Saturday, December 22, 2012

Steph, Snow and Bass Pro

So I really lucked out this week when my sister decided to fly into Vegas instead of Phoenix (she lives in Hawaii and it was cheaper to fly here then Phoenix instead of a direct flight to Phoenix). The kids love her so much and were so excited. She was so great helping me with shopping, their homework, and playing barbies. We ditched the kids and saw a movie one night and the other night the whole family headed to Town Square for snow in the square and the Bass Pro shop. 
Town Square
 At the Bass Pro Shop. This Santa held on tight to Lyla...no jumping off his lap! 
 We had so much fun. It was really nice being able to spend some one on one time with her. We stayed up late all three nights just chatting...and looking at all her amazing photos from her adventures in Hawaii. I wish so much I could live close to my sisters!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa (Again)

Pictures of Santa from our church Christmas party. Lyla wants nothing to do with him, but instead of crying or looking freaked out, she just jumps right off his lap.
 Adalynn also had a school cookie decorating party that we went to Friday. I got a chance to chat with her new teacher. She is doing amazing in this new classroom and I couldn't be happier with her teacher
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Venetian and Bellagio

Last week we took the kids to the Venetian and Bellagio to see their Christmas decorations. We started at the the Venetian, which we had never done at Christmas. They had a really large Christmas tree, (made of metal and tons of round clear balls) an ice skating rink and a few Snow Queen people walking around. It was okay. 
Then it was on to the Bellagio.
Lastly, we stopped at an A & W/Long John Silvers for some root beer floats.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Community Party

A few photos from out community Christmas party.
 Possible the only snow my kids will see this year..
Playing at the park

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyla

A few pictures of Lyla! She totally scrunches her nose when she smiles and I love it!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Live Nativity


LDS Nativity Trailer 2012 from Karen Thomas on Vimeo.

One of the stakes here in Vegas puts on a live nativity...it is so well done and one of my favorite Christmas activities. Above is a clip of the production.

Getting ready to head out the door. 
They have goats, donkeys, horses and sheep the kids can feed and pet. Both girls loved this. Also afterwards you can go up and see the baby Jesus--they have a real baby and the kids loved seeing him. 
 I loved watching the kids faces during the presentation. They were just in awe and had so many questions about the birth of our Savior. There were a few times my eyes welled up with tears--I think we all get caught with the holidays and tonight was a wonderful reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. 
At the end with the wise men.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boulder City Parade and Ethel M

Last Saturday, we went with four other families from our ward to the Boulder City Christmas Parade. It was this cute, small town parade, with lots of floats, dance teams, marching bands, and motorcycles all decked out for Christmas.
(Adalynn, Brennon, Courtney)
 After eating dinner at a small cafe, we walked down the street to visist a house with lots of lights. Here is a picture of all the kids.
 Adalynn and Courtney like to fight over the same toys...and now the same boy! Last week when Courtney was over I heard them fighting in the backyard about who gets to marry Brennon. It was pretty funny.
 
 Our family at Ethel M...we've gone here every year since we moved here. 
(Don't you love how Jared is grabbing Devin's neck to keep him from running away?)
 It was a fun night with some of our favorite people. The best thing about living in Las Vegas, for me, is the friendships we've made. It makes me so happy that we have a little "family" here and my kids have some really awesome kids they get to hang out with all the time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A new preschool

I haven't really gotten into Devin and Adalynn and their speech/academic issues this year. Watching my kids struggle has been so hard on me--it very emotional. Like all moms, I want the best for my kids...I am constantly wondering what else I can be doing to help them and also questioning if what I am doing the right thing for them. I feel guilty a lot of the time wondering if there was something I could have done but didn't.  

 I will have to save talking about Devin for another day, but just a bit about Adalynn since she started a new program last week that I am very excited about. She has been seeing a speech therapist twice a week since about March of this year. We haven't seen much progress, so we found out she qualified for a free speech program through the school district that was four afternoons a week at a nearby school. It basically is a preschool, but they really focus on helping the kids correct speech problems. Adalynn is quite hard to understand...she is doing well in all other areas and that is exactly what this classroom is for...kids who are where they should be academically/socially/physically, but have either speech impediments or delays.They provide transportation also, which is nice even though she is on the bus for over an hour every day. 
I debated about whether I should keep her in her other preschool. She loves Ms. Tina and all her friends go to Tina. This preschool emphasizes learning the letters, sounds, numbers, and all the other skills that they need for Kindergarten. I strongly felt I should keep her in both preschools since they both are geared towards two different areas and I don't want her to fall behind in either area

Tuesdays and Thursdays are long and crazy--she is in school from 9-4. I take her at 9, pick her up at noon. Then take her again at 12:30 (the bus can't pick her up these days because they come at 12:15 and that isn't enough time to eat). Then the bus drops her off around 4:00. (by-they-way, I also pick Devin up at 3:30 from tutoring and squeeze  in a nap for Lyla...it is nuts).  I worry that all this might be too much for her. But I also want her caught up and I would hate to see her struggle the way Devin has. 

So far she has surprised me and she is loving it. She doesn't complain and seems excited to go (albeit tired at the end of the day). So I figure, even though it is tricky for me getting her to and from, and it is long days for her, I hope it is the best thing for her, especially in the long run.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Light Show

video
Last Friday we visited this house--which is only a few miutes from where we live. We listened to Christmas music on the radio and enjoyed ourselves a little light show. Afterwards, we got some dessert at Mcdonalds.