Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christ is the reason for the season

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Jesus is Better than Santa.
Santa lives at the North Pole;
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh;
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year;
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies;
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited;
JESUS stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.
You have to stand in line to see Santa;
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap;
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is, "Hi, little boy/girl. What's your name?"
JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly;
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO;
JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says, "You better not cry!"
JESUS says, "Cast all your cares on me for
I care for you."
Santa's little helpers make toys;
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle, but....
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree,
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
With Thanksgiving just barely gone, I am already tired of all the signs and adds with an X in place of Christ in the word Christmas. When my good friend forwarded this on to me it rang true. I wish many people would stop for a moment and remember that the reason we celebrate Christmas is Christ and that is why it is called Christmas if it was not for our Lord and savior Jesus Christ then I think we would have a season called Santamas. Can you imagine saying Merry Santamas, it does not sound right, so stop for a moment and remember the true reason of Christmas is Christ or savior. May you all have a Merry Christmas. Love Melissa

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

And the Hunt goes on . . .

Tis, the Season for Christmas trees and . . .
Now that we live close enough to the mountains, we knew that the only tree for our family was a fresh Wyoming tree.
So we went up to the mountains near Mountain View, Wyoming and the hunt was on . . .
This was the first Christmas tree hunt for our kids. The last tree we cut down was in 2001, and Miles was not even 2 years old.
So we walked and walked, and moved the car a couple of times until we found one that was almost all green.
Lots and lots of falls, while we were walking.
Another one bites the dust. Madison fell probably 10 times, and Mason at least 5 or 6 time. Not used to the uneven ground.
But it was all worth it when you find a tree that will work.
Mason was sad because he wanted to cut down one that was about 50 feet tall. He was going to break it down with his big stick he found.
Daddy cutting the tree down with Miles support.
WOW, we did it!
Now it is Madison's turn to be grumpy. She wants to hold it all by herself.
You have to realize after having the perfect Christmas tree (9 foot floor to ceiling) for 6 years, it is hard to go to a mountain grown tree. Not from a tree farm but from Mother Nature. Our tree may not be perfect, but it is like our family. Unique in its own way. It is not too tall, as our house is a humble home, not too wide, but has lots of love from 4 kids who could not wait to bring it in and make it their Christmas tree.
. . . Next come Thanksgiving
Our family was blessed to be able to have Thanksgiving with Nana and Papa Hungerford this year. So after spending Wednesday cutting down the tree we went to Nana and Papa's house for a Thanksgiving Feast, of Nana's homemade butter rolls that is made only perfect by Nana, Yummy turkey, stuffing, Mashed potatoes, and the best sweet potatoes you will ever try. Not from a can but baked then piled and then mashed with a mixture of butter, lots of brown sugar and spices. Tastes almost like a pie, we have decided that this is the only way to have sweet potatoes. Nana also made her special drink and a great blueberry pie and homemade pumpkin pie. Plus the best chocolate cheese cake I have ever had. Once you taste you will not go back. Rich and creamy, smooth with a little texture. Can I say we had a feast fit for a King.
When at Nana and Papa's house what else would you do than build a train city. The kids played for hours in the basement with Nana's train set. They had so much fun. They even remember the junk yard and the dump.
Fun moment getting ready to go cut the tree down. Mason Loves to wear shades and I must say he is adorable.
. . . After Thanks Giving comes. . .
Black Friday graphic by purpleslog. After marking the adds and laying out the plan. We headed off early Friday morning 4 kids in tow to go shopping. First to Wal-Mart where the parking lot was filled along with the neighboring ones. After spending more time in line than shopping 35 minutes in line then we headed on to K-Mart for few door busters Were we found Nana and Papa and they claimed some of the kids. Then it was to the mall to get some warm blankets for the Wyoming winter ahead. All in all in less than 3 hours, by 8 am we were out of money and sitting in the McDonalds Playland letting the kids play. Jim was able to miss out on the fun, becasue he had to work. Being back to Green River by 9:30 (I let the kids play a long time, Madison slept for the first 30 minutes we were there). All in all this has been a great week, and great food. We hope you all had a fabulous week too. We also finished decorating the house for Christmas and the tree.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wow, it's so clear. . .

Wow, it's so clear was the fist statement that Miles said as he look around the Vision Center with his new specs on. For a few minutes Miles reminded me of a little child eating his first piece of candy, or a little boy realizing that he was in the most wonderful place on earth. Made me feel bad as if I had missed his eye sight. We had taken Miles to the eye doctor in Texas right right after he started 1st grade and all was well. He is excited and a little scared about this new life changing experience. Glasses just fit Miles. As his mother I might be a little bias, but I think that he looks darn cute/handsome. At this time of year a couple years back Miles was singing the song all I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth this year, he was singing another song, all I want for Christmas is better eye sight. I am just hopeful that he does not follow in his Uncles foot steps and loose or break them really fast. We plan to purchase a spare set after the holiday season is done. So all we are asking for is 6 weeks with out them being lost or sat on.
Having fun with his new specs.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Week in review

This has been one of those crazy Moffat weeks It started of with Church on Sunday which is always great. I love Sundays, they are so peaceful. No errands to run, no store to go to, just lots of family time. I could use a couple more Sundays in a week. Big things that happened this week. Miles gets glasses ordered Daddy gets called out to work an extra day Start getting ready for Christmas Madison had her first Friends birthday party We decided to change classes for Marcus at school He starts new class on Monday The kids had the chance to go ice skating for the first time at a very early Christmas Party for Papa's work. BYU lost the Football game, we would like to say we are sorry because we know how you feel Texas Tech lost their first game this season and they did not just loose they were Killed, brought back to life and killed again. We think that we might need to put a black cloth on our Texas Tech symbol for mourning. Lost 65 to 21 Here are some great pics from the end of the week. Hopefully you all have a great week
Madison at her birthday "friend" party Dora Rice Crispy Treat Eating McDonalds Happy Meals
Marcus skating with Santa's Helpers
Madison Skating with Santa We are glad that are kids have the chance to believe in Santa These pictures are priceless.
Miles Skating. For the first time and he did great like he has been doing it for years. Must be a natural talent. Mason was not sure about ice skating until right before we left and then he wanted to do it over and over again along the wall or with mom. They were so cute. Can not wait to go back and do it again.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting to know you this holiday

I took this from an email but thought it would be fun to see your answers. Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends.......

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? For Christmas Wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? real now that we are close enough cut one down.
3. When do you put your tree up? Thanks Giving weekend
4. When do you take the tree down? Day after
5. Do you like eggnog? Not really but kids and husband do 6. Favorite gift received as a child? Homemade bunkbeds that my dad made for me when I was 7 years old
7. Hardest person to buy for? My mom Teresa
8. Easiest person to buy for? Madison 9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes about 6 or 7 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail you need to do it this way for the Holidays
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? razor
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Mr. Krogers Christmas
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? The day after the last Christmas
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Of course who hasn't 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Ham and homemade rolls
16. Lights on the tree? Yes of course were are in the 21 century the more the merrier
17. Favorite Christmas song? Silent Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We used to stay home but are traveling this year
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star 21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? The kids like to open 1 Christmas Eve PJ's of course-rest in the morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? That christmas comes earlier and earlier every year in the stores
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Every year our kids get a new ornament that goes with what happened that year. I kinda like snowmen and country. 24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham, homemade rolls, sides
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Wyoming to start looking better and the schools to get better
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? Whoever does I guess

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Miles Big Suprise.

Don't you love it when you open your mail and in the mail box is one of those letters with your children's school name on it. Well on Saturday when Miles brought me the Mail we had one of those envelopes. My mind went directly to Marcus, what did he do. As I opened the letter my mind was wondering to all the things that Marucs our rambuncious kindergartner could have done. To my surprise it had nothing to do with Marcus but with Miles. It was from the School Nurse. It stated : To the parents/guardian of Miles D. Moffat. Miles had his eyes tested and they are as followed Right eye 20/80 left eye 20/50 It when on to say that we might want to take him to an eye doctor. Than in her own hand writing there was a little note saying they really need to be checked out. After getting on the Internet on Monday to check and see what local eye doctors our insurance covered and calling one that Nana recommended and finding that it was going to be a six week wait, I called and talked to one of my friends only to find out how out of it I really was. I then made an eye appointment with Wilsons office. To feel dumb about it all Wilson is in our ward and not only is he in our ward he is the Elders Quorum President and our home teacher. I am glad that I spent the time to call around and then end up with our home teacher. I plead the mom brain in all this. When Jim called and asked me what I was up to I told him the story of what I had been doing and he said well duhh honey I could have told you that. But he did not. I recall Sunday night telling him that I had to make Miles an eye appointment and he said nothing. So I guess he can clam . . . Today was Miles big day. We went to the eye doctors and with in the hour he had confirmed what we kinda already knew, Miles needed glasses. So Miles is going to join his grandma, Nana, Papa, Aunt Stephanie, Uncle Alan, Uncle Chad, Grandpa, Dad and many other close family members in the world of glasses. We kinda figured that at least one of our kids would end up with glasses considering the fact that pretty much every related adult wears them. He was not sure that he wanted them, but with his brains and looks we will now have to call him GQ Miles. He should be getting his specks in the next 7 to 10 days. We will have to see what he thinks of them.
Mason on the climby thing at the park. We went to the park to day to take some pictures in the nice warm weather today.
Marcus Hanging out at the park
Madison was not in the mood for pictures today. I hope to get some great one another day.
The best picture I could get with Madison being so grumpy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Madison

Happy, Happy Birthday Madison Our baby just turned 3!! (yes mom is crying)
Ready to ride, if only it was not cold and dark out side.
Mom was busy with enrichment the night before and thus we bought a $4 PUPPY DOG CAKE AT Walmart. Madison loves doggies
Madison with her Rose Petal Cottege she is in love with it. She tried to spend the night in it on Saturday night with her babies.
Video of Madison blowing out her candles. For about 2 weeks before her birthday any time we told her, that her birthday was coming up or she heard the Happy Birtday song she would say happy Birthday Whoooo and pretend that she was blowing out the candles.
It is hard to believe that our youngest and only girl is now 3 years old. Melissa (me), I have shed many tears about our baby growing up just like I cried when I finally potty trained her. It is hard to see your baby grow up so fast. Madisons greatest accomplishments this year is that she is wearing big girl panties and that she moved from her birth place of Lubbock Texas to Cold Wyoming. We are all happy that our little surprise is in our lives. All Madison wanted for her birthday was a bike like her brothers. So for her birthday she has a new Dora Bike. Which is now in the shed because of the Wyoming winter is upon us soon. She also got a Rose Petal cortege because it is an indoor play house and mommy got it on a terrific sale of all only 30 dollars. Mom could not pass it up. It not only something that Madison loves to play in but Mason does too. I have great hopes that it will be very entertaining in the Wyoming cold winters. We thank our lucky stars every day that we have been blessed with a little girl like Madison, even if she can be a little terror every once in a wild.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Marcus our all-Star Wrestler

Green River Jr Wolves round robin tournament. Tonight we were able to go to Marcus end of wrestling tournament. Marcus rocked the house. They were able to wrestle up to 5 people. Marcus first contstent was the kid in yellow who is also in our ward. Marcus pinned him a couple of times in the 3 one minute periods. His next contenstant had a white shirt on and called it less than 30 seconds into the first period because he was scared. Then the picture with out one in it becaue the next person was scared to wrestle Marcus so he sat there. He was kinda sad that he did not wrestle that round. Then he had to wrestle a "GIRL" she did not put her heart into the match and called it in the second period. As we can see and new already new. I think we have a champion wrestler on our hands. Marcus loves it and can not wait for club to start this January. It was fun to see him in action. Marcus is our one from the start that has had a lot of talent the the sports department. It is a pure joy to see him out there and cheer him on. Now we just have to teach him how to act off the court.

Monkey Business

Monkey Business
We always say it is a zoo around her.

Gota love Rachael Ray