Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This is no longer in Macie's life. We couldn't find this blankie one night and Macie said, "Mom, it's okay. We can get it tomorrow." I thought okay. This is my break. Take the blank, hide it forever...

She has asked about it and has tried to find it a few times. She has replaced the once pink blanket that quickly turned brown over the last 3 1/2 years with a soft clean purple blanket...that she can only snuggle with at night time. Whew. Now, if we could get that thumb out of her mouth!

Tis' the season...

The kids in their Sunday best!

Snowy days...and so thankful for 4WD

We headed out to check out Christmas lights. There was a house that was unbelievable...put the Griswald's to shame with well over 300,000 lights...and around the corner another house where you tune in to a radio station and watch the lights dance to the music! The kids had a great time....

Looks like we will be getting a white Christmas this year for sure!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Birthday Wishes!

This is just a shameless shout out to muah! It has been a great day. There is something great about having your very own special day to pamper yourself (pedicure thanks to my friend Kirsten...oh and for keeping my kids all day long!)

It all started at 5 am with my friends picking me up promptly at 5:10 for what I thought was going to be a great work out. Instead, Lindsie turned the wrong way and said,"I am high jacking your workout!" We went to IHOP instead where Shelly was waiting and Krista & Krissy showed up a little later. Breakfast instad of squats. Sold!

I just have to end this post with the best line yet in Lindsie McDaniel's card:

"Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous relaxing birthday. Take a break from being an incredible wife and mother and just be an okay one today!"

Taking that advice to heart.

ps. Thanks to all those who know me so well and for all the "dark!" chocolate I could ever dream of...my thighs thank you for that!

For an additional shout out and flash back see here

Friday, December 12, 2008

Baby Jameson...the reason for our trip! It was his blessing day! Isn't he so sweet!!

Macie & Cali dressing up!

Dave & Dal playing in the basement!

Girls - Amber. Sorry slow poke!

Temple Square!

Dalan bundled up!

Miss Macie!

The whole family!

AND...when we got home...

Macie and her new pink tree for her room!

Dal with his tree!

The kids and our family tree!!

We went to Salt Lake last week to enjoy a fun weekend with my family and to celebrate the blessing of baby Jameson. Since, we didn't get to see our families for Thanksgiving and instead went here:

NEVER AGAIN....I am thankful there were no left overs after this meal!

AND, we wont get to see our extended family for Christmas since we live at the North Pole and are starting our own tradions with our kids (Dave's Choice!) we enjoyed a nice weekend with everyone and miss you all badly!!

After our nice family dinner, or Thanksgiving feast consisting of Mac & Cheese and pizza for the kids....and gross instant potatoes and dry turkey...we headed over to The Festival of Trees. This was pretty fun!!

All in all we survived the holiday and are now offically in Winter...hence the freezing temperatures up here! I love this time of year with all the goodies, parties, and the kids getting excited for Santa, and mom gearing up for the weight gain this time of year brings. I don't care. Bring on the DARK chocolate!!

***Picture overload I know!***