Wednesday, January 06, 2010

First post of the year

Well, I've been putting this off because there were a couple of things I wanted to include in this post. One of them being pictures of Avery on her first Sunday with the big kids in Primary at church! But I will just have to add the pictures to this post later when I find the camera....
We have had an excellent start to the year I think! We started out with a New Year's Day celebration with some friends - we went for a walk in the cold and played at the park in the snow, and then we all came back to our house and had hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and candy canes, and then had chicken and (american) dumplings with warm bread. It was perfect! And I loved having our house filled up with good friends! I love living in a house that I feel comfortable inviting lots of people over to.

In the morning before the walk I thought it was going to be too cold to go out at all, but luckily it warmed up just enough for it to be suitable to a brisk, refreshing walk without freezing our noses off :) Avery did lots of good walking holding one hand and her cane :)


I think there were 24 of us along for the walk, and 27 for the bit back at our house :)


I love this picture :) Brogan loves the freedom of the big outdoors, and he loves the crunchy frozen snow, and he loves other people, so he was a very happy boy :)


I got Gabe to take a picture with me in it, because most of the time I'm the one taking the pictures so I'm never in them! But this is to prove that I was indeed there :) Avery is saying "cheeeeeese!", and Brogan is eating a mozzarella stick from Arby's. (Have you ever tried those things? They're gross. I hadn't realised. Now I know...)
Oh, and do you like my Santa hat?? Once we got to the park, Avery decided that we should switch hats since the Santa hat was too big for her head and kept on sliding over her eyes or off her head while she was playing...so yes, I'm stylish... :)
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Trevor and Brogan stood like this for a few minutes....they weren't quite sure whether they wanted to talk to each other.... :)


Serving up hot steaming bowls of delicious chicken and dumplings! (If I do say so myself!!) And notice that Avery is being held by Steve, because told Gabe that she wanted to "give Kayla's Daddy a hug"


I loved having my front room filled up with people like this :)


And my family room filled up with little ones like this :)
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10 points if you can guess what movie they're watching :)
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All in all it was a pretty perfect start to the year, and a new tradition I would like to continue next year!

The first Sunday of the year heralded Avery's transition from Nursery to Primary at church! It was very exciting! We had 11 new little ones come up to Primary this year, so we have two new classes of cute little 3 year old Sunbeams :) I'm lucky enough to be teaching 6 of them every week, including my own sweet Avery, and I can't even tell you what a joy it was to see her sitting there during sharing time singing the songs and doing the actions and wanting to participate! I was so happy and proud! When I first started teaching the Sunbeams last year I had about 5 or 6 of them, but by the end of the year with people moving and boundary changes, I only had 3 regulars, so I am happy to be teaching a bigger group again. And they're so cute! The little ones I taught last year were adorable too, and just sweet little angels who behaved wonderfully (most of the time ;)!!) But one thing I am very excited about this year is that at least half of my new little ones know and sing a lot of the songs we sing in sharing time!! They sang Popcorn popping, Book of Mormon Stories, Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam, Once there was a Snowman, I am a Child of God... and I think a couple of others, and they were enthusiastic and knew all (or at least most of!) the words and all the actions, and it was just adorable!! Although I have to admit that I did find it a little difficult to take my eyes off Avery to watch the other children for more than a few seconds at a time.... My children last year just weren't interested in singing the songs at all!!
Although Brogan isn't 18 months old until the middle of February, he actually went to Nursery for the first time this past Sunday too! Gabe went to another ward for the first hour of church because some friends of ours were blessing their baby, so he didn't make it back before the end of sacrament meeting and I had to take Avery to Primary, so I took Brogan to Nursery and asked them if they wouldn't mind just watching him for 10 minutes until Gabe got there to pick him up, and they said they would love to! (they were looking rather empty, having just lost 11 of their children to Primary!!) And of course, Brogan, being the little social butterfly he is, didn't even blink when I left, and when Gabe arrived to pick him up, he was having so much fun that they insisted on keeping him!! So he was one exhausted but extremely happy boy, and Gabe actually got to go to all his classes for once! Hopefully Brogan won't be too sad when he doesn't get to go back next week....
Avery had one sad moment in Primary when Addie, the little girl sitting next to her, got a little enthusiastic whilst waving her little laminated Sun around and poked her right in the eye with it...she was very upset and when I picked her up and held her on my lap she spotted Daddy who was spying on her from the back door, and then she wouldn't calm down until he came in and sat with her. I was happy that he had been spying though, because he got to see how adorable she was, and how well she did with all the songs :)
Anyway, there were a couple of other things I was going to write about in this, the first post of 2010, but I will save them for next time :)
I hope you are all enjoying the year so far!

15 comments:

SuzanSayz said...

First to comment on Josephine's first post!
I'll be right back

SuzanSayz said...

Ooh, that's right, I forgot that comments don't show up right away on your blog. I sure hope I was first before David was first.
Now on to the legitimate comments. I LOVED the picture of Avery walking with her walker. Sweet little girl. this post brings back such fond memories of my children graduating on to Primary from the nursery. I miss those days every once in a while. And then I get to go watch Lex and Lori perform in Sacrament meeting or to Abbey and Lindsay's babtism and it all feels so familiar but maybe even a little bit better since I get to just sit back and enjoy. You really know how to enjoy New Years day I must say. Good friends, good food, all in the warmth and comfort of home. It just doesn['t get any better than that. I can't wait to see pictures of Avery and Brogan in their Sunday best. Btw, the bottom picture of Brogan holding his sippy cup in one hand with what looks like a little chocolate bar in the other is darling. How do you ever manage to say no to those Big Brown Eyes?!?

David said...

where do you live? it's cold! i love that' it's warm and sunny here :)

i'm going to guess that they're watching Up?

Marie G said...

It is so good to enter into your world with these 'family blogs'.

Tony F said...

It looks like you are carrying on the tradition of cold walks for New Year. We too went to the beach at Alum Chime for a few brief steps.

Lovely to hear all of your news and see how your family is growing up.

Valerie said...

Josephine, the things you share with us are so wonderful. Obviously I have already read and responded to them from your blog or facebook but I still think Trevor and Brogan look as if they've been planted in snow and are convinced their parents want to be rid of them. ;D I am so happy that Avery is happy in Primary, of course, since her birthday is in February, she is nearly 4 already but I think the (almost extra) year in Nursery would have been so good for her. What a delight for you that you can be her teacher and I smiled at the thought of Gabe giving in to the temptation to watch over Avery's first Sunday - with two such caring and protective parents I know I never have to worry about those two delightful children. Not long now and Brogan can join in with Nursery 'legally'.

Sue Aleen said...

I haven't posted anything since new year too. *sigh*

Meriaten said...

i love reading your blog and seeing your pics and cute videos...

Bridget said...

Adorable! And were they watching "Up"?

Allison said...

Josephine, you're children are gorgeous x

Maureen said...

I so enjoy reading your blog, please keep it up (of course I'd love to hear so much detail of my own little ones !!??) Love to all.

Evey F said...

Ditto, ditto, it's great to hear so much news.

Hans said...

It looks like you're continuing your old tradition at 1124 hamilton of throwing your own ward parties. Those are great pictures. That picture of Avery walking with a cane is really neat. I remember feeling for her, pushing her 4 wheeler along at Church. She has come a long way. Way to go and congratulations to all of you Love Daddy

Talitha said...

It sounds like you have been having a wonderful year so far. It is so nice to look at you photos and recognise people and places :) You have had a change around in your family room, it looks good :) (is the movie Ice Age?)

Anonymous said...

I love the little snippets in the 'Avery is so cute' column. It really shows her personality and intelligence. The logic involved in the 'U-sitting' conversation is so amazing and too, too sweet for words. I also wonder whether all astronauts have left their mothers with that cute little farewell. This overseas Grandma is in constant love with that girl.