Monday, February 18, 2008

Got SNOW????


We decided to finally take the kids to go play in the snow, since they have been begging us to go up to Big Bear just about every weekend!! So instead of making the hour and 20 minute drive to Big Bear, we decided to stay closer to home and went up to Idylwild which took us only about 40 minutes! Our good neighbors had told us of the secret place that they always go to, to avoid the holiday weekend crowds and when we got there, it was awesome!! We had to share this big hill with only one other family who was there with there 2 girls from Palm Springs. So it was perfect for me to be able to actually get a family picture with me in it!! The kids had soo much fun but I think Kristian was actually having more fun than all of us as he kept sliding down the hill and climbing higher each time and going off jumps. I think he was pretending like he was actually in Utah skiing with his college buddies like he tries to do every Presidents Day Weekend except this one.:( And I was pretending like I was back at our old house in Massachusetts, stuck in waist high snow and filming the kids playing and sledding down our big hill that we had in our backyard with all of the neighborhood kids!! BooHoo...Miss those days soo much! So now that we are living in the greatest weather around, we never get to enjoy the snow as much as we used to, so this is how we make do around here....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy V-DAY!!!

I love Valentines Day!! I think it's because I always know who "My Valentine" is now. It's not like it was back in the day when you would wonder "Does he like me, or He doesn't like me, He likes my twin!!" Yes that did happen quite a bit...Heather...:( But now I don't have to guess any longer...Kristian is and will always be my forever Valentine!! Love ya babe...

Now in honor of HEART DAY I just wanted to share one of my favorite pics with you of Kristian and yours truly.....This pic was taken when we had our engagement pictures done!! Ahh, those were the days....


I have one more "shout out" to Valentines Day and then I will stop before you all start regurgitating. My dear friend Cheri sent me and email that was soo dang cute, I had to share a bit of it with you. It was titled "What Love means to ages 4-8 year olds"




"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy age 6




"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, just to make sure that it tastes ok!" Danny age 7




"Love is what makes you smile when you are tired." Terri age 4




"Love is when you tell a guy that you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday!" Noelle age 7




"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well!" Tommy age 6




"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine age 5




"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you have left him alone all day!"


Mary Ann age 4




"You really shouldn't say I love you unless you mean it. But if you mean it, then you should say it alot. People forget." Jessica age 8




"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl age 5




And my most favorite one....




"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's GROSS!"


Mark age 6

Cupid is in the HOUSE!!!



Happy Valentines Day!! I was up playing "cupid" last night till about 12:30, and this is what they all woke up to!! They were soo excited!! I know it's a little over the top, but you can blame my Mother for this one. She always did stuff like this for us growing up. She always made us feel soo loved and special on every holiday!! Thanks Mom for passing that one onto me! :)

My Cookie Monsters!





Today the kids had no school!! (Lucky Me) :) So we decided to make Valentines Cookies! We had lots of fun taking turns with the cutouts, although Cami kept putting hers right smack in the middle after I would roll a new batch of dough! Good Times! Then we went to Orange County to visit my sister Elizabeth. Her and Rob are moving around the corner in a cute house and she wanted me to see it so that I could help her start decorating and picking out paint colors! Congrats Rob and Liz on you first new home!! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Eight Little Dancing PRINCESSES!!!



Today I had a little "Princess Birthday Party" for Campbell!! And now that it's over I'm so glad that I did, I was thinking about not doing one this year becuz she is only turning 3 and really doesn't get the whole b-day party thing yet. So I totally could've gotten away with not doing one this year, but seriously how cute is she!! She was soo excited to answer the door and see all of her friends dressed up in their princess dresses. They all started dancing and twirling around to the princess music that I had playing. Then they watched a short princess video, decorated princess crowns and we ate pizza and pretzels, opened presents and ate only the icing off the cupcakes!! Just the way the "Princesses" do it!! It was so great and she had soo much fun!! No regrets here!!



Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Toothless Fish...


We just had to show that Fischer lost his other tooth, and he is now talking with a lisp!! Soo Funny!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMPBELL!!

What a sad day it is today for me, because my sweet (and very LAST) little baby is growing up!! She is the big 3 years old today!! I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures of her and some cute thoughts about her...
She was rarely seen without a flower or bow on her head...
Even her first Halloween, she was a Flower! How cute is she? She adores her Daddy so much!
I love this picture of her because it is soo real and it reminds me of how much I used to just attack those juicy cheeks with my kisses!! And I still do, which she now pulls away most of the time...:(
This is what she has become...All "Girly Girl"!! That is her famous pose that she learned from her big sissy Merrick! She is such a sweet little girl. Kristian and I feel soo grateful to have been blessed with such great kids! She was always such a happy baby, I mean how could she not when she was surrounded by big flowers and bows! She was my first little snuggler baby and since then I just am having a hard time with her growing up! I knew she was my last baby, even though Kristian is still haunting me about our son "Wyatt" that is still up in heaven waiting to come down to our family!! DANG HIM!!! I just can't seem to get her out of her "my baby" stage, and these are some of the ways that I am enabling her to stay there...

1) She still sleeps in her crib and has never tried to climb out yet! (which I love at nap time)
2) She still takes a nap for about 2 hours every day and she doesn't really even need one! (she has never been the grouchy type if she doesn't get a nap)
3) She is 3, goes to Pre-school and still wears diapers! Not Potty trained yet!! However, I did let her pick out her own "big girl panties" at the store! It's a Start!! But then that means I would have to get rid of my #1 reason! And I'm really not ready for her to be able to crawl out of a big girl bed anytime she feels like it!!
4) She still sucks her thumb, which Kristian is so desperately trying to stop! But I love it! I have never had a thumb sucker and I love watching her and how it soothes her the second she sticks it in her mouth! I am sick and wrong aren't I? :)
5) She still was drinking from a bottle in the morning, until we put a stop to that only 2 months ago!!
6) And lastly...she still loves her pink silky, which she calls her "meemee"! And she has had them and loved them ever since she was a baby! We have had to buy some "back ups" just in case and so she now has 4 "meemees". However, I have been soo proud of her lately, because at Pre-school they take it and put it away until I come to pick her up, so the other day in the car on the way to school...she says "No MeeMee" and drops it on the floor before she got out of the car! So she is getting old enough to know when to leave it behind! But I honestly think that crib or no crib, thumb or no thumb...that little girl will always have her pink "meemee" with her throughout her life. It really is a constant comfort to her. Seriously...whenever she is crying or sad, we give her the silky and she calms right down, well after putting her thumb in her mouth at the same time!! I GIVE UP!!! But I love my sweet little baby...

Seriously....After actually having to write up a list of all the things she still does, I am starting to think that there is something wrong here!! I think I need counseling...

Friday, February 8, 2008

Since were talking about MY CAMI GIRL...

I thought it would be an appropriate time to share with you one of my favorite videos of her that we took when she was about 6 months old! We think it is hillarious and hope you do too!! We even just recently sent it into Americas Funniest Vidoes show which we watch as one of our family traditions every Sunday!! So you could see us all on that show one day hopefully being interviewed by Tom Bergeron because we just won $10,000!!

Before you click on the arrow, you might have to go up and click the pause button on my playlist...
video

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hannah Montana Mania!!!!



Last Friday night My friends Ally, Mandy & I took our girls to go see the new Hannah Montana concert 3D at the movies down in San Diego. It was opening night, so we had to stand in line for a few hours, but luckily my twin sister, Heather, was there to save us a place about sixth in line!! It was crazy, I seriously can't believe how huge of an event it was going to be!! I even overheard some women talking about it earlier in the week that there husbands wanted them to sell there tix on ebay or craigslist becuz the tix were going for over 200 dollars a piece!! Merrick wouldn't even let me near the computer in fear that I would be "scalping" my tix on line!! I have to say it was very tempting!! Anyways-the girls had soo much fun! It really did feel like we were actually at her concert in the very front row!!







Camp Kick-Off....

So another reason why you haven't heard from me in a while is because I have been soo busy trying to put together my refreshment table for our Stake Camp Kick Off. This is where we announce to all the leaders in Young Women's and the Youth Camp Leaders what our camp theme is for this year and where we will be going etc... I am in the Stake staff for camp and they asked me to make the refreshments and decorate the table for that night!! Our theme is "The Wizard of Oz" and our motto for camp is "There's No Place Like Home". So again I have to share my decor talents with you....Enjoy!

This was my centerpiece, which I am in love with!! Seriously...How cute is that?
My drink station that has one of my favorite sayings from the WofOz on it..."Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops!"

My "Wizard Of Oz" refreshment table...


Green, Blue, Purple and Pink Rainbow cupcakes!!



Red, Orange, Yellow and Green Rainbow cupcakes!!




The long lost tooth....


So Finally, my poor little Fish has lost one of his front teeth!! We have been wiggling both of them for weeks, but they just wouldn't budge!! Now normally I wouldn't be in such a hurry to have my children loose there front teeth, cuz what an awkward stage that is. But unfortunately, Fischer's teeth are soo tiny in the front and on top of that because he has soft teeth like me he has already had to have a couple fillings in them and one fell out and has left a chip mark, etc....It's just all bad and does not look very attractive. So the "tooth fairy" came and left him a note and a dollar. (I know we are cheap around here) Anyways- it was soo funny, I was listening to him in the car talking to the other boys that I drive in my carpool and he was telling them that he was excited to get the dollar, but not the big old "PINK" (notice the picture) letter from the Tooth Fairy!! I felt so bad, but hey that was all I could find on the internet at 11:30 at night!!! hee hee Sorry Fischer!

My Sweet Little Child of God


Yesterday when I got in the car to come home from church, I look back to ask the kids how there day in church went and I see this big ol' crown on Campbell that she made in Nursery that says "I am a Child of God". She was soo proud to wear it that she would not let us take it off her head. So this is what she looked like for the rest of the day! I just love her soo much and am so grateful that she is learning about the gospel at such a young age! She even knows to say Joseph and Jesus when I point to there pictures!! So sweet.

MY HERO.....


Soooo....Do you want to know who my latest HERO is? YES, I've been sucked in with all of you other "groupies" out there!! I LOVE this game! I know it's 2008, and Guitar Hero is old news to you and I know I got this for Kristian for his birthday, but I have definatley taken over....and I'm actually pretty good!! Well not according to the kids in my Sunday school class!! But someday I will get to Expert level!!! The other night as Kristian and I were trying to fall asleep but couldn't, I asked him if he wanted to play GH with me! (This was at 10pm) And we played till 12:30am!! That is sick and wrong!! Anyways-this is the reason why I haven't had any extra time to post!! I have a bad addiction...Help me.