Friday, December 10, 2010

Announcing Elinor Kathryn

 Born December 8th - weighing in at 8lbs. 15oz. (we like big babies, what can we say?)

Here I am a little tired (12 hours of labor) out but we made it through.

The kids couldn't wait to meet her, but Abbey didn't really care.

James & Paige are in LOVE.

Abbey took this picture of me... so fun. It made her laugh.

James finally got his turn to hold her. 

The newest addition to our little family. Isn't she a doll? 

This is what it is all about. 

Baby loven'

21 1/2 inches long. 

I'm so glad I have the worlds best 8 year old helper. 

She loves being a big "Sissa" 

He just loves babies! Welcome baby Elle.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

'Tis the Season


of course I cried... but even commercials can make me cry when I'm this pregnant.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Santa's Elf on a Shelf

 I wanted to start a new tradition this year and read up on a few people remember as kids (the internet is full of them), I heard one on the radio a few years back about elves that doorbell-ditch and leave Christmas jammies, which has become one of our favorite traditions... lots of squealing and running (my kids). 

This year I was reading about nostalgic adults that had versions of the same tradition where an elf sat on shelf and reported the kids behavior to Santa, what a cute idea. A few weeks later in the bookstore I found a mass produced version of this holiday tradition. I didn't really care for the book, the dollar store looking cheaply made elf, or the price tag... so I decided to come up with my own story and elf.
(picture by Annalee Dolls)
I considered making my own elf, until I saw these at Marshall's, They are elves made by Annalee Dolls. They are adorable and completely bendable. I think I picked up a 9' elf for $14. The faces are fabric and painted on, I think they look impish and like Whoville people from the Grinch. 

Anyway, next I came up with a poem to read to my kids and begin our new tradition. I would love to share it with you as well - if you want to start this fun tradition too, please feel free to us it and Happy Holidays!!







Friday, November 12, 2010

Harvest Party - Nov 11th

 Since the kids were out of school for Veteran's Day - we decided to have a Harvest Party. I let the kids invite 5 friends each, but I think we ended up with more, which just adds to the fun.

 First we bobbed for apples. Brigham was quite efficient at it.

 Maddie didn't want to stick her face in water and just picked a pretty one.

 Myla was game for it and got it on her second try, Seth sitting behind her just picked one up and started crunching away.

 Abbey at first just picked them out and handed them to me.

 Karsyn got one in seconds.

She used the stem, smart lil' thing.

Same with Tessa. After the kids bobbed out the apples we stuck sticks in them and Jessie doused them in carmel.

 Abbey got into the spirit of things.

That's my girl.

 Reese was a champ. He really liked bobbing.

What a handsome boy.

Olivia just picked one out that looked good.

Kaylee wasn't about to be outdone by these little kids.

Chase was so cute, he picked up a few of them looked them over then chose one. He's a boy with good taste.

 Cade couldn't wait for his turn.

Who knew bobbing for apples could be so much fun?

Carla was one of the most patient and waited 'til the end to bob.

 She got one - good girl.

 Next we played eat-a-donut-on-a-string-without-using-your-hands game.

 I think it was more fun for me then them.

 They were hilarious to watch.

Maddie thought we were crazy for not just using our hands.

She was like, 'this game isn't that hard'

Tessa was determined to eat the donut until it fell off. 

She's a determined little thing. 

 Go Tessa! go Tessa!

 Gavin didn't see why he couldn't use his hands, but he was a good sport.

 powdery goodness...

Chase was like 'why'd you put it on a string? weird' - he LOVED the donuts! 

 Reese was also determined to eat the entire thing off the string.

He came out smiling.

Miss Myla loves a good donut.

Same with Olivia.

 Brigham could hardly wait for his turn.

This was definitely the highlight of the party.

Caders enjoying the powdered sugar.

James watched everyone before him with serious anticipation.

Seth having his turn.

 Good job Seth!

 I think he ended up the powdery-est. Notice Abbey eating a donut. I don't know where she kept coming up with them, but she seemed she had a nice supply.

Yummy! 

 Kaylee was a good sport, despite me moving the donut around and laughing.

She stuck to it and got the job done. 

 Carla was last and earned her donut.

 Her determination payed off.

of course I gave Paigey a hard time. Don't you love the haircut? She cried at first, but I think she likes it now.

She was getting annoyed at me, her donut was doing circles. 

Good girl. After this activity we ate lunch and then our carmel apples. What a fun day! Thanks everyone for coming and Thanks Christie & Jessie for staying and helping me out. What a fun day!