Yesterday we were suppose to go ice skating with Jason’s family, but unfortuantely, Heather and Allison were up most of Friday night throwing up. Needless to say, the ice skating trip was cancelled. It worked out pretty good for us though. The ice skating is rescheduled for Monday afternoon and we had a night to make graham cracker houses. We spent the afternoon going from store to store to find the right candy. Jason in particular wanted a specific kind of hard to find candy that took us to 4 different stores. But at the end of the day, we had everything under the sun that we could possibly want to put on a graham cracker house. On the way home we stopped at Marley’s, the restaurant in the Harley Davidson store to get some sliders for dinner. We also ordered a Black Cherry Vanilla custard that they forgot to give us, but of course we were all the way in Lehi before we realized we didn’t get it. Bummer. Anyway, after we got home, I made the frosting while Jason helped the kids cut the graham crackers to the right sizes and then we spent the next couple hours gluing, frosting and covering our houses with candy. Kayla and Garion both had the goal to not only use every single kind of candy we had, but to cover the entire house and the 10 inch paper plate the house was sitting on. We had a great time! Amazingly enough, there were no fights, arguments, tears or tantrums the whole time! The houses turned out really cute too! The only problem now is how to keep the kids from devouring them all at one time! But then again, it is Christmas, why not!!
I have to grudgingly admit that winter does have it’s advantages. On Thursday after it stopped snowing, I took 7 kids (by myself) sledding to the hill at the amphitheater. I had Brynn, Kayla, Garion, Grace and Meg, and Tyler and MaKenna. We had a blast! Kayla in particular has been asking to go sledding for weeks! We didn’t even own a sled until about 2 weeks ago and since then have just been waiting for the snow. It finally came. And it came hard! Wednesday night and Thursday it snowed pretty hard, then Friday it stormed really bad all day and rumor has it, it is suppose to snow and storm all weekend. Although, here it is noon on Saturday and not a flake yet today. Maybe it will hit tonight. Anyway, the kids had a blast sledding and afterward we all came back here for a cup of hot cocoa! We made it sledding for about an hour before the girls all got too cold. Since we only had 3 sleds for the 7 kids they had to share, but the 4 year olds had a hard time getting up the hill and down by themselves. They need a parent to help, so I would like to get another sled so that while Garion is doing his thing, either Jason or I could be taking the girls down the hill. So mainly, while Meg, Tyler and Garion sledded, the girls and I played in the snow at the foot of the hill. At the end of the hour, when we were leaving, they took off their gloves and all their fingers were bright pink and ice cold! So I took a picture of them all saying “Burrr!!” and holding out their hands. Super cute!!!
I want to relate a quick story about the ward Christmas party. I forgot to mention it before. I have discovered that Grace, Kayla’s friend is out to sabotage Kayla’s Christmas! Just Kidding. But it was so funny! The ward Christmas party was a breakfast in the morning. We ate yummy food, then they had a really cute program and then, of course, Santa came. They didn’t have the kids all line up to sit on his lap like they have done in years past. Instead, they gathered all the kids into a circle around Santa’s feet and Santa talked to them about all the symbolism of Christmas. He had a “goody” bag with an example of each thing in it. Like a star, a wreath, a candy cane, etc. It was really great. Kayla, Grace and Garion ended up on the floor right at Santa’s feet. Kayla was touching his boots. She sat in rapture awe of Santa the whole time! I wish I had my camera to take her picture with her head back and mouth open and smiling at the same time as she stared at him! Anyway, just after he sat down, it got really quiet as everyone waited for him to begin. Just as it got quiet, Grace says to him “Santa! Kayla has been mean to me!!” Santa was very surprised by this declaration. He was quite speechless actually. He mumbled something I didn’t quite hear because I was laughing so hard and then went on with the program. The funny thing was that Kayla had been really nice to Grace that day. When they play, they argue on and off, but nothing unusual. The only thing I can figure is that Grace must think that if she rats Kayla out, she will get more gifts! The best part of the whole thing was that Kayla didn’t do anything more then smile shyly at him and look down for a second. She looked so guilty! Hopefully Santa will know she has been nice and not naughty and put more in her stocking than coal!