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 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... :)
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"
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!