Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa's Visit!!



Santa saw our sign outside and decided to pay a visit! What a surprise!







We asked him to deliver the gift to our Neighbor for the 12 Days of Christmas!! Surprise!!



The Kids glued to the window looking for his Sleigh. Even the Dad is still a fan!

Let it Snow!






Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Cards?

I can't seem to get my act together to create Christmas cards. I have a few great ideas but I'm really lacking in the excecution department. I tried taking photos before church but found one REALLY grumpy child that I wanted to threaten a lump of coal to. This is what I got:

Peace On Earth??



Humm...Apparently PEACE on EARTH needs to be reviewed.

I love telling Jace the story of baby Jesus every morning. I love the soft glow from the Christmas tree. I love the Magic I can see in my kids eyes when they sing carols. I Love the warm house and decorations that bring me closer to my kids this Season.
I decorated to the theme "Believe in the Magic of Christmas." The Magic I have witnessed is how the love for baby Jesus transforms people. As I teach my 3 small kids about Christmas, I see Magic everywhere! I do Believe in the Magic the Savior of this world brings, if we make room for Him.

The Holidays!

It all starts at Thanksgiving!
First of all I turned 30!! Whoooo Hoooo! A greatly anticipated event for me! (More about that later)

Jennica performed at the Kindergarten Feast!
And explained how to cook a turkey!



We ventured into the City to peek at the Macy Day Balloons, along with 1 million others. I experience my 1st Human Traffic Jam!

Immediatly after the Turkey was devaured Christmas went up!

Jennica's Pink tree


Jarom and Jace's Blue Tree




Dad surprised us with a new train...Polar Express!!!


Jace LOVES this train. He LOVES everything about the Polar Express!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Party Time!

I haven't posted in awhile. Life suddenly got really fun!
I have such fun crazy friends.

AWESOME 80's Birthday Party:

Kristen you are the best looking 40 year old I know! You throw a great party too!


My best friend Treva...a shock to us all!
Earned Best Female Costume!

A party isn't complete without Rock Bands:



Me and the Birthday Girl

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Company...



While Sam is in New York tonight, the fun isn't lost on me!
Tonight, I sat around the fireplace with my Star Wars friends.
Even they enjoy a "pink" moment.
I'm looking forward to a Princess bath too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Birthdays


A friend asked me to take pictures at her son's party today. It was so much fun. I am in heaven when taking pictures!
There's something about capturing memories of youth that I am obsessed with.
Last month I took pictures for my friends daughter's baptism and made a video for her. It was my favorite project yet!
Next weekend I'm doing another one! I can't wait. This time it's for a boy. I hope I can still capture the "sweetness" in a boyish way.

It's been really hard not to sit at my computer ALL day and work on my projects.
Sam had Tuesday off work and told me I could have the whole day to my projects while he watched the kids!! It was WONDERFUL!
I finished a few projects I was working on and got a lot of great idea's for the future!!
The kids loved playing with dad. He took Jace to IHOP for breakfast then went to school and had lunch with Jenny and Jarom, then took them to the Park and out for Pizza after school! I think they'd like the idea of dad and I switching roles!

A STUPID DATE



Last thursday Sam took me on a date. A date I refused to go on, but he insisted. I was a brat and told him if he wanted me to go he had to find the babysitter, so he did! I grumbled about it all day and decided to get ready 10min before the babysitter arrived.

He took me to Sacred Heart University where Pulitzer Prize winning Author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, gave a lecture on her book; 'Team of Rivals, The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.'

Once I got out of the house and away from the kids for 5 min. I decided I was pretty darn lucky to be out on a date with this good looking lad, and decided to shape up. As it turned out-I had such a good time. She is an amazing speaker. She knew so much about Abraham Lincoln, and told it all in a very engaging way. Add me to the list of Abraham Lincoln fans! What an amazing man!

Not only was the lecture great but the company as well. Sam and I had a moment (at Sam's expense) that had me rolling with laughter unlike ever before! He made me laugh so hard I was crying and had side aches!!

That night on a Stupid date; I feel in love, yet again, with the boy next door!

Good-Bye Fall

Fall has come and gone!

I have thoroughly enjoyed Autumn in CT! I am so happy I live in this area. I'm constantly admiring the beauty that surrounds me. I am so sad to see it go!

SOCCER

With Fall came Fall soccer.
Sam and I coached Jarom's 1st Grade Boy's team. After the 2nd week I fired Sam and made him do the dishes for missing practices.
We had a very talented team. Too bad the Coach that taught me to play soccer didn't know a thing about it. I, therefore, passed his knowledge down to them! I taught them NOTHING! But it was fun to play with them each week.

We were the Red Dragons.


It was so fun seeing Jennica play on the Kindergarten team. I called her the "Bulldozer." Her coach would have her stand at mid-field and once the other team neared the line he would say, "Go, Jennica!" And she would take off and attack. (This tactic worked well because Jennica is like a 4th Grader among pre-schoolers!)

I think we've discovered her Sport!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Playing in the Attic

Lately I have been obssesed with cleaning my attic.
Last summer, after tripping over one too many toys, I gathered them up and took them on a field trip.
Every toy went in the attic.
AHHHH! I had my floor back.

But, my poor kids didn't have any inside toys. I decided to clean out the attic and make it a playroom.

This is when the attic transformation began. I went through EVERTHING Sam and I have EVER kept in the 10 years we have been married and the 11 moves we have endured and I tossed out the JUNK we have been towing along.

After a few trips to the Dump my attic was off to a great start.
I'll tell you It feels great knowing I have that cleaned out!

My attic has been an after school favorite for quite some time.
Rule #1 You can not bring toys down the ladder!

It sure beats the cost of buying a bigger house with a playroom!
We'll see how it goes in the winter. We may have to bring up a heater.




Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!




I had a better Halloween this year! (read last years lesson)

I was, of course, a Witch. I am a pretty good Witch. In fact, all I added was a hat. The wardrobe came right from my closet....my NORMAL clothes.

Jace and I went to the Kindergarten Parade and eveyone recognized me. That means I really am a Witch!
I spray painted my hair RED! I really like it. I like is so much that I want dye it RED! (yes Mom, I said RED)
I had a little too much fun in costume (or not) today.


Halloween looks good on me!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Have you ever done this....




I have so much to do today! One thing I have always hated is grocery shopping!
(Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband that enjoys it!)

We all know how Mondays can get. Well, my Monday needs me at HOME!

Laundry is washing....... and drying,........... and WAITING.
The kitchen garbage is beckoning me.
The poor refrigerator is STARVING!

I snapped this morning! I gave in. I went shopping!

I went grocery shopping in my pink robe and slippers!! Fresh out of the shower!!
I browsed the isles while singing Primary songs.I bought what I needed and NOTHING more.
Jace was in his underwear so I tried to make it quick.
I talked on the phone while checking out - NO eye contact needed!
Welcome to my life of online shopping!!!

Peapod.com delivers it to my door!!!!!!!
This brilliant service had to be invented by a mom! My Monday is a little better because of it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Taste of Connecticut



I posted a bunch of pictures for my family on my other blog. If you like to look at pictures of trees, roads, barns, and walls you might enjoy my pics. Check it our here.

Super Hero



Dear Dad,

What have we created??


He's off.......

Attacking Storm-troopers.....

Flying....

Leaping.....

going to the rescue......


All in a days work of a Super Hero...