"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Chewy Spidey

The boys decided that they were going to dress up in Star Wars attire today and play light saber. Fun times!!! Oliver thought it would be better to add a little Spider Man to his costume. He wore the Chewbaca costume with a spider man glove all day long...would not take it off. He played outside in costume, rode bikes in costume and my parents even took him to dinner with it on. Such a funny little guy. When Oliver has his mind set on something, there is no changing it. Lucky for him, costume wearing out in public does not bother me.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

The day has finally arrived!! Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! The boys were so excited to get up this morning. Luckily Oliver slept until 7:30 and we woke Clayton up. Santa brought some cool stuff this year.

For Oliver, Santa decided he was going green and recycled our old train table. It was a big mess, so Oliver got a whole new track and trains. He loves it. He would not open any other presents. All he wanted to do was play with the train table.

Clayton wanted so many things this year, but Santa decided on the "D-rex" interactive robot. This guy is pretty cool. He will come to you when you call him, wag his tail when you pet him, he will attack on command....Clayton loves it.
Here is is testing it out for the first time.
Oliver loving his new trains.
Our two pets.
Daddy's new toy...Rock Band.
Clayton wanted a picture of him with all of his new guys. He got 5 new webkins and 3 new beanie babies, plus a WallE robot.
After a fun morning at home, we headed to the traditional breakfast at Mimi and Gongi's house. Oliver would not put his clothes on, so he wore is PJ's all day.
Owen got a new guitar, so Joel was teaching him some cords.
Then....off to Gigi and Grandpa's house. There are 8 grandchildren 5 and under, so you can just imagine the chaos.
Clayton was super excited about getting obi-won.
After presents, we had a great lunch and many many hours of Rock Band (video to follow).
I had a great Christmas also. I got a new video camera which I love. It is called "The Flip" and is as small as a cell phone. I can carry it everywhere I go. Here are some clips. I was just testing it out.
video video

I also got maid service for a year. I was the most excited about this!!! I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is spent at my parent's house. Santa actually makes a special trip here early for this event.
Oliver was a super grouch due to exhaustion and we were trying to get some smiling pictures by giving him m&m's. It worked for a few minutes. Loving on Sadie.
My mom started the PJ tradition when I was little. Every Christmas Eve we would get to open one present under the tree. It was always PJs. We didn't catch on to that for a while. Now the tradition continues, but with the entire family. We all have matching PJs.All the girls (and Oliver's head..he was not into picture taking).All the boys (minus Oliver).SistersThe kids (and a crying Oliver)Waiting for SantaWatching for his sleigh.He came!!! and Clayton got a computer, printer and computer desk. He loves it. Plus, he got his own paper (he likes to use lots and lots of paper). What an incredible gift!
Me and my sister, Erin made this apron for Momma Pat. We stayed up late sewing so it would be perfect. She is an incredible seamstress, so we wanted to make sure it was just right. She loved it!
Oliver didn't even notice the giant tractor he got. He was so into the new car garage Santa brought him. He did not want to unwrap any more presents.
I love Christmas!!!
....and we have lose tooth.
.....more Christmas to come!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let the Festivities Begin....

Our family does not like Christmas to just to be on one day. No, we like to stretch it out over a full week. Clayton could not wait for Christmas to come this year. Oliver really has had no idea what was coming.

We started the festivities off with an evening at my aunt's house. The boys got some really cool stuff from them. I of course forgot my camera as I have forgotten many things lately (we will blame it on the baby). The greatest thing was my cousin, Joey and his fiance, Megan asked all of the kids to be in their wedding (they will have 8 kids in their wedding...CRAZY!!) First thing Clayton said was, "But I don't have a tuxedo". He thought so much about this tuxedo that on the way home all was silent and Clayton said, "I think I need a size 8." I said, "A size 8 what?".....(Clayton)"Tuxedo!" I thought that was so funny. He had been thinking about this the whole time. We can't wait for this wedding.

Then we headed to the boys' godmother's house where we had more present opening. At this point our car was filled to the brim and it was our first day of Christmas celebration.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Manger Scene???

As I left for work, Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus were tucked safely away in the stable. The shepherd, sheep and donkey were standing nearby by. When I came home from work, this is what I found....
"There the brachosauruses and t-rexes found the tiny baby Jesus t-rex wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in the manger...."I laughed myself to tears.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Trains, Trains and more Trains

My Dad has his 51 year old train set running around his Christmas tree. Last night we were over there and Oliver could not wait for Nonae to get home so he could get the train running. When he got home from work, they had a blast. They got out the rest of the tracks and put it around the room.

Oliver was not as much into the electric train. He liked pushing the trains around himself.
Clayton loved controlling the train.
The best part was that Clayton and Nonae turned it into a fun game. Clayton would send his dry erase board and marker around to Nonae, he would write something, and then send it back. They were pretty much on the same playing field as far as reading goes. My Dad was having to learn to read phonetically and Clayton was just trying to read normally. It was funny.
My dad had sent a note saying "Yell Loud" and Clayton wrote this back.
(Yell Quiet)
After Joel heard how much fun the boys had, he got inspired to get our train tracks running. Joel has his Dad's old train tracks and we have Clayton's train track that went around his nursery when he was a baby. The boys headed to the train store this morning to get the missing parts. Then they had seven solid hours of fun with this train track (while I was out and about doing Christmas shopping). Grandpa came over to have some fun with it too.

I finished up my shopping and I wrapped everything this evening. My wrapping paper turned out so cute that I had to post a picture of it. It is so nice to know that I have actually completed a project....not very common around here these days.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Party

....it's actually called a "holiday party", but we will stick to Christmas party. The party began with the arrival of the gingerbread man. The kids were literally in shock that he was back in their classroom. They had been finding clues and crumbs of where the gingerbread had been all week. Clayton came home so excited to tell me what the gingerbread man had been up to. I love how sweet and innocent they are. They had so many questions about where he came from. I read "The Gingerbread Man" to them and then they were able to nibble of our newly found friend. I am not sure how he made it around without any eyes.

The kids stayed super busy with all different crafts and activities. Clayton is sweaty because he just got back from PE. Here he is making a gingerbread ornament.
Then, yummy snack time.
Best buds...
Here is Clayton's classic icing work. He likes it piled on.
At the end of the party, one of the kids had little candy canes to pass out to the kids since it was his birthday. Clayton then asked Mrs. Shehane if he could pass out his gifts after him. (What??? I am super confused....) I said,"Clayton, we didn't bring gifts for everyone." He said,"Yes, I brought candy for everyone.....I got it out of my Halloween bucket." Hmmmm....interesting. Very thoughtful though. Mrs. Shehane gave him a dry erase board and a marker which he has not stopped writing on for a moment. He loves it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The BEST Hubby!!

Craving number 2 and 3 came to me over the weekend and I have been dying to have them. I have wanted a BLT and some shower punch (lime sherbert with gingerale). How in the world these food items came to mind...I will never know. But, my sweet and awesome husband surprised me last night with these two items. He even made the punch in a bowl for me. It was the best meal I have ever had.....especially after a LONG day at work. I love my husband!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Little One's Movie Debut

It was incredible seeing our little baby today. It was moving, flipping, jumping, sucking it's thumb and taking little peeks at us. It is amazing to me that this little person measuring at 3 inches from crown to rump can do all of these things and has all of it's body parts....little fingers, little eyes, nose, mouth. I am in awe of God's creation.

Here is a snippet of little one's sono. We cut it down from 13 minutes. Enjoy!!


Wow!! I love the winter, but 22 degrees and ice on the roads....not so much!! I woke up this morning to see if school had been cancelled and it had not, so I got Clayton ready and Joel took him to school. School opened at 10am...oops!! I had a doctor's appointment at 9:30 and really wanted Joel there since I was having a sono, so no school for Clayton. The boys headed to Gigi's house while we fought the ice on the roads. After the doctor, we had a fun lunch out with Gigi and headed home for a really LONG afternoon.

The boys had fun posing in their new santa hats that Gigi bought them.
This would've been cute if I had sent out Christmas cards.

Hope you had a warm day indoors!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cookies, cookies, cookies....

We had a very busy day today. First thing this morning, we dropped Clayton off at school, volunteered to put gift bags together for the kindergarten party on Friday and then headed home for our playgroup Christmas party. The kids had a blast. They decorated cookies....

....or ate a bunch of icing....

Then they had a gently used book exchange that each kid picked from their own collection.
The funny part was that Oliver randomly got a book called "OLIVER". He loved unwrapping his present and was so proud of it.
We still had room for more cookie making fun. I was the chef in Clayton's class and we made a giant gingerbread man. Each kid in the class got to take a turn making part of the cookie (adding different ingredients, mixing, rolling, decorating). It was fun!
Oliver thinks he is a part of the class.
After the gingerbread man was complete, we took him down to the kitchen to bake. We went back ten minutes later to take him out and to our surprise.....
He was gone!!!! Has anyone seen a gingerbread man running around town???