Joy is very infectious; therefore, be always full of joy.

~ Mother Teresa

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas

December 15th, 2011
Cody's (aka William) Christmas Drama Performance
They acted out the comedy "The 12 Days of Christmas" - each day is a short skit.
Cody (the Salesman) was selling Santa a battery operated sled - he ordered a bunch - as Santa was in ca-hoots with the battery salesman! LOL 

He had many little small parts, but was a main character in the skit
"Two Turtle Doves" 

It never ceases to amaze me at this boys talent!
He struggles to communicate in regular settings, and is quiet and shy,
but give him some lines and put him on stage and he is AMAZING!
Great Job Cody!!

The Spirit of Christmas

December 9th, 2011
Em's behind the purple feather :)
Emmalee was in the Spirit of Christmas at her school this year.
(She is in Concert Choir)
We had never attended one of the school's Christmas programs... and I am not sure we will miss one again after this!
It was like unto a mini Tabernacle Choir concert!
The dance companies, the orchestra, the band, all the choirs and the drama department were invovled and all performed together! 
Emma flanked by her closest friends. 
One of our favorites was the 12 days of Christmas...  
It was charming! 
The talent found at the kids school is awe inspiring!
The program included more than 400 of the students!
What an undertaking!
My favorite, favorite part was the closing number.
Complete with a live nativity... which I can barely even mention without my eyes tearing up. 
Emma's glasses are reflecting ;)
 We were sad to end up right up front to sit, as Emma was on the other side of the stage, but the Spirit that we felt sitting right there in the thick of it... it was perfect!
And let us never forget the reason for the season!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Perfect Christmas

This year was on my top favorites list. All day the feeling of peace, calm, joy washed over me again and again. So many things contributed to this being all I could wish for, I am not sure I could account them all...
* Most of the presents my children wanted this year were within our ability (and blessing) to provide. We wanted for little and hoped for less. They relished each gift with gusto, as the number of gifts received was small, but wished for. Why we ever tried to do more than they ask for I will never know.
* BIG: For the first time in over 3 years... all the bills that were due this month were actually PAID this month... (before Christmas!)... and we did some Christmas (with some special angels help) for our family and even though our first bill is due at the begining of January... there will be no bills carrying over to next month. PEACE. A.m.a.z.i.n.g. I could not ask for more. And no credit card bill waiting for us come January. I had forgotten how *important* something so small is to the well being and peace of mind of a soul.
* We were happy with what we have... instead of wishing for more.
* Each of our "events" with family were on seperate days. There was no hurting anyone's feelings, no rushing from house to house, no schedules to keep. We got to enjoy each family event to the fullest, without stress and guilt. It was perfect and it made me so very happy inside. We have the best family to love and support us. We are so very blessed.
* Emmy and I got to sing the Ward Choir today... the program was perfect! I could not keep the tears from steaming down my cheeks. How very choice to be able to attend Sacrament meeting on Christmas Day. *LOVED* it.

So many other tender mercies made this holiday one I will never forget. It was completely perfect!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ward Christmas Party/Seeing Santa

Our ward Christmas Party this year was a breakfast. Jes arrived early early to start cooking on the camp chef outside - since we can't cook inside the church building.
I stayed home and made some Cinnamon Rolls to share.
Cody went early to set up chairs.
Emma went early to decorate.
The little boys and I joined them later.

While Jes cooked, I set up my camera (Ward Photographer) and tri-pod and hunkered down to take photos of all our Primary Children with the best Santa ever! 
My little guy is getting so big!!
He wore his jammies to the party *grin* 

Cam did NOT want to sit on his lap in case his friends made fun of him... but once offered a candy cane that quickly changed! LOL
WOW! I have gotten big :P

* Santa and his Photographer *
It was a long, hot morning... but the photos we got were worth it!
The kids were darling!
I was glad Emma and Cody got my littler ones something to eat while Jes and I worked...
and thank heavens for cereal when we got home... nothing was left when we were done
Typical Ward Party.
Too much good food to make it last very long...
We heard it was a successful event though and it is always so fun to love and serve the people of our ward. We have the best group of people!
Dorius Kids with Santa 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Week in Review

Hello from the Dorius'!!
Things here have been crazy!

Jes has been working crazy long hours

(I think in hopes of making Christmas not so tight)

Monday he worked 5am-3pm at his regular job.
Then he worked on a side job from 4pm-10pm.
He was in bed by 12:30am.

Tuesday he worked 5 am-3pm at his regular job.
He then drove to Park City and worked at the Mansion,
not getting home until just before 1 am.

Wednesday he worked from 4am-3pm - regular job.
He took his big ladder over and hung "Grandma Carolyn's" Christmas lights on her house.
Then went to his side job again, getting home just after 10:30pm.

Believe it or not today he slept in!
He didn't leave for work until almost 6 am!
He didn't get home from his regular work though until 5 pm.
He ran back over to "grandma's" to add an extension cord and get them lights glowin...
He actually ATE DINNER WITH US...
and then headed back to his side job in American Fork.

Emmalee has been working crazy long hours as well!
She has Concert Choir at school, and then are doing a "Spirit of Christmas" program.
She has had rehearsals almost everyday for the past 6 school days.
(It is not just the choir, but it is the whole fine arts program together!)

(so it's BIG)

She has gone to school at 8:30am.
She gets out a 3:15pm and stays at the school working on her homework as best she can because rehearsals start at 4:00pm.
She is suppose to be done by 9pm... but her best friend is the President of the Concert Choir, and multiple times she and her friend have had to stay late to clean up the classrooms that the students wait in until it's their time on stage.

It has been A LOT of work for her.

After so many days, she crashed yesterday and called in an "Honor Roll Hookie Day".
(if the kids are on the honor roll they earn 1 Hookie Day a Semester - a free day)

We ran errands together, but she spent most of the day desperately finishing the homework that has been piling up so she won't mess up her honor roll status.
(some day off eh? LOL)
Performances started tonight and so she will be back at the school from 5pm-9pm today, tomorrow and monday, with another program on Saturday from 2-4!
The boys and I have done some Christmas crafts and kept up on the household stuff, homework stuff, & reading, playing games & guiltily being kinda lazy comparatively!

During dinner tonight, when we did our "Best Part/Worst Part of the Day" - without Emma because she had just left for her performance - but Caleb said his best part about today was that
"I gots to see my whole family all at the same time for a few minutes today"

He is such a sweet boy.
It has been rough!

The boys have been in bed everytime Em and Jes have come home for days!

I can't wait for NEXT TUESDAY!!
Oh wait!
That's Young Men/Young Women's Night.
I can't wait for next WEDNESDAY
It's the most wonderful time of the year.......

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Traditions

I copied my post from years ago to bring it forward so that I may have quicker access to the ideas I need for this month! I also updated it a little and added one or two

(copy below)

I sent this email to a friend who wanted to know more about my Celebrating-Christmas-All-December-Long list. I thought maybe it would be fun to post here! They are all mostly free ideas that just make the season a little more fun! Hope you enjoy it!

Christmas all Month Long Ideas:

* Sugar cookie day
Cut out/decorate the sugar cookie dough I made while they are at school. We either share them with neighbors or leave the on the counter to snack on for the week ahead.

* Bless the Birds Day
Take pine cones and spread them with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed. We hang them on the trees for the birds holiday season

* Snowflake day
We each cut out a bunch of snowflakes and hang them all over the dining room ceiling from sewing thread. (It's really pretty because the heater vent in the ceiling makes them "dance" all month long.) If we can afford it I try to find snowflake designed paper plates/cups to eat on for dinner that night.

* "Muppets Christmas Carol" Night
(our most favorite Christmas movie!)
We watch the DVD while eating pizza and drinking root beer.

* Secret Santa Night
We always give a Nativity Set, one piece at a time, for the 12 days of Christmas - 1 piece from the Nativity set for each night with a story telling about each piece - so this night we read them all together (take turns reading), wrap up each piece, get it ready and under the tree for quick delivery in the nights to come (I have copies of the stories for them if you would like them)

* Christmas Puzzle Night
I bought a couple of puzzles from the Dollar Store and we spend an evening putting them together and snacking on pretzels and M&M's. Caleb is a puzzle whiz!
* Best Decor Award
We take a box of Chocolate Orange sticks, or other store bought wrapped treat and a computer generated certificate with us in the car and drive around the neighborhood and deliver it to the home we think has the Best Lights/Decor - we usually do this the week before Christmas as some people wait until then to put up their lights! The families are always SO surprised! It is fun!

* Emma Cookie Day

* Cody Cookie Day

* Cameron Cookie Day

* Caleb Cookie Day
(They get to pick what kind of cookies we make. I try to do the cookie days once a week the whole month to spread them out)

* Polar Express Night
Watch the DVD and make Hot Cocoa to drink - we also "must" get up and dance to the Hot Chocolate song LOL

* Temple Square/Traxx
We always have this one on our to-do's and never quite make it! Hopefully this year! - usually someone is sick that night! :( XXcrossing our fingersXX we make it this year... I think Caleb would be THRILLED to ride the train.

* Christmas Caroling Family Home Evening
We used to hit our own neighborhood, but now that they know so many people, we don't - the kids like not knowing who they sing to! LOL

* Neighbor Gifts Delivery

* Game Night with Friends
Last year we had dinner together on a Sunday night and my friend brought this dough (I have the recipe) to make cut out cinnamon scented ornaments - similar to sugar cookies, but non-edible, and baked them. They made my house smell terrific for days! LOL and you could smell them all season from the Christmas tree. Then we played our favorite games & ate treats.

* Home Alone Double Feature
With LOTS of laughs and Lots of popcorn!

* Dorius Family Party OR Ward Party
If his G'ma does theirs another night besides Christmas Eve, if not we don't count this one and often replace it with the Ward Christmas Party.

* Ewell Family Party OR Visit with Santa
G'pa Ewell always dresses as Santa at their party... so you could make a visit to a Santa for this night :) that's the highlight of this night anyway... LOL and it helps me know for sure we are on the right track for the kids gifts LOL

* Festival of Lights
We put the seats down and all load in the back of our car - usually with our old friends the Throckmorton's - yes it is very squishy - and sing Christmas Carols at the top of our lungs - you annoy the dad's in the front seats *giggle*- and go see the Festival of lights. We open the back window once we are there and let the littlest ones peer out... it's way fun and cheap!

* Make your own Ornament and give it away
This year I got 2 kits at the Dollar Store that makes 3 ornaments for $1!

* Kids Shopping Trip
I take 2 children at a time and they buy each other a gift for Christmas from the Dollar Store and wrap it. I take them usually & then we hide out in my bedroom while they wrap. The ones who stay home watch Christmas cartoons with Dad.

* Temple Anniversary "Date"
We were sealed on the 6th... so we used to go drive around the temple and talk about our family's sealing and such. This year we want to take the 2 older kids to do some temple work the week of our Anniversary.

* Santa Cookies!! - Done on Christmas Eve Eve (LOL)
We have to make Santa cookies the day before we need them! LOL Usually I just use pre-made dough and they place them on the cookie sheet, but then we turn on Christmas music and dance in the kitchen while they cook.

* Read the Nativity - while they act it out - by "candle light" - (Christmas Eve)
(I bought the battery operated candles you can get at the Dollar Store. They loved to read the Scriptures about Jesus' birth by candle light right before bed and each use their own candles to go to bed with. Last year they also wanted to act it out and it was a hoot! I am sure they will want to again this year... puppy Sophie makes SUCH a good baby Jesus! LOL! It also nice because the candles all take 2 batteries each, so I am guaranteed to at least have 8-10 AA's for Christmas morning! LOL)

I learned to NOT tell the kids which day was for what for most of these, or even that I was planning it, so if it did not work out they weren't disappointed. They just love the surprise of Mom saying "let's go/do..." And often it took less than 15-30 min. but they were THRILLED!


* Yearly Christmas Ornament
Each year our kids are each given a new Christmas Ornament to put on the Christmas Tree. It usually has something to do with what has happened in their life that year. It is fun to keep a running list of who's ornament is who's and why in the ornament box and read it as we put up the Christmas tree.

* Read Christmas Stories Every Night by the Christmas Tree
One thing we have done since they were babies is read Christmas stories at bedtime every year. We have a couple of books that has a story for each night of December (Thank Aunt Becky & FLYSistah Allie!). We often miss one or two nights because, well, that is just how it is in December! LOL! But they love it! We usually turn off all the lights but the Christmas tree and just before family prayer we gather around the Christmas tree and read a quick story and say our prayers. It really makes for a great season!

* Preparing Jesus' Manger
We have a wooden manger that we keep under (or near) the Christmas tree. We have a bunch of yellow yarn cut into 2-3" lengths. Every time we see someone do something kind/they do something kind or an act of service that no one knows about, one that would make Jesus happy, we put a piece of "straw" in the manger for "baby Jesus Christmas morning". Anyone is allowed to do it, anytime of day. The first year we did it, it was hard for Caleb because he would fill it and empty it all day long, he just liked being able to play with it! LOL The kids would get SO annoyed at him! But last year they all did really well at it. We all laughed one day when I was at my wits end and I marched into the living room... and grabbed 5 strands of yarn and put them in the manger. The kids all wanted to know why... and I answered because I really wanted to yell at each one of you all and decided not to! They burst into giggles and it really lightened the mood. It is a fun tradition.

I hope you enjoy the ideas I try to use! If you have any others I would *LOVE* to hear them! :) Happy Traditions Planning!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Where am I... really?

I know. I know. My posts have been few and far between. I have tried to post those with photos as often as I can, but really there is much to say.

First off... have you seen Pintrest ?? Oh. My. I would say I am addicted... but that is a strong word. What I am is tickled, pleased, happy, entertained, and taught. It is a wonderful website where you can link to pictures from your favorite things, projects you wanna do, recipes you wanna try etc. It is basically a glorified "Favorites" button... but your friends can see what you like and learn from you too!

It is super fun... to see and know what my friends are interested in in living color... and see new things.

But the thing I like the very best?
It's not the projects I am dying to try.
It's the not the cute quotes or yummy recipes.

It is the revelations I have found.

I only click on things *I* really like. I don't *have* to like what others like and put them on my boards. It is like a living/changing collage of Me. Heather Dorius. These are things I like, love and am interested in. It is Heather Dorius beyond Mom, Homemaker & Wife. And it is fun. So... I have been there a lot... learning more and more about this person I am.

But! A shpeel on Pintrest is not why you are here... and so...

By way of an us update....

Emmalee turned 14 on the 10th. FOURTEEN!?!?! Can you believe it?? She wanted to go to lunch together (aka - checked out of school) just she and I. So... I checked her out and we went to the Pizza Factory. That evening we had all Jes' family over for cake and icecream. It was a quiet and simple day.

The next day, Vetran's Day, 11/11/11, I let my honor roll student (a.k.a. Emma) play hookie and we went shopping. She had $90 from all the family for her birthday to spend, after paying her tithing. We went to 7Circles - this amazing shop in Orem full of brand new brand name clothing for CHEAP (usually from stores when they only have one or two left of something, or the clothing got a little dirty, or the box is munched ,etc.) - Em got a brand new pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups she has wanted so much for only $28!! (they are $100 shoes!) Then we went to Saver's Vetrans Day sale - all clothing etc was 50% off regular prices. She spent $1-3 dollars on each piece of clothing! She got 3 really nice pairs of jeans, 5-6 shirts, some socks, and another pair of shoes - New Balance! (they don't even look like they have been worn but once - maybe! for only $7!) all for about $35! Then we hit JC Penny's for a real bra. She has been wearing sports bras because she grew so fast! We got her measured and found her a really nice soft fabric bra for only $19 - then the sales lady showed us the same bra in blue and purple for only $6.77 each on clearance - and gave us a discount on the total purchase because they measured her. She only spent $30 for 3 REALLY NICE bras!! It was AMAZING!! She went with a specific list, said a prayer, and we were able to get EVERYTHING she needed from her list!! With a little to spare for a photo shoot of us in the malls camera booth - something she has always wanted to do! :D I just love this kid! She is so much fun!!

Cam's chicken pox are over - if he will quit picking the one pox left on his cheek and in his nose! They are bleeding almost daily! Little pill is going to have a scar! :{ Oh well. He has always been a picker... he just can't stand it! LOL I am not sure if I should take him to church tomorrow if he keeps making it bleed! Do you think he is still contagious from it even though it is past the "scabbed over" stage? Ugh. Anywho... glad that is over! I met with his teacher last week for PT Conferences... Cam is an honor roll student as well. He is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in his class and LOVES his teacher and has tons of friends. :D So happy for him! He is such a good kid!

Jestin's job is not making ends meet. He has been taking every little side job he can. I feel so sorrowful for him... not because we aren't grateful for the work... but because it irritates that part of his heart that feels like he fails his family as a provider. I wish he could understand that it is NOT him... that there are literally THOUSANDS struggling to make ends meet right now in this depression (sorry... but I don't buy the recession theory LOL) and just because Emma had to ask for $ for her birthday and then use it for her own clothing that she desperately needed, does not reflect on him as a person! She is learning VALUABLE life lessons at an early age... all the kids are... and I am not sure I would trade it for the life of them getting every little thing they want exactly when they need it... know what I mean? Money is NOT all it's cracked up to be!
Cody has had some amazing learning lessons lately. He is maturing and become quite the young man. He just melts my heart. He is loving school, and his interest in photography grows more each day. He is a lady magnet too... we were giggling at the girls fawning over him the other night at the school... especially since he seemed completely oblivious to it! Cracks us up! He is the responsible one in the mornings and makes sure everyone gets up on time. We sure appreciate him! LOL

Caleb is loving school... but he is struggling - hard core. Math? He is a whiz and could do math all day long. Science? Loves it and absorbs it like a sponge. Reading? Nope. He forgets letter sounds, gets frustrated in nano seconds. It is really sorrowful, since last year in the weeks before my stroke he was completely starting to read and doing really well. After the stroke he shut it all down. And he can't seem to access it in his little mind. He's half way through first grade and not reading more than 20-30 words - IF he sounds them out. :( It is really discouraging. They want to get him some extra help and I am considering finding him a child counselor to speak with... wondering if maybe he processes the scary events of that period of our lives he would be able to remember the letters and sounds. ??? Otherwise that little man is perfect! He loves to hang out with friends and build/tear apart anything around him - even the food on his plate! LOL he is a miniature Jestin and it cracks me up!

I am doing well. My emotions have all come back and I feel more like ME than I have in almost a year! Very few residuals show up from my stroke and it is amazing to think where I have been and come from. I have learned how valuable emotions really are. And I also have realized that the thought process of "I have to be strong" or "Have it all together" and never just bursting into tears and FEELING the emotions around us is a ploy of Satans. He doesn't want us to feel the sorrow, frustration, hurt etc. because then we would turn to our Father in Heaven, as we are SUPPOSE to, and be given the light, comfort, love and support He intends for us.

So... here is a little piece of advice from me...


Let it out.


It's ok!

You can't have the good without the bad! It's TRUE!!!

And God has SOOO much to offer you when you allow yourself to experience the rollercoaster of emotions that are ours to enjoy.

Now... if you're cryin' because the elastic is shot in your pantyhose... well then... maybe you are following my advice a little too closely (bwahahahahaha) but for heaven sakes! Life is HARD right now! Many of us are struggling harder than we ever have before.... it's ok to let a few tears go! It's ok to sob! It's even ok to Ugly-Cry!! Have you ever NOT felt better after a good long cry?

That's my 2 cents for today. Please stay tuned for further instructions...


Monday, November 7, 2011

Cody's Order of the Arrow

Here is my cute Boy Scout,
ready to go to the special event he has been invited to be a part of.
His mom thought he looked SO handsome!
He is wearing Dad's boots and the bolo Dad made when he was a Scout.
(sorry Mom didn't know the neckercheif was the weblows one... and un-cool! LOL I am still trying to keep all this boy/cub scout stuff straight you know!)
He still looks mighty handsome though!
(and tall!) don't you think??
A couple of weeks ago Cody was part of the Order of the Arrow ordeal.
He went to Camp Maple Dell.
He took a vow of silence for the 2 full days he was up there.
He camped all alone in a field... with no shelter.
He ate very little.
He worked really hard.
And he is exicted to continue on this journey of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, honoring camping and serving others for over 80 years.
I forgot to get a picture of him with the Indian necklace he made himself.
UBER cool!
So proud of you Cody and your love of the scouting program!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chicken Pox :(

So... the day after Halloween Cam woke up not feeling so hot.
Mild fever, mild sore throat, headache.
We figured it was a cold of some sort.
He missed Tuesday and Wednesday of school.
Thursday he was feeling a little better, so he went for a couple of hours before calling me and asking to come home.
He slept the rest of that day.
That evening he had a few spots on his face.
I teased him he was getting zits already!
Friday morning he was feeling great!
I barely looked at his face.
(dang it)
He came home from school and I almost died!!
His "zits" had multiplied on his face, some broken open and gotten crusty, and he had two on his tooshie.
We totally exposed them!
He has had the vaccine... so it is a mild case... but he has some great poultry grafiti.
Poor boy!
He stayed home from church today... but his last pox - on the inside of his nose - crusted over this morning.
We are praying for no more spots!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Carving Pumpkins!!

Time to get slimy!

Caleb drawing his idea for Daddy
Cam chose to just go for it!
Poor Cody's pumpkin was THE thickest topped pumpkin I have EVER seen! We all kept teasing him it was taking forever to cut open his lid! LOL Mom couldn't do it either! Dad had to... wowza!
YEA!! He can finally gut this baby!
Cam was done first... so cute!
Caleb second
Cody's still going...
Peace baby!
Ta-da! Cody's Finally done!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dinner Success

I really wasn't going to post this on all my other blogs, but it turned out fantastic, so I am sharing sharing sharing! LOL
Dinner at our house has become difficult lately.
Jes, who usually will eat anything, is starting to get picky in his old age (dang it!) and the kids are just... well... kids! They are suppose to be picky right?
So to find a recipe that EVERYONE likes... needs celebrated!! :)
I found this recipe in an old recipe-swap email and since all the the ingredients were on hand I gave it a whirl! SOO glad I did! YUM!
BLSL Chicken breasts
Sour Cream
Cheezit Crackers, crushed
1/4 c. melted butter
garlic powder
(yep...really...5 ingredients!)
"Frost" chicken with sour cream. Roll in crackers. Put in a 9x13 baking dishes that has been lightly sprayed with oil. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic powder.
Bake at 350 for about 50-60 min. or until juice runs clear.
Moist, tender, flavorful... everyone loved it here! :D 
Served with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes... this mommy is reveling in the joy of a dinner appreciated by all... *grin*

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trick-or-Treat Planning

In the car the other day I overheard my kiddos planning for Halloween. Since Jes wants to do scones for the neighbors and family again this year, Emma has offered to take Caleb out Trick or Treating. She and Caleb have been noticing the awesome Halloween decorations throughout the neighborhood and always mention they want to "for sure go to THAT house" when they see them. Cam asked Caleb why he wants to visit the decorated ones...?

Caleb replied: Cause da ones that decorate like Halloween love Halloween, so they will have lots of good candy.

Cam replied: I am going to go to the ones that HAVEN'T deocrated because THAT is where the good candy is! They haven't blown all their money on stupid decorations so they have more to spend on candy!


Ok! There you have it... so how do YOU decided whether or not to Trick-or-Treat certain houses?

(and btw - stop on by if you live close for a hot scone... we live just one street to the west now ;) and a few houses south)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


So... here is a confession.
Raised donuts are a favorite.
And I have never been brave enough to try to make them!
This week that all changed!

Thanks to this recipe here I braved it! 
Even some donut holes!
My kids were thrilled!! The perfect Family Home Evening Treat for a cool October evening..

Note to self:
Allow glaze to melt on stove long enough for the powdered sugar to melt - otherwise the glaze is "crispy" and also a little less vanilla is required than called for.
Otherwise... these compete with Krispie Kreme!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

A little tired...?

I came in the other day and found Jes sitting like this in the computer chair! 
He was SOUND asleep! LOL 
Even his littlest baby girl could jump up on him and pose for a photo and it didn't wake him!
My cute hubby needs somemore ZZZ's!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


All my boys got "kissed" by a girl!!!!

Good thing it was their Aunt Jenny!! LOL