Monday, December 28, 2009

Hanging out with the boys today

I think we all started to feel the rush of Christmas today, we all woke up exhausted today. After my early am workout I showered and went back to bed to cuddle with Nathan because I was cold and landed up sleeping until 9, how great is that! So the rest of the day the kiddos have been playing with their gifts and watching movies, it's really cold out so a nice relaxing day indoors is exactly what we all needed.
So as the new year approaches I can't help but smile. I like so many am eager to see this year behind me, it's been unusually hard with lots and lots of changes. The first big ( I mean HUGE!) change was that my teenage step-son came to live with us, and that was a huge change all in itself in less than a month I would lose my beloved grandfather, and just a few short months after that another huge loss, my papa. I am eager to start a new year and a new decade, I can't wait to see what this new year hold for us and what memories we will begin to make. I wish you all a very very Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

let it snow...let it snow!

This week we were very blessed to receive enough snow to play in. That doesn't happen for us very often so we took full advantage of the situation, by staying home to play in it all day. Here are some fun pics of the boys enjoying the day.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gingerbread Heaven...

A picture of the train
that circles around the whole village

This one was the kid's
favorite, it is from the
movie UP

I liked the more traditional
looking ones like this.

This creation won first
place in the church theme

I was able to spend some much needed quality time with Nicolas & Nathan so we decided to go to our local gingerbread village. The Prescott Resort does this every year, it is the biggest in the state. Children from across the state, schools, hotels, news agencies, newspapers, restaurants, companies you name it every one brings in a gingerbread creation to be judged and set out for hundreds maybe even thousand to admire. A working train circles the entire masterpiece it is always so much fun. It's also so amazing to see the imagination some people have and also what candy can do other than adhere itself to my hips. Isaac was not up to going that day so we will venture out again with him, I could see it everyday it never gets old and I think I see something new each time. It's given me some ideas to try at home for our own gingerbread houses. Take a peak:)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Parade

Me & the boys enjoying the parade
and not minding the really cold weatherThe kiddos loved this car...
a Rudolph slug bugThe kids are begging us to get
them one of these for the front
yard, hmm next year will it be for
the parade?I love when Christmas comes to our little town, it seems as if our little town comes alive with the spirit of the season. Our town is the state's official Christmas city. Here are some shots I took of the parade, I'm still learning how to use my new camera and the parade was a huge learning session, I still have so much to read and so much to learn but I figure the practice won't hurt either. Tonight it's off to the Courthouse lighting and tomorrow after church a walk through Bethlehem, what fun! What a blessed mommy I am to be surrounded with these wonderful boys throughout this wonderful holiday season.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Time to get into the holiday spirit

My mom with Gramps
last year.

it's hot chocolate I promise!

Missing him tons this year

but I'm sure he had a much

better view of it this year
plus I'm sure the weather
is so much warmer in heaven!

Me & the love of my life

taking it all in:)

Some pics of last year's annual Christams Parade of lights....missing my gramps this year.

I will post pics of this years parade soon, I just got a new camera and I haven't figured it all out yet so they are coming just as soon as I can.

Saturday, November 28, 2009 for turkey so crispy & brown for turkey so crispy & brown for ham with it's sugary crown for apple pies that grandmother makes nuts & sweet little cakes for kinfolk who come to break bread for sauce made of cranberries red for gravy enjoy not the least for Indians at the first feast for voices of young & old for ice cream so yummy & cold for nonsense that makes the day bright for games we play until night
Nathan was in a school play last week right before Thanksgiving it was so sweet, he was a Pilgrim Minister and his famous line was "Praise the Lord" it was so cute here are some pics.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

what a wow of a day...

The boys with their daddy

they were so excited &

proud of him back on the ground,

safe & sound

Going up, up & awayToday, one day after celebrating ten years of marriage my husband still takes my breath away. This thanksgiving I am so thankful, thankful to him and thankful for him. I am thankful that he loves me the way he does, quirks and all. I am thankful for all that he does for me, he is our provider, protector and rock. I am thankful for all that he has given me, like his heart, a home, our children and countless moments in between. I am thankful that I get to share my life with such a generous, selfless, loving, caring, affectionate, intelligent and wonderful man. This has been one of the most difficult years our family has faced and it was so nice having someone to be with me through it all. Ten years later I am thankful that as much as I think I know him he still inspires me and surprises me. Check this out...

Friday, November 20, 2009

almost time...

TGIF...I'm so excited because the end of this week brings a brand new really fun week. Tomorrow I will celebrate my last twenty something birthday and Tuesday is our ten year wedding anniversary. I feel like one lucky and blessed woman lately. My children are healthy, happy and thriving and I think Isaac may finally be growing out of his difficult stage ( fingers...and toes crossed). I am married to my very best friend and can hardly believe it's been ten years, my how time flies when raising children. Have a wonderful weekend:)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Isaac's day...

So today Isaac had a dr. appt with our lovely pediatrician, I can't believe that she has been the kiddos doc for almost ten years, well then again I can't believe we've had children for almost ten years ago. It's hard for me to remember those days anymore they were so long ago. Isaac's appointment went wonderful he went from being on the small side to just a little above the small side, his eyes, nose, throat and ears are all great. He has never had an ear infection so he was able to skip one of the booster shots today Yipeee! He did however receive the regular seasonal flu shot as well as another hep shot, he is in the clear for a while at least, thank goodness. I really hope we can make it through the flu season without getting sick, wouldn't that be nice. The other kiddos are all doing great as well, school is going great progress cards came home and they are all doing wonderful. November is always such a jam packed month for us that I'm really happy that every thing else is going smooth. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods as well:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Enjoying all the boys...

Yesterday was just so much fun, although nothing extraordinary happened it was just a really nice day. The boys didn't have school yesterday so we got to stay home and play all day, well all besides the hour Nathan had to visit the dentist. My kids have especially soft teeth so they are very cavity prone and that being said yesterday Nathan had all of his teeth sealed, hopefully this will keep the cavity creating bugs out. He thought it was very cool, because before sealing his teeth they had to fix one cavity, a serious one because it required numbing, so for about an hour after his appointment the left side of his face was asleep so he would try making all these funny faces, they were hysterical with half of his face not moving and add the missing two front teeth and it was laugh until your cheeks hurt kind of laugh.
Hope all is well in all of your households as well-Shiri

Wednesday, November 4, 2009