Sunday, December 30, 2012

Love these faces

I found these cute mustaches, so we had to have a little fun photo shoot. 

Serious about Christmas!! =)

These boys bring me so much joy!!! LOVE, LoVe, lOvE these faces!! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Merry Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas! Santa and our families were so good to us! 

Yes! An iPod touch! 

I love that he was so happy to get this book. It is a sequel to a book he had just finished reading. 

Working hard to get this unwrapped. =)

Carter got the Imaginext castle, the ogre and several knights for the castle.  He also got a Lightening McQueen Hawk,  bath toys, play capes, Gak and a Find it game. 

Colton got his Skylander Giants game/starter kit, several giants, a case for them, the Johnny Skull game, Gak, a new iTouch case, a book, and a movie. 

Cooper got his iTouch, a case for it, a target game, a puzzle, Gak, a boxing set, a game and a hunting playset. 

We made sure to have the traditional birthday pancake breakfast for Jesus. We sang and blew out candles. 

Have to mention this because I thought it was so cute. I made the pancakes with red and green chocolate chips and Carter was so excited because his pancakes had "polka dots." Three is such a fun age!
Not the best picture but had to post it. 

After breakfast we were able to let the boys open everything and play. We hung around, played and napped. Then we headed to my mom's for a yummy Christmas dinner(thanks Mama) and lots of awesome gifts!! 
We celebrated with Cody's parents a few days later. We had a fun dinner at Bonzai and then opened lots of awesome gifts there too!! As always, all five of us were spoiled!! 
Most of all, we were able to celebrate Jesus' birth with those that we love most. We are truly blessed!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve

Tonight was a great service at church. Not only did we sing beautiful songs and hear a great message but there was a fun little surprise to change things up a bit. During the children's sermon the kids shook maracas and then a mariachi band came out playing " Feliz Navidad." So fun! Of course, my favorite part is always when we light the candles and sing Silent Night. It is so beautiful to see the sanctuary glowing with candlelight and the whole congregation focusing on the most important reason we celebrate! Jesus' birth!  Carter really loved holding the candle. He took it very seriously.=)
Love this picture of Carter and my Dad. Papa sure loves his grandkids. 

After church, our immediate families came here for a wonderful dinner--tamales, Elk chili and lots of other goodies. The kids love running around with their cousins all full of Christmas Eve energy going full throttle. =) I just love having everyone here together. Amid the chaos, I felt immensely BLESSED!

Here are my boys with Cody's Nana. She has heart problems and hasn't been feeling well lately so I am so glad she  was able to spend the evening with us. 

Once everyone headed home, my boys got their jammies on and we sprinkled the reindeer food on the lawn.

Then we set out Santa's milk and cookies and some cheese for Santa Mouse(a cute book Cooper's teacher read him). With that ready, we got in bed and did the "What God Wants for Christmas" activity. Then everyone got tucked in so they could dream of what tomorrow will bring.
Santa came!!!

Sweet dreams to you all! Merry Christmas! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Fun

We headed over to Bass Pro Shop for some last minute Christmas fun yesterday evening. They usually have some cute games and activities for the kids. However, we got there at 7:10 and even though they didn't close til 9, all the kid's stuff was closed at 7. Didn't expect that at all. Luckily, one sweet worker offered to run the carousel one more time for my boys. Yay for Christmas spirit! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

School parties

Yesterday the big boys had their Christmas parties at school. Their parties overlapped but I was able to spend a little time at each of them. I love being up at the school and watching my kids interact in that setting. Also, I like getting to know their friends better. The best part is that they are always so glad that I am there. They make me feel so loved! They each had fun parties that were a great way to start their Christmas break!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Invitation

The other day Colton gave me this invitation...

Yes- he could pick anyone to write his tribute to and he chose me. I was so excited to hear what he wrote! 
He read it to me and I of course teared up.

 The fact that my first baby thinks of me in this way makes me believe (and hope and pray) that I am doing something right. As a Mama, it really doesn't get much better than this.
Thank you for making me feel so loved and for being the son I always dreamed of! I am a lucky Mama!  

As a side note...Colton still loves to draw. The other day he drew and colored this. Pretty awesome! He was so excited when several of his friends wanted a copy. =) 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Six Looks Like

This post written by Jennifer Rowe Walters was shared on Facebook and I sobbed so hard as I read it!!!

"I am not really a major cryer. I mean, don't get me wrong, I cry -- when it's appropriate to do so. Funerals. The occasional wedding if it's particularly beautiful or meaningful. Schindler's List. Things that normal people cry at. I am definitely not an over-cryer. I don't cry at commercials or cheesy Hallmark movies or at the drop of a hat. And, when I do cry, there's usually a beginning and an end. I cry. I get it out. I stop. Normal crying.
However, since I first started to understand the magnitude of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning, I have cried a lot. I cried when I heard the terrible news. I cried when I went to pick my son up early from school. I cried when I told my husband what had happened. I cried when I talked to my girlfriends about it. I cried at church when we prayed for each victim by name. Off and on for going on three days now, I have cried. And this is despite going out of my way to not watch anything about it on TV or read too much about it online. I'm actively trying to avoid it, but I still find myself crying more than usual.
I mentioned this to a friend last night and she said that she couldn't seem to stop crying either. When I asked her why she thought that was, her answer was, for me, a revelation. She said, "I think it's because we know what six looks like. We see it every day... in all its glory." And she was right. Because, you see, this friend and I both have a six-year-old child. I, a six-year-old son. She, a six-year-old daughter. Both are in first grade. Both, I imagine, so heart-breakingly similar to those 20 kids who were so brutally and senselessly killed on Friday morning. And we do, indeed, know what six looks like. We do see it every day. In all its glory. We see the good, the bad and the ugly. The beautiful and the infuriating. It's in our face. We live it and breathe it.
We know what six looks like. We know what it smells like. How it can go from the fresh scent of shampoo and soap to the musky aroma of "dirty child" in what seems like minutes. How it resists getting in the bathtub... and then resists getting out half an hour later. How sweet its hair and skin and clean jammies smell when it sits on your lap and asks you to read it a bedtime story. We know the unmistakeable fragrance of the occasional accident in the middle of the night caused by too much milk and no last-thing-before-bed visit to the toilet.
We know what six looks like. We know what it sounds like. How it cries and whines. How it sings and laughs. How clever it is and how much more clever it grows every day. How it sounds out words on signs as we drive past in the car and how happy it is when it gets them right. How annoying it sounds when it teases its little sister and how kind it sounds when it soothes her when she falls down and hurts herself. We know how lovely the words "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "I Love You" sound in its six-year-old voice.
We know what six looks like. We know how it tastes. How picky it is. How it thinks chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese are gourmet foods. How much it loves candy and cookies. How it tolerates broccoli and carrots. How it absolutely abhors Brussels sprouts. How it thinks French fries are a vegetable. How it thinks chocolate milk was created by God himself. How it thinks pizza is its own food group. We know that six is happy when it finds "I love you!" written on a napkin in its lunch box at school.
We know what six looks like. We know how it feels. How big it's getting. How fast it outgrows its clothes and how it's no longer a baby, but not quite yet a big kid. We know the weight of six in our arms. How we can barely carry it anymore, but try anyway because we can't quite bring ourselves to accept the truth. We know how easily six gets its feelings hurt if someone says just the wrong thing or if this friend or that one doesn't want to play with it or it gets in trouble at school. We know the velvety softness of six's skin. We know the still-silkiness of its hair.
Yes, we know what six looks like. We know six's gap-toothed smile and its gangly arms and legs. We see how it jumps and dances. How it twirls and runs. We know how funny six is. How absolutely charming it can be. We know six's terrible jokes. We know how obsessed it is with "Minecraft." We know its crooked "S" and its backwards "3." We see how it teeters on the cusp of the world of books and all the joys of reading, but how it's not quite ready to fall in yet. We see how six can't decide if it wants us to stand beside it or not. We watch it take two steps towards independence and one step back towards us every day. We know how sturdy and strong six is... and yet how frail and fragile.
We know what six looks like. How beautiful it is. How precious. How brightly it shines with promise. How much it looks towards the future... toward 7,8,9... How much it looks like forever.
We know what six looks like and can only in our worst nightmares imagine how devastating its loss in this senseless and evil way would be. We can only barely imagine the wreckage and the despair and the utter hopelessness that would be left if six were brutally and suddenly taken from us. We know we couldn't bear life without it.
Yes, we know what six looks like. And we know that, to us -- like it must be for those other mothers and fathers in Connecticut -- six is the whole world."

 I too know what six looks like in my 1st grader.

I cannot imagine my life or our family without my Cooper in it! I am so lucky and grateful that I get hold him in my arms each day! Praying for the families of Sandy Hook and praying for the health and safety of all of God's children!