Saturday, March 12, 2011

Catch Up Post (I Promise To Do Better This Year)

Okay, I know I have been a complete slacker about keeping this thing updated.  Let's just say once you let a couple things slide it then becomes a huge mountain of catch up.

Instead of trying to individual catch up posts I am doing one big one and hoping I hit most of the highlights and then I promise to do better.  I have actually decided to set aside Sunday afternoons to write the blog and letters.  So, we'll see how that goes.

The girls had a huge sleepover for their birthday.  They invited friends from the old ward, new ward, and homeschool friends!  They invited a total of 15 girls, 14 were able to come!  At first we didn't think that all the girls would be allowed to spend the night, which was fine with me.  In the end though 13 of the 14 girls spent the night!  So, we had a total of 15 girls there, counting Mia and Emma, spending the night for their birthday!  Things were crazy!

Here are most of the girls posing for a crazy picture.  Of course after we took this picture more girls showed up!

We had make your own pizzas for dinner. They had a table full of choices of toppings to put on their pizza. And make your own cupcakes for the cake.  They had a table full of candy and sprinkles and icing to decorate the cupcakes however they wanted to.

We had the Wii going in one room, the karaoke machine going in another.  Girls sliding down the steps in sleeping bags. Girls drawing, reading, and just having fun.  There were girls talking, screaming, shrieking, giggling, and laughing, in just about every corner of the house!  Mia and Emma opened presents.We had a pinata in the backyard filled with candy because in case you couldn't tell we weren't hyped up on enough sugar yet!

I finally ended up having to threaten to turn into "mean Marci" if they didn't go to sleep at 4 in the morning!  By 4:30 they were all sound asleep!

I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast and then parents started to come and pick up their sugar filled and tired girls!  I was beat!

Emma did get her ears pierced and was able to change them to fun earrings on our anniversary.  It wasn't planned, it just worked out to be 8 weeks after we got it done.  But we did get a Happy Anniversary after a yell of excitement, "Do you know what day it is?  Time for fun earrings! Oh, and Happy Anniversary."

So now both my girly-girls have their ears pierced and get to wear the "fun"earrings.  They love to change their earrings to match their outfits.  They also love to shop for earrings but that's a whole other story!

Austin left us at the end of October and went back home.  Isaac flew in for a week after he got off his mission and Austin and Isaac flew home to PA together.  Thanks for the visit, we miss you guys!

Halloween 2010 saw the girls looking cute as could be!  We attended our first ward activity in our new Rialto 1st ward.  Mia was Spidergirl and Emma was Alice.  Erik went as Indiana Jones and I went as a Hick, I know big stretch for me. ;)

Mia as Spidergirl

Erik as Indiana Jones and Emma as Alice from Alice In Wonderland

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Mammy and Grandpa's and to carry on a tradition that the girls wanted to start a few years ago, the girls got to make a fun dessert.  This year they made cake balls on a stick and they decorated them to look like turkeys.

Around Christmas time we went and toured a candy story that still makes by hand candycanes. 

Preparing the candy with color and flavor.  They keep flipping the candy to cool it off so it gets harder.

Stretching the candy.  The pulling makes it turn white.

The girls then got to shape their own candy pieces.  They didn't choose the usual cane!  That's my girls!

While there we also bought chocolate covered bugs to try.  Well, Erik, Emma and I tried them.  Mia couldn't get pass the fact that they were bugs!  They were just chocolate and crunchy!

As part of our Christmas presents from each other and Granny and Pappy, we finally got season passes for Disneyland, so I am sure you will be seeing a lot of Disneyland this year!  Here are some of our favorites from the time we got our passes and on!

And no Christmas is complete without telling Santa what you want!  So here are the girls with Santa at Rialto 1st Ward's Breakfast With Santa.


Monty and Kristin said...

My goodness how the girls have grown. They are sure beautiful young ladies. Looks like they have been having all kinds of fun. Mia, I wouldn't have eaten a bug either! YUCK! Have fun at Disneyland this year...that's super awesome. Look forward to seeing more of you this year!:) Thanks for posting.

Barbara said...

That was a loaded post! You have so much FUN with your family!