Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

My kids are snug asleep in their beds.
(I'm pretty sure sugar plums are dancing in their heads.)
Two hours of wrapping and four rolls of wrapping paper.
A glass of milk and a plate of cookies... =)
 And I am officially done.

I love my job.

To those we missed...


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

everday moments.

Mainly just a post with a LOT of pictures to share.  Our everyday moments.  I've been trying to be better at capturing all the little things my boys do.  They have been doing lots of  cute things that I want to remember.

I feel like my memory is leaving me these days.  I can't remember one day to the next, let alone what I'm supposed to do.  I have to have my lists (not only because I love checking things off), but if it's not on the list, I seriously forget everything.

At the beginning of December I knew JC would be gone for at least 2 weeks during the month.  I wanted to make the most of our weekends and do everything "Christmas" related we could find.  I checked out all the festivities for our area and made a list and put them on the calendar.  We've done a lot... and still have a list to do. Whether we get it done or not really doesn't matter, I just enjoy spending time out with my family at Christmas. =)

One of our first activities was "Santa's Pit Stop."  Where else would Santa stop to refuel his sleigh except in "Rocket City USA."  (Huntsville's nickname.)

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We enjoyed playing in the snow (a bin full of man made snow...)  I have to give them credit for trying.  My boys loved it though.  We visited the reindeer, made an ornament for the Christmas tree, ate some cookies, played with friends, and got to sit on Santa's lap.

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Last weekend JC and I got to enjoy a date night out.  We went downtown and toured all the historic homes in the Twickenham historic district.  The owners open up their homes one night during Christmas and let you come and tour them.  It was awesome!  I love old homes... especially, when they are all decorated for Christmas!  Most of the homes were built in the early 1900's and have been remodeled and upgraded, but still have the old Southern feel to them.  The neighborhood is lined with thousands of luminaries and there are carolers, a bagpiper, and people singing up and down the street.  Old fashioned cars were parked out in front of the houses.  I loved it.  

We enjoyed our Stake's Annual Christmas Festival on Sunday and were able to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas at The Burritt on the Mountain museum.  (We went from cabin to cabin enjoying old fashioned Christmas activities and goodies.)  A couple of friends have had girls nights out, which I took full advantage of... my payment for multiple weeks of single parent status.
I've watched Miracle on 34th Street twice and parts of White Christmas (JC's favorite) a few more.  Any spare time I have I am submerging myself into preparing my Relief Society lesson for Sunday.  Not sure how I got nominated for it, but I did.  Our big Christmas lesson no less... (just thinking about it gives me butterflies!) the one where they invite all the Y/W and Primary leaders.  I'm trying to tell myself to chill... and to just focus on the contents and the spirit of the lesson.

Other activities...

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While making dinner and listening to my Michael Buble Christmas CD (best Christmas cd EVER!), I turned around to see Zenock conducting Kamden in a song.

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After dinner it got really quiet.  JC and I found these two quietly reading together.  Such a sweet moment... They are never quiet.

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My happy boy who laughs all the time.  He loves his treats.  He also loves the Christmas tree... We've had one ornament mishap so far.  He pretty much thinks everything is a ball and will throw it if you hand it to him.  It doesn't matter if it is your phone, a cup, a car, or his binkie.  He's got quite the arm.
I love watching his eyes light up when he is sitting in front of the tree.

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Watching the snow flurries.  It started to snow one day.  It didn't last.

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We did simple decorating with our tree this year.  I love how it turned out... even if we can't decorate the lower half of the tree, because of a certain one year old.  Less is more... right?


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Zenock did his preschool program at an assisted living home.  All the boys did so great!  Zenock was Joseph and said his lines loud and clear.  (Sorry for the blurriness.)


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My little climber... (sigh*)
Getting into lots more trouble now that he can walk.

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He loves sitting in things to eat his snacks...

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Our elf on the shelf has been up to some very sneaky things... like crate papering Zenock's door while he was sleeping.  We thought it was hilarious.  He didn't find it very funny and we found him crying on his bed when he woke up, because he didn't dare leave his room.


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More Christmas pictures at night.  =)  I love the glow.  With JC gone, I've had a lot of late nights to sit and think by the tree.  What really matters, what I love, what I want for my children, where I want to be, what I need over what I want, and what Christmas is really about.  I love this time of year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

projects

When JC is away - I get busy!  I stay up way too late and do projects.  Last week I didn't go to bed before one AM.  That is unheard of for me.  I'm pretty sure I do it otherwise I would go to bed and lay there, think, and worry/scare myself.  If I go to bed as late as possible I'm out as soon as I hit the pillow and I can't even think.  It works great for me. =)

Even though I get lots done when he is gone, I would much rather have him home!
Here are a few of my late night projects...

Zenock's room has been on my list to paint since we moved in... I finally did it and I love how it turned out.  Zenock is loving his "new room."

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So simple.  I should have done it two years ago.

Next was my ugly end table.  I've hated the color for years... but, it is such a good piece of furniture I didn't want to give it away.  I had a couple of ideas, but in the middle of it all I decided to just paint it white and distress it.

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I wasn't sure if I would like the white, but I love how much it brightens up this corner of my living room and next to my dark couches. 

Next:  Chicken wire frame 
I wanted something to put in our hallway to hang all of Zenock's school work/art work/ cards on.

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It's hard to read but, I love that Zenock's paper came home from church saying, 
"I am thankful for transformers."

Love my boys.

This past week, I stayed up late finishing my blog book and putting together this ruffle tree skirt.  I love how it turned out.  Awhile back a friend and I were looking through blogs and came across this tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed.  We died over it.  I've seen it everywhere since on Pinterest and other craft sites.  It is so easy and super cute. I almost want to make another one (a more colorful one with stripes and polka dots!)

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I still have a few other projects in "process" that I will share later.  =)


Friday, December 2, 2011

sillies

JC has been gone all week.  (This time to Iowa/Illinois) When he is gone we inevitably have at least one day where we have nothing to do, no where to go, and pretty much go stir crazy and drive each other crazy.  That is when we have to pull out the camera and we get the sillies. =)

Zenock went to the Dentist on Monday and got a couple of surprises at the end of his check-up.  These awesome glasses were one of them and they have provided us week long entertainment. So for your enjoyment...

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At least it provided a side distraction from Zenock "trying" to sing Frosty the Snowman at the top of his lungs over and over and over.  (I'm going to burn that movie and I really mean burn!)  His version goes something like this, "FROST-Y the SNOWMAN was a hairy happy man....."


And now a few other silly pictures...

Kamden LOVES Zenock's handy manny visor.  He thinks it is the coolest thing ever when we put it on him.  (He thinks anything that is Zenock's is the coolest thing ever.)

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In attempt to get dinner ready on time and not have both kids pulling down my pants and crying (which always happens as soon as I decide to make dinner) we made a little fort in the kitchen.  Kamden loves hanging out under the table as well as playing under blankets... (He is AWESOME at playing peek-a-boo!)  He will laugh and get so excited.  This was a brilliant idea... We will have to do it again.  I love their happy smiles! =)

A LITTLE TREAT... My baby is walking. =)








Thursday, December 1, 2011

Us 2011

I just finished putting together a blog book and while I was working on it, I realized I had left out some family pictures... I use the family pictures for my headers on my blog, but sometimes forget to put them into a post.  I want to have them part of my book... so here are a few we had taken back in October.

(I should really post the out takes of these... The one's where Zenock is red in the face from crying, trying so hard to smile, and looks like he is about ready to claw somebody with his hand... getting him to smile outside is difficult.  Apparently, whenever it is family picture time the SUN is always shining right in his eyes.  Even when it is cloudy and overcast.  agh.  Family pictures will kill me one day.  That is why I love taking other people's and hate taking my own. =)

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Four good ones out of two hundred taken isn't bad... right? =)