Friday, January 12, 2018

January 2017

The first Sunday in January means new classes in Primary at church.  Ammon sweetly took Ruby by the hand to help her find her Sunbeam class, all completely unprompted.  We've officially graduated all our children from Nursery!  It feels like a new era is dawning in our home.  It's strange and wonderful all at the same time to be concluding our days of babies, and to enjoy our older kids in their new big kid milestones.  I do feel a little bit of an identity crisis knowing that our family is complete.  Who am I if I don't make babies?  I guess we'll see.

New teeter-totter arrived and it's been wet outside so we opted to keep it indoor for awhile.

Sariah got to cash in her Christmas gift from Uncle Sean and Aunt Lori.  She and I had an amazing time at the Warrior game!

A friend of mine who also happened to be at the game had to leave early and invited us to move down low to their amazing seats.

It was a blast to see the team up close.

Meilani turned 16!  School selfie with Dad.  My post from the day:
"My girl who made me a mother is 16 today. Time is a funny thing. I don't know how it's possible for this sweet baby to be such a grown up young lady especially since my 16 year old self doesn't feel too distant. What I do know is that I couldn't have asked for a more kind hearted, hard working, and loving daughter. She's an incredible example to her siblings, and to me. Happy Birthday Meilani Fobert!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ you."

We went to dinner with Grammy and Titi where Meilani received a HUGE surprise.

Keys to her own wheels from Grammy!  Technically the car is for all the kids, but being the firstborn does have it's perks!

In our church teens are encouraged to put off dating until 16, then to only go on group dates.  I'm glad Meilani decided to follow this council.  A sweet boy in our ward took her on her first date the day after her birthday.

Seth was student of the week and got to have Clifford help us make dinner.

Meilani also finished reading The Book of Mormon, marking the completion of her Personal Progress Program at church.  The program helps girls draw closer to God and Jesus Christ, and helps them prepare for their future roles.

Ruby loves holding our new cousin.

FREEDOM!!!!  This girl passed her driver's test!  Whoop whoop!  I think I might be more excited than she is!

Such a good sport, Eli.

I think the kids were "massaging" Ben's back.

Eli babysat while all the grown ups went to Meilani's county honor choir concert.  I think we were gone a little too long.  Noah ended up jumping (or falling, never got a straight story) off the bed and hit his head.

The fruits of my campaigning labors for Measure L.  The final remaining buildings at MHHS are being constructed.  This was the performing arts center.

Ben and Eli went with the scout troop snow camping.

They dug their own igloos.  Ben slept in the car with it running all night.

Poor Ruby tried to stand on a balloon and ended up cracking her mouth on the hard frame of the couch.  Her gums were totally gone, a few teeth loose, and her entire jaw and face swollen.  Dr. and dentist said she should heal fine but it was a rough few days.  She didn't want to eat or move because everything hurt.

Feeling a little better, lots of jammy days though.

Monday, January 8, 2018

December 2016

My pirated copy of school pics since I've gotten cheap in my old age.

Ammon and Seth had a belated birthday Polar Express party.

It was chaos...not going to lie.

Relief Society Progressive Dinner with my buddy Wendy.

obstacle course family room edition

Joy School Nativity Play at a local retirement home.  We visited the memory care patients.

They were loving the kiddos.

One lady kept wanting to touch Ruby's hair.

Sariah's volleyball team

Seth's winter concert

Joy School Christmas party with one more round of the Nativity play.

White trash looking visit to Santa

annual white elephant party.  Gehmlich's won the gift that returns each year

helping Daddy

Ruby's quite into her babies lately.

Meilani singing in her concert.  Didn't get a pic of Eli somehow.

Liam's concert

Eli's volleyball tournament

My side is the best side apparently

Christmas Eve at Grandmom's

Cousin Nativity play

Merry Christmas!

Sean and Lori got Sariah tickets to see the Warriors play!  She was ecstatic!

Eli definately taller than Auntie.  She's in denial.

The calm before the storm.

Christmas morning

He was pretty surprised to get an iphone!

Sibling gifts

Fun with filters with Uncle Jared

Ruby's dolly phase

even praying with them

Family hike during break

Ammon had on cleats and had an easier time getting up than down.

Eli to the rescue.

Our new favorite game

more baby snuggles

park with friends

Got to visit with Amanda for a couple days.  Ate out and went to the temple one day.

best piggie back ride giver

While making cabbage rolls for New Year's I stumbled upon this gem in Grandmom's closet.  It's so 1985 right?  I had one very similar when I was younger.  My kids call me Beverly Goldberg.

Happy New Year friends! Here's what we've been up to in 2016:

Ben: In his fourth year working at Mountain House High School as principal, working on his dissertation, and enjoys serving with the young men at church. 

Danelle: Teaching preschool co-ops for Ammon and Ruby, started teaching art lessons at the elementary school, and looks forward to young women camp each summer.

Meilani (15): Got her permit in July, was captain of her high school volleyball team, and is finding a new passion in her choir class.

Eli (13): Loved playing on his middle school volleyball team, is the student body president at school, and is gearing up for his eagle project for scouts.

Sariah (11): Also took up volleyball this year at school, is still loving basketball and soccer, and has become our go-to babysitter.

Liam (9): Constantly intrigued with how things work, loves participating in the STEM club at school, and took up flag football this fall.

Seth (7): Loves school, mostly because he gets to be with his friends, had fun playing soccer recently, and enjoys riling up his younger siblings at home.

Ammon (5): Was so excited to finally play soccer on a real team this year, is learning his letters at preschool, and loves playing with blocks, legos and batman.

Ruby (3): Asks every day if it's a preschool day (cries when it's not), insists on doing everything without help, and is obsessed with her baby dolls.

Wishing you a bright 2017!

The Fobert Family