Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone out there a Happy New Year!

I did it. I am taking the plunge and doing the picture a day for 2009. I decided to start a new blog for it since I discovered an awesome place I can download the whole blog to and print it out. How fun! So it will basically be a picture each day and a brief description. Figured that would be best so I am not rambling on like I do here. :) So if you want to start checking it out in a few days, you can here. Just trying to get it up and running at the moment. I need to get my sidebar updated on this blog and then I imagine on the 2nd I will start posting over there. I am so excited!

Won't have time tonight to get photos downloaded and pick on, post, etc so will do tomorrow. But we had a fun evening with neighbors and it was worth not downloading photos. :) Hope you all had a fabulous New Year's Day!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

And the countdown begins...

Only one more day to go in 2008! I can't believe it is already the end of the year. We went to dinner tonight at Steak n Shake. I know, not the most healthy thing to eat but they have apples and grapes as a side item for the kiddos and they will eat grilled cheese or mac and cheese so I am happy. Anyway, Cameron is Mr. Social. There was a couple sitting behind us and he just had a ball talking to them. After they left (and he told them bye-bye like 50 times) he started flirting with the table of girls (about 6 of them) that were beside the couple. He had to point out everything he was wearing. His shirt, pants, socks. Then when he finished that he started showing them his food and what he was drinking. It was too funny and cute. When we were all finished he started telling everyone at the restaurant bye-bye. So I said bye-bye everyone and he started to say that. It was so funny! When we went outside he kept saying something and when we made it to the car I finally figure it out...it was brrr, chilly. Oh my goodness I have one chatty boy! Makes a mommy happy to hear. Now if we can get Noah to talk a little more. Maybe it's just that he can't get a word in edgewise because of his brother. :)

Noah has become a BIG fan of pillows. A few days ago he decided to gather different pillows from throughout the house and they all had to come to his bed with him. I think he has a pillow from every room in the house in there. It is SO funny! And this is how you usually find him at night or during a nap...just as happy as a clam. You can't see all the pillows stuffed up against the one side of his crib but I think there are 3 or 4 more over there. Crazy kid!

Cameron has stuffed animals and Noah has pillows. Must remember to bring the camera up with me tonight so I can get Cameron with his stuffed animals. It looks like an animal explosion happened. Very funny!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas fun...

I actually scrapped a page! It's been ages since I scrapped and it felt so good to work on this the last few days. And it is even from Christmas so that is an even bigger accomplishment for me. :)


Cameron is so adorable these days. Whenever I give him something he says "thank you Mommy." Melts a mommie's heart. :) Now if I could get him to stop the biting and scratching he has started lately all would be well again. He gets so excited and just goes wild. We have been through this once before so hoping this time is short lived now that he understands better. And at least when he does do something he isn't supposed to you can tell him to say "sorry" and he will go and tell whoever it is he did it to (usually myself or Daddy) that he is sorry. They are growing up WAY too fast.

Been thinking of goals for 2009. I guess I have some of the usual, lose weight or eat more healthy is more what I want. I have a terrible sweet tooth and must get that under control. But trying to figure out what it is I want to accomplish in 2009. I have decided to start working on a preschool kind of thing with the boys. They are such little sponges and I know now is the time to start. They love to read and so this would be a good extension. I found a decent curriculum and have started working on putting the first few weeks things together. It's been kind of fun. Trying to figure out a way to make a board that I can just interchange things each week for the lessons. May have to head over to the teachers store and see what kind of things they have. Thought of doing a posterboard each week but that just seems like such a waste of paper to me. So I need to find a chalk board that is also magnetic...may end up making something instead. Hubby came up with the idea of just painting our basement walls in chalkboard paint. Don't think I want chalkboard green walls through the entire thing. :) I am sure we will come up with something. Lots of little projects for this year already in my head and on my "list" to do.

Oh! I actually started putting together a binder with all my home information. Lists of telephone numbers, budget, weekly menus, project ideas/lists, etc. It is coming together nicely. I think this will be a HUGE help for me as I am such a list kind of person. I also have a goal this year of getting the house all organzied and together. We have spent so much time moving and stuff that I have just given myself this next year to go room by room and clean out (which some rooms don't need much at all) and decorate. Should be fun and I am looking forward to it. I just need to remember to take before and after photos!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My little guys are 2!

My little cuties on their birthday playing with their kitchen. They seriously LOVE this thing! I had gone to a playdate where they had one and Noah stayed at that thing the entire time. I knew this would be a birthday or Christmas present for sure this year! Cameron loves to wash his hands so he is having a ball using the pretend sink...very cute.

Still hard for me to believe that my little guys are 2 years old now. Seems like we were just in the hospital. Kind of neat though I have to admit. We had such a wonderful day yesterday. I need to download pictures and stuff. I always seem to be behind on that these days.

Christmas was nice. It was quiet other than the squeals from the boys playing. They had a ball and were exhausted by the end of the day. So were we! Then it was up putting the kitchen together that night for the next day's fun times. We got smart though and had breakfast first instead of doing presents. On Christmas day they wanted to just keep playing so they didn't eat breakfast until nearly 10! But that's okay, they are in no danger of starving.

Opening presents was funny. They came down and saw the tricycles from Nana and PawPaw and they had to get on them and we didn't think they would even bother opening anything else. They played for a little while and then we opened the "cell phones." Oh my...they love phones and this was a hit. They would open one toy and then play with it. It took us a couple hours to open presents. I had to laugh because my friend Cathy, whose daughter is a month older than the boys, said her daughter did the exact same thing! Must be an age thing. It was cute though and made things very easy and relaxed.

Speaking of easy and relaxed...I guess I had better get myself back upstiars and finish up so I can go and relax and catch some Z's. :) Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Picture a day...

I have been toying with the idea of doing the picture a day thing. I almost always take a few pictures each day anyway so I don't think this would be such a huge stretch for me. Hmm. A few things come to mind as I ponder this. As the boys have gotten more active and we are out doing more I am less inclined to take pictures every single day. And second...won't people get sick of seeing the same old pictures of my kiddos each day? :)

I actually started taking pictures every day when they were about 3 months old. I knew the first year they were here would be a blur and I wanted to remember it. So many other moms of multiples suggested it and I am SO thankful I took their advice. I guess I only wish I had started it from day 1. But with all the craziness it just didn't happen. Sigh. So now I want to capture our lives so the boys will know their childhood and the kind of things we did each day. Hmm...lots to think about. But I think it would be a fun project to add to my list as long as I keep up scrapping the pages a least once a month and not try to do it all at the end of the year. There is enough craziness at that time!

Okay, off to download pictures and get some ready to put up on the good old blog. I am sure you are tired of just my rambles and want to see some pictures!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everyone if having a wonderful Christmas! We had a wonderful day with family and friends and couldn't be happier. The boys are exhausted. It was a balmy 27 degrees today but we went out and played with their new tricycles (thank you Nana and PawPaw!). We also went to dinner at our neighbors house and had a wonderful time! Just popping in to say Merry Christmas! Will have more to say and some pictures tomorrow. We just got done putting together the kitchen the boys are getting for their birthday tomorrow. So much fun having a birthday the day after Christmas! So off to wrap the last few presents for that and to bed for me. The boys were go, go, go all day and wore me out. But they seemed to love every minute of it and have played with everything they got all day today...even took some cars to bed with them. Imagine that!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wow...I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve! This entire year has flown by in what seems a blink of an eye. We have spent so much time either getting ready for or moving and for 2009 all we want is to settle in and just enjoy life. It has all been worth it but man are we tired!

I am so excited about seeing the boys on Christmas morning. They are going to have a ball. We are still hoping to get out and see Santa tomorrow but that will make it even more special I think. We have had some bad weather and such so has put kind of a damper on us getting out much the last few weeks. Today it decided to ice and we were not able to get out at all this afternoon. M tried...he turned around and came back and almost wasn't able to get back into the driveway. and the poor UPS man that delivered some great packages here almost busted it coming up our drive/stairs. I felt so bad for the poor guy having to be out in that mess! But they are out now salting the roads and it seems to be warming up to a balmy 32 degrees so hopefully tomorrow we will be able to get out. I REALLY want to take the boys to see Santa!

Okay, off to wrap presents and get myself to bed so I can enjoy all the festivities that start tomorrow. :) Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pondering...

Am I am bad mom if I don't have a big birthday party for my 2 year olds? I have been contemplating for a while what to do for the boys 2nd birthday. Since we really don't know anyone here yet and I hate to make people feel "obligated" to go to yet another birthday of a child who they don't know really I am just really torn of not having one. I was thinking of just having birthday cake with mommy and daddy and asking the neighbors if they wanted to come for cake. That way they wouldn't feel it was a birthday party and feel the need to bring something. Ooo...I hate this kind of stuff. I LOVE to have people over and stuff. I am just WAY out of practice since having the boys and would rather spend the cold (going to be down to 4 degrees tonight!) day at home with all my boys enjoying family time. We seem to have so little of that this last year and it will just be nice to just enjoy the time together instead. Then have some cake and ice cream and enjoy time with the new friends we are making here. Ahh...sounds good to me...think I have pretty much talked myself into it. Gee I love my blog sometimes...if for nothing else than just to talk stuff out in my own head!

Still not ready for Christmas. I don't think I am ever going to be ready to be honest. I think I have become a huge procrastinator on some levels and then I just run out of time on other levels. Then it becomes a cycle. I will say I haven't stressed out this holiday season. :) I think us all being sick so much these last few months has kind of helped. I just am so tired I don't care. Ha! But to be honest I would rather have the stress than being sick! We will play catch up this week and get everything done...we always do. Well, this year may be a little late for some things but I am sure they will understand. We are getting a little better each year as the boys become a little more self-sufficient. Learning to do everything again with toddlers has been interesting. But each day we get a little better.

Oh! Can I just say that Noah has been more himself the last 3 days than he has in weeks! I am SO THANKFUL!!!!!!!! I can't believe how much has changed in just 3 days. So I am guessing the ear thing has some merit to it. He has talked more, laughed and played more than he has in the past 2 months I think. I am just amazed. He is back to laughing and bringing books to you to read and wanting to actually play more. Whew...I feel oh so much better! Thank you to the very nice doctor who listened to us and actually did something to help instead of telling me it is a twin thing.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's all good...

Well, we had the boy's appointment today. All went well! They are both getting so big and this will kind of serve as our 2 year check-up so we won't have to go back for 6 more weeks. My concerns over Noah may be all be due to his ears! That may explain a lot. Thinking back it did start around the time he got sick a while back. He has fluid on his ears. They are not infected (which was the case when he had the sinus infection as well). I always have fluid on my ears so it may just be inherited. But, it also may be causing the speech issues I am concerned with. We are going to put him on a decongestant and if that does not get rid of the fluid then we will see and ENT and probably have to do the tubes. Can I just say whew? I am praying that it is as simple as that. If I heard everything as muffled or echoing I probably wouldn't talk either...not to mention the whining thing. Oh please let it be this!

So, Cameron is 28 pounds and 35 inches long. Noah is 26 pounds and 35 inches long. I have some long skinny boys! We have to stay on whole milk since their weight is on the lower end. But other than that he said they were doing great. And since we really don't have any concerns (other than the terrible 2's which are starting in full force) we are good to go. Woo-hoo! We did 3 shots today and will do the last one to catch us up in 6 more weeks. Whew...I feel like we are back on track. I think M and I both liked the new doctor and he is double certified so we will all go to him as a family doctor. Haven't had that since I was a kiddo...will kind of be nice I think in the end. I am just so thankful he was so good with the boys and he actually took his time with us and didn't just rush us through the appointment. The nurse was fabulous and I was VERY thankful for that. She has twin girls so that was kind of cool...she understood what we were going through with the craziness at least! She also metioned that they try and get the kids back into the room quickly so they aren't out in the waiting room with a bunch of sick people. Thank goodness for that! We hadn't even finished signing in with all the new paperwork (and I even had that filled out before I got there) when they called us back. Okay, first impression was woo-hoo...you guys rock!

Okay, sorry to be all kiddo talk tonight. I am excited. Had the girls over for decorating cookies but will have to give an update on that tomorrow...I am wiped out and ready for bed!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jingle bells, jingle bells...

So today was an exhausting day...no questions about it. Started off by us waking up late. Which usually would be a good thing but we have stuff to go to on Wed that we are supposed to be there at 9. No biggie...I don't mind being a little late. So we get there and find out they canceled it since the schools here had a 2 hour delay. Um...guess I need to start listening to the radio or watching the news or something with the snow. Our PDO program cancels for the day if the schools here are either delayed or closed. Fun, fun...lesson learned.

So before we left the house one of the repair people had already showed up. And of course hubby wasn't home so I politely asked if he would mind either going to his next job or waiting for me to run my kiddos to school. Luckily he was a super nice guy and waited. Then he even put up with my crazy dog who likes to lick everyone while he was fixing the windows (we have a new house and there were a few things they are looking at or repairing for our 3 month check-up. Kind of cool to have this done). But then it seemed just one person after another showed up and between the kids, the dog and the repair people my house was crazy for the morning. The boys wanted to know what the people here were doing and kept trying to show them their various toys. The dog (while inside) wouldn't leave the poor guy alone and wanted to play or lick the poor guy to death. So I finally get the dog outside and the kids settled in the basement with the TV that does work (did I mentioned the TV also decided to die on me today in our main floor living room?), a snack and low and behold they all finish up and leave. Whew. And all that before 10:15!

Then of course the next round starts when I am trying to make the boys lunch and feed them. Can't come in between the snack and lunch can you? Oh well..it's just the way life is. I had to laugh at it all.

I got my first taste of shoveling the driveway today. Can't say it is something I would like to do every day but in all honesty it wasn't that bad. I need to exercise and if it didn't kill my back so much would probably be more willing to do it. I am kind of digging the snow if truth be known. I always thought I would be a big wimp int he cold but can I just say with the right clothes and shoes it just doesn't seem to phase you. Now ask me again when it drops below 0 and I may tell you a different story. But for now it has been rather enjoyable and I just wish it would snow more so we can go and play!

Okay, have more fun stories about the boys but am wiped out and must get sleep. Cookie decorating tomorrow night with the gals and I need to be awake for it!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The boys playing in the basement. They have a blast "driving" around down there. Thank goodness our basement is long and skinny!


This was our neigborhood last night. Every year they do this luminary thing in conjunction with Toys for Tots. I thought it was pretty cool. We took the boys driving through the neighborhood to see all the pretty lights. They seemed to enjoy themselves. Next year we should be able to take a more active role in the process...help light the luminaries!


Tired...I am just tired today. I need a mental break. I am remembering all those days at a job when I just would rather be at home and back in bed just wanting to chill. Today was one of those days. But as a mom you don't get that option. You just keep on going like the energizer bunny and hope that feeling goes away. And then you have cute little kiddos that make you laugh and you forget all about it. Like how Cameron is looking for his slipper right now. Just too cute and makes me happy to be a mom...no matter how tired I am. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another week about to start

Ah, Sunday night, another week about to start and kick into high gear. The days just seem to run together these days though. A lot on my mind. A lot to do. So many things that start churning up in this little head this time of year. I miss my dad. Terribly. M reminds me of my dad...a lot. Funny how that happens.

Cameron and Noah go for a check up this week. I have to admit I am nervous. I have tried so hard not to worry but I have finally just given in. Noah doesn't speak as much as I think a child his age should. I pray it is just the twin thing. I truly do. But you know how you get that mommy instinct and you just know there is something else? Well, I guess if you are a guy you wouldn't know. But trust me. If you ever get a strong gut feeling about something then you know. I truly pray I am wrong. I pray I am just worrying and have let other people get into my head (I have been known to do that from time to time). So, I fill my time with other things this week trying to keep busy and not worry.

Facebook is a funny thing. I had some friends invite me to "join" over the last few years and I just never knew much about it so never did. I finally jumped on the bandwagon. It is a neat site I must admit. I have had fun catching up with old friends. People who I had wondered about for a while and hoped some day our paths would cross again. Technology is a wonderful thing...most of the time. ;)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Come back please!

Can you please send the snow back to us? All my friends in Southeast Texas have had the snow now I want it back please. Pretty please. With sugar on top? I didn't realize how much I was really going to love the snow here. Now it has all melted and gone away. Sigh. I have snow boots for the boys and we want to go play...send it back my way will ya?

My Christmas cards arrived today so I spent the afternoon while the boys napped addressing Christmas cards. Still will have to finish up tomorrow. Now it is finally starting to feel like Christmas. I made some cookies, did some Christmas cards, the tree is kind of decorated (will remedy that this weekend). Ah...let the festivities begin! Still tons to do but it will all get done and I won't stress. No stress this year.

Cameron will now sing the first line of "Row, row, row your boat." He loves his boats and now when he sees one he starts singing "row, row, row." Very funny. Noah is finally talking a little more (yes, I know, when I finally start worrying it happens). I think he is just going to be a quiet kid. I used to be one and look how I turned out. Ha!

Okay, off to bed for me...lots to do this weekend so I need to get an early start tomorrow. Hoe you all have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My favorite...


little guys. They are just the apples of my eye and continue to amaze me. It was raining this morning pretty hard when I went in to get the boys up and dressed. Cameron listened for a minute and then said "rain." I didn't even realize he knew what rain meant! I guess I never give them enough credit. They never cease to amaze me.

I need to start thinking about what to do for the boy's second birthday. I was thinking of doing puppies and bears since that seams to be the only thing they are really attached to. Their birthday is the day after Christmas but I am not doing the party until January and haven't decided on the exact date just yet. I will probably opt for mid-January since I don't want to do it too close to New Year's and then the following week we have their 2 year check-up so want them to be happy since I have no idea how many shots they will get that day (we are behind so playing catch up). So, if you have any good suggestions let me know, always open to ideas! :)

Our teacher today at class and I were talking about sleeping. Her 3 year old is dropping his nap and having a hard time adjusting. I have a great book I highly recommend to anyone, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. As with any book you need to just take what works for you and do it. I found this one to be the most helpful out of any of the books I read. Mine were not big nappers when they were little. I mean, they took like 30 minute naps twice a day...not fun for me. But when they hit about a year old it all turned around. Very strange but I am so very thankful! Since they went to 1 nap a day earlier than most kiddos I often wonder if they will drop their nap earlier as well. Guess I'll find out in the next year! ;)

Still plugging away on Christmas. I must say I am doing much better at not stressing and just enjoying the holidays this year. Makes a HUGE difference on the enjoyment factor! It also helps that the boys are such happy kiddos and easy to please for the most part. I was thinking last night at how much I love to hear them laugh. They have these belly laughs that you can't help but smile when you hear. And of course I have to tickle them at least once a day just to hear it. They love to be tickled which cracks me up. Cameron will walk up and say "tickle" when he wants to be tickled. And Noah of course wants to be tickled several times a day. I was so ticklish as a child. I can remember being held down and tickled and can't say I enjoyed it. So I find it very funny they like it...hope they always do!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Done!

I finally finished my Christmas cards and sent them off to printed. Literally like minutes ago! What a relief. And can I just say I LOVE VistaPrint. No, I get nothing out of giving them a free plug but I was completely happy with them last year for our cards I did and I am so proud of the deal I just got. 100 cards, 30 note cards (that I designed), 140 holiday return address labels and a return address stamp all for $60! I couldn't have bought 100 Christmas cards at the store for that! Plus they have free express shipping on orders over $30 right now so I should see those puppies by early next week for sure. Yippee! So of course I can't show off the adorable shot I got of the boys yet...don't want to spoil it...oh what the heck, I can't help myself! This is the shot I used for the cards.

I'm just so darn happy not only did I get a shot of the two of them sitting near each other but I got the cards all done all in the same day! And I think it came out just as adorable as can be. ;)

The boys were very sleepy today...makes me wonder what kind of night I am in for since they slept longer than usual both this morning and at nap time. We had a low-key kind of day but I may regret that tonight...

Okay, off to do some more holiday decorating before turning it. Have a great night everyone!

Not often...

is it that I get a picture with me in it. I am trying very hard to make an effort to get at least one every couple of months and not just run from the camera like I usually do. I don't want my kiddos to grow up and have no pictures of me and wonder where in the heck I was all the time. ;) Ha! This isn't the best one but it's a start! We did the self timer thing so how fast can you get back, grab the kiddo and smile purty for the shot? Must look into a remote for the camera...that way I can snap away...ya think I would do it? I hate being in photos!


The snow stopped and it melting today. I think it comes back though in a few days time. You know, it really isn't bothering me. I actually like it. The house is warm and cozy, the boys want to snuggle more. What more could I ask for?

We played this morning with the camera. We were supposed to go to story time but I realized tomorrow is a make-up class for our Kindermusik class and if I went today and tomorrow and then they have PDO on Wed that might be pushing it. So we enjoyed the morning and played with Christmas lights, the tree and taking some pictures of the 2 of them together for a change. I NEVER get a picture of the 2 of them together where they are both looking at me...or even close to me and somewhat smiling. I have already turned my kiddos into camera haters and they aren't even 2! Ya think I take too many pictures???????

Still working on Christmas projects. Making some cookies today and then hopefully will get a little decorating done. Got everything pulled out yesterday and a few things done but not as much as I would have liked. But I did get some more shopping done online so I am thankful for that! Oh, and the next time you are ordering online just google whatever the store name it is you are shopping at and then put the word coupons. You would be amazed at what I saved last night by doing this. I got Stride Rite snow boots for the boys for $40 for both pair! Amazing. Plus free shipping. And I also got a toy I was going to buy at one shop but they would not allow me to combine my discount with the free shipping offer so I thought I would shop around online. I ended up getting the thing for the same price as what I was going to buy at the one store, with free shipping and an extra $15 off so in the end it came out cheaper than what I would have spent on it at the first place! Man...gotta love the internet!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Creating memories

Last night Noah and Cameron were pulling the diapers and wipes out of the cabinet as usual. But there was one loose one and Noah handed me the diaper and his puppy. So we put the diaper on puppy. It was the funniest thing. He got the biggest kick out of it and even Cameron came and got in on the fun.


Tonight they were both worn out. This was Cameron at the end of the day watching Diego. Okay, anyone that knows my child knows he NEVER sits still for long. So for him to lay on the floor and sit still for 30 minutes is a small miracle. :) I just thought it was cute. He has his milk in one hand and the blanket in the other...ready to go.


So how do you like the new blog? It's pretty spiffy if I do say so myself. Mel from MCA Designs graciously did it for me. She was a joy to work with on it. I just never have any idea what to do for my own blog so she just took a few pictures from me and did the rest herself! And did a fabulous job I must say. :)

It snowed most of the day. Beautiful, fluffy white snow. I am really hoping we have a white Christmas. Make our first year here a memorable one for sure. I have to say so far I am loving the snow. I got out and went to the grocery store this morning and discovered I probably need to get different tires but other than that it wasn't so bad. But I guess by March I will be tired of it like everyone else. Still haven't been able to get the boys out in it yet. Wanted to today but when I went out to get the mail the wind was blowing so hard it nearly knocked me down so I know they wouldn't have enjoyed it much. We will have our snow day some time soon! Up next, holiday baking...oh what fun!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

So thankful

Wow, today was full of some unexpected surprises. I find myself at a loss for words...which I guess doesn't happen all that often. Yesterday actually, I reconnected with an old childhood friend whom I haven't spoken to in years (gotta love Facebook). It was so cool to catch up and hear how things are going. But today I was so saddened to hear a fellow twin mom had suddenly passed away this past weekend. I was floored to say the least. They have no idea yet what happened. Were on vacation. She has 2 year old twins that were just a few months apart from mine. That is how we met. And although I only got to spend time with her a few times before moving, she was one of those people you just always remember. Awesome to be around and just had a genuine love for life. She will be missed by so many I am sure. So say a little prayer for her wonderful husband and those 2 beautiful babies, will ya!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ramblings


So this was Cameron's lip this morning. Poor guy. Looks like he lost a fight with someone's fist. It was red when I went to pick him up this afternoon. I felt so bad for him. He is one little trooper though and continues to surprise me when he doesn't feel well and stuff. Just keeps on going like nothing is wrong. I must have done something good somewhere along in my life to deserve him! Now if we can get Noah to stop the whining and learn to talk life would be well again. He has gotten it bad the last few weeks. Whining and whining and whining and refusing to actually say what it is he wants. Not sure how much of that I can take. Trying to get him to "use his words." Good luck, eh?

The days are flying by, December has started off with a bang and I realized how much there is still to do. At least I have started my Christmas shopping and the house is starting to look more like Christmas. Just catching my breath I guess from Thanksgiving this week and then will dive in with reckless abandon I guess.

It's this time of year I miss singing the most. I used to love doing all the holiday performances and stuff. I think Midnight Mass was always my favorite. I still call it Midnight Mass, I guess technically it is Candlelight service in our church. That is one of the fondest memories I have as a child. We would always do our Christmas on Christmas Eve. We would have a big dinner and everyone over. Then all the kiddos would go outside and look for Santa and the North Star. After that we would open presents and play until time for church. Church was always such a neat experience on Christmas Eve.

And of course there is always the story of my little brother when he was really little. My mom used to sing Silent Night to him as a baby to put him to sleep. Apparently one year at Midnight Mass he stood up as they were singing Silent Night and proclaimed to the whole congregation "Don't Silent Night me!" This is always a story that comes up at Christmas anytime my family gets together. Always makes me smile.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fond memories

When I was a kid and my grandmother came to visit she always made pierogis around the holidays. I love them but have never tried my hand at making them. Kate over at A Simple Walk brought back some fond memories for me today as she talked about making them with her mother and grandmother. and man hers looked oh so yummy!

Makes me really miss my family. I would love for my mom to teach me how to make these and nutrolls. Strange because as a kid I wasn't crazy about walnuts but for some reason this last year I have been obsessed with learning how to make these. Maybe it's because I have children of my own now and want to carry on traditions or something. I need to get her recipes for both so I can attempt them this holiday season. Only wish she could be here to teach me how to do them herself! Oh well, guess a phone call will have to do. Maybe I can talk her into setting up a video cam and finally get ours up and running. Hmm...maybe a good project for this week.

The snow has finally stopped it seems for a while. The sun came out and it is all starting to melt away. Sigh...the pup likes going out and licking up the snow...very funny to watch him going around to the garden furniture and eating the snow off. Ha! It's just good to see him enjoying something for a change! I have been so worried about him since we moved but hopefully having a house full of people this last week was what he needed to settle into the new place and see it is really home now.

Had to laugh at this picture of my little one. The other night he was playing after dinner and put the bag on his head and was playing with the straws. Now I think he may end up being a little creative type, don't you?

Cameron finally did it. He loves to run through the house and just go in the circle over and over again (our downstairs makes a big circle that they can run wide open). He falls all the time on the hardwood floor and every time I hold my breath waiting for the cry. It happened tonight. Of course, the day M goes out of town is when it would happen. But all was well in the end and thankfully he just busted his lip and nothing major happened. He actually sat still for more than 5 minutes and ate an ice cube while I held him! This in itself is a major thing for him. He never sits still...NEVER. He is wide open all day...so wonder he usually sleeps so well at night (I just jinxed myself for tonight I am sure now). :) But poor little guy has his first busted lip and I am a little worried about what it will look like in the morning. It was pretty big. Hopefully the ice will do the trick. But as hubby said...he has been on borrowed time on that one...it was only a matter of time and I knew it.

Off to bed for me...hope you all have a great night! It's going to be 17 degrees here on Thursday. Yikes!

Monday, December 1, 2008

This has quickly become a favorite picture of mine. :)

And as promised snow pictures from yesterday. It snowed all day today off and on. Very cool. I actually sat at the window in a comfy chair with a cup of Vanilla chai and just watched if snow after I put the boys down for a nap. I have always wanted to be able to do that, just sit and watch the snow come down. Very cool.

So is it terrible of me to not decorate the tree? Just leave it with lights on? He, he. I will decorate the thing but with 2 toddlers that are very curious the decorations are more than likely not going to stay on the tree long. At least whatever they can reach. I thought about putting the gate back up this year but I am really enjoying them being able to be near the tree. They are having so much fun with it. They even kept trying to plug it in today and make the lights come on. It was so funny. And Cameron loves to get underneath the tree and play with the snowmen on the tree skirt. Makes me laugh to watch him. He also loves to wear the Santa hat while Noah wants nothing to do with it. Guess going to visit Santa is next on the list.

Been a pretty quiet few days around here. The boys have been fighting some colds/coughs so we have been staying at home, away from other kiddos so we don't get them sick or pick something else up. But we are going to have to get out tomorrow...I have cabin fever now. :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Yes, we woke to a beautiful blanket of white this morning. I snapped a ton of pictures today but haven't downloaded them yet. The boys were super happy today but we couldn't go play in the snow since they have been congested and I didn't want them to get sick. Plus we haven't gotten snow boots yet...will fix that this week I guess. :) But it was beautiful and they stayed at the windows all morning saying "snow." Very cute and very fun.
We had a great Thanksgiving. Hope everyone else did too. Wonderful to have family and friends over. Sad to see everyone leave. The boys loved having everyone here and cried when the neighbors went home after dinner and everything on Thanksgiving. They also threw a huge fit (Cameron mainly) when the family left Saturday. Oh my...I have yet to see him get that mad and upset. Broke my heart. He was so very tired to begin with and that was just the last straw for him. But after that he was fine, all smiles and one happy little child again. Funny.


SIL is cute as a button all preggo. Almost made me want to have another one between her and the neighbor's new little one week old baby that came for dinner. Umm...not. Well, isn't that how I am supposed to feel? I had the pang for like 2 seconds and when the baby started crying at dinner remembered what it was like when the boys were just a week old. Umm...no thank you. I will hold yours and then happily give them back at the end of the day. :) But I love babies...no denying it. Just keep telling myself there is a possibility of having 2 more at a time so not sure I want to take that chance. Hmm...

So now the holiday rush begins. I actually was able to get a lot of the boy's things done already, now to get started on everyone else. Lot's to do and I must get my list going. Now is the time to pull out my nifty planner and go to town. :)

Up tomorrow...pictures of all the pretty white stuff around here. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why I stopped reading...

I stayed up until nearly 2 am reading a book I started yesterday. That is why I pretty much stopped reading once the boys were born. I can't put them down. Once I start reading a good book I just have to keep reading until I am finished. As a kid I used to stay up the entire night just to read an entire book. I get it honestly though. My mother is an avid reader and we always had tons of books around my house. One of my sisters is also a huge reader and she would always take me to the library to check out books as a kind (she is 15 years older than I am so had kiddos of her own when I was growing up). So now I am pooped...heading to bed very soon. :)

Noah got a hair cut yesterday. His hair is just wild. Must find some kind of product to spray on his head in the mornings or after naps. It is just all over the place when he gets up. I have tried plain water but it doesn't work all that well unless I basically wash his hair. Oh well...luckily it is hat season around here so lots of kiddos his age have crazy hair. :)

I found some awesome fabric to do the shades for my dining room. Not going to get them done before Thanksgiving but hopefully the week after. I looked everywhere for ones that were already made and this weekend finally gave up and went to the fabric store. The sales person there was awesome. Can I just say without her I would have bought WAY too much fabric and stuff. She explained exactly how to make them and everything. I think she spent like over an hour with me explaining and helping me pick out fabric to match the fabric I got for the seat cushions (they got messed up in our move). So needless to say anytime I go back there I will be asking for her. The good thing is maybe this will get me back into sewing. And after the holidays I hope to pull out my knitting again. I miss it so...especially now that I live somewhere cold and there is really a reason to knit something. And of course who doesn't love to knit in front of a warm fire with some hot cocoa too. Ahh...the thought of it just makes me all warm and cozy.

Okay, off to get my sleepy self into bed. Lots to do tomorrow before family gets in and I am hoping to be able to sneak a little time to work on some scrapping pages I want to get finished by the beginning of December. Have a great night out there in bloggy land!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Things I've done

I stole this off ScrapbookChic. Very fun and you can steel it too if you like. The things I've done will be in bold.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris - some day
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - only seen it from afar to date
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run- in girls softball
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someones life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Friday, November 21, 2008

Freeze Bobos and a Fisherman


Okay, I told you this was funny. Noah does this once, and only once each night. Freeze Bobos!


Cameron found these little hats they had when they were born and decided he wanted to wear them. Now this is my child with the rather large head. It was the funniest thing. He not only wore it around all afternoon yesterday but id so today as well. Makes me laugh every time! And they are going to kill me when they get older and see these pictures and that I shared them with the internet world. Blackmail, blackmail, blackmail.

Making progress. It's a wonderful thing. Got all the pictures picked out for one project and so now the creative parts get to start. My favorite. I just have a hard time committing to things until the last minute. Must. Fix. That. About. Myself!

Okay, off to get my grocery list together for the morning. My fun Saturday routine! Have a great weekend!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I finally started!

My Christmas shopping is officially started!!!!! I got the boys a few things ordered and they should get here the first week of December. I am not a big crowd person so HATE going to the stores this time of year. I did a lot of my shopping online or at 11pm last year and will more than likely do the same. But I just a had a great deal at Kohl's so not only did I get the boys some items I also finally got a regular food processor for one heck of a deal! Too bad I won't get that little puppy until after Thanksgiving! My mini one has served me well so far so I am not knocking it. :) But man does it feel good to finally have my holiday stuff started.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Funny scrapper...

So I am one of those scrappers who pretty much has to finish the page pretty much while I am sitting there the first time. I have never gotten that about myself. I was just looking back over the unfinished pages in my files and can't believe how many I started and have not finished. It's like I am just stuck somewhere when it comes to them. There is one I had to finish. I LOVE the picture of M and the boys and I have never printed it out. Really must do something about that soon. This was actually taken almost a year ago. Can't believe how much the boys have grown since then. Sigh...goes by way too fast! I kept the layout pretty simple, used Colie's Corner Pumpkin Spice kit and the font is Euphorigenic.


I was so tired that after the boys went to sleep tonight I fell asleep. Now I am wide eyed and bushy tailed. Uh-oh. I had so much going around in my head when I woke a little after 10:30 I couldn't fall back to sleep. But hey, I am clear headed and getting some stuff done so not complaining.

I hung some pictures today in the house! We now have 2 rooms with pictures in them. Woo-hoo progress! I also picked up a new comforter for our bedroom this past weekend. It is finally starting to feel like a home again instead of somewhere we just moved into. So this weekend I am going to finish up some more decorating and then get ready for Thanksgiving. M's family is coming in so we are going to have a great time. The boys LOVE having their grandparents here and they are going to have their aunt and uncle too so this will be even more fun for them. We have been trying to get them to say either aunt and uncle or their names but so far nothing is very recognizable. Hopefully by next week though.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

All's well that ends well...

Okay, so I am a determined (stubborn) person. I called this other doctor after the one yesterday and luckily got a very nice gal on the phone. I talked to her about the doctor I wanted in to see and he is not accepting new patients. That was okay, I was prepared for that. So I inquired about a few others there and finally after chatting for a while about our situation we set an appointment for the beginning of January. So after chatting some more about my concerns she went and talked with the docs nurse and they are going to take us in a few weeks. See...that is what I was expecting. I can deal with them not being seen on well checks for a month or so out but this was not just a well check. AND we are new to the area and it's not like I am just switching doctors for the sake of switching. Give me a break please (pleading over here). I was lucky enough to get a nice gal and she was nice enough to work with me to get the boys in to be seen and get their shots caught up. Thank you nice lady!

Noah was up until after 11 last night. Not sure what was going on other than he is getting teeth. He just wanted to play with anything he normally isn't supposed to. He would lay down with me for a while but then wanted to get up and play. I tried everything we normally do but nothing was working. Finally a little after 11 I gave up, put him in his bed and I guess he knew I was tired, he cried for a minute (like 3) and then gave up. I had watched the clock because I was going to give him 5 minutes because he and Cameron sleep in the same room. Didn't make it that far. Poor Cameron was up half the night as well because of this. But as usual they were troopers and were back to their usual selves today. Thank goodness! We have had a few whiny, cranky days and I was at my wits end. I think M was too. Thank you boys!!!!!

So needless to say I have done no scrapping for a few days now. And the stuff I worked on before then I can't share since it isn't finished yet. Bummer. But I am working...slowly. Still trying to come up with some more ideas for the holidays. Need to find some good sites or books to get some ideas from.

My little guys aren't so little any longer. Look how big Cameron looks in this picture.

And Noah is into hording cars lately. Very funny to watch him try to walk around holding 4 or 5 cars or so. I know I say it all the time but they really do just crack me up.


And I did manage to capture the Bobo's picture tonight. Have to download it though so will share later. It is a priceless one! Hope you all have a great week!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rant ahead...

Okay, the doctors here are crazy. This is now the second time I have tried to get my kiddos in with a new doctor and been told they can't been seen until FEBRUARY! Okay, that is like 2 months away. Are you crazy? So I asked what I do if they are sick...oh, well we can see them then. But you can't schedule a 30 minute appointment for my children between now and February? And it doesn't matter that they will be behind on their 2 year check up AND shots? Oh, she tells me if I don't want to be behind on the shots I can take them to the health department for their shots. Umm..no. Why do you think we have a pediatrician for? Grrrrrrrrr.......

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's Friday...

Another Friday. I got to go out with some of my neighbors at the last minute tonight. Good time and glad I went. Now I just have to get M to get out with the guys one night. Hmm...how to do that?????? They are all shy. Must figure something out. It's good to get out and just enjoy life. Off to bed for me now...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Baby it's cold outside...

It's getting chilly around here. Next week the lows are in the 20s and highs in the 30s-40s depending on the day and they are calling for some snow on Sunday. I am so not used to this and pray I like the winter here. Because so far I have LOVED it here. Haven't felt more at home in many, many years now. Now if I can just get the dog to not wig out we will be set.


We have been having ladybugs around here like crazy. I counted 27 of them just on the back one corner of the house the other day while we were outside playing. The other night I found this little one down in our basement and she has been happily flying around the last few days. Makes me smile when I see a ladybug.


I am amazed that my child can not only put my shoes on but that he can run in them. Not to mention he had them on the wrong feet this day. He was running around the house. I laughed. I waited for him to fall. But no, he just ran the circle from the front foyer, to the kitchen and then through the dinning room, over and over again. They just crack me up with the little things they do.

Oh...and I have to capture my child (Noah) doing "Freeze Bobos." If this doesn't make you smile I don't know what will. He will only do it once and when they are on TV. No prompting from mom or dad will work, just the actual show in real time. I tried to catch it tonight and he came running to me (saw the camera) and I only got his arms in the shot. Will try again tomorrow night.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back on track

Okay, so we seem to be getting back on track again. Woo-hoo! I need to snap some pictures of my little project from the Jessica Sprague thing but still working on the cover so will have to do that in the next few days.


When I picked up the boys from PDO today they had made these adorable little leaf pictures. Awww...my first guys art project from school! My heart melted in an instant and I was so proud of my little guys. One of the teachers told me Noah had to have his in a straight line...no moving them any other way. And Cameron arranged so nicely on the page. And of course they had to go up on the refrigerator. Now my rear is motivated to make this really cool thing for the wall to hold their art work. Guess I'll add that to my project list. :)

So of course tonight after dinner we had some extra time and the boys colored for a while.




And Noah decided to color his face. Can you see the blue mustache and mark across his nose?


Man, the last few weeks have been rough! But we are back on track. Today was an awesome day. The boys went to PDO, I ran some errands and then came home to put my project together, M and I went to lunch and then went and picked up the boys. I love that we can go together and pick them up. Always makes me happy when he can go along too.

I will say working on some other type of project when I am in a scrapping rut seems to do the trick to get the creativity back. I am full of ideas and energy again for working on several different projects right now. Won't be able to post a lot of pictures of some of them until after the holidays. But I promise to share some of the fun. :)

Oh! And I have been having a great time finding new recipes to try. I have a weekly menu that I do that I could not survive without. And here lately just feel like we need to try some new things. The boys are pretty good eaters...I am VERY blessed in that respect. But some of the things they will eat are out of the norm for kiddos. Like they don't like sandwiches or wraps yet. No peanut butter of any kind. They do like the normal mac and cheese and grilled cheese, but man you can only make so many grilled cheeses and mac and cheese so many times for lunch. Yesterday I tried just making some grilled chicken with some rice that had broccoli and carrots in it...they ate the rice but not the chicken. I was happy...Noah doesn't touch any kind of green veggie so this was a MAJOR breakthrough! Cameron on the other hand if he sees green beans will eat nothing but green beans...forget anything else on his plate. Very funny to me. They are so different from each other...night and day. So, if you have a favorite recipe your family just loves I would love to have you share it with me. Always up for trying something new.

Okay, off to snuggle with the kiddos before they go to bed...my favorite time of the evening!

Edit***So I figured out how to change the background on the blog finally! Now I have to work on the header and a few other things so hang in there with me until I get it all fixed up and spiffy looking. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

First sentence

Cameron said his first sentence the other day. "I got a squishy." How's that for a first sentence? Whenever the boys have a really wet diaper we say they have a "squishy" while we are changing them. Lately Cameron has been feeling his diaper when I take his pants off to change it and he will say "squishy." So the other morning while changing him I said he had a really good squishy (for those of you who know what we went through with Noah shortly after he was born you know we celebrate any kind of diapers in this house!). So he felt his diaper and looked at me and said "I got a squishy." I laughed...only my child would have his first sentence be about his diaper. Ha!

We are all recovering finally around here. I am thrilled. Only a few more days of antibiotics for the boys. They seem to be back to their cheery selves with just some stuffy noses first thing in the morning. Woo-hoo! Now lets pray it stays this way.

I am taking a class at Jessica Sprague and am so excited about it. It is all about documenting your roots, family, and stories. I really want my children to know about their family and not have to be like me and wonder. So this is right up my alley. Very cool so far but I have some serious work to do to get everything printed out and cut. Just too tired and need the sleep more than I need to finished each day's work. She is one awesome person in my mind and I really love her style and outlook on life.

Off to bed for me now...just wanted to say we were all well and on the mend. Hope you are all well too!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

In need of some inspiration

I am so in need of some inspiration at the moment. I just can't seem to get a page done right now. Always a bummer when I get like this. I have a few started but just can't seem to get them to come together. Guess it is time to take a break and do something else so I can get some inspiration from that instead.

I did do some organizing today. Woo-hoo! My kitchen drawers were so in need of it and I went and got some little things to help. Guess I should have taken some before pictures but I can take some after so hopefully I will remember to do that soon.

I did break down today and go to the doctor. My one ear has been ringing for 2 days and throat was killing me so I just broke and went. Have an ear infection. My kids don't get them...I do! She said it is more than likely the same thing they have just went to my ear instead. Oh well...things could be worse so I am not complaining. :) Got some antibiotics and hopefully will be back to myself soon. It has been a miserable week...no other way to describe it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's Friday baby!

Cameron is cracking my up. He has started saying "there you go" when he gives you something. But of course he says it way cuter than that. And they have started telling me what they want to eat. Well, when I ask if they want something they say yes or no. Like in the morning when we are having breakfast I ask if they want waffles and if they do they say yes or waffle. Very fun age!

Where is this year gone? I am just amazed at how fast it has flew by. So much still to do and experience. I swear I am going to make a bucket list soon. I need to make one just for me and the boys. Things that we all need to do before they go to school!

Still a sick house around here but we are on the mend at least. Tons to get done this weekend so no time for me to be sick. :) Plus I haven't scrapped in days now...going into some kind of withdraw over here. And I want to pick up knitting again. The boys need little hats and mittens for the winter weather, don't ya think? Off to bed for me...

A sick house again...

We are a sick house again. Poor little guys both have a sinus infection. Took Cameron in this morning. I woke up yesterday not feeling well either but was determined that wisdom tooth was coming out anyway. Probably should have waited but I am limping along much better today than I was yesterday. M had to take the day off and take care of the boys...I couldn't stay awake if my life would have depending on it. I slept most the day and then turned around and went back to bed early and slept the whole night. Guess my body has finally said enough. Not sure what is wrong because I am too stubborn to go to the doctor but if it keeps up I will go...eventually. But the boys are all taken care of, on antibiotics and felling better already. You can tell...they are fighting again. Ha!

So, nothing got done around my house the last 2 days. That's okay, sometimes it just happens that way. I was so giddy I got the organizer finished I didn't care if one more thing gets finished for the week on my list. Can you tell how happy I m about having something like that to help? Crazy, huh? The only other thing I would like to get done is the Halloween decorations put away. Since M was out of town the day after Halloween and the boys ended up sick and no nap...they didn't come down like they normally would have. I have them mostly down and in a pile ready to be boxed away, just have to get the boxes out and put them in. Not an easy thing with 2 little ones running around and breakables. Definitely something that has to happen when they are sleeping...which they haven't been doing well this week due to their poor little heads feeling like they are about to explode. But all in all they have been awesome little troopers so their are no complaints from me. That is unless you count my complaint about M acting like a huge baby because he had to take off work to take care of the boys. Now that topic I won't even get started on...

We got some fabulous news today. M's brother and his wife are expecting a baby girl! Woo-hoo! The first girl I think on both sides of their family. Can we say spoiled rotten? I know we will be doing our share. I have nieces and nephews and I will say when they are little it is so very easy to spoil the girls rotten. There is just so much out there...all pink and purple of course. :) So guys, get ready because you are in for the ride of your life. Parenting is a whole new world and adventure. And they are even expecting on my mom's birthday, now how cool is that?

Oh, to answer you Janell on the pictures of the house...girl, I haven't been able to decorate one room here yet. I keep thinking I will but it hasn't happened. This house is so much different than our one in TX and I am having anxiety about what to put where. But I am determined that this weekend at least one room will get done!

And look what we may get this weekend...see those little snow flurries in there with the rain?

Monday, November 3, 2008

I am determined...

to get things done ahead of time this year. Last year was tough with 2 little ones to take care of. This year they are a little more independent, consistently sleeping through the night, and on a good regular schedule. So I am determined to get Christmas presents started early, get my holiday cards finished by the beginning of December instead of the week before Christmas, and some holiday baking done. I have so many great ideas swirling around in my head, just have to get better at implementing them. I have started keeping a notebook and writing things down as for some reason I can no longer remember what happened 5 minutes ago let alone all these cool ideas once I do have the time to sit and work on them. So, I am going to get it all done so I can enjoy my holiday season without the stress of trying to finish it all at the last minute!

I came across this really cool idea from Controlling My Chaos the other day and I just couldn't wait to get this done. So here is mine all finished and ready to go. I even have some things I had pulled out of magazines the last few months I was able to put in there already. Woo-hoo! I have officially started getting ready for the holidays!





I used Pillowgirl's Christmas Dreams Kit for the front page. I had actually made a few things from one of her CU kits as well to go with this kit, the ribbon with the eyelets and the green frame around the photo were things I made to go along with this kit. And the font it called Rage Normal. Seems to be an interesting font to find. I had used it one other time and just listed it as Rage. Learned then just how hard this little thing is to find! But we did and now I know to just add "normal" after it now. :) Very cool font indeed and now is one of my favorites!

Edit** If you go to this web site you can download Rage normal font. You have to scroll down, I think it is the second font called Rage. I have not been able to find this anywhere else but it is a very cool font!

It's official

Noah has a sinus infection. Poor little guy. Our first antibiotics adventure. They made it orange flavor and he isn't crazy about taking them but he does. So for that I am thankful. I am also thankful we made it to 22 months without anything other than minor colds and stuff. And I am also thankful (and praying this is true) that the pediatrician said this was not contagious because Cameron and Noah share cups all day long and I am not able to get them not to drink after each other. Which really cracks me up because they have the exact same thing in their cups and I let them choose which one they want when I give it to them. But for some reason part of the way through they decide to swap to see what the other has. Very funny to watch. So needless to say, 4 hours of sleep is not fun to live on for a few days so I am headed to bed soon. Thankfully they both did nap today (haven't the last 2 days) so I did manage to sneak in a little nap myself...otherwise there is no way I would still be awake right now!

I did find a really cool project I want to get done this week. It is simple enough, shouldn't take me more than about 30 minutes or so. Just have to fit it in between sickness and the dentist and stuff. Determined to get it done by the end of the weekend though! Will have to share when I do...it will be my first hybrid project. Woo-hoo!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My baby...

is sick.


So tough to see your little one(s) sick. He was up at 4 am this morning for about an hour and just broke my heart. Cameron has been a little trooper. He has a snotty nose but been his usually playful self. Noah on the other hand not so. When he does wake up he just cries for a while and wants to sit and snuggle with you or sit on the couch like above. One of his eyes is red and has goop in it so I called the pediatrician to find out if I needed to take him to am immediate care place today or just wait and bring him in tomorrow. Bringing him in tomorrow. She said she didn't think it was pink eye (thankfully) but could be a sinus infection (he is running a fever and has a runny nose along with the eye thing). Poor little guy. I am just waiting for Cameron's to start as well now. It is impossible to get them not to share cups, etc. I know this because I have tried. :)

So, needless to say I am headed to bed instead of scrapping. Oh well...guess I will get some time later this week when things calm down. Getting a wisdom tooth pulled on Wednesday so at least this has all kept me so busy I haven't had time to stress about that!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My little devils




So the boys discovered they like Halloween last night. I didn't really get any good photos of them but these were the better ones I was able to get. They don't like the camera any longer so pictures are tough these days. They just turn the other way now. But they did have fun going to a few neighbor's houses for Trick or Treat. And it was very cute to hear them say it and then say "Thank you" after they got the goodies. Makes a mommy proud!

And speaking of talking. Cameron said "I love you" for the first time this week. He was jabbering away one day right before his nap and among all the jabber he said it. At first I thought I was just hearing it because I wanted to. Then when I laid him down for his nap and said I love you to him he said "love you" back to me. I was the happy mommy at that point. And of course still didn't believe my ears so I said it a few more times and he said "I love you" or "love you" back each time. Aww...makes a mommies heart melt.

Been a busy week. Only got one layout scrapped. Had a tooth break last weekend so got that fixed this week and Halloween cookies took up all my time. I guess that is how it goes during the holiday times. Going to be busy from here until the end of the year.

Credits: Pumpkin Spice by Colie's Corner, Template is from the My Scrap Shop Template Challenge

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Funk

I'm in one of those funks again. I hate this kind of mood. I want to do so much and yet an overwhelmed by it all. Not to mention my little ones are a little out of sorts today. Noah just spent 10 minutes crying himself to sleep. I was just about to go in and he finally stopped. Seriously, I had just started walking toward the stairs. Do they know these sorts of things or something? I can't take it when the kiddos cry like that when they go to bed. They hardly ever do it but it seems to happen for a few days in a row...usually when we have been out of our normal routine, which we have the last few days. And next week will be much the same. Sigh.

I finally broke down and bought the boys a wagon today. I have wanted to get them one for a while now. I didn't because of the move, then I waited because we have so much stuff in the garage. I just had to do it. If I want to go to the orchard and stuff this is so much easier than the stroller. Plus Halloween will be much more fun with the wagon instead of the stroller.

It has gotten down right cold here lately. Monday is supposed to be down to 29 degrees! Brrr is all I can say. It is fine inside but to be outside for a while gets chilly to say the least. Guess I need to find my winter stuff...and soon. I did pick up the boys some winter coats and snow pants today. So at least that is done finally.

Oh, I have fallen in love with this blog. They were talking about making jams/butters and the recipe they gave for Pear-Cardamon Butter just sounds to die for. I think next year I will have a chance to do a lot more stuff like this since we will not just have moved in. And the boys will be a little older and doing more on their own. Plus they will enjoy things like this as well a little more. But man I can't wait to try this recipe!

Okay, off to try and scrap. They have some cool new challenges over at My Scrap Shop. Go and check them out!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Busy bees...

Been some busy bees this week. I am still in my organizational mode and trying to find good ways to get this house back in shape. Working on it but it is coming along slowly. I actually got to spend a good deal of time on it Wednesday since the boys go to PDO for a few hours and then come home and nap. So progress is made at least.

Thursday we have Kindermusik and today we went to the Children's Museum. It is like the best place in the world for them. It was PACKED today since all the schools around are on Fall Break. Crazy was an understatement.

We had fun today though and the boys were happy little clams. They even got to eat some yummy sugar cookies (from the post below) the last few days and so mommy needs to make more. They actually had the Frankensteins tonight and it was pretty funny since they had some black icing on them. Needless to say I will stick with ghosts and pumpkins this go round. :)

M took off on Monday so we can go to a farm or somewhere that has pumpkins and a corn maze. Should be fun but it is going to be chilly! I guess we will see how well I do with the layering. The boys could care less as long as they are outside. They never want to come in when we go out to play. Which is actually a good thing in my opinion. Hope that is something that sticks with them. I was outside a lot as a kid so hoepfully they will enjoy it as well.

Okay, off to play with some more Halloween stuff I am working on. This is actually getting me in a holiday mood I haven't been in for some time now. With the pregnancy and the boys not understanding much last year and being so small it was tough the last few years to really get into any of the holidays. This year is already been so much fun with them!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Look what I did...

See what I made tonight...

I had so much fun decorating cookies!!!! I am going to have to go out and get me some cookie cutters. I forgot how much fun decorating sugar cookies was. And they taste VERY yummy too.

Did some planning today for what I am going to do with a few rooms in the house. Still have so far to go but just keep trying to plug away at it little by little. And I am going to attempt to use a lot of the stuff we already have and "repurpose" it. Let's see how well that comes out. I took a few before pictures today so we will see when the after is all done.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, Monday...

Oh! I forgot that we had our first frost yesterday! Can you believe it? If I were still in Texas it would be a ways off before we would have our first frost. It feels like Fall here finally and it is fantastic!

The boys were little cows last year for Halloween. I loved this kit from Colie's Corner and had to scrap them (finally!). Can't wait to get them into their costumes this year and take some cute photos. We are actually going to take them Trick or Treating too! Cameron will say it but so far Noah just looks at me like I am from another planet or something. Ha!

Credits: Little Heebie Jeebies from Colie's Corner, Template from Racketty Scrappety, Fonts are Conrad Veidt and Yorktown for the title

I think I am actually going to head to bed early tonight, if you consider 10 pm early. I do! Can hardly keep my eyes open and am ready to go. Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Can't it be Saturday night?

Still amazed how fast the weekend went. I swear I just woke up and it was Saturday morning and now it is already Sunday night. Sigh. Wow...felt like I just played with the boys all weekend and that was it. Not a bad thing to do but still...didn't get much done. Although...today we did get the boys a little something. I'll have to share once I download the photos. ;)

Got a page scrapped while the boys were napping today. I have had such a hard time scrapping any of the major moments in their lives. Strange I know, but the every day moments seem to be so much easier for me to do. Maybe it's because I am too much of a perfectionist or something. Oh well. I came across this template at Racketty Scrappety and it all just came together. Very cool indeed!

Credits: MSS Collab Kit Get Well, Stitching from MCA Designs, Template from Racketty Scrappety, Fonts are Candy Stripe and Rage.

It's time for me to find the boys some real winter gear. I am tempted to order it from LL Bean but not sure what sizes to order. Do I just order what size they actually wear or a size up so their sweater and stuff will fit in it as well? I may just call and ask about this as I have no clue! I also have to get myself a new coat and some warm clothes. Ugh...why is it I hate to shop when it comes to stuff like this?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Embracing...

I need to learn to embrace the fact that I am an anal retentive kind of person. I just realized this evening how much so. Seems to be getting worse the older I get. I thought it was the opposite but tonight showed me I am sadly mistaken.

So I go to dinner with a bunch of girls and the subject of laundry comes up. They were talking about how many times they wear a piece of clothing before they launder it. So that brought up many other topics of the sort after and I just realized I am a very routine/anal kind of person. Sigh. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Sigh. Off to bed for me to ponder.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What's a mom to do?

So, the last 2 times I have gone to pick up Noah from Parent's Day Out he has taken one look at me and just reached over to whatever kiddo was closest and pulled their hair. And I am not talking just a short little yank. He grabs a hold and pulls and it is tough to get his strong little hand away. I have no idea why he is doing this nor do I know how to get him to stop. I am praying it is just a phase. My theory is that he is mad at me for leaving him and this is his way of showing this upon my return. Hmm...what's a mom to do?

One of the pictures from Sunday's snow in Salt Lake City. Just so beautiful and peaceful I just didn't want to disturb any of it. I LOVE this time of year!


I have really been in unpack, sort, get rid of, want to organize kind of mode all week. Amazing what a person can get done while in this sort of state of mind. I just want to go out and either find or build a desk for my craft area. I have loved my drafting table but the time has come I need an actual desk type thing. I would like a corner one with lots of room on top and drawers. But we will see what we find. I am hoping to find a used one for a good deal and just refinish as needed. But we will see. Have an idea in my head what I want but let's see how long that will take to make. I actually found something very close to it in a magazine but the people had made it themselves. Too bad they didn't put instructions in there! Hmm...wonder if I contacted them if they would help a gal out. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Getting back into my groove

Wow...didn't realize that getting back into our routine would be tough. It hasn't been too bad really but I am so out of it as far as my time/sleeping. Two hour time difference isn't a good thing when you come back and lose two hours! I'll hopefully catch back up by the end of the week. The good news...I have already gotten so much done for the week so I am a happy camper. :)

Going to try out a new recipe tomorrow night. We'll see how it goes over. Thinking I will use the crock pot instead of cooking it in the oven as it calls for. Herb Rubbed Sirloin Tip Roast. Sounded yummy so only time will tell.

Okay, off to do some reading before hitting the sack. Hope all is well in your world!

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