Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 334 of 365

Today Emma helped get our Christmas album together. We also painted and read some Christmas stories. Both boys rushed to get their homework done just so they could try to earn some Wii time. We had finally gotten into the habit of not playing the Wii on school days. But, after having a week off of school and lots of free time, my battle with the wii has started all over again. Josh spent the evening starring out the window waiting for the Fedex guy. He didn't show up until almost 8:00. Josh gave me an early Christmas present, the new iPhone!!!! It is so cool! We stayed up way too late playing with the phone.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 333 of 365

Today was a long day. It was very hard for all of us to get up early. We had all gotten into the habit of sleeping in and being lazy in the morning. The boys had great days back at school. They were happy to see their teachers and friends. Emma, Parker, and I painted and colored. We made cookies and played. The boys did their homework before dinner, a rarity. The boys were tired. Time to get back into our routine.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 332 of 365

Today was our last day of relaxing. We watched football. The kids played the Wii, colored, and played Barbies. The boys are very excited to go back to school tomorrow. Josh and I would love a few more lazy days, but its back to reality.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 331 of 365

Today Josh made french toast for breakfast. After we all got ready we went to the mall to walk around. The kids had fun. We came home and rested for a little bit. We decided to go to Church tonight. We went to the 4:15 service. It was alot busier than our usual 8:15 service. The kids had a great time and painted some cool pictures. By the time we left Church it was almost 6:00. The kids were hungry so we just got pizza. We ate then the kids went to bed. Josh and I played cards and watched some TV.

Emma & Her Straigtened Hair

Josh was bored so he straightened Emma's hair. It turned out so cute!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 330 of 365

Today I went to Target around 7:30. I was going to go at 4, but couldn't drag myself out of bed. However, the present I wanted to get was still there. I'm so happy I didn't get up early. After breakfast I headed out to Kohl's and Toys R Us. Kohl's had some great sales. I waited in line for 1 1/2 hours. It was crazy!!!! Then I went to Toys R Us. They were out of alot! The store was torn apart, however, there were no lines. After dinner I took Carson out. We chose names in our family this year. Carson picked Cooper and he has been dying to shop for him. We went to the mall, bookstore, and Target. It was so much fun spending time with just him. Josh watched the kids all day so I could go out. I couldn't have done it without him.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pie, Lights, and Wrestling

Time to Eat

Day 329 of 365

Today was Thanksgiving. I spent the whole day cooking. Josh and the boys were in charge of rinsing the turkey and getting the neck out. The kids played the wii and colored. Josh watched football. We ate around 3:30. Oh my, our Thanksgiving dinner was so yummy! Cooper, Emma and Parker ate a little of everything. Carson had oranges and toast. After dinner we went for a walk. We came back and had pie. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Food

Turkey Time

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 328 of 365

Today was pie baking day. We made homemade crust. We also made apple pie and pumpkin pie. The kids were happy they only had to be quiet until around 11. Josh got home from work around 6am. The kids are all really looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow!

KidStuff- Movie Night at Church

Last night we went to the monthly "KidStuff" at Church. We all sat on blankets and ate candy and popcorn. The kids got to jump around and sing some of their favorite Church songs. We learned the theme of December for the kids, "Being Joyful even when things don't go your way". We watched a Veggietales movies, "It's a Meaningful Life". They had a few little skits and a raffle. We won! The kids were so excited. We had a great family night together.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 327 of 365

Today was a long day. AJ came over early. Josh got home from work around 6:00. He played Mario Bros with Carson for a little bit and then went to bed. It was very hard keeping 5 kids quiet while Josh slept. We played and tried to color quietly. It didn't work very well. After dinner we went to Church for KidStuff. We watched a movie, ate popcorn, and won the raffle prize. The kids sang and danced. It was a great night at Church. We came home and the kids went straight to bed. Josh changed and left for a long night at work.

Scrapbook Pages

San Francisco, Ocean Beach, September 2009

San Francisco, Ocean Beach, September 2009

Carson & Parker, September 2008

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 326 of 365

Today the kids worked on finializing their Christmas lists. I went through Emma's clothes and got those all organized. I went through a box of the boys' old clothes and got out all the 2T and some 3T stuff for Parker. The kids played the wii and colored. Josh is working mids this week, really only 2 nights, so he was home all day. Nicole, Cameron and Tanner came over for a little bit. The kids had fun playing. Josh went to basketball practice. We had a yummy dinner together. Everyone is really enjoying the relaxing week.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 325 of 365

Today we went to Church. We haven't gone in the last few weeks. It was so nice going again. Parker did so well. He walked right into his class with only a little bit of pouting but no clinging and screaming. MOPS must have helped with that. The kids all had a great time. We came home and I went to the grocery store. Oh my, it was busy. Josh and the kids put up some Christmas lights outside. We made homemade cinnamon rolls. They were amazing!! We watched football and relaxed the rest of the day.

Daddy & Emma

All bundled up in grey sweaters and ready for Church!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas PJ's

Yes, the pictures are blurry but I love them!!

Decorating the Tree

Day 324 of 365

Today we woke up to hyper kids. They had so much energy! We had breakfast and do a little cleaning. After that the moment the kids have been waiting for, Josh got all the Christmas boxes out. Yes, it is November 20th, but we love Christmas and it's never to early to decorate. Josh put the tree up. The kids helped get all the ornaments organized. We decorated the tree. It is beautiful and fun. We ate lunch then went out to run some errands. The kids each got new pj's and a new Christmas book. We spent the afternoon watching Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies. It was a great day and a great start to the Christmas season.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 323 of 365

Today both boys had Thanksgiving parties. Cooper made some really cute craft projects. We are all excited for our 9 day break. Although, Josh does have to work a few nights. However, it is going to be wonderful to relax, decorate and cook. Tonight the kids had their usual pizza. They watched a little bit of a movie and then worked on their Christmas lists.

Thanksgiving Projects

Cooper's Thanksgiving projects from school.

Carson's Turkey from Cub Scouts

Friday Flashback- November

November 2004: Carson- 11 Months Old, not walking yet, but pulling himself up and standing well
November 2005: Cooper learning to crawl everywhere, 9 months old
November 2006: Bathtime at Grandma's, Carson 2, Cooper 1, Emma 4 months old, all 3 in diapers, Josh was in Iraq
November 2007: Emma age 1, still not walking but crawling everywhere with a mouth full of teeth
November 2008: Little man Parker, 3 months old and sleeping through the night!
November 2009: Movie Time in Mommy & Daddy's bed, Carson- 5, Cooper- 4, Emma- 3, Parker- 1

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 322 of 365

Today was much more relaxed. The boys went to school. Parker played with AJ quite a bit. He just loves him so much. Josh had his eyes checked and everything was fine. We did homework and then ate popcorn. After the kids went to bed Josh and I watched a little TV. We went to bed at 8:30. I have a little cold and Josh was up at 3:30 this morning for work.

Go Giants! Go Beavers!

Grandma got Emma a new Giants hat and a new OSU Cheerleading outfit. So cute!!

(Pictures taken by Joshua)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 321 of 365

Today Jenny, Eli, and Jeff came over to play. The kids played Geotrax and almost 2 hours. Then we picked up Cooper from school. Rushed home, fed AJ, fed the kids lunch, and then headed back over to the school. We had to pick Carson up early for his doctor's appointment. We headed out to the base. We got there a little early, so we went to Josh's work. We watched the U2's fly for awhile. Then Josh got off work and took Carson to his appointment. Carson had 1 shot, a talk about eating more veggies, and he even had to pee in a cup. He is healthy and growing as he should. When they got home we ate dinner. Josh took Carson to Cub Scouts. It was a very busy day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 320 of 365

Today was a busy day. We took the boys to school then ran home and fed AJ. Then I got Emma and Parker dressed and we headed to MOPS. We had a great meeting. Emma and Parker had fun in their class. After MOPS we rushed to pick up Cooper and then came home and ate lunch. Carson got home from school and insisting started in with "I'm starving". I think he is going through a grow spurt because he is always hungry and he is eating alot. Carson convinced Josh to get pizza for dinner, something that usually only happens on Friday. We ate pizza and the kids watched a movie before bed.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 319 of 365

Today the boys headed back to school. They were both excited to wear their new Nike sweatshirts. After dropping the boys off we came back home and played for a little bit. Then at 10, Emma, Parker, AJ, and I went back to the school to watch Cooper's Thanksgiving program. It was so cute!! He did a great job singing and speaking his line. Adorable! It was another early release day so Carson was home at 1:15. We watched a movie. The kids were all pretty tired from the exciting weekend. We had dinner and then went for a walk. It has been really warm and nice, in the 70's. I don't think its going to last though, the weather says rain later this week. That means we will be putting up the Christmas tree this weekend!

Christmas List

As you can imagine the kids have many wishlists in the making. While they don't really need toys, it is always fun to have one or two to open. They really all need clothes, but that isn't always that exciting. Anyway, for those that have asked, here are a few ideas for the kids.

Carson: Lego City, Lego Star Wars, Lego board games, anything SF Giants, Super Mario, Level 1 & 2 books, DS games, dress clothes (size 6)

Cooper: Lego Star Wars, Leapster Explorer, Transformers, Level 1 books, those little animals that come in the tube, anything about sharks, killer whales, or elephants, clothes (size 5, 5T)

Emma: Barbies, anything Disney Princess, hair accessories, jewelery, Princess books, dresses (size 5, 5T), tights, warmer clothes

Parker: Thomas the tank engine trains (Take n play metal ones), anything Geotrax, anything Disney Cars, hot wheels, dress clothes (size 2T or even 3T if it looks small)

* They all love to color and do so everyday. So, crayons, coloring books, and blank paper is always a great gift!

* PJ's- always buy bigger, Carson- 7/8, Cooper 6, Emma 5/6, Parker 4T

Cooper's Thanksgiving Program

This morning Cooper had his Kindergarten Thanksgiving program. They were all dressed up as the cutest little turkeys. They sang songs and a few kids were picked to say what they were thankful for. Cooper was chosen. He said, "I'm thankful for my food". It was so cute!