Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Warm November

Our roses are still blooming!

He loves to read and can now say, "read me".

Playing with Nativity.

Going for a little run before school.

Building with the brio trains.

You never know what's going to make them laugh.

A trip to the park for a birthday party.

So much for calming down and going to bed. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ostheimer Nativity Set

He is at such a fun age right now. 

Earlier this year I picked up some Holztiger wooden animals from Germany for James. He loves to play with these and they have been great for Sacrament meeting. We keep them on a low bookshelf so he can reach them by himself.

I just picked these up for him for Christmas. 

My mother-in-law Lynda is brilliant, like genius brilliant. She always has the best ideas!  She keeps her nativity out all year. I love that and told Steve several years ago I wanted to do the same thing. I have been on the hunt for a  good quality nativity set for at least 6 or 7 years. I didn't want a plastic one, but I wanted something the kids cold touch and play with.  I didn't want glass because my kids would probably break it. 

Every year I would keep coming back to this Ostheimer set. And every time I would tell Steve about it he would shake his head and tell me to keep looking. 

All the Ostheimer people and animals are cut out of wood by hand and hand painted, making them more expensive than some mass factory-produced set. Then they are shipped from Germany. It really is not my fault I fall in love with things only to discover that they need to be imported.

We even looked into buying this nativity second hand, and we could not find it anywhere. When I posted on a forum where I could find a used one, someone remarked that it would be very difficult to  find. People who buy things like this keep them and pass them down in the family.

This year I told Steve I could find a different nativity set, but that I would always wish I had the Ostheimer set instead. I would rather collect pieces over time than get something that was just mediocre.

So for my 10th wedding anniversary Steve bought me Joseph, Mary, and a Christmas Saint Nicholas.

I picked up Jesus in the manger and some others since my anniversary. After all you can't have Christmas without Jesus... that wouldn't be very nice. Hopefully by next year we will acquire some wise men, more shepherds and animals. In the meantime I love watching the kids play with these and take turns telling the story of Jesus.

Here is a fascinating clip to see how these are made:
It is crazy how much work it takes to make one figure. 

Ostheimer pieces can be purchased from:

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Is is good to see James smile. James just started going to nursery last month. I am usually gone to visit other wards, but I hear from Steve that when it is drop off time James is paranoid to get left behind and cries his little eyes out.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Primary Activity

Helping at a primary activity. 

A visit from Noah.

Easy games.

Esther and the king.

I have been in the stake primary for the last 3 years. I love working with the primary children. I assumed when they released the president I would get to go back to my home ward too. Instead I just got called to be the new stake primary president. It is going to be quite the challenge, but there is only one direction to move and that is forward. 

Looks like trouble.

Friday, November 3, 2017


This morning for child of the week Evan brought in Legos from home to share with his class.

They were all pretty excited.

We took the kids of out of school early to go camping at Rancho Jurupa.

Nice little spot.

Building a fairy house.

We were right across from this little lake.

Little James gets manhandled a lot.

We found a wooded area covered in vines.

On an adventure.

Found an entrance to a secret room underneath the vines.

This is the inside.

James is happy to explore at his own pace.

Sweet Hailey.

Lots of secret hideouts.

So much fun!

Marching through the park.

James wants to do everything the big kids do.

And this is right before Evan dropped smack on his face.

Dinner time!  Homemade pizza.

Watching the sunset.

The next morning was cold! In the fifties at 8:00am.

But the kids just wanted to play.

Playing card games.

The campground had a miniature golf course, which was fun.

James wanted to play just like everyone else.

One night was fun, but it is always nice to go home and take a nice hot shower.