Sunday, November 29, 2009


We enjoyed a nice break last week at my parent's home. It was the big on year for my dad's side of the family, so for Thanksgiving Day we celebrated with about 80 of my relatives. My 97 year old grandparent's are still hanging in there, they are so amazing! It was nice to catch up with some of my cousins and enjoy some yummy food!

My girls loved spending time with their cousins, they hadn't seen them in about 1 1/2 years (thanks to me being pregnant!) All of my neices and nephews (10 cousins all together with my kids) enjoyed several days together. We did our cousin Christmas gift exchange and my kids were very happy with their new toys. Kessiah got a bop it, Jenessa acquired some new Littlest Pet Shop toys, Sienna updated our Candyland and Chutes & Ladders games and Logan loves his new set of tools that look just like Daddy's! We left Mason out of the mix this year, I didn't think he would mind too much.

We got to celebrate my Dad's birthday as well as having a early birthday party for Kessiah. Kessiah was quite surprised when Ryan wheeled out a bicycle for her present (ya gotta love Black Friday sales!) We got it home safely tied to the top of the van!

The trip was better than I expected. On the way there the boys did quite well, we had to stop and feed Mason about every 2 hours...but it went pretty smooth. On the way back it wasn't quite so pleasant. I think Mason cried/whined for about the last half of the trip. At a few points along the way both boys were "singing" together. At least Ryan and I were able to keep a good attitude through it. My girls would have liked to have seen some snow during our week at Nana and Papa's house, but that didn't happen until we were on our way home when we saw some snow in Flagstaff. Jenessa was ready to lay down in the Wendy's parking lot where we had stopped for dinner and make a snow angel, she wasn't very happy that we made her get in the van!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sienna turns 4!

WOW! My baby girl turned 4 years old this week! She is very exuberant and full of life. She has a very hard time being quiet, sometimes I have to ask her to stop talking for a few minutes so my brain can have a moment of silence! She loves to get attention from mommy and daddy, which I know she craves (after all, she is right smack dab in the middle of 2 big sisters and 2 little brothers!) . She loves it when her sisters play with her. She knows her letters and has recently learned how to write her name. She has a hard time trying to decide if she wants to do school like her sisters or just play (or pick on) Logan all day!

She wanted to have pancakes for her birthday dinner, I was happy to make such an easy request! I made our traditional birthday cake...funfetti. But I switched it up a bit with pink frosting and heart sprinkles on top.

An interesting note...for 2 weeks the ages of our children are 8, 6, 4, 2, and 0! No wonder I'm tired at the end of the day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009

Another fun night for the kids...we had a Miss Universe, 2 fairies, a giraffe and a black cat. We went to a trunk or treat at the church and then Ryan took the two oldest girls around the neighborhood. We have more candy than we've ever had before! I have enjoyed way too many Reese's peanut butter cups! Hopefully, the chocolate will be gone soon!

Halloween Cake 2009

Ryan talked me into making a Halloween cake for a potluck that he had at work. So, he took this beautiful creation to work and came home with the hair for us to finish eating!

3 months old

This little cutie is full of smiles and starting to giggle. If only I could get him to sleep through the night on a regular basis! He has done it a few I know he can do it!