Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Day

After Henry came in our bed at 6:30 I couldn't go back to sleep. I got up and remembered I had forgotten to put one thing under the tree. I took it into the dark living room to discover that my darling husband had snuck my dream couch into our home (after convincing me it had been sold) while I was getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful Christmas angel he is! He didn't even get to see the look on my face or the little tears that sprang to my eyes. I was so delighted! I went back to the kitchen and mixed up some german pancakes to pop in the oven. The kids woke up around 7:30 and I turned on the tree lights and waited with my camera while Trent ushered them in. They were all happy and darling. Paisley woke up and joined us within minutes and loved checking out everyone else's new gifts more than her own. Tucker got the DSlite and blue light saber he had asked for and was oblivious to anything going on around him after that. Charlotte got her first barbie and a cheap shopping cart that has been a huge hit with all the kids, along with various other goodies. Henry got several motorcycle toys and a tricycle that he's not quite big enough for.Paisley got her own baby with bed, stroller, and high chair along with a ball popper and brush blocks. They all got new dress ups as well. I was the most spoiled of all with my couch, an ipod nano, a breadmaker, a rotary cutter and mat, and lots more small goodies. It was glorious! Since Trent had recently bought his dirt bike all he got was some jeans, knee pads, and a couple other little things. I felt kinda bad.

Later in the morning we headed to my parents where we had the sibling gift exchange and we all got to talk to Mark who is finishing up his mission in Mexico. My mom and Aunt Lauren continued the spoiling of the kids and the beanies Lauren made were to die for (pictures soon). We had a big lunch and all the little cousins played. Then we headed out and stopped at home for just a minute before heading to Bart and Dusti's for more fun playing and more delicious food. It was a wonderful day with all our loved ones!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Eve

This year was Christmas Eve with the P* family. They always treat us to a mexican meal Christmas Eve followed closely by pie. All the cousins run around happily together, the women chat, and the boys talk about manly things. Then we have a little program. In light of me trying to develop my "talents" I offered to sing this year. So the program started out with my solo of "Still, still, still". Although it was just my family, my nerves took hold. I managed to get through the song with a pounding heart and a little lip twitching and virtually no eye contact. I hate my stage fright. But that's what I'm trying to get over, so I don't think I'll never do it again.

Then Grandma read "I Believe in Santa Claus" to all the children, it is a lovely book that compares Santa to Jesus Christ. Then the kids dressed up and made a human nativity while Uncle Dave read the story of Jesus' birth from the scriptures. Paisley laid calmly drinking her sippy as a pretty baby Jesus, truly a Christmas miracle, since she had not held still all night. It was wonderful. Then we exchanged gifts and made our way home to tuck in the tired and excited little munchkins.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

all the goings on

Last Friday: Tucker's bilateral hernia surgery. I only have camera phone pics from the hospital. All the little kids got to spend 6 hours with Nana! Thanks!

Saturday: Paisley falls itno my footboard and gets a wicked black eye. Charlotte splits her head open on the outside wall of the house playing outside with Tucker. Luckily didn't need stitches.

Sunday: Everyone wondering why our kids are all beat up.

Also, I have spent a lot of time and had a lot of fun making some accessories for Christmas gifts. Check them out.
Some pins and headbands, and I've got a couple necklaces to finish up today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

it's been a great day

Charlotte's last day of preschool before winter break was this morning. She loves her teacher. Her teacher is moving out of state over the break. So we made her a holiday/thank you/goodbye present. She was wearing it when I came at the end to watch the holiday singing (where Charlotte sat on the floor pouting while the other five girls smiled and sang so cute.)
Then we met Trent for lunch at Pei Wei where Henry ate his entire meal with chopsticks. I could just eat that kid up!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

craigslist shopping

it always cheers me up. the couch i'm begging trent for. he likes it better than the green.
a cool retro dining set.
this awesome sunburst clock.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

recent photos

My dad and Trent in turkey induced comas.



Me with my seriously way cuter and skinnier sisters and sister in law.

Paisley sporting wings and a grumpy face.

Playing with Gracie.

Paisley and her best friend, water bottle.

Katie and I after our date watching Mel sing in the East Valley Mormon Chorus.
I am seriously unphotogenic.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


I never like it when people say they are in a funk. It seems so ambiguous. But honestly, maybe that is the best way to describe the depressive few days I seem to cycle around to every few weeks. I didn't get dressed for 3 or 4 days in a row last week. I had no desire to do anything. Then I feel worse when things aren't getting done. So that's always fun.

My sister Emily came down with her 2 super silly and darling kids for a few days around Thanksgiving. Her husband came down a couple days after them. It was really fun. I had a wonderful holiday with my family. But I really hated watching them leave. I kept thinking how much fun we could have if I got to see them every few days instead of a couple of times a year. Jonah and Elora are really close to Henry and Paisley and I wish they could grow up together.

I hate working so hard to exercise so much, but knowing that I am not dieting enough to reach my goals and still not wanting to put down the food. Why is food such a crutch for me?

Anyway I will get some pictures up here soon. I'm out of my latest funk. sort of.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Tucker says

This morning Trent said to Tucker, "Go get your backpack all put together."
Tucker, "Dad, it's not a puzzle."

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Family pictures

My brother Ted is married to a very talented and lovely Lauren who is a very popular blogger. She so sweetly took our family pictures last Friday and posted some of them on her blog. Click here to take a look

I just realized she also posted some more here on her photography blog..