Christmas Eve

>> Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Christmas Eve tradition at Grandma and Grandpa's continued for another year. :) My mom LOVES Christmas. It is 'her' holiday, and we love to make her happy by gathering together at her and Dad's house! :)



The cousins love to see each other! :)



Jared likes to take his nap! LOL! :P 




And the rest of us love to eat! :D 



Mom goes ALLLL out with the food. She could have fed a large army! LOL!



The kids performed their special musical numbers. 



They sounded great! :)



Alayna sang "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Christmas has a famous star right? :P

Then the mayhem began.....



The gifts!!!



Jack Skellington and Sally! Nice!! :)



Eli was the Sr. Present Passer Outer this year! He did a mighty fine job! No presents were lost, misplaced, or given to the wrong recipient. :P



Grandma and Grandpa went above and beyond once again. The kids were thoroughly spoiled..and our bellies were sufficiently stuffed!



We ended the night with what else...fireworks!!!!





It was a wonderful day spent with family. After not having Thanksgiving with everyone this year, it really made me appreciate that much more the time we were able to have together this Christmas. :)

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'Tis the Season!

>> Saturday, December 24, 2011


We started our Christmas celebrations early over at Jen and Marcos' house this year. They invited the family over for dinner..and since it was Alayna's actual birthday we celebrated that too! :)


 
The little ones! :)



My man!




 Me! :)


 
The big ones?? LOL!! :P

It was nice to have Jeff's girlfriend Bea come to our festivities this year! :)


 
Jen was so nice and picked up a cake for Alayna. Isn't it cute? ;)




It's funny how we all live so close to each other yet, we don't get together more often. Maybe we should make that our New Year's resolution?

Happy Birthday Alayna and Merry Christmas! :)

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The Destroyers!

>> Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eli put another season of flag football in the memory books. He still loves the game, and it's a lot of fun watching him spin his tires out there. :P

Here are a few pics of his last game. 



Such concentration! :P 



 

I really dislike the company that did the team pictures. Everyone looks like green aliens!

Eli's decided to take the winter season off and start back in the spring. It will be nice to have a bit of a break. :)

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Happy 5th Birthday Baby!

>> Saturday, December 17, 2011

Alayna had her 5th birthday party today!! She had all of her cute little friends, as well as her family over to celebrate.



 Every year I make her cake. I usually make something that expresses what her interest was for that year. This year has been the year of the dollies and doll houses. She will play and play and play with her dolls. She's so AWESOME at entertaining herself. She gets caught up in her imaginary world for hours at a time. I just love hearing what the 'girls' are up to every day! LOL!!


 Left to Right: Alex, Isaak, Alayna, Lola, Emmy, Eli, Charlie, Hailey.
The Party People!! :D

Everyone waiting their turn to take a swing at a really cute pink My Little Pony Pinata she picked out. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it. :( You'll just have to use your imaginations....



Look at that gorgeous girl!! :D 



All of the little girls just couldn't keep their hands off of the cake once I brought it out. Every one of them said they wanted a cake like Alayna's for their birthday! :P Sometimes I can be a rock star mom!! LOL!



She had such a great time playing with her friends and cousins. It's always fun to have a day that's all about YOU! Happy Birthday Baby!!

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Merry Christmas!!!!

>> Monday, December 12, 2011


Hello Family & Friends!

We wanted to take time and keep everyone up to date with the happenings at the Kitch household. This past year has been crazy busy! We’ve had lots of bumps along the way, but we have tried to make the best out of those challenges. All of which would not be possible without all of the prayers and love we have received from each one of you. We want you to know how blessed we are for all of your love and support.

Jared is still working at Coppersmith and Kolb, and we are extremely thankful to be employed. We know so many aren’t as fortunate with this economy. We are also happy to report that he has not had any more episodes since February! He does however, have a greater sensitivity to heat since his last relapse and tends to get easily fatigued. He tries to be more careful not to be outside in the heat too long. A nice cold ICEE tends to help a bit and put a smile on his face at the same time! :P He started taking piano lessons from the boys’ teacher, and he sounds great! He’s always wanted to learn how to play.

As for myself, I’ve been reflective this year. I can’t express how grateful I am that I’ve been able to stay at home with all three of the kids while they were little. Between Jared’s hard work and lots of coupon clipping we’ve somehow been able to manage it. I feel in my heart that it has been not only a gift to me, but to the kids as well. It has been a true joy!!  This year I’ve been able to get a Joy School co-op together for Alayna and 6 of her best friends. It has been a lot of fun! Hard to believe this will be my last year teaching. Time sure does fly! The family keeps me busy, as well as my church commitments, and fitting in whatever new recipe I’d like to try!
J

Walker loves 6th grade! He has a wonderful teacher this year and he’s really enjoying Social Studies. So far they have learned all about Greek Mythology, Mesopotamia, and Ancient Egypt. His favorite has definitely been Greek Mythology! He’s still in ALP for math and language, and devours books like candy. He’s still playing piano; this will be his 6th year! He tried trumpet in band last year but has traded it in for the drums. He’s doing very well! He’s also joined Drama Club, and they have their first performance next semester. This summer he took a real interest in swimming, and we plan to get him into a swim school in January. Walker earned his Arrow of Light and moved up to Boy Scouts in July. It has been quite a transition from Cub Scouts. He has a lot of awesome activities to look forward to this year.

Eli is in the 3rd grade now. His teacher called us just before the end of the 1st quarter and couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him. She told us he is a leader in the class, and the other students look up to him. She thanked us for being such great parents and that Eli was a reflection of our good parenting. I can’t tell you how amazing that made us feel! Not many teachers go out of their way to make phone calls to the home anymore unless it’s bad news..LOL! She told us that Eli is one of her top students and she’s excited about challenging him this year. He is also in ALP again this year. His favorite subject is math….he certainly got that from his Dad and not me. :P Eli is on his 3rd year playing the piano. He has a very natural talent for it. He also joined chorus this year, and even though it starts before school, he never misses practice. Music runs through that kid’s veins. Eli made the decision to be baptized in April. It was so nice to have those that were able to come and celebrate his special day with him. It was a beautiful baptism! He also joined Cub Scouts and has been working hard earning his achievements. Football seems to be his sport of choice. This season is wrapping up and he’s shown a lot of improvement. Eli’s got some “wheels”. He’s really fast!!


Alayna is in her last year of Joy School! There are 7 girls including her. She gets to rotate to each friend’s home which is a new experience that will be a big help as she makes the transition for next year. She loves school, and it gives us both a little time to play. J Next year she’ll be ready for Kindergarten and I can hardly believe our baby will be leaving the nest. I’m sure it will be harder on us than on her. LOL! Alayna is our creative child. She loves to draw, color, cut, paste you name it. She LOVES a project! She’s very imaginative, and I adore hearing her play with her dollies for hours on end. The conversations they have between each other are   great!! :D She took her 1st ballet class this year, and she did very well! Her teacher recommended that she move up to the next level. We got to see her perform a little recital, and I have to say it was the most darling thing ever! It brought back fond memories for me as well. J She has all of us wrapped around her finger, and we all know she’s the Princess!

Well that is us in a nutshell. We hope your families are well! We pray for each of you, and count you in our blessings!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!

Love,



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Wedding Bells are Ringing!

My cousin Kerry McCarthy got married tonight. It was a simple, but beautiful wedding. We had so much fun dancing and celebrating the couple's special day! :)

Thank goodness for cell phone cameras!

Grandpa and Alayna dancing together. This melted my heart! :D 


 Love it!



How many brothers would do this with their little sister??? My boys ROCK! :P



They had a photo booth as well. The kids can never pass up an opportunity to play in a photo booth! :P I love the props they had in there.

 The kids had a great time. We all did!!

Congratulations Kerry and Todd Baird!

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Christmas Pics!

>> Sunday, December 11, 2011

Here are a couple of pics of the kids I shot for Christmas! :)

I love the shadows on wall. I needed to scoot Alayna back a tiny bit though..:P

This one was my favorite....Pretty cute kids if you ask me! :D

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Boy Scouts

>> Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Walker earned his Boy Scout rank advancement tonight!


Special thanks to my friend Cyndi Flores for snapping this pic for us. I forgot my camera at home. 

Walker is giving me the Mother's Pin that goes along with his advancement.

Brother Chris Watt (on the right) is his 11 Year Old Scout Leader. He does an amazing job with the boys!

He's been working since July to get this award. We are so proud of him!

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A Different Thanksgiving

>> Friday, November 25, 2011

I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. Since we moved into this house I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner here every year. This year however, with just having had gallbladder surgery, Mom offered to give me the year off and have it at her house. Which I was very thankful for!

The night before Thanksgiving however, Mom called and said Robin was sick. My family and I had been sick for the past month passing around to one another and just recovering from surgery I just felt too tired to go through all of that again. So I had to tell her that we wouldn't be coming. I felt terrible!! :( I know how much work goes into preparing such a large feast for the family and holidays are all about spending time with those you love.

So this year we had a 'different' sort of Thanksgiving. It was such short notice and not a whole lot of places are open on Thanksgiving Day, but we found one that would take our lonely family in for turkey meal. :P






Anxiously awaiting our T-Day meal with all the trimmings. It actually was really nice to spend the holiday with just my little family. Better yet...I was even happier about not having to clean up afterwards! LOL! :P

After lunch we went to see "The Muppets" which was a big hit with everyone. It brought back memories from when I was a kid. It was cute. :) We had a very nice and relaxing day. I am Thankful! :)


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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree!

>> Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Eli's class is having a pie day today. Each kid is allowed to bring in any kind of pie to enjoy all to themselves during their Thanksgiving festivities. I mean what a dream come true! One kid plus one whole pie...awesome!! :P

Since I'm still recovering Jared took it upon himself to help Eli who desperately wanted a homemade pie not store bought pie(can you blame him? lol) for the big day.

I can't tell you how this warmed my heart as I watched these two guys work hard to make this delicious masterpiece as I got to sit by and snap pictures of it all. :) I mean...they even made the pie crust!!! I was so immensely proud! I just love baking! I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!



Such concentration.....



Look at that crust pinching action! Gorgeous! :D



The filling is already smelling DIVINE!



All the hard work paid off! What a BEAUTIFUL pie son! 



WAIT!!!! Don't eat it yet!!!!! LOL! :)

It was so fun to see how proud he was of his labors, and he will enjoy that pie even more when he gets to actually eat  it today at his Thanksgiving party. Great job guys!!!

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Thankful!

>> Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We have a tradition that we started last year of making a Thanksgiving Tree. Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. It is such a blessing to take time and remember all that we have and give Thanks. This year we bumped up the scale and size of our tree to make it a real focus for our family to see and remember all month long.


Jared did a great job making our tree! :)



Isn't it beautiful!??! We had a great time coming up with all the things we are Thankful for. I love to read the things the kids come up with. Some of them surprised me. :) 

I'll leave you with a great quote I read recently:



"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God's love."
-President Thomas S. Monson

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep....


A few nights ago we were having family prayer before bedtime, as we do every night. I guess Alayna was just too tired to make it to the end! LOL!



Isn't she precious??? I think it's so sweet that her arms are still folded... Love that baby girl! :)

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