Barry worked on Christmas Eve so we told the kids they could not go down stairs until 7:20 when he got home.  My parents and sister where planning on being there about 7:15 also. But Barry ended up coming home early around 6:30 and the minute he opened the door the kids flew out of bed!  This is the part where Barry say’s I’m mean. I made the kids wait in our room until my family got here.  I’ve never thought a thing of it because I grew up next to my grandparents and we had to wait for them to come over every year before we could go open presents.

Anyway, the suspense was killing them! Here they are half way down the stairs, waiting for Granny, Grandpa and Teri to get here!

I knew Sara was going to be fun this year. She was so excited for every present she received. She could have opened one thing and been just as happy!

Santa brought both the girls their own brushes and I was SO happy about that!

Oh my, the drama one shared brush can cause!

This is the baby Sara cried and cried for every time we went into Target.

She can swim in the tub with you and even has her own tub toys!

Both girls loved their puppies from their cousins.

Ryan received not just one but two Nerf gun sets. They really are fun but I pretty much have Nerf darts in every corner of my house.

Here is the second gun. I’m still not sure who this was really for, Dad or Ryan?

Ry gave Jena a skateboard and the anticipation almost got the best of him for about 4 weeks.

Princess Sara…

(Who does Disney think is going to be wearing these outfits? Seriously Disney, get a clue and start making dress up clothes to fit children, not women with 34D’s!  I’m just sayin’.)

Granny playing Guess Who with the kids.

Jena…I’d explain, but I have no words.

That afternoon Teri and Grandpa bundled up the kids and took them sledding while the rest of us took a nap.  I’m thinking that needs to become a family tradition!

(This is also where we had a little Christmas mishap, but more on that later.)

This picture cracks me up! Sara is looking so sober but she giggles her head of all the way down the hill.

I think Grandpa was having the most fun.

Did anyone else get one of these? It might be my favorite present.  No, my Sewing Machine is my favorite but darn I love that Pioneer Woman.

Teri tried to teach the kids how to suck their hot chocolate through a Tim Tam cookie. Tried. :)

It was pretty entertaining.

Either way you have hot chocolate and mushy chocolate cookies so everyone is happy.

And just a little funny something to end with.  Did anyone else discover they still had Halloween Kitty lights on their front porch along with their Christmas Wreath?



The Christmas Nativity

Teri decided we needed to act out the Christmas Nativity this year.

It was fun but we definitly need to organize better next year.

This is Mary.

She was adorable, what else can I say.

One of our Shepherds needed to check that his nose was clean.

All Clear.

Somehow Herod’s guards got a hold of Jesus.

It was a very reverent event.

We had a big breakthrough the past few months. Sara will not only be in the same room with Tori she has decided that she likes her too. See Tori, I knew she’d come around.

Grandpa Great…What do I say.

If you ever ask Grandpa Great to be in your nativity just make sure he doesn’t bring his own robe.

Because if he does you are not safe from stories involving the word naked and this robe.

Enough Said.

Our Joseph.

He was very happy to be apart of the whole thing.

“No Room!”

Ahhh, aren’t they cute?

Mary made sure the 3 wise men sat where they were supposed to.

We had very lively shepherds and a very boring Angel.

So boring I couldn’t get a normal picture of her.


And She’s gone!

Our lovely cast after their award winning performance.

One of our Shepherds was a little stuck in his head-dress.

I think that might have been his favorite part.

Say hello to our audience.

Then it was off to your warm Jammies, soft blankets and cuddling with Aunt Teri.

Christmas project

I’ve wanted to make this table runner since last year.

I thought I was pretty happy with it but I used felted wool and it did not survive the abuse it got everyday.

I wanted it to be pretty primitive so I just zigzag stitched everything which I really like and I also loved the wool texture.

It ended up really stretched and wavy so I’ll be remaking it again next year.

I’m not sure who took these but they are obviously phone pictures.

Sara with her flip flops and no pants cracks me up.

This girl loves to go without pants.

I don’t know what they are doing but their sure cute.

A little sibling lovin.


Again, Sara and her lack of clothing. She also loves to run around in just her tights and she usually pulls them clear up to her armpits.

This was in November when I could be considered cute and pregnant.

Not so much anymore.

Now it’s Gianormous and Onery.

Helping me make Thanksgiving Rolls.

She found Ryan’s Elf Costume from his preschool program and she wore it for pretty much all of December.

(you can tell how my camera keeps getting worse and worse)

Murder Mystery

Stacie and Matt (my brother and his girlfriend) got the crazy idea to have a Murder Mystery Dinner last November.

I’m not sure that knew it would be so much work but it turned out really fun. Plus they enlisted my sister Teri to help and if you know Teri than you know what that means. If not, just know she is Very Detail Oriented. Did I say Very?

Matt built actual swinging saloon doors. They were very cool but I’m not sure what they plan to do with them now. :)

Matt and Sara ‘cuttin a rug’ before it started.

Teri and her friend Mike

Barry was the Sheriff of the town.

My cute cousin Tawny (in Red).

She came with a blind date!

What a brave girl!

Some of the Saloon Girls.

My cousin Jerem and his wife Chantelle looking at the Murder Victim.

Tori and Matt where husband and wife in the game.

Although Tori’s character was suppose to flirt with the Sheriff (Barry) the whole game.

That was very entertaining to watch because Tori could hardly get herself to do it.

I was just a towns folk and I will not be posting any pictures of myself in a prairie dress and prego.

So not attractive.

Barry and Mike giving Stacie the 3rd Degree.

She was very entertaining to watch.

Matt and Stacie.

Thanks guys it was fun!

***please do not ask me when or if these two are getting married. because if you know Matt then you also know that his family will be the last to know. in fact we will probably get an invite in the mail in order to find out. :)

Carving pumpkins is always a mix of ‘ewww, Gross!’ and ‘ewww, Cool!’

Using your tongue always helps things go better.

Jena was very proud of her vampire kitty that she did mostly by herself.

Sara with post-nap hair.

She absolutely loved pulling the guts out.

Ry and his pumpkin

This is how Sara’s turned out.

At our church Halloween party.

This is when Sara started figuring out the whole ‘we do this for candy’ thing.

Just cause she cute!

Ryan’s friend was waiting for him to go trick or treating and he was not pleased that I  was making him take pictures.

Besides the face painting all I made this year was Jena’s cape and tutu and it was so nice to not make costumes.

The girls.

Sara was so excited she would run from house to house telling Jena to ‘hurry up and push the button’ (doorbell).

Just a warning

So I just scanned back through my blog and…well…it’s sad.

I haven’t even posted Halloween pictures!

I really thought I had.

So this is just a warning, I’m about to go back and update.

Sorry for the overload!