Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day everyone! How stylish are we!!?? Because Kenny is so busy at work we weren't able to travel to be with family this year (missed you all!). Instead, we spent the day with friends and had a great Thanksgiving. Angie brought these ever so festive hats to get us all in the mood. What am I thankful for this year? That we don't have to adorn ourselves in these beauties on a regular basis! :)

Here are the pilgrim women after SLAVING in my kitchen all day. Oops! You can see the Claim Jumper sack and box behind us. Secret's out! We had our meal catered. FABULOUS! The food was delicious and the only work was setting the table and warming things up. I'm thinking a new Thanksgiving tradition is born!

Of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without LOTS of football. While Ellie colored, Addison scored brownie points with daddy by putting on her Chargers dress to watch the game. The other night she came in the living room and shook her head and said "daddy...are you watching your flapball show AGAIN!" I feel your pain Addie.

Hanging out at Angie's

After Thanksgiving dinner at my house (and a short break for naps) we headed to Angie's house for round 2. The kids played and made gingerbread houses while we enjoyed pie.

Parents are stuffed and exhausted...time for a movie for the kids so we can chat! Great end to a fun day.

(Bring on CHRISTMAS!!!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas jammies!

So while I'm holding off with the Christmas books, movies, and decorations until the SECOND after Thanksgiving, I just couldn't wait any longer to give the girls their Christmas pajamas!

Annual Christmas jammies photo shoot...

being silly

One more surprise...

How fun are these!!?? When Rudolph and Clarice kiss, Rudolph exclaims "I'm cute, I'm cute...she said I'm CUTE!" The girls LOVE them. We're big Rudolph and Clarice fans around here.

Adding to the collection.

(Don't you just love Clarice's's all about the shoes girls)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

There once was a girl

who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very very good...

but when she was bad she was horrid.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Things

My Ellie is swimming! This may not seem like much to parents of children who resemble fish in the summer time, but for our family...this is big! Ellie was terrified of going under water for the longest time, but now, thanks to our persistence, a great swim teacher, and more money on swim lessons than I really want to think about, Ellie is swimming under water. She passed her first swim level last week and hasn't taken off the bracelet her teacher gave her. We're so proud of you Ellie!

The economy may be tanking, but at least gas prices are down!

I love the show Little Bear on Noggin. It is the only show (aside from Barbie movies) that BOTH of my girls will watch. It has such a calming effect. Perfect for that 'bewitching hour' right around 6:30 when I need some peace before bedtime!

mmmmm... Pumpkin Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. It's seasonal and to die for! If you haven't tried it, head to the closest Cheesecake Factory immediately! Date nights with Kenny and this Pumpkin Cheesecake - two VERY good things.

Only 11 more days till it's time to deck the halls!

My girls have been really into coloring and art projects lately. I've loved how much they are entertaining themselves (what - I can actually turn on the news in the evening and prepare dinner without someone hanging on me?). I was trying to figure out a way to organize their supplies and found this turn tray with cup holders from Pottery Barn Kids. PERFECT! Even matches my playroom. Happy coloring!

Cuddling with Ellie in bed listening to it rain

Ooo-la-la! This group is so posh! (That's a fancy word for fancy) Just look at my mom and her cute friends. My mom's friend Nancy hosted a 'Fancy Nancy' party for their monthly bunko group. They all dressed up as fancy as they could and enjoyed a night of fun with decor and food that couldn't have been fancier. What a stupendous idea! (That's a fancy word for great) My girls loved seeing pictures of their grandma dressed like Fancy Nancy. My mom and her friends are too much fun!!! ***BTW - if you haven't read the Fancy Nancy books yet, they are spectacular! (another fancy word for great) ;)

Cookie dough. Some things need no explanation.

Seeing Ellie give Addison "rides" around the kitchen on her blankie. Addie inserts thumb in mouth and is ready to cruise!

Santa Clause VS. Santa Ana!!! We seem to be having an endless summer here in San Diego! Things just aren't cooling off at all, in fact, this last week temperatures here on our coast have been high 70's low 80's. My girls are still in sleeveless dresses and I'm ready to break out the Christmas decor! The one good thing about all this is that the plants in my yard are really taking off! Kenny and I killed so many plants for the first few years we lived here attempting to be gardeners. We finally figured out how to make things grow and look pretty...hire a landscaper! My yard makes me smile every day!

Some friends who know the cooking skills I possess suggested making Rhodes rolls for an easy dinner side dish. I made them last Sunday and am happy to say they turned out great! The kitchen smelled so good! Ellie said to me " smells so good in this Thanksgiving??!!" Poor girl. I'm really making an effort to cook more...
(also eating more! Three of my good things are pics of food. Nice. Must be that time of year.)

Can you say cheap labor? On the weekends Kenny always takes my car to get washed and then fills it with gas for me. (Yes - my husband takes good care of me!) My job is to scrub the floor mats while he's gone because they don't wash them very good at the car wash. Last weekend I decided it was time to delegate! The girls had a blast scrubbing away and I enjoyed a little down time. Girls...I think you missed a spot!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How much longer?

I'm trying really hard to hold off everything Christmas until Thanksgiving...but I don't know how much longer I can wait!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day! What a special day to acknowledge and show appreciation to American Veterans. Love it. Just got back from dinner with my girlfriends. When Kenny asked me what the occasion was THIS time, I said Veterans Day of course! Yeah...he didn't buy it. He thinks my friends and I will come up with any excuse to have a girls night and get out of putting our kids to bed. He's right! Whenever I think of random one day holidays like Veterans Day I think about my days at Zions Bank. I worked there as a teller while going to college and loved it for two reasons. 1: I worked with some of my best friends from High School (my sister even worked with me for a little while before transferring to another bank) and 2: Random holidays. Banks close for everything. In fact, my official job at the bank (which I loved and took very seriously) was to hang the "sorry we will be closed tomorrow" signs. I have so many fun memories from that time in my life. Today I thought about the Veterans and how grateful I am for them...and I thought about my days at Zions Bank. Good times.

And where exactly was our manager when these pics were taken???

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Good Things

Wow. October was busy. It came and went so quickly and I got behind on my "good things." I have been writing random things down (on random pieces of paper all over the house) for the last few weeks, I just haven't taken the time to blog about them. So this will be a long post. Which seems to be the norm for me lately...

The time change! Love this time change! Kids to bed earlier and up earlier in the morning makes for a more productive mom. Plus I'm just ready to be home and in my p.j's by five or six at night and it's easier to pull this off when it's dark outside.

Hearing my girls singing songs from the new Barbie move "The Diamond Castle." The new Barbie Christmas DVD just arrived in my mailbox and I can't wait to show it to my girls! Kenny and I are actually excited to see it too. Sad...huh.

My Brookstone Coin Counter. Love this thing! I gave them to a few people for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago (because what else do you give someone like my dad who has everything he needs and is probably as sick of getting sweaters and books as you are of giving them to him!). After I gave them away I kept telling Kenny how cool I thought they were. What a slick way to organize loose change! He bought me one at the end of football season and called it my "being such a cool and tolerant wife during football season gift." I just love hearing the clink clink clink of my change organizing itself. Always makes me happy. (Wonder if I'll get a gift this year?)

SeaWorld's "Halloween Spooktacular." It actually didn't feel that different than regular SeaWorld, (just fun Halloween decor all around) still - a fun day with the kiddos.

Kenny's cute grandma sent the girls Happy Halloween cards in the mail. (She is so darling - always sending holiday packages). They each had a dollar in their card and I said "look Ellie, your first dollar!" She answered, "what's a dollar for?" (Sadly, not much these days)

YEA! The election is over!!! I absolutely HATE contention and this election was full of it! California was in such an uproar over Prop 8 (glad it passed) but even more glad I don't have to hear about it for a while. While I voted for McCain and always tend to lean to the Republican side of things, I do have to admit that I like Obama. Don't like what will happen to my taxes, but I do get a good overall feeling about having him as our President. I guess we'll see... anyway, glad it's all over. LOVE this country...just don't love contention.

Daddy coming home from work at the end of each day. (The only one more excited than the kids is MOM!)

So my friend Angie and I have worked out a fabulous trade for Tuesday afternoons. Ellie and Madison have dance lessons so one of us takes the girls to dance while the other one takes the wild and crazy two year olds to the park. It feels so good to actually watch Ellie every other week instead of always chasing Addison around and trying desperately to keep her from disturbing class since she always want to be doing whatever "Lolly" is doing. So while the girls are doing this...

Their siblings are doing this...

(completely content and unaware of what they are missing!) **Just a side note - Addison and Mitchell are such a crack up together! They remind me of an old married couple - in love one minute and ready to kill each other the next!

My Spooky Halloween tree was a big hit with the girls this year. They painted cats, witches, bats and ghosts and then covered them in stickers and hung them on the tree.
There you go...I can't cook, but I did a craft. Counts for something - right?

Getting the chance to style my hair like this again was a good thing. When I was in high school and did my hair like this I had to wake up at 5:00 in the morning to get to drill team practice at 6:00. I used to shower and gel my hair and then go lay on a heating vent in my brother's room and let the heater dry my hair. I did this for two reasons. One: I was lazy and this way I could catch a few more zzzz's while my hair was drying and two: the heater worked better than a diffuser to give it that crispy crunch look that was oh so cool. This worked great in the winter, but I used to do it in the summer too! My dad would get SO mad at me! I'd turn on the the St. George... just to dry my hair. Sorry dad. Love you. :)

The smell of pledge and the sound of the dishwasher running. Usually means the house is clean.

A dentist appointment without any problems or work to be done.

Just discovered I LOVE Hershey Hugs. I bought them to cook in a treat (found the recipe on the Internet) and then of course never made the treat, just ate the bag of hugs. (Cause that's what I food to prepare and then don't prepare it).

Ellie made her debut in primary (church) a couple of weeks ago. She had her first Sacrament Meeting speaking part in the primary program. Her line (which she wrote herself) was "I know God loves me because he loves little people." We rehearsed and rehearsed and when the big moment came she delivered her line beautifully. Kenny and I beamed like she had just won the Congressional Medal of Honor. These are pics I took of the girls that day before church...(they are becoming quite the little posers! Guess that's what happens when your mom is constantly taking your picture).

Kenny in the black sweater I bought him.

(He just LOVES it when I snap photos of him when he is trying to get out the door and to work in the morning).

Nights ARE cooling off here! Still 75 degrees during the day, but the nights are feeling cool. Cool enough that I started putting Addison in her footed pajamas. I just LOVE babies in footed pajamas. Glad she has at least this one more season to wear them. I'll be so sad when I don't have a little one running around in footed pajama's anymore. Sad enough to have another baby? Depends on the day you ask me.... AND how cute the footed pajama's are. ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Time for a big girl bed?

mom's the only one who isn't ready...

So fun to wake up to rain this morning in San Diego...

(This picture was taken last January...probably the last time we saw rain!)