Sunday, December 20, 2009

My friend Missy

My friend Missy is the most amazing photographer,
and recently started a really cool web site with a few of her
equally amazing friends!

I was on the phone with her while I was making
some wings for Lays and she asked if she
could run over and take some pics for her site.
I was flattered, and a little nervous that my hodge podge
craft would look hodge podgey!

I forgot how she can take anything and make it
look like this! Every pic on my blog that
looks this good was taken by her!
Thanks Missy Darling.
I love these pics.
Now everyone needs to check out
her web site!
(you can find it on the right side of my blog,
just scroll down and click on it)
p.s. It's Toms Birthday today,
but he won't let me blog about him!
I'd do it anyways, but I am trying to
be nice for his birthday.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kid Stuff!

I have been getting a kick out of my kids!
Layla went nuts with this $ store
jewelry the other day.
She pranced around like Royalty for hours.

I also have a few Layla quotes I just have to
get in print!
1. When she is getting tired at night she will say,
"I'm getting slower!"
Last night she changed it up and said,
"Mom, I can't keep it together!!!!"
2. When she is really excited she will say,
"That's TAMAZING!"
3. On Sunday during the quietest part of church I was
whispering to her about Jesus and she SHOUTED out,
"Mom there are no bums in Heaven!
We don't want bums in heaven!
We won't have bums in heaven!"
(I cant translate that one. I have no idea myself.)
4. After preschool she said,
Layla- "Mom we watched a scary movie!"
Me- "What was it called?"
Layla- "The Krunk!"
Me- "Do you mean the Grinch?"
Layla- "Yep, the Krunk!"
No matter how many times the rest of us say
"Grinch" she will always say,
"Yep the Krunk!"
She also insists that he is orange.
5. This happened 5 seconds ago!
Tom just got home and Lays said,
"Dad we are having TWIRLIES!"
I made rolls for dinner!!!!!
love it!
So most of you know how strange I am.
I do think that I am mellowing in my OLD age,
but when I had Logan I was only 21. Keeping that in mind
would be nice while I explain what I did. When Logan was a baby
I thought it would be funny to write on the back of his head
where he had rubbed his hair off!

Logan and Jay decided that
Henry needed to have the same
right of passage!

Tom was not pleased with us, but I
actually, kind of, get a kick out of it still.
What is wrong with me?

We Love Snow!

My kids love to play around in the snow.
I didn't realize it till I got out
the camera but,

Logan and Jay played together,

Layla played by herself,

and Henry was stuck inside with me!
He watched them at the window almost the
entire time they were out there.
Maybe next year he can be
Laylas playmate.

Ugly Sweater party anyone?

We had such a fun night at
Nate & Staci's
We waited till the last minute to go looking for our outfits
and couldn't find anything, so I souped us up some originals
with help from the $ store and my hot glue gun!
Yes, Toms tinsel tree does light up...

And yes, those are real ornaments in my ears!

We tried our hardest,
but our friend Chris won the prize for,
(I bet you can guess which one he is)
At least we didn't get suckered into paying
what he did for his e-bay treasure!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Ho Ho Ho
Santa Came To Town!
Or did he?

We love Santa, but Logan told Jay that sometimes an
Santa comes to help Santa out.
It is my fault. I told that to Logan one year when
we were shopping and the "Big Guy" showed up too many times.
As you can see, Jameson and Logan decided
that today it was absolutely the Impostor Santa!
I actually said "Santa's Helper", but Logan remembers
it differently!
This is actually a miracle!
The first picture is "Layla free"
cause she was screaming to get out of it.
She wouldn't even let us hold her next to the boys!
Then after she watched some other kids talking to Santa,
Tom took her over and she sat on his knee no problem.
So I ran and got everyone and threw them in the picture.
They played along better this time don't you think?
Merry Christmas!
p.s. I found last years pic.
Layla never calmed down for this one!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jameson is 5!

PERRY!(you know 5 on the 5th)
We had a lot of fun decorating for this one.
When Jay turned 4 I told him about
Golden Birthdays
and he never forgot. I'm not kidding,
he talked about it all year!
So when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted
he instantly said, "GOLD" of course!

My little man is 5 years old today!!!
I can't believe it. Where does the time go?
It seems like only yesterday I was trying to teach him
how to hold down a few of his fingers to show how old he was,
now he is a whole hand! When I informed him of this he got the
hugest grin on his face. It sure doesn't take much to get my
J-man to smile. On the flip side, it doesn't take
much to make him ticked either.

ItalicI have two stories to illustrate my point.
#1. Sweet Jay
Jay- "Mom, you are more Beautifuler than
everyone in the whole world!"
Me- "Thanks Jay that makes me so happy!"
(then Layla comes booking it into the room in a furry)
Layla- (hands on hips) "Hey, I'm beautiful too!!!"
Jay- "No, Mommies prettier!"
Me- "Jay Layla is your prettiest sister right?"
Jay- "O.k., I guess she can be my prettiest sister."
(like he has a choice)
#2. Not so sweet Jay
Tom- "Jameson, Mommy and I decided that you get
to choose whether you want just me and Mommy
to take you out to lunch on your birthday,
or if you want Logan, Layla, and Henry to come too.
Jay- "I want to take Daddy and Logan and Henry...
and Layla, but not Mommy!"
Jay was mad at me for sticking him in "time out" when Tom asked him.
Tom- "That wasn't one of the options!"
It took him about 10 minutes to decide,
but I was finally invited.

Jameson is truly an original!
When we were putting him to bed last
night , I was talking to him about when he was born.
He soaked it all in loving every detail,
and when I was done I said,
Me- "I sure love you a lot."
Jay- "So you wouldn't trade me?"
Me- "Nope Jay, I would never,
never, never, never, trade you!"

p.s. When I put Jay to bed he always wants me to sing
two songs to him, the "Shrek" theme song "Somebody
once told me the world is gonna roll me", and
"Adel vice" from "The Sound of Music."
I love my little odd ball!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Girls are cool too!

I love my boys!
They are so wild and fun, but
tonight I had to put Logan in his place!

He was telling us an animated tale of gym class
when the terrible offence occurred.

It went a little something like this.
Logan- "We played this new tag game.
Everyone is "it" and the last person to get tagged wins.
Me- "That sounds fun, do you like it?"
Logan- "Yep, I won once, but today I got tagged.
Jevin got tagged by a girl!!!"
Yep, he really said it, and kept going too!
Me- "Hey, what's wrong with that?"
Logan- "You know, that's like saying you throw like a girl!"
Me- oh no, not my son"Hey Logan did you know when I was in grade 6
I was the fastest kid in the school?"
This is where two things happened at once.
Logan gave me the most disbelieving look I have ever seen, and
Tom burst out laughing so hard that it took on that annoying ha, ha quality.
Logan- "Dad, was she really?"
Tom- still laughing "She says she was."
Logan- "Mom, I'm faster than you are!"
I tell ya, "I don't get no respect!"
Me- "That is because I just had a baby...
lets race in a year!"
Logan- "O.k. but I'm only going to be faster next year!"
So, yada, yada, yada...
Logan and I have a race set for
next summer, winner gets a buck.
While I was telling this story to my friend,
she said that there was a father on "The Biggest Loser"
who let his daughter beat him in a race. To which I replied,
"I know, I saw it last night."
I am still laughing so hard at the whole thing.
I can't believe that I let my 8 year goad me into
racing him for money, but
we females have got to stick together, am I right?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Angels in Blue Jeans!

Last year we went with some friends to chop down our own
Christmas Tree up in the mountains. It was so fun,
and went so well that we decided to make a Tradition out of it.
This year did NOT "go so well!"
We got stuck in a snow bank, on an unplowed narrow mountain road
because a truck came around the corner trying to pass us!
The driver of said truck left us stranded in our kid-filled van,
out of cell phone range because he didn't have a chain!
I'm not going to lie to you, we were worried.
The phrase "up a creek without a paddle"really
started to make sense to me, but barely 5 minutes passed
until these two men showed up!
These guys hooked us up and pulled us out like they had done it
1000 times, and come to find out, they have done it a ton of times.
Thank heaven for good Samaritans!
What would we have done without them?
I wish I had the sense to get their address instead of their picture,
but I didn't so I'm thanking them on my blog,
which they will never even see.
That still counts doesn't it?

So here is the tree we almost slid off a 15 foot ledge for.


So my thanksgiving note is...
I'm thankful that we didn't fall off the 15 foot ledge,
and I'm thankful for Angels in Blue Jeans!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Little Layla.

I can't tell you how much fun she is...

But I'll try!

She is a girlie girl, who obviously
loves to pose for the camera,

But did you know she likes to make up stuff?
Her nursery leader in church tells me cute little stories
about her all the time.
This week she was wearing this black flower
with a great big jewel in the center that I had made for her,
(it's the one that is currently in the Sunday Morning Snapshots)
so her teacher asked,
Teacher- "That is a darling little flower Layla.
Did your Mommy make it for you?"
Layla- "Um... no, she borrowed it from the flower shop!"
Too cute!
Another day when my other friend was taking care of Lays for me,
Layla walked in the house and began to point out everything she
was wearing, saying that a different person had given her
each item. She didn't get one thing right, but she tells her
tales with such conviction it kills me!
You know,
Layla-" Do you like my bracelet? My Auntie Jacklyn
gave it too me!"
She doesn't just make up tales for clothes either.
The other day Lisa my sister in law was taking care of the kids,
and she was asking them what letter their names started with,
Lisa- "Jay, what does your name start with?"
Jay-" uh, uh, a J, J-a-y!"
Layla- " Mine starts with an L, L-a-y!"
Lisa- "Do you guys know what your last name starts with?"
(I have not taught them this one yet, so...)
Layla- "Platypus!"
I think Layla's motto is,
Speaking of shouting stuff out.
I was fixing one of her little hooks the other day, while
I was talking on the phone to my cousin Jade so I wasn't
paying attention to what Layla was saying,
but when I finally tuned her in I heard...
Layla- "Oh, thank you Mommy! Thank you! I love it!
I'm so lucky!"
Then she gave me a huge hug and kiss!
What a heart melter that kid is.

She wishes she had a SISTER, but when she talks about it
I remind her that we can be, if she wants, and she likes that.
She always calls me her BEST FRIEND, and I like that!
p.s. When we play games she makes me talk
"like a princess," if I forget she'll say,
"Mother you aren't talking like
a princess Mother."
That is the only time she ever says "Mother."
You know cause princesses are all proper,
and speak with a high English accent right?
Actually, I think I can blame Tom
for making her think that.
He always talks with an English accent
when they have Tea Parties!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This weekend!! Good times!

This Friday my friend Marie celebrated her
2_Th Birthday!

So we went out for awesome food with our
husbands. These guys have known each other since
before they were in kindergarten and somehow managed to
marry girls who think and act a lot alike!
Lots of people ask us if we're sisters, so I always say..
"we pretty much are, I'd give her a kidney!"

This Saturday I was asked by my friend Jen to pick her up
at the Airport because she went on an extremely long
day and a half trip.
When I was telling Staci I had to pick Jen
up we got the inspiration to act like she had been gone
forever out of the good Ole U.S.of A!
So we made a big ugly poster, wrangled up a flag, and
got ready to cheer as loud as possible!
We thought she might think we were too nerdy, but...

as you can see she loved it!
There's just something so fun about following through
on lame ideas.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A year ago today

A year ago today Tom and I went to the
ultrasound that changed our lives. When we were told
our little baby has Spina Bifida we were devastated.
No one wants these things to happen.
I'm writing this post today to talk about what I have learned.
I've learned the old adage, "time heals all wounds," is a good one.
When the Doctor told us about Henry she was very negative.
She said the brain didn't form properly,
the skull didn't form properly, the spine didn't form properly,
and that we "had options."
She said it like it would be cruel to keep him!
It was overwhelming to hear,
and see that so many things had gone wrong.
What if we had listened to her?
It isn't easy to face terrifying situations,
when you are terrified!
I don't think people who decide to end their pregnancies
understand what they are giving up.
A year ago today I didn't,
I was crying myself to sleep at 1:00 in
the afternoon feeling like my poor little baby was broken.

A year ago today Tom and I were wishing this hadn't happened.
But we believe that God knows what he is doing.
So we dealt with the news by fasting, praying,
and trying to accept the worst, and hope for the best.
This enabled us to let "Time" do it's thing,
but we still had ups and downs.
One particularily bad day I was worrying about
all the things that could go wrong, and praying for something
happy to focus on. That is the day my ultrasound Tech
asked me if I would be willing to use the 3-d machine because
she needed some practice!
I was speechless when my little guy's face came up on the screen.
It was exactly what I needed. What a blessing!
I was given a glimps of this...
once we held our little one nothing else mattered.
How could it? Look at this adoreable little man!
His body may not be perfect, but he is.
Sometimes God sends you an Angel.
3 months
Henry is doing so well, he truly is a miracle kid
who continues to exceed the Doctors expectations.
A year ago is gone, "TIME" has healed our wounds, and
what was once the reason for our sorrow
is now our joy.

Friday, November 6, 2009

B-Ball not Football!

Logan had his first basketball game on Halloween.
It was a lot of fun watching him. He was so cute.
I am probably going to get in trouble for saying that
because he reads my blog and wasn't thrilled when
I put that video of him singing on, but he was way cute!

I could really see his personality seeping into his
I think people say "game", right?
He made a basket, and was a pretty good
defensive player.

It is so strange to me that some of these kids have
been playing for 3 years already!
What ever happened to playing outside after school?

Logan already has groupies, but I'm pretty sure
they thought they were going to the B.S.U. football game!

What a good sport!
This is actually one of Logan's good friends.
Aren't they cute?
Now don't we know how to pose for a great picture?
I actually had to grab Jay's coat to make him stay in the shot,
and as you can see, Tom and I weren't "shot" worthy!