Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We almost skipped our annual tradition of making gingerbread houses....just too much going on and tons of parties (basketball, school, church, work, preschool, primary....). 'Tis the season to be crazy busy. But, I picked up two kits at Costco on Wednesday and we stayed up late on Saturday night to get them done. Carson did his almost entirely by himself this year. And, both Addy and Car, in their usual fashion, probably ate more candy than what made it onto their houses. Anyway it wouldn't be Christmas without these little houses in my kitchen...
Stockings! Going at least 3 generations strong...we sew a bell on your stocking for each Christmas you have celebrated. And since there are way too many for Trevor and I...we have bells numbering the Christmases we have spent together.
Christmas books! I buy a Christmas book each year (sometimes after Christmas on clearance). We have quite the collection now and the kids love to read these at night before bed.
New tradition for 2009: Elf on a Shelf. My mom gave us this darling book and elf this year shortly after Thanksgiving...it is a fantastic story about an elf that your family adopts. He watches your behavior during the day (but can't talk to you) and then visits the North Pole at night to give Santa a report. He comes back and finds a different spot in your house to watch you the next day. You can whisper your Christmas wishes to the little elf too. My kids have loved our elf (aka "Charlie"). They can't wait to find him each morning.
Posted by Rochelle at 5:17 PM
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here is our fresh cut tree all lit up and decorated. I had to document the finished product with all those little twinkling lights strung by yours truly....which is my least favorite job of Christmas decorating and almost, just almost, makes me want a pre-lit artificial tree. Good thing I've had quite a few years of practice now. I think I have 15 strands on there...and no, not connected end to end...that blows a fuse in one of the strands (been there, done that). Up and down each branch ...winding in a skilled fashion so the cord doesn't show. With green, pine-smelling fingers lingering for a day or two. But, I love it now...it makes me so happy!
The kids decorated most if it all by themselves. It is crammed with childhood ornaments (even one I made as a Sunbeam!) and bunches we have collected over the last 11 years together. Each one of the kids has their own little collection too. It really is full of memories...and that is the best kind of tree to me! Now it is just trying to keep Rylan from pulling the whole thing over. He enjoys pulling off all the ornaments and transferring them to some other spot in the room like it is his little job or something. It's so fun trying to imagine how he might see this ginormous, magical, sparkly tree in our family room. It's amazing to see even our little guy's excitement about something seemingly normal to the rest of us now.
Now to finishing up the shopping/wrapping of the presents to go under it!
Posted by Rochelle at 10:35 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Posted by Rochelle at 4:34 PM
Monday, December 07, 2009
Here comes the train!
They waited for a long time to be able to ride in the caboose! I managed to squeeze in too. Paige was a little wary of the caboose, so she and the rest of the crew rode in the 'open' cars.
Ry's usual spot: on top of Dad's shoulders.
Posted by Rochelle at 3:20 PM
Sunday, December 06, 2009
We were so lucky to have both of Trevor's brothers (Tyler and Todd w/ Oni, Evee, & Owen) plus his mom and stepdad for Thanksgiving. We so enjoyed their company! Everyone arrived on Tuesday and stayed the whole week. It has been a long time since we have had family stay for that long without any pressing plans (other than the big feast!). It was so nice to enjoy the non-schedule. I hardly took my camera out the entire week...which I am kicking myself now for missing the classic pictures of all of us together, the beautiful table setting, and the yummy feast....but truly the best part was just being together. Plenty of food, sports, movies, shopping, and games made for a relaxing and fun weekend. My kids loved playing with their cousins, Evee & Owen. We don't get to see these guys that often...and Carson and Addy loved being the 'big kids' and helping out with the 'little ones'. We felt so blessed everyone chose to spend the week with us...thanks everyone for a great Thanksgiving!
Making turkey sugar cookies with Grandma Judy.
Posted by Rochelle at 3:29 PM
Monday, November 16, 2009
This little guy started walking a month ago, and I just barely got video and pictures documenting his big accomplishment last week. [insert sigh]...yeah...the 3rd kid gets a little shafted. With kid #1 we probably took twice as many pictures, called everyone we knew, took 2 hours of video, and couldn't stop gushing...oh, come on...you parents of more than one kid know what I am talking about :-).
Anyway, we are sure proud of our tottling tot. And, even with kid #3, it doesn't get old watching your baby learn something new and get so excited about it. He hasn't been himself the last few days, and I have realized what a low maintenance baby he has become when he is happy and well. Get better soon Ry Ry and congrats on your first big steps in life.
Posted by Rochelle at 11:58 PM
Sunday, November 01, 2009
And our little bald eagle too:
And, I don't know why I even try to get all three together, but they were good sports.
Posted by Rochelle at 10:53 PM
The birthday festivities always throw me for a loop on Halloween week...but we managed to fit in the school party and pumpkin carving on October 30th. ...Turns out waiting that long to carve your pumpkins is a good thing because they looked fantastic on Halloween night!
Just couldn't resist Ry with his pumpkin...he was so fascinated with it and really wanted to be up at the table working on his pumpkins with his brother and sister.
Posted by Rochelle at 10:12 PM