Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gingerbread house!

I know way to many pictures, But it is hard for me to simplify sometimes because the scrapbooker in me wants to include everyone and document it all in pictures. So there you go. We made our gingerbread house as our family activity this week. Dad does the usual construction of the whole thing and he helps the kids do all the decorating. My job is to take pictures and help them take turns nicely! It is always fun and of course it turned out beautiful! (Thank goodness for Costco's kits! Who wants to bake all the ginger bread anyway!)

Oh Fudge!

I had to share what happened to me today. My 13 month old baby started crying and throwing what can only be called a tantrum. So I tried to see what she wanted. I thought oh she is hungry. So I offered her one of her favorites, pretzels, no this only made her more mad, I offered her sippy cup no!!! So I would set her down and she would throw her self down and scream. I even walked to the other room and out side for a few minutes to see if she would stop..... NO. So I picked her back up to try to sooth her. NO! So I thought she can show me what she wants, So we go to the kitchen where she is pointing she is pointing to the counter so we go closer, there is the pan of fudge I finished making about 20 minutes earlier... She is reaching and crying. I tell her no and walk away. So she gets more hysterical and out of control.... after trying the experiment again 5 minutes later to see if that is still what she wants and of course it is (smart girl!) I am thinking, it isn't set up yet.... and I really don't think feeding my baby fudge is the best choice. But I give in (I know what would Dr. Phil say!) But How can I deny my sweet baby. (ha ha!) So I caved to make the crying stop! I give her less then an inch piece and she is in heaven but only for a minute because that was not enough to satisfy the chocolate craving apparently! So She starts to cry again till I cut another small piece and she devours it but this time happy in the end! I have spoiled this sweet baby! I never never never would have fed Ethan fudge at 13 months old! I was so strict on what he ate! But I take comfort in the fact that she still loves all those wonderful things that are good for her, veggies, fruit, meat, and dairy. So I guess I haven't totally ruined her!

Monday, December 17, 2007

It's a Boy X 2!!!

My Brother- In - Law and sister in law Scott and Annette just had a baby boy! He is beautiful! (Of course!) If you want to see his story and beautiful face you can click on Scott and Annette's link!
But before he was born my Sister in Law Jenniann had her baby December 6th! He was 9+ LBS! He's a whopper! I can't wait to see him this weekend. I will post pictures when I get back from visiting him! I can't wait to go and snuggle the baby!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree!

Every year we like to find the biggest Christmas tree that will fit in our living room. We have these great high ceilings (first thing I noticed in the house and it was a selling point!) I always wanted to have a giant Christmas tree when I was younger! So finding one that is just right is always fun and some times a challenge. But worth it! I feel bad for Larry because he has the hardest job, getting the thing in the tree stand and then getting lights on it! Our kids always love the whole thing and usually make us crazy while he gets the lights on. They can't wait to hang their ornaments on the tree. But this year we thought ahead and Larry got the whole thing ready while the girls were napping and the boys were having "quiet" time in their room. So they were really surprised to come down stairs and have a tree all ready to decorate! It was a lot of fun and
less stress this way! As usual it turned out to be a beautiful tree and we all had fun. Hayden loves the tree. Every monring when I bring her down the stairs she sees it, smiles, waves and says Hi. I don't know if she is actually saying Hi but it sure sounds like it. It is so sweet! The great part about it is she doesn't bother it either. She doesn't even really touch it. I hope she keeps it up because I think I would go crazy with one more thing to keep her out of (she loves the DVD's and CD's right now!) Anyway it is a lot of fun and we think it is a beautiful tree!