Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh, Christmas tree....

This year I wanted to do something different to our, greens, silvers, and maybe some golds... red is my all time favorite color and I love the burst of color it brings to a room, which is why I have it throughout my house. However, I just didn't get around to it and I stuck with what we had...not that it's bad, I just wanted change. I am a person who likes to change things up and and kind of get bored with the same thing year after year.

But...I decided one more year (maybe) until we change things up. After all, all of these ornaments I LOVE and did spend a small fortune on a few years ago (because I had nothing). I've always preferred the "themed" trees I guess you could say. I covered our tree with rich, glittery browns, golds, and silvers, and threw in some mercury and glass round ornaments too...the only thing I am still missing year after year is a tree skirt. Ha! It's still on my list.

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Yesterday at church all of the kids in Sunday school made something special for their Christmas tree...this is Riley's angel, made from her foot and two hands.
and Cole's peppermint handprints...

These were the extra additions to our tree this year, and I love them. So, so cute. I plan to keep hold of these for years to come.

Every year I also try to do something a little different to our mantel and around the house- next year, I guess it will be that Ryann will get the last stocking to complete our family! I am already so excited about the sheer joy (and possible chaos) it will be to have 3 kids ripping open gifts on Christmas day!! We thank God for them every day, knowing what a blessing they are.
 I always put garland up...
and Santa made it on the mantle this year too...
We also added a much bigger lighted wreath outside...
We also celebrated Christmas early with Brian's family because of our trip to CA in part to celebrate  my grandfathers 85th birthday!! We sat outside, yes in the cold!, around the firepit on the patio and had some laughs....

and last but not least,  we ventured to the mall tonight for pictures with Santa...

The kids did so good considering we waited in line for almost 2 hours! I guess that's what I get for procrastinating and going last minute, but they waited patiently and laughed at all those babies who cried and could not wait to get to sit on Santa's lap themselves. They were ready, climbed on up, and then Riley yanked on Santa's beard! I would have expected that from Cole but not her. She said she was just trying to see if it was real. Smart kid, but an embarrassing moment for us.
This year we have been very blessed to say the least. We are all healthy (this time last year we were trying to enjoy every minute knowing it was my dad's last Christmas with us), we have good jobs and a solid roof over our heads, we have 2 beautiful children who make us smile everyday and a 3rd on the way who will make our hearts grow even bigger, food on our table, and family to celebrate with. That is all that really matters. Sure, it's nice to get gifts but it's more rewarding to give back and bless others.

Brian and I sponsored 2 families this Christmas who so desperately needed it. It is then you realize what you have that others don't. I always remember my mom saying to me, " There will always be people who have more than you and there will always be people who have less than you." To this day I can hear her voice reminding me of that. Thank you mom for that because it was such a joy shopping for them. We give thanks that we are able to provide them with some essentials and a few fun toys because we haven't always been able to in years past.

We hope all of our family, friends (and fellow blog stalkers) have a very Merry Christmas.

"Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:20

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our far...

A day of sugar cookie fun at their Nee Nee's house...

                                                           and Brian's 32nd Birthday!

This month is sure to stay busy- last weekend we previewed the African Forest exhibit at the zoo before celebrating Brian's birthday and we got some great pics of the kids....

We've managed somewhere in between work to get the lights up on the house this week and get a Christmas tree up and decorated- I'm a little behind this year because we've been so busy. I'm usually  trying to get it done right after Thanksgiving.  Seems like this fall/winter all we've done is go, go, go.

And we're off again soon enough for a week to California!

This month I will also hit the 3rd trimester and dr. appointments every 2 weeks. We get back just in time to start those. I even got a special letter from the doc to carry with me that says, "No, I may not go through your body scanner so you can look at every inch of my preggo self", but since I can't...that means they better keep hands off of this momma! All I gotta say is those TSA people better keep it to a minimum on the body check. 

 I tell ya, I seriously don't know what happened to the last 5 months!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanksgiving rewind

Holy cow... I can't believe it is ALREADY December! Christmas is in 2 weeks and most of the shopping is done...well, almost. I have no idea where this year has gone and here I sit trying to catch up, yet again, on some things we've been up to. There's been plenty to post about I guess and tons of pictures so let's rewind to Thanksgiving...

This year after the "official day" we headed to Danbury to meet the rest of Brian's fam and spent the day with them...

 This boy loves, loves, loves to fish! So does his sister but this boy comes running when there is a fish on the line. Talk about making daddy's heart smile.

 This is Brian's side of the fam- Aunts, uncles, cousins, spouses, and then kiddos ( minus Andy and Candice). This is just from Gram and Papa and their 3 girls...I can only hope that one day God might bless Brian and I with a family as big as this from our 3 children. ( I know it's hard to see everyone in the pic, but with a fam this big, we all look like shrimps in the picture!)

 Let's see their 3 daughters had 8 kids total...those 8 kids (the grandchildren) had each had on average about 2 kids each- give or take!  If you kept count that is 14.5 great grandkids (the half coming from Ryann! Ha!) March 2011, there will be 15 great grandkids!! What a tremendous blessing, all from two people who fell in love.
 The kids made "turkey cookies" out of Keebler Fudge stripes ( some of my fav's) and candy...

and lest, I forget, the newlyweds! Love this picture of them.
These kids were POOPED when we left by dinner- they were out before we made it down the road and out of the gate!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

half way there!!!

We are officially at the 20 week mark and I thought I'd do something a little different...from over at Kelly's Korner I got stole this idea....

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far? 20 weeks
Size of baby: Ryann is the size of a banana
Maternity clothes: mostly- but there are some of my regualr things I can still wear and get away with.
( and no, they don't button. Not.Even. Close.)
Total Weight Gain: 4 lbs.
Gender: GIRL!! Ryann Elizabeth
Movement: definitely getting kicked a lot more lately- even got some rolling/flips going on.
( but she stops when daddy tries to feel her. Makes him kinda upset.)
What I miss: sleeping on my stomach and back! There is only so long you want to lay on your side and hug a pillow.
Cravings: was anything salty- pickled okra, pickles, chips, fries, and root beer.
Now, just whatever.
Symptoms: the occasional drop in blood sugar. Getting much better.
Best moment of the week: Feeling Ryann be more active!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin patch 2010

Let me just say how much I LOVE the month of October- it's my favorite month of the year. I love the cool weather (lately not so much), brisk air, and clear blue skies. I LOVE October because that means fall has officially arrived and everywhere you go, there is a reminder of something pumpkin. I love all the different pumpkins- the gourds, the ones with the "warts", and all the different shapes you can get. Every year I burn Yankee Pumpkin Pie candles, try to get in as many pumpkin spice latte's as one can (not daily people, but maybe one a week), I just finished off ate a batch of homemade pumpkin muffins over the last week, and we always try to stick to the tradition of taking the kids to the pumpkin patch. 

We normally go every year to the Old Christmas Tree farm which has its pumpkin patch on the weekends in Oct., and as much as I'd like to think it will be a cool, breezy day for good pictures, it's ALWAYS warm. This year we tried a place called TGR exotics and it was good but not grand. (The main reason I wanted to go was for the exotic African animals they have. Apparently that's an extra $35/person, so we defintiely didn't do that.) But it was fun, the kids had a great time running around and we came home with some great pumpkins...

 Riley got to paint her own mini pumpkin and covered it in glitter, which she was thrilled about.
 And Cole was happy doing some extra work helping out. He pulled it all the way back to the truck, and even gave his sister a ride. We brought home two large ones for us and two baby pumpkins for each of the kids.
 We spent the rest of the afternoon carving them out, which was no easy feat. At least for me because I chose spiders and bit off more than I should have. Let's just say that Brian carved three in the time it took me to carve one. The kids had been so excited to carve them out all morning so once we got to work, they wanted nothing to do with them, except watch!  This is Cole's puppy that he chose...
  Brian did all of these, except my pumpkin with the spiders. My mom and I both worked on it to make it go by faster. I had no idea how complicated it would be. Riley chose hers as a cat on the moon.
 We saved all the seeds and then seasoned them and roasted them. They came out pretty good and made for a good snack. I can't wait to do it all over again next year, when we will have three "pumpkins" of our own!