no it did not snow down here in southern alabama. my mom sent some fake snow which turned out to be sooo much fun! you poor water on this powder stuff and it puffs up into snow! its even cold like snow. it looks real doesnt it!
This first picture is of christmas eve. looks nice right? well you will never know the drama behind trying to get this picture taken. i would love to say that we had a wonderful family filled evening of baking cookies singing carols and all getting along, but thats just not the case. i think i had too high of expectations of how christmas eve should go. i have wonderful memories of christmas's as a kid where we had a program and all of us had a part. granted we were all in junior high when we participated but i was trying to make the night amazing and that just didnt happend. oh well maybe next year.
The girls had a great christmas where im pretty sure they got everything they wanted. scooters, squinkies, clothes, taylor got a camera, skylar got games, ds games, a million movies and more. donnie was very good to me this year, i got a camera, a new cell phone, a month at the spa, and eclpise. we got him a bunch of art stuff, cologne and some other small things. all and all it was a nice morning and a greats few days off, other than sophie being ill for 3 days. i think she is finally feeling better though!
Grandpa jim got the girls dance dance revolution, SO much fun!! we have played it for hours. even sophie likes to get on it and dance! its a great workout too!
my mom got the girls these adorabloe skirts, that skylar has worn everyday now! i need to get a better picture of them in the skirts with my new camera!
wow we are going on week 5 of being sick. a few weeks ago we all had really bad colds, ear infections and sinus infections. that lasted about 2 weeks. we finally got over that and had about a week of feeling good when the stomach virus entered. its gone through all of the kids. THANKFULLY donnie and i havent gotten it. skylar had to miss her christmas party at school because of it. im soooooo dang sick of this. we have about 3 days to get everyone better before christmas gets here. its a good thing im phsycho about being prepared and i had all ot my shopping and wrapping done weeks ago because i would be out of luck. i am so excited for christmas, the girls are getting some really fun stuff this year! we are having a quiet little christmas with just us and the kids this year. its always great to be around family and friends of course, but im really excited to just be with my little family for the day! i hope you all have a wonderful and safe day!
This is taylor at her schools christmas musical performance. they sang jingle bell boogy which was adorable, but its too bad we could only see the top of taylors head the whole time. just a side note. taylor came home from school that day and said her friend came up to her and asked her if she would"go out" with this boy in her class. i literally screamed out loud when she told me that. i am NOT ready for this at all!!!!!!
i had to throw in this picture of the little tree monster sophie. she is ruining everything!!
i had to put all of the ornamants up high so she couldnt reach them, and now we really have a charlie brown tree.
our stuff is still in Arizona (including christmas decor) so we are still making due with what we have. i bought some garland this year and we went and collected pine cones around the parking lot. we sprayed them with some glitter spray. didnt it turn out pretty! i was very proud of myself!
On sunday we didnt go to church(big mistake) because i had to work and so did donnie (well donnie went because he had early morning meetings), so me and the girls stayed home and cleaned all morning, i know im a sinner. well sophie grabbed the mop and was walking around with it. she knocked over the very heavy stocking holder thing on top of her head. lets just say blood everywhere. i thought for sure we were going to have to get stiches, but it was just a puncture wound. it scared the crap out of all of us. Skylar came up to me a few minutes after it happend and said,"lets forget that that EVER happend" ha ha ha i love her!!!
To be able to support my girls at there school parties!!! i love being able to go to every holiday party there is. this is taylors party. they had a charlie brown thanksgiving party which was a very cute idea. they watched the movie and got to eat, buttered toast,jelly beans, popcorn and pretzles. taylor LOVED showing off sophie, she was the hit of the party! Aunt marilyn was in town all week and came to both the parties! we love her and appreciate everything she does for us!
This is skylars party. she made a placemat that says skylar is thankful for mom. it almost made me cry when i saw it. im sure all of the kids said there mom, but it definatly made me feel loved! they had a HUGE feast for there party. we came and helped hand out food, taped down the placemats, and refilled cups.
they made the cutest little indian shirts and hats, and then they played duck duck goose, but called it indian indian pilgrim.
isnt she the prettiest little indian ever! a mom that was there helping came up to me and told me she has twin boys, one is in sky's class and one is in another class. she said they come home everyday and tell her how pretty skylar is. they say, sometimes she has a one braid and sometimes she has 2 braids, she is just so pretty all the time! the mother thought is was so sweet they they noticed the details of her hair, ha ha!
Last night we had a meal together at the kitchen table. i am sad to say that this has not happend in a really long time. with donnie and i both working, both of us having 2 callings, the girls in piano, and the many million other things going on it tends to not happend ever! it was wonderful to catch up with everyone and here the funny things going on with the girls at school. Skylar has her picture retakes this week(those of you that dont remember she had a fat lip and nose from a bad fall at school the day before her pictures last month). then of course next week is thanksgiving! After dinner the girls wrote there letters to santa, which consisted of camers, squeakies,clothes,ds games, and Taylor asked for a robe(because she has never owned one before) this year is going to be a christmas with just us, and as much as the thought of that makes me really sad that we wont have any family over, i love having those christmas's every now and again. I love my family so much and would want nothing more than to just spend that day with them.
November 3rd was our anniversary of 10 years! i said this all day yesterday that i really cant believe it! it has been a crazy, amazing, sometimes scary and most of all a wonderful ride so far, and i cant wait to spend the rest of eternity with him. he is a wonderful sweet soul, that never fails to amaze me each day. im so greatful that after 10 years he is still attracted to me:) still loves me, and still thinks im the one for him! This is when we were dating in provo utah. its the only old picture i could find of us, because the rest of them are in storage.
What a fun filled LONG 3 day long halloween extrvaganza!! it started out friday night with the church trunk or treat. they had great food, fun games and lots of scary trunks! there was a ton of people that showed up,(i wish all of those people showed up to church on sundays:) the kids had alot of fun! then sat. night our apartments trick or treated. i wasnt going to do it but we had a ton of candy left over so the girls threw there costumes on and went around again. then of course tonight was officially halloween! we had some good friends, and the missionaries over for sweet pork tacos and pumpkin bars. after we ate we went down the the "it" neighborhood. wow i thought arizona went all out. this place was CRAZY. i know i exaggerate alot but there was seriously millions of people there. they had the streets barracaded off, the houses were decorated like haunted houses and the kids were loving it. skylar of course pooped out after about an hour and sophie was running around like a crazy girl. everyone loved her costume! we have WAY too much candy. Who should i donate it too?!?!
The girls were "rocker girls" donnie airbrushed both of there shirts and they turned out so cute! the front said girls rule and the back said boys drool! this is them with our favorite babysitter/piano teacher amy, we love her!!
donnie and i have been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful girls. taylor is 8 1/2 skylar is almost 6 and sophie is 17 months. we are currently living in gulf shores alabama. donnie is working for AT&T, and im still staying at home with the girls for now! we are loving being down here by his family and bening in this branch. i am the education specialist and donnie just got called to be the executive secretary. we miss arizona and my family very much and cant wait to get back to the west soon!