Monday, December 29, 2008


Santa left a trail of treats leading to the presents and stockings!
Santa was here!
The boys excited about their Starwars!

Showing Dad their guys!

Jake has wanted a tech deck half pipe for about 2 years... I have searched the planet, Santa got lucky this year!

Kenna is very much into science, she got a microscope and tickets to the body show !

I am also very excited to go to this with her! I have really been wanting to go!


The kids and Dad started the day out with a little sledding. (Jake and Xander after a run.)

Jake going off of a huge jump!

Xander going off the same big jump!

After some hot chocolate and a movie we decorated gingerbread houses!

The boys!
We have never done the Christmas Eve pajama tradition before, and I love the idea! So we decided to start a new little tradition this year with a little twist... I have heard of people doing a movie and pajamas but I thought it would promote more family time to get a game instead! I had a little idea to make it from "Santa's Elves" put it on the doorstep and ring the door bell.
We wrapped the pajamas and game and I ran out and put them on the doorstep while the kids and Brad were playing a different game. Our house has two doors, and the back doorbell rings through to the front.(kind of annoying because I never know what door to go answer.) But for this it worked out PERFECTLY! I was in the kitchen baking cinnamon rolls while everyone was in the living room playing games, I reached out the back door and pushed the doorbell, the kids ran to the front, We have a little glass in the front door so you can see of someone is standing there.... Jake saw nobody so he ran to the back... He was like what the heck? I told him maybe it was too dark so he didn't see anyone and to go check again. They all ran to the front and opened the door to find a gift for each of them and one for the family! I have never seen Jake so Excited! They all tore into their pajamas and immediately asked if they could put them on?! Next they opened the game and all squealed because they had been wanting this game! After they changed into their pajamas Jake informed me that he knows they are from the elves because his pajamas smell like little elves!! And he knew why he didn't see anyone at the front door.... Elves are little ya know and they were smaller then where the glass was!!

Monopoly jr.
Let the games begin!

Friday, December 26, 2008

8 Months

My mom got a new lens for Christmas so we had a 8 month(32 week) photo shoot! I know I will be happy one day that I took pictures along the way, even if I am alarmed to look at the current state my body is in!

Christmas breakfast prayer

We had a yummy Christmas morning breakfast and asked who wanted to say the prayer?... Jake quickly volunteered and this is how it went......

Dear heavenly father, thank you that we can have Christmas...because it's CHRIST-MAS. Please bless that you can come visit us, even if it's just for a little bit. I hope you have a good birthday, a good Christmas birthday! Thank you that we can get presents even though it's your birthday. Name of Jesus Christ amen.

I was trying to control my laughter even though I had a little tear in my eye. How cute can that be? Not one word about blessing breakfast. I Love this kid!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008


I am so amazed daily with this whole pregnancy thing... I cannot seem to wrap my mind around the miracle! I get weekly emails and got this the other day..Isn't it amazing?


I decided 2 years ago we would give 3 gifts (like the 3 wisemen gave baby Jesus) on Christmas morning, we still do fun stockings with other little gifts in them, in our situation (divorce) I feel the kids and adults loose the meaning of what this season is really about.
It almost feels like a competition to see who can give the best and biggest pile of gifts, not to mention they have a few new sets of Grandparents. I actually still think I would love this idea regardless of divorce or not. I have explained to the kids why we do this but this year I have put a little something together I want to try out on Christmas eve.
We have a
nativity set that I am going to kind of act out what happened that Christmas night. I am going to have each of the kids take a few of the characters and when I read about their role they will come and place them in the stable until I am finished with the story and the nativity scene is complete!
When we are done with that I am going to focus on
who the wisemen were and what the gifts they brought symbolized. I have put together little objects that resemble the gold, frankincense and myrrh to turn it into a little object lesson to hopefully keep their attention. I got insence, a home oil scent and pennies and put them in little bags they can pass around and look at. it cost a grand total of $1.93 at walmart.

I hope to help them all understand why I feel it is important to remember what Christmas is really about and why we celebrate it. I hope they can connect and understand. I would really Love to carry this tradition on through all of our Christmas's together! I Actually learned some things I did not know while preparing for this. I just really want our kids to know that we celebrate Christmas because of Christ and I want to teach them to give rather then expect to always receive. Most of all I want them to learn to give back to Christ through service, prayer, Etc.
So... If you are looking for a little something extra to do this Christmas eve, try this!
*****I cannot figure out how to attach my word documents for the things in black, if you want it or are interested in reading the story email me*****


The kids went sledding all day with Dad on Sat! I had some stocking stuffing shopping to get done, so it worked out great! They had a blast! It had just dumped on us all day the day before!

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Uncles are so much fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

O' Christmas Tree

I forgot to put a picture of our christmas tree for all to see!


Jake lost his 3rd tooth tonight! It has been a little loose but recently got a little looser while eating some beef jerky... He had the idea to put some floss around it and slam the door but after I tied everything up he started to freak out a little. So we took it off and I told him to go brush his teeth... He thought it would be a good idea to brush it out, so he scrubbed and it popped out! He was so very excited! He wanted to bring it to show and tell and then have the tooth fairy come.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008


We went to a friends birthday this weekend with our other good friends, Lance and Sue. It was Monte Carlo style and cocktail attire which wasn't the easiest thing for me to do being that I am 7 months pregnant... Lucky for me I found a dress at Gap maternity that worked out ok! This party was so much fun! We saw a lot of friends, ate yummy food and dessert, then they had a casino set up to play all night at... When we got to the party we got a little card that we could trade in for $1500 in chips, then you just play and play for fake chips/money... Every $100 you won you could trade in for a raffle ticket and they did a drawing at the end... I happened to win a Ipod touch screen which I am pretty happy about! They were also giving away a flat screen t.v. dang, so close!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I know, I know it looks like I actually ate the whole turkey this Thanksgiving.... Nope, just little Millie growing like crazy! I can't wait!!!!
Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Tomorrow MOCKSTAR BABY is selling the cutest nativity set that I have seen in a long time! They will be on for one day only(Thanksgiving day), you will definitely want to check them out!
Fisher Price has similar ones available but I like Mockstar's version way better and they are a better price for sure! Only $15.00... Another great thing about them is that they are compatible with all of your Fisher Price play sets.
I love that this set allows baby Jesus to come out of the manger... I remember always wishing the baby Jesus would come out with all of my mom's nativity sets.
Super cute nativity for your kids at Christmas and you will not have to worry about your fragile nativity being broke.
(In addition, if you order one of these sets tomorrow and type TABBY in the "shipping instructions" box, they will ship it to you for free!!!)
My gift to you!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember.

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses.


This is funny to me! Did this happen to anyone? Brad thinks it has happened to us! LOL

Monday, November 17, 2008


Does anyone Else's child come home EVERY SINGLE DAY with clothes looking like this?? I have seriously considered buying only black for Jake lately. Does anyone have any stain tips?? REALLY... Nearly all of his clothes are stained and ruined the first time he wears them.

I ask him what he is doing and he tells me playing sports at recess and after school... How can I get mad at a boy for doing boy things?? Oh well... Your laundry secrets welcome!


My Brother and his wife welcomed their first baby into the world a few days ago! She weighed in at 6lbs 6oz. Jake and I went to see her and oh boy was she cute! Jake told me after we left that he just wanted to "eat her up!" He is very excited for our new baby, he asks almost daily when she will be here and then informs me she is taking a long time.


Just another one of my Martha Stewart moods! Some burp cloths with a signature homemade touch!


I was felling like Martha the other day, so I decided to go to Roberts crafts and stock up on a few supplies for some ideas I had floating around in my head. I saw something similar to these on my friends blog and that got my brain moving... Thanks Kacey!

.68 cents

How can you pass things up at .68 cents?? That's right you all heard me!!!! Even I can afford that! Does anyone need a personal shopper?