Saturday, December 31

Mock New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve this year, we were all asleep (including Dennis and I) by 8:00 pm.  Don't judge me... it was a long week of post-Christmas/Emma's birthday/hosting parties at our house.

So the night before New Year's, we had most of Dennis's family down to our house to watch the Iowa Bowl Game.  It was a sad, pathetic showing by the Hawkeyes, so we won't go further into that.

But, the kids had a great time camping out together and watching Mulan. 

Every time we get together with the Hunger family I think of what a huge blessing it is to live here so that our kids can grow up close to their cousins.

Tuesday, December 27

And then you blink...

And she's FIVE!
Emma is five years old.

The birthday girl had fun watching her Littlest Pet Shop cake come to life.  

She was the only one allowed in the kitchen during the construction. 
She got to pass her time waiting for birthday presents by playing with all the new Christmas presents from two days ago. 

Grandma & Grandpa Hunger came to her party and she was a happy girl.

  • Emma is still a sweet, sweet girl.
  • She loves giving people hugs.  It doesn't matter who they are, she just knows everybody needs a hug once in a while.
  • When we meet someone new, she introduces herself and all the rest of the kids.  She's very outgoing.
  • She thinks she is Jared's mother.  She wants to hold his hand when he walks, dust him off when he falls...
  • She shares really well.  While opening her birthday presents, she kept saying, "Sarah, you can play this with me!"
  • She likes to sing primary songs and her favorite ones are "I Love to See the Temple" and "Scripture Power."
  • She loves going to school and wished she got to go with Sarah.
  • She has a mischievous laugh that I know means trouble when I hear it.  It means she is teasing someone.  With all her sweetness, at least she's got spunk too! 
  • Given a choice between meat and some other food item, she will choose meat... with a side of meat.
  • Our family could never be complete without Emma. 

Monday, December 26

Merry Christmas to All

We had quite the adventure for Christmas this year. 
All the kids fell asleep on the way home from our family party, and I thought how perfect it was that we'd just be able to have a relaxing evening finishing up the final preparations for Christmas morning.
But, Sarah was just too excited. 
She came downstairs a minimum of 10 times between 8:00 and 11:00. 
Every time I turned around, she'd be there again! 
Finally, I went upstairs and conked out while she read me books. 
Evidently, Andrew woke up about that time and helped Dennis wrap his presents to me. 
There was a lot of tape on those ones!
So, we decided to have everyone sleep in our room in fear that they would have all the presents unwrapped before we woke up in the morning.
We tucked everyone in on our bedroom floor and Dennis booby-trapped the door with our laundry basket and ironing board. 
Luckily, it worked!
In the morning we all got dressed, took a peek at the Christmas magic, ate breakfast, and headed off to sacrament meeting.
I can't believe we pulled it off, but not one present was opened until most of us were back in our jammies after church.

It was a wonderful morning.
I love that we had the opportunity to focus and celebrate Christ's birth first thing, and then come back home for the gift exchanging.
Favorite presents of the day:

Jared - his Little People skateboard, skateboarder, and puppy

Andrew - his cork gun, or "gun shoot"
Emma - her doll house that didn't arrive until December 28th.  Oops...
Sarah - her Lalaloopsy doll named "Ember Flicker Flame"
Jen - Chanel perfume and scarves from Dennis
Dennis - a remote control helicopter from me (Yay!  It was a huge hit!)

We played and played all day - with toys, with new games, and with each other.
Christmas day was complete when Daddy carried the 3 older kids upstairs to bed in a way that only Daddy can do!

Saturday, December 24

Luke 2

For Christmas Eve, the Hunger clan got together to celebrate.
Turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings: scalloped corn, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and rolls.
And, we can't forget the 10 foot long table full of homemade Christmas candy.  I may go a little crazy on pies at Thanksgiving (we're talking 10 pies), but the Hunger women take the Christmas candy to a whole new level. Yum.

It was the perfect opportunity to read Luke 2 and have the younger kids act out the Christmas story.  It was very sweet.

 Andrew and his best buddy, Corey, were the shepherd boys.

 Sarah & Emma and two of their cousins were angels.  The light hit them perfectly at one point to make them really seem angelic.
The whole crew was complete with baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, 3 wise men, 2 shepherd boys, and 4 angels.  I wonder how long we can convince these guys to dress up like this?

Saturday, December 17

Toddler TIME

We've been begging,
and bargaining.
But, nothing could persuade Jared to walk.
If we set him on his feet to walk, he would put his head on the ground as well and pout.
It was frustrating, if not completely adorable too.
He had to make up his mind that it was time.
Now, he just walks around like he's been doing it forever.
Silly boy.
At 14 months and 8 days, Jared is the latest one of our kids to walk (by a full two months)! 
He must want to excel at something before he demonstrates his ability.

But, he's off and there's no stopping him now!

Friday, December 16

Cool Moves

Sarah loves to dance.

And these pictures prove it.

Thursday, December 15

Whole Lot of Help

It's no secret that I love to bake. 

I like any excuse to bake some yummy, warm, fresh wheat bread.

Jared and Andrew like it almost as much as I do!

Jared prefers making a powdered mess anytime I take my eye off the flour bucket.

Andrew likes to pretend like I'm a slave driver having him supervise the wheat grinder.

But, don't let him fool you...

He can't keep the smiles from coming out when we're in the kitchen together.

Friday, December 9

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful! 

...and the kids are delighted.

After five winters in Oklahoma, this snow-in-the-mountains girl is ready for a true winter.

This week, we've gotten our first taste of snow for the winter.  I know that before long we will be wishing it would all just melt away, but the novelty is still here for us now.

The kids are required to bundle up in hats, coats, gloves, snow pants, and boots for school each day.  They are more the pleased about it too.

Tuesday, December 6


It should be a simple task.  

Turn on the camera.

Ask the child to smile.

Snap the picture.

And there you go, you have a moment in time captured forever. (Emma can do it).

It should be simple.

But, it's not.  

Not when you are a three-year-old boy.  

 When you are a three-year-old boy, you have to take off running and laughing the instant your mom gets out the camera.

And you run away until you fall off the slide sideways.  
That is the moment in time that is captured forever.