Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Today we enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving meal. My parents and my little sister and her husband were our dinner guests. We enjoyed setting up last night ~ the kids were excited when they saw how the tables were being decorated. We put on the place settings and plates and cups today as the time for the feast drew nigh. We had a nice table set for the adults:
A banquet table was set up for the all the "big kids" - youngest big kids was 8 year old through 15 year old
A little table set up for the toddlers. Lily wanted to sit at the table with the big kids until she saw that the gold pumpkin was set at the toddler table. "I guess I'll sit at the little table..."  
Once everyone had arrived, we offered a prayer of gratitude and began our feast.
It's fun to pull out decorations, lights and candles. I'm sure the kids wish we'd do it more often. I haven't been keeping up with my once a month goal from two years ago, but we will begin to try again. 
How's the food at the little table?
(Natalie, you're so cute!)
Kids enjoying the traditional turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, ham, pumpkin bread... it was a feast. A bottle of sparkling apple cider at each table. 
The adult table - nice meal and dinner conversation.
I love fall leaves, even the fake ones. We've had them all over the house. After today we'll probably have to clean the up in exchange for winter decor, but I love fall the most.
I guess the meal's about over - kids are getting distracted from their food... Natalie's driving away.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eldest of the Hibb Sibs

Today is my big sister's birthday. I was looking though old memory books and old photos to try and find a picture of us together that I could post on her facebook. I found a few, but facebook isn't letting me post them. I was going to put this one her wall. Aren't we cute?
But it wasn't letting me post them. I thought it was cause they were too big, but I saved them again as smaller files and it's still not working. SO, today's post is now a tribute to my big sister and our awesome siblings.
This picture above was taken her Senior year I think. Nice rugby shirts, eh? Camilla and I were soccer pals all through elementary and high school. This was one of our favorite AYSO teams - Crushers because we were orange like the orange soda Crush, and cause we were gonna crush all the other teams in our games.  And we did.
High school soccer was awesome too. We drove a big white station wagon to school. I remember our coach saying that it was funny that the two of the shortest players drove the biggest honkin' car.
She signed my yearbook right above that photo of my sophomore year, her junior. Doesn't she have nice handwriting.
She ends her autograph by letting me know that I'm bugging her to finish up, what a nice sister I was! So, let's talk about school for a second ~ Camilla began a tradition in our family that has carried on into my own ~ a tradition of excellent grades. I had to keep up with Camilla, she was a 4.0 student. So I mostly got 4.0's too. Which impressed Corey so much that it got me on his radar of top notch girls. Corey has that expectation for our own children now. Me, not so much, I think as a teen I let grades become more important to me than being honest, so I play the "A grades are good, but do not do get good grades at the expense of your integrity." Those are stories for another day.

Last of all, Camilla was by my side on one of the most important dates of my young adult life - my first date. And not just any first date, my first date with COREY
Thank you Camilla, wish we could see you more! I'm grateful you're part of my eternal family! xoxo

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Plans

For Thanksgiving this year, we invited our friends, the "RMs" to come over so we could have a little 5 year Costa Rica reunion, celebrating our American Thanksgiving together while we were there in 2010. That 2010 Thanksgiving was really a memorable feast - we really felt like modern pilgrims in a new land, and the traditional Thanksgiving meal we all pulled together to make reminded all of us of our long lost home in the blessed US of A.

Corey was gone in Chile and I had another week or so until we went down to join him. I was very thankful to have friends from American to enjoy the holiday with. Not to mention that Melanie and Rachael were miracle workers with the meal, the food was delicious. Here is our Thanksgiving Eve, and Thanksgiving Day
Here we are 5 years later, and our families of 7, 5, and 7 have grown to 10, 7, and 10~ add the adults, and I've been mentally prepping myself for how to host 33 people, can we say party?

So anyway, that was our plan, but then unplanned things happened (a grandpa passed away, parent's on a mission in Guatemala came in town for the funeral and needed a place to go, I invited them to join us, but they decided to have it just be family, etc...) - so then we thought maybe we'd change our day to Wednesday? or Tuesday or Friday... What to do. We finally decided that we're just doing a get together on Saturday. So now we're going to spend some time with Corey's family on Wednesday and Thursday, and then for our Thursday feast we're going to do a much smaller than planned dinner here with us, my parents, and we're going to eat early enough that my little sister will be able to join us before she heads to feast with her inlaws. Glad we got it all figured out, and it should still make for a great holiday. I'm mostly excited about just two days of school this week, yay! I love days off from school

Friday, November 20, 2015

Survived a Week Solo

Well, it's Friday! Which means we've almost made it, and that the hard part is over, phew! I've survived this week of school and carpool and band with Corey gone, and he'll be back tomorrow night around 9 pm. His trip to Brazil went well I believe, although we haven't really talked much. He'd been busy and so have I. We're not going to argue over who wins the "my week was crazier than yours" title. And if we base our crazy weeks upon the expectations we had, than I know that mine was easier. Cause I had visions of total chaos and exhaustion. But my parents and Corey's parents helped to take the boys to their jazz band practices in American Fork, which was a huge blessing, and then there was another little miracle that happened that I'd like to share. Might just be a nice coincidence or a lucky break, but it was a miracle to me.

So my biggest worry was doing the morning carpool - Joseph has band at the high school and we have to leave for that by 6:15. We're usually a few minutes late. Then usually Corey takes the Jr. high crew to their before school jazz band practice at 6:45. (...although they are pretty consistent at leaving about 15 minutes late every time.) So, I was thinking I could just take two trips out every day, but I don't want to do that. I could make the Jr. high kids come with Joseph, but then we run a good chance of being 15 minutes late the whole week. And we also give a ride to a neighbor kid and I felt bad asking him to leave at 6:15. But the neighbor was willing to go early, so that was good cause it meant all the carpool times for the rest of the neighbors would be unaffected and would stay the same. So, then I just made sure my kids went to bed early so they would be ready on time. I told them we had to leave at 6:15 sharp, which means wake time of 5:30. Monday Joseph has late start, so he didn't have carpool that day and it was just the regular 6:45 carpool time. We left on time for that, yay, gave me hope for our 6:15 departure on Tuesday. But at school he found out that Tues morning band was cancelled, sweet! Then Tuesday at school he was told and texted me that it was going to be cancelled the whole week! The school is doing their musical play "Fiddler on the Roof" so the band teacher and other band members were having late nights at school rehearsing for that, so he gave them all the mornings off this week. Isn't that a little miracle! What a blessing to my little running ragged self that on the week that Corey is gone and I have to do both our carpools myself that one of them gets cancelled. Heavenly Father is so kind to me. I'm grateful Corey will be home tomorrow, praying for him to travel safely.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Books

I've gotten all my blog posts printed up in Blog books. It's taken me a few years to get it all done, but I just ordered 2014, so now I'm officially up to date. The book for 2014 should be here in time for Christmas. I started printing them in in 2012 and would give them to Corey for his birthday or Christmas.
They are on a shelf with all our journals now. 
We've got 7 book so far. 2007 is the first book there - I didn't blog back then but did put all our emails to family from our first trip to Brazil on the blog when I started in 2007, so that's that book. The second one: 2008-09. I didn't blog much yet, so those two years are combined into a thin book - Book #3 is 2010, it's a big one from our adventure to Costa Rica. Book 4 is 2010-11 and documents Chile - those 5 months are larger than two years of 2008-09. Book 5) 2011 when we're back in Utah, Book #6 - 2012 and Book #7 - 2013.
This last book I just ordered today for 2014 is gonna be big, it was over 400 pages, yikes. Maybe I should have split it into two. we'll see. I'm glad I was able to get a discount with it~ right now there is a great deal - 25 % off with the promo code 250K, cause Blog2Print has printed over 250,000 books. :) Offer expires tonight! I don't let the kids look at them, they are just for keepsake. If they want to reminisce they can come find it on the computer. But I'm glad I have them printed up. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Winning Smile

Wesley got his braces off today! His smile looks amazing. It's good. Too good perhaps. Ethan said he looks like some spoiled rich kid. He does look a bit like Richie Rich or Ricky Schroder.
Pretty amazing Wes! Good looking kid!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

3 to 6 Months

I love love love 3 to 6 months
~ I think it's my favorite baby age. They aren't as fragile as a newborn, but they're still tiny (well, Owen's kinda become a chunk - he's had a growth spurt the past month... but we'll take as tiny as we can get), so they're tiny yet also oh-so squishy and chubby, Plus they are fun and interactive! I love it.

Owen turned 3 months on the 27th of October. So he's just barely 3 months. So, unfortunately, I just barely rotated the clothes and put away the 3 month clothes and broke out the 3-6 month wardrobe, and he stinkin' barely fits in them! We had a little dress shirt for Church and had to squeeze it on him. Poor kid, mom insists on dressing up her doll and putting a shirt and tie on him. It was so cute, but it was tricky getting that top button buttoned with the rolls of that little neck in the way. He didn't like me after that. So this past Sunday might be the only time he dons the baby suit. It was so cute though. His expression is saying "Do you see what I endure?!?!"
I gotta go through it and put the small 3-6 months with the newborn to 3 month stuff. Cause I'm still keeping baby stuff for another few years. (shh! Don't tell Corey) Ethan took off the tie and unbuttoned his shirt when we got there, which I found ironic since it was Ethan who insisted that I take the sleeping baby out of his cozy blanket and pjs and put the Sunday clothes on him. Owen drips all over when he drinks his bottle though, so dressing him up just makes me stress about his clothes more. Better to just let a baby be in his pjs so he can spit up and mess his diaper without causing his mom undue worry. But then again, maybe just once a week it's fun to dress him up? Hmm, maybe I'll go find a bigger suit for him in the 6-9 month clothes so I can play dress up with him again. I love my baby doll, he's my little prince.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Compatibility Game

Last night the kids were playing one of our board games - Compatability. I love games that everyone can play in - here we've got all ages from the 6 year old little sister to the almost 16 years big brother, and they're all playing nicely together. After refreshing their minds as to the rules of the game, they were having fun and all laughing, so I thought I'd capture the moment ~

It's kind of a marriage or dating couples game, but the kids play it with each other ~ fun way to see who thinks alike! Mel and Hyrum were a team, and Joseph and Ethan and Lily and Wesley. It makes for an interesting game when you have a little first grader playing, who doesn't really understand the rules - she's like a wild card for whoever is her partner, makes it funny. Wesley got Lily during this game. Wesley made it funny too, cause he gets the word wrong occasionally. On one of the turns the word was "addict" and Wesley thought it was "attic" - so he picked his cards accordingly. When he showed a card that was just all black and also a card with a question mark on it they asked him to explain how those represented "addict". "Cause 'attics' are dark and confusing!" When they figured out he was doing the wrong word they all laughed, and agreed he had chosen okay cards for "attic". Fun game.

Also, sometimes the kids don't play a card that describes the word... sometimes they (Hyrum & Ethan) just put the "old man" on every turn and find a way to make him fit. Word is "weapon" ~ yeah, he looks like a guy that would carry a weapon. Word is "trust" ~ he looks like a grandpa, and you can trust grandpas. Word is "threatening" - yeah, he looks scary and threatening! Made me laugh - "Guys, you gotta decide, is he trust worthy or threatening! He can't be both!" He's the joke of the family. Sorry old man person, whoever you are.
It's a fun game. We first played this years ago in college with one of our high school friends, Jeff, and his wife. It was so fun that first time for us, we got it and it's been a family favorite.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


This morning Corey headed off to Brazil. He went to bed last night at 7 and woke up at 4 am, trying to prep his body for the 5 hour time difference. Owen was awake to see him off, and Melodie came too. The rest of the kids were still asleep when I took him to the airport. Corey was watching "Inside Out" to try and wake himself up.
We left here at 8 am to drop him off at the airport, then I took Melodie to Orchestra, that started at 9. Killed an hour at Target doing some Christmas brainstorming before I headed back to pick her up at 10:30. Then I hurried home for a Relief Society Luncheon with the ladies in my ward who serve in the Relief Society. Quiche, orange bread, cashew butter with apples. Owen was nice and fell asleep at the luncheon. Then home for a second before going to my neighbor's house for a "Pop-up Boutique" where I saw cute jewelry, lip stain, hand painted cute crafty stuff, Lulu skirts and I was introduced to the amazing Norwex wash cloths. I got two of them for too expensive of a price, but wow, they are something else. Mel and I have been washing windows and wiping the underside of our counter - you know, attacking all those impossible to get off driplets of hard dried milk and gunk and who knows what. And ta-da, they're all gone. Just water and the Norwex cloth. Pretty cool. Going to research it some more before I get more of them, but wondering how I haven't heard of these yet? Before I get more of their products, though, I shall try and find as good of a product that isn't MLM, cause MLM just rubs me the wrong way. I hate hosting parties and making everyone feel pressured to buy something so I can get a better deal. I've only hosted a MLM thing once in my life, and I felt guilty even extending the invitations. I think MLM doesn't sit well with most people. I'm glad I found Eden's Garden so I didn't have to host a Doterra party, cause I do love essential oils and want to share them without people thinking I'm trying to make a buck off them. So I'll let you know what I find for the microfiber antibacterial silver in the thread cloths. :) Going to look more into e-cloth.

So, after the boutique, I came home and made Joseph and Ethan come help me try to get the snow and ice off of our blessed north facing driveway. We were out there for over an hour when my nice neighbor came over to help. He brought his snowblower and a shovel and scraper and rubber hammer. He got almost all of it off, then he got his salt for the last of it. He was so nice to come help us in our plight. Corey didn't have a chance to get our snowblower checked out - last spring the pull cord to start it broke off, so I thought we were out of luck and would have to buy a new one, I didn't know where to go to get it repaired. But Woody showed me how and where to plug it in for the electric start, so now we are good to go! The forecast says it's going to snow on Monday, so I wanted to have a fresh start on the driveway which was why we were all out there. And now that I can still use our snowblower, well I'm just happy in heaven. When it snows, I'll be out there. If it's during the night, I can get it cleaned off while the kids get ready for school. They all get to leave nice and early with Joseph cause I can't do the two trips out there at different and overlapping times all by myself. So, should be a busy week, but so grateful for wonderful neighbors and for a clear driveway! It was a busy and blessed day. Praying for Corey to be safe, praying for Paris, and giving thanks for wonderful neighbors and blessings.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ethan Playing His Sax

I think he's pretty good

I'm glad to be married to a musician and that he's so talented and inspiring these kids to be musical as well. We don't nag them to practice anymore, they've gotten so good that they think it's fun. :)

This one got posted on his band's facebook, pretty fun!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Drawing Lesson

The little girls have all been drawing up a storm. Lily recently gave Sophi a lesson on proper technique...
"Dwaw a ciwcle for the face, now dwaw two ciwcles for the eyes..." Sophi performed very well, much better than Lily's student of yester-year, Corey. Good job Sophi! A few more finishing touches ~
Turn the page and do it again. This time on your own. Well done, and now you sign your name. Lily helped her spell Sophia. S... O... P... H... I... A.
ZOBHIA. Close enough!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Yesterday Natalie was very excitedly talking about something. She had been going on for a few minutes, I was glad she kept going when I started recording,
Made me laugh. I love little delightful moments like this.

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