Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Morn

Christmas day was very low key. We woke a little earlier than normal and opened our gifts together. The girls were excited and thankful. Each got a new Bible, a few toys, and a game. Then we ate a yummy breakfast and relaxed together. After that we headed back to my parents house and spent a relaxing and fun day with them. My mom made crab for lunch and prime rib for, yum. I did a sewing project, Eric watched some sports, and my parents played with the girls and relaxed a bit as well. It was a great Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Today we celebrated Christmas at my parent's house. It was such a wonderful day. The kids were giddy with excitement and were all smiles from start to finish (well, until we said it was time to go!). My mom and dad always host a wonderful celebration, and this year was no exception. Great food, thoughtful gifts, fun activities, and relaxation.

My mom had the kids play some "Minute to Win It" (game show on TV right now) games and they were pretty funny. For this one you start with a gingerbread cookie on your forehead and you have to try to get it into your mouth without using your hands. There was a lot of eyebrow wiggling and nose twitching. The video is very funny :)

And for this one you had to fish for candy canes, but you had to hold the pole in your mouth. Davis was very good at this one!
Good cousins, good friends.
The six cousins. Next year it will be seven!
Me and my Christmas sweetheart.
Elsie loved her gifts!
And so did Jenna!
And this tradition has been going on for YEARS (it started long before any grandchild was in the picture). My mom always reads one or two Christmas books to us. Normally they make her cry :)

The highlights of the day for me were:
1. When Jenna opened a gift certificate to learn gymnastics. She was so excited that she immediately went to give grandma and grandpa a huge hug. She was very thankful for all that she received.
2. When Elsie came over to the grownups with her face COVERED in chocolate, and her shirt COVERED in chocolate to ask for a cookie. "Have you had one?" we asked. "No!" she replied with the most convincing look on her chocolate covered face. We all had to hide our laughter as we talked her through the fact that she had actually already eaten a cookie :)

Can't wait for another wonderful day tomorrow! Happy birthday Jesus! We are thankful for the greatest Christmas gift of all, Jesus Christ sent to save.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas crafts

Today we have been crafting and's the results :)

Paper plate ornaments that will be place settings for Christmas Eve dinner...
Chocolate reindeer...
(the girls did these by themselves! It was messy and they had fun)
We also finished wrapping presents for the cousins, so we are ready for Christmas Eve!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Well, it has been a while since Thanksgiving, but I am finally posting some pictures. Sadly, I didn't take very many because I was super sick with a cold. So sick in fact that I didn't even hold my sweet new niece. It about killed me, but I didn't want her to get sick. So, here are a few pictures of the rest of the family with Masyn. She is SO lovely and I can't wait to see her again. The girls were great with her, and Eric glowed when holding his very first niece.

Big family picture, 9 1/2 of us now :)
Elsie always tried to help and be there for Masyn
Jenna mastered the "rock/put-in-bink/shhh" move. I was impressed. She got Masyn to sleep and held her while watching cartoons for a good 20 minutes.
We had a wonderful time. It is always a blessing to be with our California family. We ate the most amazing feasts, laughed, played cards, and hung out. It was great. We all wish we could go to California more often.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fun little Christmas Craft

Elsie and I worked on a little Christmas craft today and it was very fun and easy so I thought I would share. The reindeer is her handprint, and the tree is her footprint. The antlers are twigs I found outside and the snow is a napkin with glitter. She had a lot of fun with it, and the footprint tree was her idea :)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

For the record...

Conversation between Jenna and Elsie...

Jenna: Elsie, too much sugar is bad. You shouldn't have too much.
Elsie: Ya, because then you get sick bad.
Jenna: Yep, very sick.
Elsie: And you have to go to the doctor and get a "Bound-aid"
Jenna: Ya, because you have to get a shot.
Elsie: Ya.
Maybe I have over-emphasized eating healthy :)

Elsie currently disagrees with everything I say. It must be an age thing. We are working on it but it is a hard habit to break. And here's today's proof of this fact...

I sneezed. And I said, "excuse me, I sneezed."
Elsie said, "No you didn't."

Um, okay.

Jenna plays a version of Pool (billiards) over at her friends house. They all call it "Pole" and she won't believe me that the game is called Pool. "Pole" makes more sense anyways.

Elsie often breaks into dance. It's like she can't help herself, when music starts she must boogie. Her move is a slow hip shake and then slow arm moves through the air. It cracks me up.

Elsie also prays silly short prayers. My recent favorite is, "God, thanks about my bootie."

And then today when I went to tuck Elsie in for nap time, I found her in bed, completely naked, except for her cowboy boots. Such a silly.

Monday, November 22, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

61. Two girls who wake up each morning cheerful and even singing!

62. A sweet husband who loves to do special things for his girls, like bring them home hot chocolate as a treat.
63. My sister who is babysitting my girls for a few hours today so that I can run a bunch of errands without the kids (and go to Jenna's parent-teacher conference!)
64. A lamp timer. It is set up in the girls room to come on at 7am and they have learned to stay in bed until the light turns on. It is brilliant.
65. The Poppy-Wagon!! We can't wait to take a trip in Mimi and Poppy's RV!
66. Thanksgiving. It is Eric's favorite holiday, and I'm thankful we get to be with his family this year to celebrate. And with that, I am thankful for pinochle tournaments! And dominoes! And cousins and laughter and fun!

67. The Jingle Bells Arthritis walk, which raises money and has helped make the disease treatable. I am thankful that I get to walk this year, along with many family members! And it's on my birthday!

68. Winter coming and the possibility of snowmen and hats and hot chocolate!

(Jenna and Eric made this one a few years ago)

69. For Jesus.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Baby #3

I thought I should document a bit of this pregnancy on here every once in a while, and since I am nearing the end of my first trimester (praise the LORD!) it seems like a good time. I am feeling decent. I've had the 'normal' morning sickness that lasts all day and is at it's worst in the evening. My arthritis has been at bay except for a couple of flare ups. I hope and pray that it doesn't bare it's ugly face too many times during pregnancy. I think the food I am eating is helping, and the supplements too. I'm tired and about done at 7:30pm but I think that is very normal. I am pretty sure that no one else can tell I showing, but I can feel the little difference in my tummy. I have a lot of fears with a third baby, but I know that God is in control! And I am excited for the blessing of another baby. I can't wait until I feel a little better and can clean my house and cook without gagging. That will come soon right?! I hope so. I have had some pregnancy brain moments. Several in fact. For instance, the other day I put Jenna's art project IN the fridge. It looked strange in there. Looks better ON the fridge. Cravings? yes. Wine and sushi. Bummer huh. The kids continue to be excited and full of funny things to say. Elsie tries to stick her tummy out and 'get a baby' in her tummy. And Jenna is interested in what is going on with the baby, and also says very grown up things. The other day she saw another mom with a little baby and she said, "mom, pretty soon you're going to have one of those." True grown up daughter, true. Elsie asked how the baby "got in there" but since she is three I just changed the subject.

So that is what is going on in the land of baby number three. I have to give many many thanks to Eric for making MANY meals in the past weeks and for being patient with my sickness and woes. And my family has been so kind to help with meals and keeping me company to help the days go by :) I can't imagine being an island or superwoman trying to do it all on my own. It is just better to share the load.
Our baby is about the size of a large lime :) Cute huh.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Eric was just about to mow away the leaves when I came out and begged his so nicely to instead rake them up for the kids to play in. Jenna had just mentioned that morning that she wanted to jump in the leaves. Anyways, he is awesome so he did it for us and the kids were so thankful! Haley and Austin (our neighbors) were over and joined in the fun.

Monday, November 08, 2010

One thousand Gifts

53. Lots of distractions and busyness to help the nauseous months go by as quickly as possible
54. Jenna's growing faith
55. God's patience with me (I had to focus on this all morning because my patience with Elsie was running dry.)
56. Reuniting with some cousins that I haven't seen in 8 years!
57. A washing machine and dryer (have to remember how blessed we are to have these helpful appliances...imagine how much more
58. Leaves changing color and falling
59. Decaf soy vanilla latte, making me feel a little normal (I have some food restrictions to help my arthritis during pregnancy, since I can't be on my miracle medication).
60. That my arthritis has been fairly calm this pregnancy (with my second pregnancy I was in a ton of pain for months and months)

holy experience

Sunday, November 07, 2010

New Faith

To help Jenna grow in her faith, Eric and I bought her a "heart journal". It is meant to be a place where she can write and draw about God, and about the things God is teaching her. I gave it to her the other day and let her decorate it and start the first page. She is very excited about being a Christian and since confessing and believing she has initiated prayers at bedtime (she didn't pray much before) and wanted to give money to God this morning for church. This new faith seems to be growing, and we want to help her understand what it means to follow God.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A miracle

It was a rough night, the kids were fighting about teeth brushing and blankets and who was going to give who a kiss first and pretty much everything they could think to fight about. And there was also lots of disobedience and then some frustration on my part all leading to a bed time miracle.

I can't remember the exact words I prayed for the girls after the rough evening, but it was something along the lines of "God help us to follow you, and to choose what is right, and to listen to our hearts..." Well after we said amen, Jenna asked what it means to listen to your heart. So I explained that when you believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you, he sends the Holy Spirit to live in you to help you and to guide you. And that if you listen close you can hear the help of the Holy Spirit. Then she said, "What if you never did that?" And so I told her that if you didn't ask Jesus to forgive you and come in your life that you didn't have the Holy Spirit. She then said, "mom, can I pray?"

So she prayed, "Jesus, please forgive me and come into my heart. Amen"

And the angels (and her mom and dad) rejoiced greatly at her new faith.

Monday, November 01, 2010


We had a wonderful time trick-or-treating last night. My sister's family and my parents all joined us for dinner (actually mom made delicious pork roast and soup and sister's family brought pizza!) and then for some Halloween fun in our neighborhood. The kids were all so cute in their costumes and they were so excited for the candy. There were two "scary" houses in our neighborhood, both of which we hit when it was still light out, so the kids all saw that the scary stuff is pretend. That was good. At one point Davis braved a scary house and walked up really close to a fake looking masked scare crow and as soon as he was close the guy said, "BOO!" and Davis screamed and all the kids were scared and laughing. But the people were nice to come and show that everything was pretend.

Anyways, here are the girls, Jessie the cowgirl and Tinkerbell
Our pumpkins
The kids, and my pirate mom!
Six cousins.
Look hard, Davis is the invisible man holding a pumpkin. He blends into the background a bit!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Time flies

Jenna, 7 months old
Jenna, 5 1/2 years old

Elsie, just turned 1
Elsie, 3 years old

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch last week on a beautiful day. It was a week day so the crowds were low, and it was possibly the last day before the rain began. The kids had a lot of fun...

There were some great animals to view, including a chicken with a crazy "hat" (as the girls called it) on, ponies, and crazy huge bunnies.

Climbing and playing in the kids area

Buried in the corn kernels by daddy
Family photo
Elsie took this one... it's amazingly centered
Fun times!