She’s a little cutie pants!
When I was a kid, I was taught how to play The Pyramid Game with cards. I am a huge fan of playing card games by myself. I can do it for hours (although these days it makes my back hurt). I thought it was time to teach the kids, they were ready 😉 HA, not really…I was playing and they wanted to learn, so I taught them. Here’s how to play :
1. Start with one card at the top, then two, three….until you have seven across the bottom.
2. Flip three of your deck over and match cards to make 13.
3. You can only play with the exposed cards.
It’s pretty easy and fun! If you get all the cards from your pyramid, you win 🙂
There is nothing more that I love about being a mom, then to walk past their rooms at night and see them emerged in something they love. While Alissa does a lot of playing at night, she sure loves to read and get lost in stories. It’s sweet, I love this little girl!
Some times I look at pictures of when the kids were babies and toddlers and my heart hurts. Time goes too fast and we’ll never get that time back. I have moments where I’ll look around and see Legos on the floor or Alissa’s toys in the bath and realize that soon those things wont be there and they’ll be replaced by other age appreciate things (although, Legos will last the test of time)! I was in my bathroom and saw Alissa’s favorite shoes, a pair of worn out sneakers, and I just thought “Enjoy it while you can….” I need more reminders like that as I tend to not enjoy the little things and stress about the big…
This Magnadoodle has been the source of some pretty great memories for Alan and Alissa (me too even). I get to see how much effort Alan puts into his drawings for Alissa and some times we just laugh…like when he draw that beautiful princess that ended up looking like a drag queen….
I remember the days when I could put my creative juices to good use and make the kids fun Valentines. Not this year. Alissa wanted to make her own, so she sat down and had wrote out 30+ Valentines for kids in her class. I do love that she is willing to take the time to put her spin on what she’d like for Valentines day. I’ve been a good example and taught her well ha ha!
For Zach, I printed out some Minecraft printables and they ended up being about 1 inch by 2 inches…not worth a picture, they were silly and small. He didn’t care, he just liked that they were Minecraft.
Alissa was trying to get some money out of Alan, so they settled on rubbing his feet. Alissa cracks me because she comes in with rubber gloves, like rubbing his feet is going give her coodies or something. Just another day at the Davis house!
Welcome to a New Year!
1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? My Legos
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is your favorite tv show? Doctor Who, no wait, Ultamate spider man
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Pizza
6. What is your favorite outfit? The shirt I’m wearing right now and the jeans I’m wearing right now, they are skinny jeans
7. What is your favorite game? Minecraft
8. What is your favorite snack? Mini pizzas
9. What is your favorite animal? Monkey
10. What is your favorite song? What does the fox say?
11. What is your favorite book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid
12. Who is your best friend or friends? Conner, Jackson, Logan and that’s all
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon toast crunch
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play Jedis
15. What is your favorite drink? Gatorade
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Pup-Pup
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? An actor
21.What is your wish for 2014? To be a Minecraft pro and I don’t know
1. What is your favorite color? Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? Otto
3. What is your favorite fruit? Banana
4. What is your favorite tv show? Shake It Up
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Macarnoi and Cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? The dress that I got for Christmas, it has a little plaid dress, it has a little cute belt.
7. What is your favorite game? Dress up Otto
8. What is your favorite snack? Tuna, just kidding! String cheese
9. What is your favorite animal? Otto Kitty
10. What is your favorite song? Twenty two by Taylor Swift
11. What is your favorite book? The Pet War
12. Who is your best friend? Katelyn
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cinimon toast Ottos
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with Otto
15. What is your favorite drink? Chocolate milk
16. What is your favorite holiday? The 4th of July because it’s near my birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Otto, softy and lamby
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cake and icecream
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A cat owner
21.What are some of your goals for 2014? To get new snails, to show Tissie in my interview and to go onto a plan to go to Florida
New Year’s was pretty calm this year, just like last. We pretty much did the same thing and it was great. Alan and I hung out and watched TV in our room while the kids played. We took naps, made pizza and snacked on veggies, chips and dip all night. We watched “The Croods” as a family and when it was time to ring in the New Year, we handed over some pots and pans to the kids so they could make their noise. Zach almost didn’t make it, I thought we had lost him for a minute there, but he got up and carried on with us for the 10 minute count down. The kids ran out and back in and we all headed to bed.
We ended a great year, with hopes for another great one. I am personally thankful for my family and the time we get to spend together. I know I am not perfect and spend much time wasting moments, so I plan to work on that this next year. In the past, I think I would have set too high of expectations and when I failed, I would stop. This year I plan to just incorporate more small things like movie nights, date nights, dinners etc. There will be trials and hard times, but this coming year will be a good one!
Today was a FUN day! For part of our Christmas gifts to the kids we told them that we were going to take them tubing and that next year we plan to take a trip over Christmas break rather than celebrate Christmas in the traditional way we’ve always done it. When we first mentioned this, they both looked sad, almost like they wanted to cry. Questions like “will we still get presents” were shouted out and we asked them “what did you get for Christmas last year?” to which they couldn’t tell us. We then asked how our first trip as a family to Lake Powell was and they “got it.” We shared our savings jar with them and told them they will have no thoughts of gifts when we are having fun spending time with each other on a trip. We really want to encourage making memories together and not just getting gifts and stressing about how go who what. We figure since we aren’t celebrating the day for religious reasons, there is no need to continue on a tradition that we grew up with and it’s nice to know we can start our OWN traditions for our little family.
So onto the fun, we took the kids up to Soldier Hollow to go tubing. It was a blast, we all enjoyed ourselves. Alissa had fun trying to stand up and dance while being pulled up the mountain, while Zach and Alan were off going down the bigger bumpy hills. We stopped at a little diner in Heber on the way home and really just enjoyed the day. That’s not to say it didn’t come with hic-ups like Zach throwing a fit about Alissa sitting on the seat wrong and almost losing dinner or me getting my usual anxiety on the ride up, but I’m learning to enjoy the over all picture rather than focusing on the few things that don’t go just right.
Christmas was pretty “normal” for us. The kids woke up earlier, as usual and waited until the time we told them to wake us up. I had two unexpected panic attacks the night before, so I was pretty tired and not feeling it. Alan, like usual, was great and offered to go out and make the kids breakfast so I could get some more rest. An hour or so later, I wondered out into the living room to see the kids had gotten into their stockings and were ready for the rest. We went light on the gifts so we could tell them about our plans to “change” our Christmas traditions (see tomorrow’s post) and then they spent time nicely playing and it was a pretty chill day. We headed over to Mindy and John’s and exchanged gifts with them. My mom is awesome and gave me the “Love is a daily discussion” wall art that she’s had for many many years. I love it, it reminds me of childhood and it’s a good reminder that no love just comes with out work, it’s a daily choice we make. Mindy and John gave us a BLENDTEC! Ya, probably my favorite thing…no more “chunkies.” The kids got some fun stuff from everyone and the kids went off playing. We did a puzzle, hung out and headed home about bed time. Christmas (day and season) is about family and I’m glad we got to spend time with everyone.