Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This world can be very scary and at times frightening at how the Internet can in one second turn a happy family blog into a place where horrible creatures take family pictures and lure them to obscene pornographic websites. After having many friends and various people I know having their private family photos taken, then posted onto PORNOGRAPHIC and other horrible websites, i decided today to go private. It was the last straw. My kids are my world, my reason, and my purpose. I hope you all understand. I love you all and my family and this is my way of keeping them safe.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Storybookland 2010

We visited our local land of Christmas enchantment last night, Storybook Land.
It was wonderful as usual, the air full of excitement as children and adults walked through the maze of lights and displays. It is a little treasure that our little town has held tradition now for over thirty years and I can not imagine Christmas with out it.
Waiting in line to get inside the arena. There was a long line since it was the last night.

Peek - a - boo, I see you!

One of my favorite displays.

The look on Chloe and Taylor's face was precious.

Chloe in front of "Cinderella". This was her favorite part since she loves that movie.

At the end we get to meet Santa Claus.....Taylor on his lap.
Taylor told Santa he wanted Lego's and a Nerf gun.
(check and check....wink wink)
Chloe on Santa. She told him "I want Girl Lego's." I guess she will be one happy little girl then this Christmas (wink wink).

Diana told Santa "I would like an Ipod shuffle and some books."
(expensive but I think we can arrange it......wink wink)

Mr. Nye and I

My girlsies.
Oh how I love these two!!

Taylor Chatted away with Mrs. Claus all about Star Wars legos.......
I think he charmed the pants off of her!

Chloe and the Mrs.

Keith and Taylor at one of train displays in Storybook Land.

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home.

 ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Cutie Pies

We attended Taylor's Christmas program tonight at his elementary school. Mrs. P and Mrs B. out did themselves. I know with years and years of budget cuts in public schools that there is not room for these things much anymore BUT these two women took their personal time for the last few weeks to create a cute simple Christmas program that brought the Christmas spirit into that room. Thank you so much ladies. You guys are amazing.
In his Christmas sweater and snazzy shoes on the way to the gym
He looks mighty handsome if you ask me!
Seeing dad and sisters in the audience.....

The kids looks serious before starting....

Mrs. P's and Mrs. B's Kindergarten classes

The teachers had all the kids make a surprise gift for the families.
It was absolutely adorable how excited he was to give it to us!
I love this brown eyed boy to pieces....
Taylor with his hand print tile he made for us.
I am a sap and will treasure this from now until he is 50!

Taylor and his AMAZING teacher.
She will be Chloe's teacher next year.....
*I have warned her that our fireball little girl is MUCH different than my soft spoken brown eyed boy :) *

Merry Christmas Everyone.....
I ♥ this time of year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

8 inches

I let Diana have her first beauty salon experience. 
Before hand it has always been mom doing the styling at home.
She sat down with the book of pictures and picked out what she wanted and 30 minutes later and more than 8 inches shorter.....

She looks SO much older.
I mean she looks beautiful as always but can someone please slow her down in growing up?!? :)

She will be 10 years old here in a couple months.

It has been a wonderful 10 years  for Keith and I.

We are truly blessed to have her in our family.

I could not have asked.....

I could not have asked for a better person to work with =-).

She is amazing!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cream Puff By Sandy Sanderson

1 cup water
1 stuck of butter
1 cup flour
4 medium eggs

Bring water and butter to rapid boil and add flour. Stirring will be play dough consistency, put in bowl, add eggs one at a time.

Grease or spray 11x 14 pan. Spread crust mixture. Bake at 400 25-30 Min's. Cool.


1 8oz cream cheese
2 small packages of Vanilla pudding
4 cups of cold milk

Beat softened cream cheese, add pudding and milk. Pour over COOLED crust.  Top with 12 oz of cool whip. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Thanks Sandy for the yummy recipe!


Friday, December 10, 2010

4 weeks

 The last time this blog had a new post on it was a month ago when my sweet husband surprised me with a heartfelt note. I did not have the heart to take it off until recently but figure its been almost a whole month so its time for a change especially since Halloween and Thanksgiving have now past. My camera was missing for a good part of the month so essentially not many pictures were taken. Now that's its December 10th, its time to get my rear in gear and start taking pictures again!

Halloween around here was relaxed and amazing because my mother who loves to sew for the kids once again wowed us in making Diana and Chloe's Angel and Tinkerbell costumes. We all appreciated her hard work especially two very happy little girls.
♥ Diana rose as an Angel ♥

Taylor as the evil Pirate
* Note: His dad made him the COOLEST homemade wooden sword with his new table saw. *
Thanks honey ;-)

Clo-Bear as Tinkerbell.
She LOVED putting on make up. This girl is defiantly my glitzy glam girl as she has already asked to wear makeup and get her ears pierced.....
oh my!

Clo-bear with her friends at her classroom Halloween Party

Mrs. D reading a Halloween story to Clo-bears Class

Chloe in her Halloween Parade at school

These kids are my life, my purpose and my eternal happiness.
I love them beyond words

Diana at our church Halloween party and trunk or treat

Chloe at the Trunk or Treat

Taylor making a potion at the Halloween Party....one word: GROSS. I hope they do not ever do this again.
My kids did not even taste it.
It just gives me shivers thinking of it...

After Halloween we got the CRAZY idea to GUT the bathroom.....
Whose idea was that anyway ?!?!?

I did not take a before a picture but was able to get a picture of Keith doing demolition to our floor :)

The bathroom has a new tile floor, paint, light fixtures, refinished bathroom cabinet, faucets, bathroom fixtures...and the list still has many more to-dos but ever so slowly we will get those done. A final picture will come soon I assure you. Remodeling with children is done one step at a time.....

Thanksgiving this year was amazing and crazy. We hosted it at our home this year, literally cleaning up renovation stuff an hour before people got here. NEVER again will I do that to myself. It was just plain ol'crazy of me to think we could get the bathroom done in one week with how busy our schedules are. Oh well...you live and learn, right?

Karina (My sis and the kids godmother), her mom Sandy, my parents and my brothers made for a full house. The food was delicious and no one was left hungry thats for sure. Sandy made this delicious cream puff that was low fat and amazing to the palet. I am definatley making those again sometime soon as they were incredible. I want to post the recipe sometime here soon!

In the morning I woke up bright and early to get the turkey ready for the overn and afterwards geared up to go run a Thanksgiving 3.75v mile race with my cousin Jenny. I had a blast and want to make it a annual tradition. I mean seriouslu....you can't feeling guilty eating all that mouth water food when you worked out right ...wink wink.

Jenny and I are at the top left and I am wearing a hat.
I actually had a good race picture that morning considering in all my races I usually look pretty dorky in my opinion but hey who looks their best while exercising. Were not there to look our best :).

Life is good people.
I had a great talk in church a couple of weeks ago.....
I have found my love of running and am running a half marathon this weekend with a dear friend....
Teaching has been incredible especially with my coworker...(love her!)...
Great time with friends.....

I could be here for another hour blogging but I do not want to bore you and I also need to get upstairs to organize and finish sewing some homemade PJ pants for my kiddos.

Merry Christmas and may I be better about blogging.



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