Friday, December 31, 2010


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mary Did You Know? this song!

You'll have to pause my playlist to watch....

Friday, December 10, 2010

5 Question Friday

I have been reading others 5 question Friday posts for awhile...
So I thought I would join in this week...Here ya go!
Linking up here.......
1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Both! We have a big celebration on Christmas Eve with my family, my husbands' family, and all the uncles, aunts, and cousins. Either Papa, one of the Uncles, or the Hubs dresses up as Santa and brings his big bag of toys to the kids (gifts are from the family--not Santa ha!). We have our big dinner on Christmas Eve and do all of our extended family celebrating that night...

On Christmas Day, Santa brings the presents. We spend time just as our "little" family in our jammies...I usually make a breakfast casserole and we just hang out and let the kids play with their new toys. Last year we went sledding that afternoon...but we don't often have a white Christmas.

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)?

My favorite all time cookies are sugar cookies with frosting...yum yum...and for candy...FUDGE...
Oh my!
Dieting til Christmas so I can eat my weight in both ;)

3. What's the worst Christmas gift you've ever received?

I am TRULY not one of those people who gets upset about the gifts they receive and whether or not they live up to my standards...I truly believe the other person tried their hardest to get me something thoughtful....On top of that, I don't even care about receiving I'm no
fun for this question.

4. Christmas song that you love?
This would have to be "Silent Night"....It always makes me think about Mary . What was going on in her mind as she held my Savior in her arms, kissed his sweet little head, and breathed in His new baby smell? Tear up almost every time I hear it.

5. How many trees do you put up?

This varies from year to year....this year it is for upstairs and one for down...We have our big tree in the living room and a smaller one in the upstairs loft for the kids....neither one of them have ornaments on the lower 1/3 ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

and the stockings were hung.....


I can't remember what was going through my mind when I bought those "PEACE" stocking holders almost 12 years ago, but I obviously had more foresight at 24 years old than I gave myself credit for.... I bought them shortly after the Hubs and I got married.....I bought them before we even started discussing baby #1...but somehow,
I knew....

Every year I would take them out of the Christmas box and look at them. I thought about putting them up after Nathan was born and getting some stockings for the Hubs and I...

But I didn't.

I waited

I waited until last year, when we finally had enough stockings to fill them up.......I've always known I wanted a big family....I've always known one way or the other we would fill up each of those letters. Even way back then....before I knew where life was going to take us....I knew.

Those stocking holders aren't even my style anymore...I'm all about rod iron and dark wood...and these are a bright silver...( I have 4 AWESOME rod iron snowflake ones that I love!)...But when you have held on to them for close to 12 years waiting to use them.....well, use them. Maybe next year I'll spray paint them black or change them in some way....but for now..I love sitting in front of that fireplace looking at ALL those names and remembering the wonderful, exciting, fulfilling years it has taken to fill them up...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WW- Sweet and Sassy

OH MY---Look at those eyes!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


My littlest boy is three today....We had his party on Saturday...He loved blowing out his candles and really loved opening gifts..We had his favorites for dinner...Spaghetti and chocolate cake with m and m's!!
Brian has a very sweet disposition. He is our shy guy and takes a little while to warm up to people. BUT once he's warmed up, he'll love you like no other!!!! He is so calm and quiet and happy all, well, most of the time. Brian is very funny and has a contagious giggle. He is an extremely polite little boy...He very rarely misses a "please" or "thank-you" and often adds an "I love you mommy", or "can I have a hug" to the end. Brian is a little more cautious than his brothers (and his sister for that matter)....You won't find him climbing to the top of trees or doing flips off the diving board (which his brothers were doing by this age)... He enjoys the role of "baby" despite actually having a baby sister, and sometimes uses that to his advantage :) He loves his siblings like crazy. He has beautiful sparkly brown eyes, gorgeous thick wavy hair, and is definitely a handsome little guy.
Brian CAN recognize most of the letters of the alphabet and sing his ABC's. He can count to 15 and loves to do puzzles. Brian can hit a ball off the tee with perfect form and can hit a ball out of the air when thrown to him!!! He can punt a ball like no kid I have every seen. Brian writes and throws right handed, but does anything that requires sporting equipment with his left hand (ie bats left handed, golfs left handed)...He can ride his new scooter like a pro, catch a ball in the air almost every time, and throw a pretty good spiral with the football...Brian is totally potty trained (even at night)....
Brian is, without a doubt, the sweetest three year old I know, and he has his mama's heart wrapped around his finger! I am so proud to call him my son! Oh how I love my littlest boy!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ww-almost 3

Sweet brian will be "3" on the 7th...he shares a birthday with one of my best friends Christy and of course with Pearl Harbor Day...which will forever make me laugh because it's the first thing my Daddy told me when I spoke with him after Brian was born...he also shares a name with my brother....more of a tribute to come later!!!