Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas 2011 highlights

Every year Christmas seems to get better and better around our house. I'm not sure if it's because we have traditions that our family has created and now after doing them for a few years we are pretty smooth about it all or if it's that the kids are getting bigger and they are really starting to enjoy all the bits and pieces but we still have littles who find and point out the magic all around us all the time. Or maybe I'm just getting older and I'm not as uptight as I used to be. Everything does not have to be perfect and that is finally sinking in for me.
 Any way you go around it Christmas just keeps getting better and better.

This year on Christmas Eve we went caroling and took treats to our family and friends
  then we had
Our Traditional Christmas Eve Chinese dinner by Candlelight

The Christmas Mouse came and left new Christmas Jammies on Christmas Eve
We wrote Santa a letter and left him and his reindeer snacks
We read The night before Christmas. It was Kippi's turn so she picked which version to read  (we have several)

Then we snuggled up and watched a Christmas movie before bed
after everyone was finally asleep SANTA CAME and he brought everyone a gift.
Kippi got a Guitar
Rieken a scooter
Kelten a keyboard (sorry no picture of him with it)
Tiernen- Smokey the fire truck
Bey got a vacuum but he pretty much slept through it all and I thought I got a picture of him with it later but I guess not-Mommy fail!

This year Christmas came on a Sunday so we got up early and the kids opened Santa gifts and stockings, then we went to church and  it was AMAZING! After church we came home and opened the rest of our gifts. It was nice and laid back.
Some years I feel like the Santa gift doesn't really get the attention I thought it would because we rush right into the other stuff but this year the kids had plenty of time to just savor that one gift before anything else was opened.

Other noteworthy highlights of the day...
the epic star wars battle
Daddy's new Acer Tablet he got from his boss
Bey climbed up to the third shelf in the pantry. What your pantry isn't a hot mess like mine? Oh and I took him down before I took the picture because I'm a responsible mom but he was already looking to climb it again the turd.
The leather bracelets I made for the boys this year. This one is Kelten's. I love LOVE how they turned out.

floor puzzles
Kippi's hair extensions that she got for her -wear- gift
for real GLUE on fake nails to Kippi soup from Grammy.

  We had my parents over for Christmas Dinner and to swap gifts but again I didn't get any pictures of it like I thought. BOO! Just imagine AMAZING food, good times, laughing and games. See it's like you were there.  

 After all was said and done I walked my parent's out to the car and when I came back inside this is what I saw... 

the tent Tiernen got from Grammy set up on the hide-a-bed and jammed full with all the boys including Daddy
Needless to say it was a hit! the kids slept in it every night for the rest of Christmas break.

 We finished Christmas off with our last Christmas movie, Mickey's Christmas Carol. It was pretty much the Christmas I have always dreamt of having it was that good.
I wish I would have taken more pictures but other then that, perfect.
Movies before bed


Friday, January 6, 2012


Today I...

*took the baby to the doctor

*shopped the clearance section at shopko while waiting for prescriptions to be filled

*scrubbed and I mean with a toothbrush scrubbed, our one bathroom.. should be good to go for a day or two now. Ah the life of one bathroom and five boys.

*brushed the cat he seems to think it may be summer he is shedding like mad. Stinking wonderful warm weather

*put Tiernen in  timeout (also know as sat him on the toile wt/ the lid down of course)  at least five times just so he could scream the whole time. that kid is in my top two most stubborn and that is saying something.

*returned some library books that were Wee-heeellll past due. apparently there is still one out there somewhere that I missed

* "rented" 7 movies from the library. One of which is, Gone with the wind. I'm so excited to watch it because I have never seen it.

* did not do a single load of laundry... That is gonna bite me in the bum later

* opened one of Bey's birthday gifts early because he got shots today and needed something extra.

* ate a num dilly-is-ous meal that the handy man made for us...

*wrote up my January calender on our white board aahhhhh! oh yeah let the rumpus begin people ;) j/k

*paid bills yuck

*lost my patience with one of my kiddos and I am still feeling bad about the was I chose to handle it as opposed to the way I really should have.

* watched a late night flick and ate snacks with the Handy Man yum.

*got sucked into pinterest for way to long

*listened to the Handy man read scriptures and talk in detail about what was going on to the kids for an hour. He is amazing like that.

*ate mini ice cubes one by one out of the cutest little mini cube tray that I got for Christmas. LOVE.

*was told by a certain daughter that I was funny but in a mom kind of way.

*realized I am officially boring.

 sheesh it took me like 20 min. to pull this list together
- I need to get out of vacation mode.

Until next time.