Sunday, February 23, 2014

Emily Is Home

On Thursday afternoon, we got to pick up Emily from the airport, after 18 months in Guatemala.   We had close to 30 people there to see her come off the plane!  What a joyful time!

My kids worked really hard on their signs.  I couldn't get one of Ryan alone holding his sign, he just didn't feel like posing with it.

Our friends the Thompsons accidentally went to the Raleigh airport to see Emily!  Then drove all the way to my parents' house to go out to dinner with us.  They are so wonderful!  After dinner, Chad took the kiddos home, and I went with Emily to be released.

After walking hours a day for 18 months, we treated Emily to a mani/pedi girls' day out the next day.  Molly even got her first manicure at a salon.  She was SOOO grown-up and well behaved.

On Saturday, we had a huge homecoming party.  We had an "All Holiday" themed party, and celebrated all of the holidays we had missed celebrating with Emily the last 18 months.   There was so much yummy food and lots of guests dressed up for their favorite holidays!

My Aunt Annie and Uncle Larry brought sparklers so we could celebrate the Fourth of July.  (Molly was too scared to do it, but the boys loved it)!!!

Our final celebration of the weekend was sending off these beautiful paper lanterns.  I have always wanted to do this ever since seeing the movie Tangled.

We are so grateful for Heavenly Father's tender mercies and the protection He gave to my sister while she served.  I have been inspired by her testimony.  She is a strong and powerful witness for Christ.  I look up so much to my little sister.  She is an amazing woman!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Week 2014

Valentines Day, or Loving Heart Day, as Molly calls it,  is a big deal at our home and always has been. We started out the week by decorating our front door with hearts, a family tradition in honor of me heart attacking Chad's home the first year we dated.

Family Home Evening Night was service night.  We made these adorable heart shaped bird feeders for our teachers and family.  This was so easy and so fun.  I love how they turned out! The birds have loved them, too.  I just haven't been able to get close enough to catch a pic of one.  If you want to make them, I found directions here.   You just need gelatin and bird seed!

On Wednesday, I hosted my last ever Mommy and Me Valentine's party.  Our book was The Giving Tree.  All of the big kids were out of school, so ten school aged kids watched a movie unsupervised in the basement while 7 little ones were upstairs having a party.  I went downstairs after everyone left, and you could not even tell anyone had been there.  My friends seriously have the best behaved children in the world!

Since we had school out Wednesday through Friday, the kids had a great time playing in the snow all week long, too.  They are lucky to have friends in the neighborhood to play with.

Since we have been snowed in this week, the kiddos were home all day for Valentines Day.  Unfortunately, Molly was sick, so we did not get to have the Sister Missionaries over as we had planned, but we still had a great day.  We gave the kids cards and books in the morning and made our traditional heart shaped waffles.  Chad got me beautiful roses and I gave him chocolate and a tie.  For dinner we had our "fancy" dinner, heart stacking contest, dance party, and fondue.  Chad won the heart stacking contest with 26.  Andrew is determined to beat him someday!