(First attempt, apparently created with his friend Connor)
If you ask me "Christmas" is the best time of the year. When else do we get to sing songs about a big fat guy, open presents around a dead tree, and eat candy out of a big sock. Merry Christmas
What about Santa?
There's not a lot to write about Santa. I mean Christmas is fun and all, but how did we get from the birth of Christ. To a big commercial racket. I mean, we can only celebrate one thing at a time. It's like the scripture "you can only serve one master." I just get confused. Where do the lights come in? Who came up with giving presents to each other? And why do we celebrate Santa and Jesus at the same time.
(Mother's note: He does actually know the answer to all these questions, he is just being a 13 year old, as if that wasn't obvious from his first attempt, and I love it!)
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I think you are pretty cool, you come every year, you eat milk and cookies, and you bring gifts to every one, you are jolly, you have reindeer!! I don't know many people with reindeer, you are smart, and I like you but the true meaning of Christmas is Jesus Christ but I love both of you a lot, and you can fly!!
P.S. I love my family too.
(I love the picture of Santa and Jesus checking each other out, hehe)
Although we always try to find ways to make the Christmas season special by making cookies for our friends, making homemade gifts, and providing gifts for children in need, it just isn't enough. Therefore, although I cannot completely undo all the damage done over the years for this Christmas, I can take the liberty to make a few resolutions before the new year. I resolve that next year our children will make a What Gifts Will I Give This Year list, instead of a Christmas Wish List. I resolve to teach them that when they sit on Santa's lap and he asks them what they want for Christmas to respond, "A surprise would be nice and what kind of cookies do you like?" I resolve that when family members ask what the kids want for Christmas, I will give them some ideas of what I think the kids might like, but not a list that needs to be filled. I hope that our older children will notice a difference as we focus more on giving and that our younger children will grow up really believing that selflessness and a love for all mankind really are, in the words of Linus, "what Christmas is all about."
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Clarissa is a colorful witch.
Instead of a family theme this year, we focused on faces. Jared designed and painted everyone's eyes. Clarissa has spider webs.
Krystal, the jazz dancer.
She wanted something flowery.
Amber is a peacock.
We all had fun painting her peacock tail.
Seth is a monkey and I am his tree.
Jared has known since last year that he wanted to be a ninja and he designed and made his whole costume.
Complete with weapons and everything.
Here we are at the ward Trunk or Treat.
The girls with their friends.
Another shot of Amber's peacock face painting.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It has been a difficult month of many breastfeeding issues and a baby that isn't sleeping well, but as we look back on some of the fun things we have done, we remember the good times.