Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Break Fun 2012

So…don’t you just love the feeling of waking up every morning and feeling like it is Saturday only to realize that it is the middle of the week?! I do! I must have had that feeling at some point each day this week and it was wonderful! I thought (since I’ve been bad at journaling this month) I’d write about a few of our recent activities!

Today it was rainy a lot of the morning so we played with blocks, painted, baked cookies and tried to not destroy the house (ha!) In the evening the boys cleaned up the leaves outside for fun! (Their choice not mine, now if I could get them to clean their room without fits…)


In general we have been outside a lot! We have been jumping on the trampoline, playing hide and go seek, riding bikes and playing in the dirt!


Yesterday we had friends come to town to visit and decided we’d ride our bikes to meet them at the park. Sam wasn’t too happy (he wanted to take the car) and I found out later that his tires were a little flat and it made it hard for him but we fixed it before the ride home! Daddy met us there when the baby woke up, switches spots with me and we rode to McDonald’s for cheeseburgers and ice cream cones before afternoon naps for the little ones!

Here are the boys and I ready for our little ride (I just got Wee Ride Co-Pilot bike for Danny and we still have the trailer for the baby!)


My friends Grace and Becky who were in town!


Sammy enjoying his treat!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas - 2012

TheBoys_December2012_ 018Merry Christmas to all! It was a beautiful Christmas Eve and such great weather for Christmas Day as well, brisk and sunny! :) We had a great time (even if the boys are still working on the whole being grateful thing).

We had two great days. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed dinner with G&G Driggs at Don Jose's, we were part of the Christmas nativity and program at Great Grandma's house, we “enjoyed” a super late night getting stuff ready for Santa and Christmas, lots of fun with the boys on Chrismtas morning, breakfast and presents at G&G Marcroft's and later dinner at the Repetti's with the Driggs side of the family! We missed seeing the Fongs and the Keens this year (they’re in Utah) but it just means that the celebration will be continued later!

Christmas is just a magical time of year. I felt really spoiled yesterday and got some really nice things! The boys were really spoiled by family and friends too and are haven’t stopped playing since they got their presents and have been seen lugging their bags of goodies and toys.

I haven’t gotten around to sending Christmas cards yet (well, I did send out four, and I might try getting a few more out this week, but if you got one of those four you’re lucky, or maybe you were just the first one to send me a card this year!) LOL. I’ll paste my silly letter in here to read as well as the photo from the card!

Merry Christmas from the Marcroft Family! Thanks for loving us enough to follow us on this journey of life!


Merry Christmas from the Marcrofts! Christmas 2012

We might actually get some Christmas cards sent this year! Woo hoo for Mom! Things are going well this year. Here is a little about each of the members of our family!

Thaddeus (aka Daddy) is in his final year at Long Beach State University! He has a little more than a semester left until he finishes his accounting degree there. He is a great student and dad who takes the boys to and from school and when Mom gets home he leaves for his long afternoons/evenings at school and tries to fit studying in sometime at home with the boys (or late at night). He continues to work with the YM in the church as Scoutmaster and goes on monthly outings with them.

Allison (aka Mommy) is still busy teaching at Cerritos High School which is about 3 miles from home. She also has two “tech periods” this year in the which she does tech support for the teachers and admin and maintains the school website. Life is busy! When she gets home from school she changes hats to her mom hat, kisses Dad on the way out to school and starts to play with, clean up after and fix food for four crazy boys! She is also loving her calling in the Stake Primary and loves to substitute teach in primary too! When she has time she tries to keep her blog updated so if you want to read about our crazy adventures and silly stories head over to

Samuel (age 7) is in first grade and is loving it. He doesn’t like HW but he loves school. He enjoys getting ice off the top of the trailer in the morning (we’ve had some cold mornings recently) and drawing (sharks, cheetahs, angry birds, cars, helicopters, planes and tanks). He likes to read and ride his bike and play outside in the dirt and mud! He is (usually) a good big brother and especially loves to take care of baby Benjamin!

Nathan (age 5) is in Transitional Kindergarten (formerly called Preppy K) which is a two year kindergarten program for late year birthdays and will be in “normal” kindergarten next year. He loves school and especially his teacher, Mrs. MacInnis, and HW (he just added). He enjoys doing homework, practicing his letters, riding his bike with his big brother Samuel, and helping Mom in the kitchen.

Danny boy (age 3) is in love with trains, helicopters and BALLOONS! He (almost always) has a bag full of trains/cars/helicopters and will settle for a picture of a balloon if a real one is not available. He loves to play with his little brother Benny boy when the big boys are at school. He also likes to ride his bike with the big boys!

Benjamin (13 months) is walking all over everywhere and into everything (especially the dishwasher!) He loves his brothers and used to only giggle for them which made Mom and Dad very jealous! He is very happy and his big Marcroft smile and bright blue eyes get a lot of attention when we’re out! He loves his grandparents on both sides and loves to hug them and smother them with kisses.

Thank you for being part of our lives and remember that even though we’re not good at keeping in touch we always remember and think of you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love, The Marcrofts (Thaddeus, Allison, Samuel, Nathanael, Daniel and Benjamin)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Disneyland: A Magical Night

TheBoys_December2012_ 016I forgot to mention the best part of last night's adventure at Disneyland!
I always try to bring snacks with us so that it doesn't cost us anything but somehow most of the snacks didn't make it into the backpack and the boys were really hungry! When we got off the Storybook Boat Ride I smelled fresh popcorn and wandered over to see how much it was--I saw it was only $4 so I thought, okay, we can do this, they can share one and it won't cost us too much. We waited patiently in line (well, I waited and the boys ran up to the front of the line and watched the popcorn up close; the people in front of me were nice although after a few minutes they did ask where their mom was and luckily I was close by!)
It was almost our turn but we had to wait for some more popcorn to be popped. Sammy was busy reading and explaining to the boys the different sizes: the small, $4, the medium with a plastic souvenir cup, $6 and then the oohs and ahhs came when they saw the deluxe Santa Mickey, but when Sammy said the price, $12, they all agreed it was a lot of money and sighed. I think that they were just happy that we were even getting popcorn! :)
The new round of popcorn finally finished popping and the lady in front of us ordered a medium popcorn and a deluxe Mickey Mouse filled with popcorn and the boys were so excited for her! Then, she turned and spoke to them:
I know that you shouldn’t take food from strangers but since your mom is here maybe you can ask her if it’s okay for you to have this (and she handed them a Santa Mickey full of hot, delicious popcorn).
I stammered and said “yes, of course” and she replied with “Merry Christmas” and went on to where ever she was headed. I started crying because I couldn’t believe a stranger could be so sweet. Little Danny asked me if I was sad to which I replied, “no, just really happy”. Thank you to whomever you are. You made four little boys really happy and a touched a mommy’s heart!
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p.s. here are a few more pics from the night…We made cookies, saw Mrs. Claus, went on the carousel and more!
p.p.s They published my story on the Disney Insider Newsletter on Tee hee! :D
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