christmas overload

Meeting with the Big Guy. And *adding* to their lists....
My new tree skirt. Last year's clearance.
And my festive black, red and green wrapping. I love it!
Our newest ornament. Courtesy our Home and Visiting Teachers!
At Grandpa Dave's. Playing with the dog's toy. All the kids' favorite - a rubber chicken.
Disobeying and sliding down the stair wall.
And it didn't take long to find the colorings.
Christmas Morning.
Look what Santa brought!
A Barbie Horse (and Barbie clothes).
A Barbie Horse (and Princess and the Frog toys...she asked for the actual movie-even Santa isn't that good;).
Let 'er rip!
New shirts! I needed these!
This is boring. Can I just eat my candy now?
But wait! What is this?? A new trike??
Ah, that's better.
Grandpa's creative wrapping. And Marryn's creative unwrapping.

And a kiss for the Princess. Or would that be for the Frog....

Finally, double digit weather. Time for some sledding.
{I still bust up laughing when I look at these!}
But what a good sport (surprisingly). She hopped on again.

Some fast sledding with Dad.

Grandpa showing them how to make and throw snowballs.

Making snow angels (and of course she picked out a spot right next to the mailbox post...).
Okay, so does anyone else have problems with Blogger and how it annoying the spacing of words and pictures can be??? I've been working on this post waaaaayyyy longer than I should be and it's still not how I want it!!! Grrrrr!!!


our christmas card

So, I'm barely getting around to getting our Christmas, or um, for this year, Holiday Cards, out. And by barely-they'll go out tomorrow.

I wanted to keep them really simple-no letter, just a picture and our blog address (let them come see for themselves how we are;). But I was struggling to get a good picture of the kids together. So last night, I set them up, in poor lighting and uncoordinated clothes (or jammies for Christian), and completely bribed them. I finally got a decent shot, loaded it up to the holiday card template I picked out (for free!), added our name and blog site and sent out for 1 hour prints. I was so excited! I didn't really think I'd get around to sending them out this year.

So today, our busy last day before we leave for WY, I ran into Costco to pick them up before the girls' dentist appointments.

Yes, they chopped off half of our blog address.

But, what could I really do? (Maybe if I hadn't waited until the absolutely last moment...)

So for those who don't follow my blog, there is a little sticker on the back with a fully readable blog address:). And for those who do follow us and are reading this, I tried. Next year, maybe, something better...


a little gratitude

I know, a little late, but really, is it ever late to express a little gratitude?

I am grateful that although our trip was delayed a day, we were able to drive to Arizona to visit my family over the Thanksgiving week. (And on that topic, I'm also grateful that my oh-so-not-mechanical husband and I were-with the phone assistance of his dad-able to jump start our car and that after battery tests, were in the clear with a perfectly fine battery. ???)
I am grateful that after 14 hours in the car, at least someone was at my parents house to greet us. And at a house we had never even been to.
I am grateful to my not-so-little brother Garrett and his fine entertaining skills while we waited yet almost another day for my parents to finally arrive.

{I love Uncle Garrett's horse rides}
{I love my Uncle Garrett and even though I haven't seen him for 2 years, I can't stop talking his ear off}
{How come I didn't get to go outside????}
I am grateful for the full day we all spent together, totally relaxing doing nothing, before heading to Mesa.
I am grateful for my aunt and uncle for putting us up for a couple days. On top of just welcoming a brand new little baby girl the week before and hosting our family's Thanksgiving dinner.

{Kim and Steve with baby number 4, sweet Maycee}
I am grateful for all the wonderful food prepared. Especially those extremely hot HOT homemade stuffed jalapenos.

{My mom, the non-cook, getting sucked into some intense food preparation-hence the gloves and masks}
I am grateful for my little cousins that entertained my kiddos the entire trip. And for my uncle for bonding over a can of whipped cream with Reganne.
{Digging dirt in their Thanksgiving best-Hanging out in the Playroom-Four girls in a tub}
I am grateful to Kim for lending me some short sleeved tops to wear in the near 80* weather. (My Thanksgiving sweater was just not going to cut it.)
I am grateful to April and Camry for helping to clean up the cherry Dr. Pepper that sprayed everywhere when Christian threw an unopened can on the floor.

{What the heck??? Why does everyone else seem to be enjoying these???}
I am grateful that we decided to come home one day early-yes, only a little grateful...:( -and that our car's DVD player decided to turn back on when the screen suddenly went blank after only a few hours on the road.
And, I am so very grateful for my own sweet little family.