Wednesday, December 31, 2008


So this Christmas proved to be the craziest EVER, gifts wise that is....

My mother-in-law's new wedding ring and band for their mother-in-law has very skinny fingers, this ring is beautifully huge :-)

My mom's new house...WHAT!?!?!?!
What's crazy about it is that, my mother-in-law knew she was getting a wedding ring but DID NOT know she was getting the beautiful band to go with it :-) My mom had no idea my dad bought her the I am not joking!! 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My long, successful day..

Caleb made my day today...I got home from shopping for 8 hours and he said, "Ahh mom I'm really happy to see you!!" Seriously, gave me the chillies! What a sweetie! But I must say those sweet little words turned toward anger quickly, since he's not quite that big of a mommy fan anymore and he had to spend the rest of the night with me. I'm hoping terrible twos don't turn into terribly threes cause I'm about done!

On a side not, I'm a procrastinator. I started my Christmas shopping today and I finished my Christmas shopping today. Kindda nice! I also got all of it wrapped, now that's a productive day!

Not excited it's monday tomorrow and it's -20 here. But hoping to get the kids to PE 101 to burn off some energy while dad works downstairs with grandpa. Glad dad's getting the basement finished but sad it's going to take a month :-( We miss him!

Oh and your Christmas cards, well they are on their way, again I'm a procrastinator. Especially this year being busy with work :-)

My bed is calling! I'll upload super cute pics of the kids playing together today...hopefully up tomorrow!

Friday, December 19, 2008

My sad attempt....

Next year I'm hiring another photographer to take their was not fun!!!

Neighborhood Christmas Party

This was our first year attending our neighborhood Christmas party. I know you're all thinking what the heck, you've been there 3 years??? Well, unfortunately, TJ's work Christmas party has always been on the same day and luckily this year it wasn't :-) We have fabulous neighbors and everyone has little ones now so it's super fun! Here are all the boys, Caleb, Jackson, Kevin, and Carter. They were patiently waiting for Santa!

Caleb sitting on Santa's lap. He wasn't scared but didn't really say much (that's a shocker!)
This is so Adrienne, giving him the "Who the heck are you and why are you looking at me face?" This got quite the laughs. I was so proud of her for even sitting on his lap!!
I wasn't able to get pics of everyone as Adrienne insisted on sitting on my lap, but I had to get this one, so Adrienne took the floor for a second. These are the triplets from across the street. I couldn't believe they all laid there for like two minutes as everyone snapped their shots. None of them moved or cried, it was adorable! This is Will, Rylie, and Noah :-) 
Trying to get a pic of all the kids and Santa!
My little pretty!
Dad and the kids watching "Horton Hears a Hoo"
Kevin and Caleb sitting on Bruce's lap.
The boys had so much fun together. Especially sliding down the stairs!

Ahh...if only Adrienne didn't have the dear in the headlights look!
We had such a great time and just love our neighbors. Feel very lucky to be surrounded by great people in our little circle. Even though I want a new house haha (that's a joke!), I don't want to leave my circle!! 

Do you understand???

I was making dinner and Caleb was driving me crazy as he kept asking to get in the fridge cause he wanted something NOW. Then he goes, "Mom I would like something from the fridgrater(that's how he says it), do you understand?" Then tapping me on the leg, says " Mom, do you?" I immediately knew where he got it and cracked up laughing. When he gets in trouble and gets a time out, TJ always talks to him and say's "Do you understand?" Ha...this kid is going to write a book before he's in 3rd grade ahhhh!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

PE 101

I know I"ve been meaning to put these up for weeks now, but as I lay in bed with what seems like my third case of the flu, I'm bored and finally have time to upload them. The kids love this place!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Overdue update...

For some reason my computer has decided that downloading pics to here it not going to happen tonight. Sooo I thought I'd leave a little update on the kids. 

Adrienne is chunky chunks these days. She loves lifting her shirt and rubbing her belly. But don't we all?!?!? Although Shelley still thinks she doesn't talk, she is a jabber mouth. Usually when she's in trouble. She's got lots of new words...ouch, more, toot (props to Dad for that one!), Ca (for Caleb), nose, daddy (no more dat dad). She likes to sing and sway and do patty cake really fast. She likes playing with Caleb's shake and go cars and zippers? Quite the combo!  She's really enjoying reading and is starting to sit with you for an extended amount of time. She LOVES puppies and babies, again, don't we all!! She's hilariously smart and naughty haha! We love her she's so much fun!

Caleb is just he same but smarter ha! He is really concentrating on how he says things. Today Grandma Christine picked him up and he ran to the stairs and starting say "Go to" and said "Grandma, can I go to your house and play?" It was very cute. He's quite the negotiator but never really gets away with anything. He also is a huge suck up, not surprised. After hurting Adrienne he'll immediately give her a kiss and then come give me a hug and say "I love you mom"...argh! He likes to push mommies buttons. He still loves reading and he remembers so much about stories and can read them back to you, it's just crazy. He's not much into eating these days unless there is a nice treat if he finishes everything :-) He's still all about Thomas the Train and has the greatest imagination when playing with them. We have a dancing and singing hour everyday. This kid wears me out! He's quite the dancer and his vocal rhythm and tone is insane for 2 1/2 years old. He likes to sing by himself and don't try singing with him or with the song or you'll get yelled at "Mom not singing" is what I hear all the time. He likes to do ring around the rosie and fall really hard where you might think that he's hurt but he laughs and does it again. He catches everything I say even if he's rooms away. Last week Adrienne was being super needy and wouldn't let me make lunch, amidst countless tries to find things for her to play with. She was just tugging on my leg and I put my hands on my head and said (I don't even think it was that loud). "You're driving me nuts girl". One of THOSE moments! Well sure enough Caleb heard me from the living room and yesterday while I was looking at a book with Adrienne on the floor and Caleb was sitting on the couch reading a big boy book, he looked at me with a mean face and said "Mom, you're driving me nuts!" All I could do was laugh til my stomach hurt. I mean it's not his fault, it's mine. Ahh one of my least proud moments that's for sure. He's too smart for his britches and I need to watch what I say ha! Oh have I mentioned how much I LOVE him. He's growing up way to fast. 2 years and 8 months old :-( He's getting so tall and skinny and his cute little face still makes me melt! I'm teaching him how to smile nicely and he's actually catching on. Hoping that will produce some cute photos, that is if he'll let me take some of him. 

I hope to get some pics up here of the kids soon! Off to bed and a crazy fun weekend with family and my last photo shoots before christmas. Joe plays in Council Bluffs tomorrow night and my whole family will be there including Grams and Gramps :-) Then Sat. we will celebrate my Gramps 76th bday..yeah! So glad they are coming down. I have a few shoots including my own families...FINALLY! Pray for good weather and happy children!