Wednesday, December 26, 2007


May you feel the love , peace and joy as gifts from the birth of God's son this holiday season.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

there's only 2 more days!!

Brigham exclaimed as he added the ornament on the advent calendar!!

I think a certain little someone is getting really excited!!

Seriously, I can't believe how much fun its been this year. I always have LOVED the Christmas season.. but with a little boy full of wonder, really starting to realize all the magic of the is just a BLast!!

And by that I mean, yes, he is talking about the fat man in the red suit.. . He has simple requests, like the only thing he wants Santa to bring him is a candy cane. Easy for us =) And he is carrying around a little notepad, on which he scribbles 'notes to Santa'.

But, he is also talking about the baby Jesus , and how he is God's son. And how much he loves us. And when he puts his pajamas over his head... and says
"look Mom , I'm Mary."

so incredibly sweet.

We've been preparing in lots of ways.... getting a Christmas time haircut... such a handsome lil dude!

His program at school:where he was quite the little entertainer as he "whooshed" us a merry Christmas!

And we made goodies to take to all our neighbors and some friends of ours:

and with the results of our first winter storm last weekend and the help of one Daddy.. Brigham was so proud of his first snowman.. apropriately named 'FROSTY' lol.

(we soon had 40-50 degrees, so we had a little window watcher as he sadly saw the potato-buttons fall off, and the apple-eyes slide out...) we reminded him, that when its cold and there is more snow, he'll be back again some day!! OH!!!

and I did an adorable little photo shoot the other day with the kids for the last page of my calendar.

( put one together as a gift for all the great grandparents)

They were SOOOO cute, so as soon, as they are edited , I'll share.

Hope you are all enjoying these last few days.. and that you'll stop to reflect on the TRUE reason for this glorious season.

Monday, December 17, 2007

so a little bit of

helping others...Funny that I just read my 'mom's inspiration on my blog and it said to bring your kids to church to help out.

well, thats just what we did last week. Took both kids in to help (actually they cried, and played and caused mahem..) but help, they did... with sorting gifts and bagging for CHRISTMAS for EVERYONE!!

and on Christmas Eve day, we will continue the tradition of bell ringing...

Not sure , if Brigham will stay in a stoller this year.....

and yes, mom and dad were with him.. see my pregant with Tatum legs in the background!!! lol

hopefully it will not be terribly cold, but it was a tradition I grew up with , and wanted to continue with my own family.

we will leave Tatum with Grandma.

and on Christmas day, Andrew and I will head to the resource center to help give rides, or pass out meals, or whatever. another little tradition we wanted to do to give back and show our kids that not everybody gets a million presents, and has 6 coats, and lots of shoes, and plenty of food...especially cookies(thats what we're in to right now!! LOL)

and so some baking has been done..and lots of cookie eating =p.

four cookie exchanges last week and two brunches.

making goodies for neigbors to be delivered tomorrow. and cookies for Brig's program at school. I so wish my 3 year old was a bit better at 'helping' with this task....we're getting there with lots of practice!

and a bit of crafting has been done:here is the stable scene for Brigham's nativity at preschool.

The kids have been working hard on all the figures, and we get to see it all put together tomorrow at his class program.

we keep catching him singing his songs... its SOOO cute. I think a tad more effort is going into this program than the thanksgiving one.

I've got my camera all charged and waiting to capture that notarias.. "HI MOMMY!!!" on video!! LOL

and some crafting has been done: saw it on Ali Edwards blog. so adorable. and yet, I thought I had enough pins and buttons.. holy cow!! I blew right through 150 pins and will have to go get another bag of buttons.

was really liking the all green one seen here too for our master bedroom. oh, maybe next year!

and I made this fun wall hanging out of my december kit from Scrapbook Obsessions. actually made one for a friend too. I just love these papers and can't wait to scrap this year's pictures with them.

* and I've been relaxing on my couch as I look at this:
I have not neglegted my kids with all the business.!! we went to see Santa Thursday night, and got some really cute pictures. I'll share them once I edit them some. And Friday we had some good friends over for a festive holiday dinner...on my new holiday..ok..well winterware..LOVE them.
Saturday my mom watched Brigham all day and we did some Santa Clause shopping. A winter storm came in , and dumped 11 inches on us!!
Brig was snowed in at grandma's until about 8pm last night.. and we were snowed in at our house!! church was cancelled.
I spent the day organizing my pictures and watching holiday movies on the Hallmark channel. Andrew even watched the sappy movies with me, in between FF scores!!

well, Gotta go get something done while both kids are asleep! I hope you are all having a GREAT MONDAY!!!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

a bit of a numbers post

*3 stitches taken out on Tuesday, from the spot on my back

* 1 call from the dr. saying its benign

*6 viles of blood taken for thyroid lab tests... (I am someone who NEVER goes to the doctor, and is hardly ever sick...and in the last month, we have been at least once a week!!! )

tired of writing co pay checks ....urghhhhh!!

*23 times we have been in public restrooms as we are out shopping, just to TRY and go potty!

* 1 pretty cute Mr. Bubble Clause

*5 hours of kidless entertainment.. dinner, dancing, adult drinks, and getting all fancy shmancy for the State Farm Christmas party(you can't see my cute flowy tiered black pants) they were fun

oh, my red eye are result of my lack of taking the time to edit my photos.. not the drinks =p

*647 holiday catalogs that have come in the mail this week.

(who budgets for the marketing depts of these companies anway... I can still tell that its the same stuff, even with a different cover !)

*42 Christmas cards mailed out... BEFORE the week before Christmas.. I am so impressed with myself !

*2 inches of snow that fell this week, pretty to look at- not enough to play in.

almost! ( a three year old can still find dirty snow-ice in the parking lot of Wal Mart !! LOL)

* 1 super happy baby girl who has found her voice, and 'sings' at the top of her lungs !

* 1 super frustrated perfectionest mommy as she controlled herself as we made our Candy Cottage
*5 hours until we host our holiday party, so I should probably start cooking and cleaning and stop blogging =)
Hope you are all having a fun filled and festive weekend !!


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